Speaker Spotlight: Matt Pilon

If you’re lost on the topic of Geolocation, you need to sit in on Matt’s talk, WordPress and Geolocation: A journey to the center of the soul. Fascinated by the art, science and technology of communication, take a stroll on over to the Gaslamp and enjoy the ride.

With that said, here’s today’s Speaker Spotlight:

How long have you been working with WordPress and what first attracted you to it?

1 year, 5 months. What first attracted me to it was the recommendations from family and friends that it was a great way to distribute content for business and pleasure.

What are your thoughts on the WordPress community as a whole, including WordCamps?

The WordPress community is strong because its members are interested in helping each other solve publishing problems. Problem solving usually occurs over the web, but WordCamp gives us a chance to do it in person and explore, debate, refine, and ultimately evolve current strategies and concepts for every aspect of online publishing.

Who in the WordPress community inspires you? Who do you follow?

Matt McInvale: To me Matt is a vendor and a client, and basically my WordPress Sensei. (Don’t judge his work based on mine though.) If there were an International Museum of Minimal Technological Art, his work would be a regularly featured exhibit. To WordPress he is an online message board contributor, WordCamp participant at every level, and senior open source commando.

Boone Gorges: Boone is lead developer on BuddyPress, and blisteringly fast crossword doer.

Chelsea Otakan: Master of the frontend.

Luke Pilon: Luke introduced me to WordPress and Matt McInvale. For someone that only codes with a gun to his head, Luke is an amazing coder. For someone that loves community and loves publishing, he is a huge asset to WordPress.

What is the most exciting feature/addition/improvement to WordPress that you have noticed in the last year?

They’ve been out longer, but only within the past year have I noticed the featured image. Whether you’re at the level of developing custom post types or not, this feature is a necessity to every interesting blog or site…and by interesting I mean it’s being regularly updated with information that falls into categories and needs to be called out in various manners. I love this feature.

Where do you see WordPress two years from now?

I dunno, internet? (My Sensei would be proud)

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