WordCamp Tampa

WordCamp Tampa


WordCamp Tampa will be held at USF’s Marshall Student Center from September 25th-27th. The event is centered around web publishing, Internet marketing, design, web development, and entrepreneurial topics all utilizing the WordPress publishing platform. There will be 350 tickets available, a 40% increase from last year’s inagural sold-out event at Keiser University in Tampa. The WordPress framework has exploded in usage in the last few years, and demand for WordPress training has increased. The software currently powers almost 25% of sites on the Internet globally and is translated into 147 languages.

WordCamp Tampa attracts attendees across all industries in the Tampa Bay area, from real estate to healthcare, technology to law practices. Jim True, project management consultant and entrepreneur, remarks, “The open community nature of WordPress creates a perfect melting pot for new startups to mix with established successful businesses in a self-less open forum environment that many networking conferences just can’t achieve. That underlying sense of community is what helped this event be so successful last year.”


WordCamp Tampa will be held at the USF Marshall Student Center on the second floor. The Campus is conveniently located off I-275, between Fowler Blvd & Fletcher Blvd. Free parking on Saturday & Sunday.

USF Marshall Student Center

4103 USF Cedar Circle

Tampa, FL 33620



Tampa International Airport

4100 George J Bean Parkway
Tampa, FL 33607
Airport Code: TPA



  • WP BootCamp with Happy Joe and WP Engine

WP BootCamp (Friday)

WordCamp Tampa has teamed up with Happy Joe to offer an amazing, one-day workshop that will teach you how to build an incredible business or career in the web technology industry with WordPress! Attendees will receive valuable advice and training, as well as have the opportunity to network with other professionals in the industry.

WP BootCamp will take place on Friday, September 25th. This class and workshop will be taught in partnership with Happy Joe, a 501c3 organization dedicated to improving the lives of veteran’s, veteran caregivers, and veteran spouses.

  • DATE: September 25th
  • LOCATION: USF Marshall Student Center
  • TIME: 9 am – 4 pm
  • PRESENTERS: James Dalman and Nathan Ingram
  • PRICE: Tickets are $15 each. 30 free tickets for military veterans. See below.








Aaron Weiss

Aaron Weiss has been helping businesses with SEO, web development, and internet marketing since, and has been using WordPress.

Adam Juda

Adam Juda is the founder of TapRun, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in the pricing and monetization of software systems. Prior to founding his company and authoring The Software Pricing Handbook, he worked for Fortune 500 and government organizations as a software engineer and technical project manager.

Andi Graham

Andi Graham runs Big Sea, a digital agency that is well respected for designing complex, custom WordPress solutions for organizations around the globe. She’s been working on WordPress since, speaks at WordCamps and other digital conferences around the country, contributes to publications and loves craft beer.

Anthony Burchell

I am a designer and a developer. I spend my time creating new and exciting things with WordPress and am a Core Contributor.

Becky Hamm

Becky is a Florida native and has been front-ending for a wide variety of businesses, from one-man massage therapists to billion-dollar enterprises.

Bret Phillips

Owner of Web Devils, a WordPress Development business. I strive for simplicity and efficiency for solving business problems on the web.

Carl Smith

Carl Smith is an irreverent ditcher of the nine-to-five and mortal enemy of the overworked lifestyle. Owner and founder of nGen Works, Carl’s role is that of an advisor, to nGen and other companies, on how to create self-sustaining teams that perform at the highest levels.

Chris Edwards

Chris is currently the Director of Technology at Effin Amazing, an analytics and growth consultancy. He is a 16-year Internet marketing veteran with experience in web design & development, search engine optimization, online marketing, social media marketing and mobile development.

Chris Wiegman

Chris is a Senior Web Engineer for 10up and has been working on WordPress. Before joining 10up Chris built one of the largest security plugins in the WordPress community as well as numerous other plugins and solutions.

Chrissie Scelsi

Chrissie Scelsi is the principal of Scelsi Entertainment and New Media Law with offices in Orlando and Port Charlotte, Florida, where she focuses her practice on entertainment, intellectual property, internet, technology, and business law.

Cliff Seal

Cliff is a Senior UX Engineer at Pardot, a Salesforce company, where he’s also the resident WordPress nerd. He’s the co-founder multiple profitable side projects, such as Evermore and TuneDig. He co-organizes amUX, a morning meetup focused for local UXers. He’s an accomplished speaker who’s given talks around the world.

Dan Beil

Dan, hailing from Minneapolis, MN, has been a WordPress developer since, focusing on front-end responsive code and clean admin interfaces.

Dave Clements

Dave has been a freelance WordPress developer for the better part of a decade. A civil engineer during the day, he works with individuals and companies to build websites and web applications using WordPress.

David Bisset

I’m a full-time freelancer developer living in South Florida (Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area). I am a WordPress developer and specialize in BuddyPress sites/applications. I also do stand-alone PHP work.

David Parsons

David Parsons, a recent Computer Science graduate over at The University of Central Florida, has been working with WordPress for over seven years now. He is currently working at BrandCo as a Web Developer.

Devin Vinson

I started as a typical ‘little bit of everything’ web guy. WordPress was an open and accepting path full of tutorials and an amazing community which I grew to love and depend on.

Frank Corso

I have been working with WordPress for around 7 years. I started off developing websites; however, around 2 years ago I became more active in creating and monetizing plugins.

Helen Hou-Sandi

Helen is a lead developer of WordPress and the Director of Platform Experience at 10up, where she contributes to the WordPress open source software project full-time.

Hristo Pandjarov

Hristo has been working for SiteGround as a WordPress expert for more than seven years now. He’s done it all: supported WordPress clients, built websites, designed WordPress themes.

