Two WordCamp Las Vegas Recap Podcast Shows

Hello WordCamper’s! We hope that you had a wonderful time this past weekend at WordCamp Las Vegas 2015. Hopefully you took away some information and left with a better understanding of the WordCamp and WordPress Community. That’s what our WordCamp event was all about. Community. Ben Fox delivered a wonderful Keynote explaining that his success comes from the WordPress Community. We had speakers, who are currently active in the WordPress Community, talk about many different topics. We ended the WordCamp weekend with one of the greatest idea’s we’ve ever had. While we’re on the topic of Community, We would like to thank all of our Sponsors, Speakers, Organizers & Attendees.

An open discussion about WordPress

What better forum, other than a WordCamp event, is there to have an open group discussion about WordPress. We had sponsors, speakers, organizers and attendees gathered into one room. We simply set an expectation that “Anyone who has used WordPress for at least 5 minutes, is more than qualified to jump into our group discussion”. What happened is something truly amazing. Ben Fox said that Our Open Group Discussion about WordPress was one of the best ways he has ever seen a WordCamp come to an end.

The day after WordCamp is one that we all love and despise, at the same time. We love it because we’re able to reflect on the past weekend events and realize that we were just part of something great involving the WordPress Community. We despise the day after WordCamp simply because we have to wait 363 more days until the next WordCamp Vegas 2016! So here are a few videos that Recap WordCamp Las Vegas 2015.

Here is what we did at WordCamp Vegas 2015

WordCamp speakers are everywhere

Tabitha Chapman (a.k.a Tabby)

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Academic Applications Developer at University of California, Irvine where she works on WordPress plugins and themes for the Ayala School of Biological Sciences.

James Dalman

The CEO and Founder of Happy Joe, a non-profit organization that specializes in helping military veterans launch successful careers and businesses in the web technology industry. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve and Oklahoma National Guard. James has been in the branding, design, and web media industry for 27 years and has done work for HTC, BMW, Michael Hyatt, Nike Golf, Eskimo Joes, NASCAR, and Arnold Palmer. He was one of the very first premium WordPress theme designers in the industry and has spoken at numerous WordCamps and events across the United States.

Tamara Floyd

Tamara Floyd
Wife, mother, full-time blogger, multi-passionate entrepreneur and part-time super hero with a simple mission of World Domination. She created in 2008 as a creative outlet; currently the site has a social media following of over a half million and receives more than one million monthly page views.

Devin Walker

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The founder of WordImpress, a San Diego based WordPress development company. He and the WordImpress team also serve as WordPress Community Consultants for Media Temple. Mr. D. Walker has extensive experience creating free, premium, and commercial WordPress plugins and themes. Popular plugins include Give WordPress Donations Plugin, Google Maps Builder, Yelp Widget Pro and WooCommerce Quick Checkout. In total, his plugins on have been downloaded more than 100,000 times. Outside of work, Devin enjoys traveling the world, going to concerts and playing a leisurely round of disc golf.

Meet Some WordCamp Vegas 2015 Speakers.

Taylor McCaslin

Taylor McCaslin is a Technical Product Manager living in Austin, Texas. He currently works at WP Engine, a managed hosting platform for websites and apps built with WordPress. WordPress has been Taylor’s platform of choice for over 5 years. He even paid his way through college by freelancing as a WordPress developer!

Josh Pollock

Josh, is the owner of, and a developer for CalderaWP, makers of fine WordPress plugins including URL Builder, the visual editor for WordPress permalinks and Caldera Forms, a drag and drop, responsive form builder. He is also a weekly contributor to Torque Magazine, and the community manager and contributing developer for Pods.

Kimberly Shivler

Kimberly (Kim) Shivler, M.Ed. has been a technical trainer and writer for over 20 years. Her business experience includes computer network and database administration, technical training and writing, project management, and web development Aside from being a serial entrepreneur, she also worked for large corporations including Tivoli, an IBM company, where she was part of the worldwide technical sales and marketing team. After surviving the tech burst in 2000, Kim decided to try something different, and in 2002, along with another friend from Tivoli, she went into the spa industry getting her aesthetician license and owning day spas and a skincare clinic.

Michael Tieso

Michael Tieso is a Developer Advocate at WooThemes. He is a representative to the developer community helping to win the hearts and minds regarding the WooCommerce platform. When he’s not online, you’ll often find him traveling around the world.

More WordCamp Tickets Added.

You asked for them, you got them. We added more tickets that are available as of August 12th, 2015. That’s today! In addition to additional tickets, we have announced all of our WordCamp Vegas 2015 Speakers and posted the WordCamp Vegas 2015 Speaker Schedule. Next week, we’re going to start introducing each speaker and their sessions.

Meet Some Speakers!

Keynote: Ben Fox of

ben-fox-sidekickpro Ben has been building a business with WordPress for three years and in that time has merged his passion for education with a love of technology. In 2012 he co-founded of FlowPress, a WordPress focused development agency as well as His current project is the Sidekick platform which provides real-time, guided help and learning from right inside the WordPress dashboard.

Shayda Torabi of WPEngine

shayda-torabi-wp-engine-speaker Shayda Torabi is a storyteller, digital marketer, and lover of all things WordPress. From the people to the platform, she’s been using WordPress since 2004 and hasn’t looked back. Working at WP Engine as part of their Marketing team, Shayda focuses on building authentic relationships with the amazing people who make up the WordPress community. Having been to over 30 WordCamps all over the world from Sevilla to Chicago to San Francisco, one thing has remained constant, the generosity of the people of WordPress. She likes loud music, iced coffee and chronicles her life adventures through her food blog,

Steve Zehngut of Zeek Interactive

Steve Zehngut Steve founded Zeek Interactive in 1995 and he has been the creative technologist behind the Huntington Beach based company since its inception. Under his direction, Zeek has grown from an apartment bedroom to one of Southern California’s leading WordPress and mobile development shops.

Steve is the organizer of the OC WordPress Meetup and has helped build the community to over 1,300 members. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and has taught interactive courses at UC Irvine, USC, the American Film Institute, and Cal State Long Beach. Steve has a BA in Film from Cal State Northridge.

Matt Cromwell of WordImpress!

Matt is Head of Support and Brand Ambassador at He and the WordImpress team also serve as WordPress Community Consultants for Media Temple.

He’s the author of many free WordPress plugins, a popular blogger at, an Admin of the Advanced WordPress Facebook group, Lead Organizer of the San Diego WordPress Meetup, and a frequent WordCamp speaker and attender.

Call for Speakers is now open

You may now officially apply to speak at this year’s WordCamp Vegas 2015. We’re very excited about this year’s WordCamp and we’re hoping to show some new and fun ways to use WordPress. All speaker submissions are welcome. Please See the “Before you apply” section that will help you clarify any and all questions.

What we are looking for

This year, WordCamp Vegas is looking for presentations that showcase fun and interesting ways to use WordPress. We all know that WordPress is awesome for building a blog or a corporate/company website. That doesn’t mean that WordPress can only be used in that way. We want to see how you have taken a simple install of WordPress and turned it into a completely different animal.

Did you know what you can build a full scale DMV QUEUE type of system by using WordPress? Did you know that there are over 10 online video games that use WordPress to build virtual worlds and characters? Crowdfunding is a huge topic of discussion going on in the tech community. Did you know what you can build your own Crowdfunding site by using WordPress? Have you tried the WordPress API to build single page applications?