Panel: The Future Of Mobile / Mobile & Web

Our final speaker announcement before WordCamp Brisbane is a panel on “The Future Of Mobile / Mobile & Web”. The future of WordPress and mobile devices will be changing considerably over the next 12 – 18 months as new technology and frameworks emerge. This panel discussion will cover all things mobile from responsive design right through to mobile apps. During the session we will have an MC leading the discussion but we will be encouraging audience questions.

Our panel of our experts is James BanksLucy BloomfieldNik Cree and Ryan McCue.

Speaker: Ryan McCue – The WordPress REST API

Ryan McCue

Ryan McCue

We have our final speaker announcement for WordCamp Brisbane (apart from a panel that we have to announce too 🙂 )! Ryan McCue will be talking about The WordPress REST API. The WordPress REST API is a simple but powerful way to interact with WordPress. There is also a 2.0 Beta available of the project on Github which is being actively maintained and updated as the project works it’s way into WordPress core. Ryan started this project as a WordPress Google Summer of Code project and it has been growing in leaps and bounds since that project started.

This project will affect everyone who works with WordPress! The WordPress REST API will change the way use WordPress as it’s not only able to expose WordPress content, meta, users and media in JSON. You can easily extend the API to expose content and settings from custom post types and plugins that you have developed. Not only can you view the data but you can perform any CRUD activities provided you’re authenticated via the API’s endpoints.

This means that you can use mobile, desktop and web applications that you create in any programming language or framework and update your WordPress data without having to login to WordPress.  This will really make it a lot easier to use “WordPress as an application framework”. Ryan’s talk will cover the project goals and will make you excited about the future of WordPress!

Ryan was only 14 when he committed his first WordPress patch but he’s been contributing to open source software since he was 11 or 12. He’s also maintained SimplePie which is an RSS and Atom reader this is used in WordPress core. He’s now a Senior Engineer at Human Made and is one of the lead developers of the WP REST API project.

You can follow him on Twitter.

Silver Sponsor: OpenSRS



We’re very happy to announce another Silver sponsor for WordCamp Brisbane! OpenSRS is the wholesale unit of Tucows, exclusively focused on the needs of resellers. Through a network of over 14,000 web hosts, Internet service providers and Web companies, OpenSRS manages domain names, email addresses, digital security products and web publishing tools for millions of end users worldwide. We offer white-label, brandable end-user interfaces, easy-to-use management tools, extensive technical documentation, scalable, reliable systems, competitive pricing and outstanding customer support.

OpenSRS is extending an exclusive offer for WordCamp Brisbane participants whereby the standard ($95 USD) reseller signup fee is fully waived, as well as special pricing for popular Australian TLDs. All you need to do is head over to and use the coupon code “SRS100AUS” to sign up for a free reseller account. Drop by and say hi to get more information on the promotional pricing.

You can follow them on Twitter.

Bronze Sponsor: SitePoint


WordCamp Brisbane are happy to add another Bronze sponsor to our lineup of wonderful sponsorsSitePoint is a world leading publisher and community for web developers and designers. Founded by Mark Harbottle and Matt Mickiewicz, our mission is to deliver fundamental knowledge, new ideas, and emerging concepts to web professionals across the globe. For practical tutorials, articles, books, courses, and our Forums, if it’s got anything to do with making incredible internet things — we’ve got you covered.

You can follow SitePoint on Twitter.

Silver Sponsor: Shortie Designs

Shortie Designs

We’ve got yet another awesome Silver Sponsor for WordCamp Brisbane! Shortie Designs is a Brisbane digital design studio that specialises in custom made WordPress websites and online strategies. Taking a strategic and user focussed approach, they harness the power of UX, design, and web development to create online solutions that get results. Working with small to medium business, their clients include, Tourism Tropical North Queensland, QUT and Goodlife Health Clubs.


