We’re excited to introduce you to another group of super-star speakers from across the WordPress community and beyond.
Zeev Suraski is one of the principal authors of the PHP programming language. His involvement with PHP dates back to 1997 when he co-created the foundation for PHP 3 – the first version of PHP that resembles ‘modern’ PHP. Zeev later spearheaded the PHP 4 project – which made PHP the most popular development language in the world for Web apps and contributed to PHP 5. Zeev co-founded Zend Technologies in 1999, serves as its CTO and leads the company’s R&D teams.
Sara Golemon is a long-time contributor to the PHP project, as well as the Open Source lead for HHVM, and author of “Extending and Embedding PHP” and numerous other code projects. She currently spends her days at Facebook in California pushing code and collecting ElePHPants.
Ella Iseulde Van Dorpe is a WordPress core contributor for SiteGround. She was a student on the Google Summer of Code Project, and works on the WordPress user interface, particularly with TinyMCE.
Aki Björklund is a mostly self-taught web generalist. He has been developing websites since 2000. After 10 years of developing custom CMSs with Microsoft technologies for media companies, among other things, he had enough and switched to 100% WordPress. Aki is a founder and the CEO of H1, a Finnish WordPress agency.
Jan Thiel is a Developer with more than 12 years of experience and DevOps Enthusiast. He is currently focussing on running WordPress for customers and talks about security, data privacy and tries not to get lost in technical details too much. Currently he lives in Hamburg in the northern part of Germany and is a Co-Organizer of the local WordPress Meetup there.
Adam Silverstein started programming by learning assembly code on his Radio Shack color computer (with 4K!), and started a software company from his college dorm room. After years building custom solutions he embraced WordPress as his platform of choice, built sites for clients large and small, and eventually wound up as an Engineering Manager at leading WordPress agency 10up. He was recognized as a “rockstar” for his role in the revisions rewrite for WordPress 3.6 and has contributed to every release since then. He loves long rafting trips, playing mbira, travel, taking walks and tending his over sized garden.”