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We’re very excited to announce that speaker selection is complete and we’d like to introduce you to our first group of speakers! If you’ve been holding off buying tickets until speakers were announced, wait no more.

In addition to standard conference talks, we’re debuting a new track type this year known simply as the “town hall” track. That’s right, we’re going to have an entire track dedicated to providing topical Q&A, each hosted by experts in their field. So far we’ve lined up six, 50-minute town hall sessions for the schedule, two of which we’ve outlined below. Keep an eye out for the other four in future posts!

Speaking of the schedule … it’s coming. We promise! We’re ironing out some details with our remaining speakers and anticipate publishing a full weekend schedule very soon. So without further adieu, let’s meet our first 10 speakers.

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Ryan Kanner

Ryan KannerRyan is a WordPress Developer for Digital First Media from Denver, Colorado where he works on websites for newspapers such as the Denver Post, and Mercury News. He has been working with WordPress for the past 8 years, building websites and products for customers worldwide.

This will be Ryan’s second year speaking at WordCamp Denver. He will be presenting a development talk about the power of the WordPress Transients API.

Pippin Williamson

Pippin WilliamsonPippin is a WordPress plugin developer from Hutchinson, KS. He runs and is the founder and lead developer of Restrict Content Pro, Easy Digital Downloads, AffiliateWP and many more WordPress plugins. Beyond WordPress, Pippin has a love for sour beer, home brewing, and is an avid cyclist.

Pippin will be co-hosting the eCommerce Town Hall with Caleb Burks.

Caleb Burks

Caleb BurksCaleb is a WooCommerce Ninja at Automattic where he spends every day working in the eCommerce realm, helping people and learning new things. Before Automattic and WooThemes, he was primarily a WordPress theme developer working as a freelancer / contractor.

Caleb will be giving a design and development talk about Child Themes and the Template Hierarchy, and will also be co-hosting the eCommerce Town Hall with Pippin Williamson.

Aubrey Blankenship

Aubrey BlankenshipAubrey is the owner of INFUSEALLY, a Denver-based marketing strategy firm. She has extensive experience helping small businesses develop effective marketing strategies.

Aubrey will be giving a growth / marketing talk about Big Impact Marketing Strategies for Small Businesses.

Amber Hinds

Amber HindsAmber is Co-Owner and Creative Director for Road Warrior Creative, a digital marketing agency in Fort Collins. She manages five, soon to be six, team members and works with clients on a national scale, assisting with branding, online marketing, and growth strategy.

Amber is also a member of the WordCamp Denver organizing team this year. She’ll be co-hosting the Growth / Marketing Town Hall.

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Tim Blodgett

Tim BlodgettTim is a web developer for Endo Creative, a Fort Collins-based web consultancy. He’s been building custom WordPress themes since 2014, has taught web development courses at Front Range Community College in Fort Collins, and enjoys learning about accessibility and modern CSS.

Tim will be giving a design talk about Flexing Your WordPress Themes.

Diane Whiddon

Diane WhiddonDiane believes in empowering business owners so they can do more of what they love and have more fun while they’re doing it. In 2006, she created Novel Website Design, a company that inspires and empowers clients to make the most of their websites.

This will be Diane’s second year speaking at WordCamp Denver. She’ll be presenting a growth / marketing talk about Websites as Story – Creating Compelling Content.

Chris Hinds

Chris HindsChris started his career as a professional chef 10 years ago. Today he’s the COO and co-owner of a growing digital agency based in Fort Collins. He loves connecting businesses and entrepreneurs with intelligent digital solutions.

Chris will be giving a business talk called From Chef to COO: Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Fire.

Bethany Siegler

Bethany SieglerBethany specializes in helping low-tech folks get comfortable with their WordPress websites. At Boulder Digital Arts and the University of Colorado at Boulder, she teaches her students and clients how to use WordPress for their own websites and blogs. This will be Bethany’s third year speaking at WordCamp Denver!

Bethany will be giving a business talk on 7 Questions You Forgot to Ask Your Web Client.

Kitty Lusby

Kitty LusbyKitty is a full-time professional blogger based in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she moved in order to have 24-hour access to tacos. An entrepreneur since her teen years, her blogging career finally launched in 2014 with a series of freelance gigs that eventually grew into a successful business.

Kitty will be presenting a growth / marketing talk about Your First 1,000 Followers.

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Not excited enough yet? We’ll be posting the next round of speakers very soon (see: in a day or so). The best way to stay up to date on WordCamp Denver news is to subscribe to email notifications via the form in the sidebar.