Bronze Sponsor: Matter Solutions

Matter Solutions

We’re very happy to announce another local Bronze sponsor for WordCamp Brisbane! Matter Solutions is a Brisbane-based web design, SEO and AdWords agency focused on creating high performing WordPress websites and digital strategies for businesses. With a passion for beautiful design, strategy and results, the team love building websites that drive traffic and convert visitors. Matter Solutions have a wealth of experience completing a range of responsive WordPress websites for notable clients across Brisbane.

Bronze Sponsor: SiteGround


We’re happy to announce another Bronze Sponsor for WordCamp Brisbane! SiteGroundwith over 11 years in the business, provides managed WordPress hosting that does not miss a thing! Their servers, available in 3 different data centers across the world, are optimized for ultimate WordPress speed and security and they provide many goodies for the WordPress fans – automatic updates for the core WordPress and its plugins, WordPress SuperCacher for ultimate speed acceleration, staging tool for the coders and unique WordPress autoinstaller for the starting users – all crafted in-house by the SiteGround team. And still they do not forget the importance of the good old standard hosting features like the domain name registration, the email service, control panel and the reasonable pricing. They also have a support team that is not only available 24/7 by phone, chat and ticketing, but consists of WordPress enthusiasts who will help you with specific WordPress issues. SiteGround has been actively involved with the community speaking, supporting and attending various WordCamps around the world and by sponsoring WordCamp Brisbane they want to further contribute to the amazing WordPress community.

Speakers Dinner Sponsor: iCreate

iCreate Soluctions

We have yet another WordCamp Brisbane sponsor. Thanks very much to iCreate who are sponsoring the speakers dinner! iCreate is a studio full of designers, developers and marketers on Brisbane’s Bay side.  We’re full service agency offering services across both the traditional and digital spheres of marketing.  (Yes – traditional is still a thing). Oh, and we love WordPress!

Silver Sponsor: Conetix


We’re very happy to announce another Silver Sponsor for WordCamp Brisbane! Conetix  has for over 10 years helped countless businesses and developers build their own customised web hosting solution. Using a hands on business approach and years of experience, Conetix delivers a tailored, solid hosting environment that meets web professionals needs at every level.

With a continued focus on superior hardware and intelligent automation systems, Conetix is able to provide enterprise grade solutions ranging from basic web hosting through to advanced application and Managed WordPress Hosting. 

Speaker: Ricky Blacker – How To Tweak Your WordPress Theme

Ricky Blacker

Ricky Blacker

We’ve got yet another speaker announcement for you! Once you’ve learnt about WordPress themes you’ll probably want to start customising and creating child themes so Ricky Blacker will teach you how you can get started doing that. Ricky will present a simple guide to bending your WordPress theme to your will! Learn how to tweak and change the design of your website without hundreds of plugins or years of coding experience. Using easy to learn skills, you will unleash your inner designer, and become a WordPress master!

Ricky’s presentation will cover some of the following topics:

  • Preparing your WordPress site for customisation.
  • Some of the tools needed to achieve amazing results.
  • Simple beginners tips to make basic changes beyond your themes customizer.
  • What a WordPress child theme is.
  • How to create a WordPress child theme.

Ricky is a self taught web professional who found and fell in love with WordPress, and the community behind it while looking for a CMS platform to build websites for clients. He soon fell down a rabbit hole full of plugins, themes and passionate WordPress devotees, which forever changed his life and has taken him on an extraordinary journey, filled with late night talks with equally enamoured Wordies and fueled by craft beers.

Ricky runs Data Guru, a small web design business based on Brisbane’s Northside, which develops sites for small to medium sized businesses, as well as doing Pro Bono work for not for profit groups.

He is a Co-Organizer for the Sunshine Coast WordPress Meetup Group, and also regularly attends the Brisbane WordPress Meetup and Brisbane Web Design Meetup groups.

In his spare time (not that he has much of that), he is a temporary Australian (motorcycle rider), plays keyboards and sings in a local Brissy band and tries to stay on top of the ever changing Web Development world. He is passionate about sharing his knowledge of WordPress with anyone who will listen, and loves helping newbies find their legs with the WordPress back end, and show them what can be achieved with this powerful platform.

You can follow Ricky on Twitter.

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