James Tryon

My name is James Tryon. I’m Creative Director of WP Valet, founder of Easily Amused, Inc, and a father of 2. I’m also one of the co-organizers of WordCamp Orlando and the WordPress Orlando meetup group.

Jared Easley

Jared Easley is a genuine entrepreneur. He has been called the Zig Ziglar of the podcasting world. In the past couple of years he’s started a podcast, written a book and co-founded Podcast Movement which is the World’s Largest International Podcasting only Conference.

Jesse Petersen

Jesse started Petersen Media Group in and quickly became booked solid. He’s specialized in Genesis and coaching/consulting small businesses and solopreneurs how to improve their lives with a WordPress site that delivers results and doesn’t make them crazy.

Joe Dooley

Lead Developer at The CRUSH Agency, a Tampa full service Marketing Agency. My specialty is custom WordPress development; both themes and plugins.

Jonathan Brinley

Jonathan has been building WordPress websites and plugins for eight years, taking the plunge into full-time freelancing shortly thereafter. He works with his wife Stephanie at Flightless, and spends much of his time with the distributed team at Modern Tribe.

Josh Eaton

Josh Eaton is the Lead Services Developer and Lead Facial Hair Cultivator at Reaktiv. He ships beautiful code facilitated by Sriracha, an intense calling to be your WordPress hero, and coffee.

Josh Pollock

Josh is the owner of and a developer for CalderaWP, makers of innovative WordPress plugins. He is also a weekly contributor to Torque Magazine, and the community manager and contributing developer for the Pods Framework.

Keith Fraley

From 1998 through Keith did programming work and server program hosting for banking software companies. Coding in those days meant using RPG or maybe even BAT files. Over time coding for these jobs moved into Java Scripting and HTML.

Lenny Gale

Lenny Gale gave up his CPA job and road-warrior lifestyle. His favorite foods are grapefruit, egg whites and scotch. He speaks, writes and lives at lennygale.

Mason James

Mason James is a native Floridian who got his start volunteering for WordPress support in various forums in and landing a job as the Sales & Support Lead at WPMU Dev for 3 years. , he started WP Valet where he now leads a team of 18 awesome individuals who provide development, support, and peace of mind to WordPress site owners around the world.

Micah Wood

Micah is a consultant and web developer from Atlanta, GA who is committed to continuously improving his understanding of WordPress and sharing his insights with the greater WordPress community. He has worked on WordPress projects for large Fortune 500 brands and is a Co-Organizer of the Atlanta WordPress Coder’s Guild and an Assistant Organizer of the WordPress Gwinnett Meetup groups.

Michele Butcher

Michele is the lead WordPress Specialist at WP Security Lock cleaning hacked websites and teaching the masses how to stay secure in the WordPress world.

Michelle Schulp

Michelle is an independent graphic designer, recently relocated to Minneapolis from Chicago. She was formally schooled in design including print, branding, packaging, etc., with additional education in Psychology and Sociology, all tying together in a love of How To Solve Problems.

Nathan Ingram

I specialize in building easy-to-use web sites that help small businesses, professional firms, and nonprofit organizations look great on the web. I am a regular instructor at iThemes Training where I teach WordPress, Web Design, and Freelance Business Development via live webinar.

Rachel Carden

Rachel Carden is a web designer and developer for the University of Alabama who has a passion for community, problem solving, and watching the site count go up on her WordPress multisite network.

Raymmar Tirado

Raymmar is the Director of Products for Clear Idea Labs in Sarasota Florida. He brings a unique perspective to the world of software design and development, by blending 10+ years of sales and marketing experience, with his background in art and design.

Richard Tape

Rich is the WordPress developer for the University of British Columbia in beautiful Vancouver, Canada. Originally from Manchester, England he moved to Canada in April and regards doing so as the best decision he’s ever made.

Robert Jolly

For over 15 years, Robert has worked on web projects with clients from non-profit, government, higher education, small business, start-up, and enterprise organizations.

Ryan King

Ryan King has been designing and coding webpages for 14 years and has specialized in WordPress custom theme design and development, plugins and other customizations.

Shawn Hooper

Shawn is the Chief Technology Officer at Actionable Books. Hailing from Ottawa, Canada, he is a lifelong computer geek. He wrote his first database application at the age of 12, and ran a bulletin board system while in high school. He has been a web developer since 1995, and a WordPress developer.

Stephanie Brinley

Like many little girls, Stephanie loved to dance, she loved to draw, and she loved to try out every typeface available on the computer when designing birthday cards for her family.

Steve Burge

Steve is from England, but met a lady from New Jersey in Thailand, lived with her in Japan and Australia, got married in north Georgia and now loves living in Florida. Steve is the CEO of OSTraining. He wrote the best-selling Drupal and Joomla books and is working on a WordPress edition.

Steven Word

I am a seasoned web developer working with WP Engine as part of the Labs team where I focus my development efforts towards the WordPress open source project.

Syed Balkhi

Syed Balkhi (@syedbalkhi) is an award winning young entrepreneur with several 7 figure online businesses. He was recognized as the top 100 entrepreneur under the age of 30 by United Nations. His work has been featured in Forbes, Inc, Washington Post, Fox Business, Entrepreneur, Wired, and many top publications.

Taylor Bare

Taylor Bare, CEO of TaylorMade Web Presence, has been building with web code since learning HTML in the late ’90s and until he tried WordPress in and has been designing with it exclusively since then.

Topher DeRosia

Currently Chief Documentarian for Easy Digital Downloads, Topher has been the CTO of a WordPress based startup, freelanced, and worked in a cubicle farm. He’s been a WordPress developer for 5 years now, and a general web developer for 20 years.

Zach Wills

Zach is a Senior Developer at Reaktiv Studios, WordPress core contributor, and Netflix binge watcher. He’s passionate about front and back-end development and is always learning something new.

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