Speaker Spotlight: Joey Kudish

Joey is a Code Wrangler at Automattic, where he works on partnerships, third party integrations, APIs and other projects for WordPress.com. He contributes to several open-source projects including WordPress.org plugins and WordPress core. Joey’s also an enthusiastic world traveller and has been working on the road for several months.

Joey is presenting: Interacting with WordPress in your own applications.

1) Why do you like using WordPress?
WordPress is free and open source, which aligns very well with my values. It’s allowed me to have a successful career while helping making the world a better place. Simply put, it’s amazing software with an amazing community and set of values.

2) Why did you decide to speak at WordCamp Ottawa?
I am originally from Montreal and have a soft spot for Ottawa. I’m glad that I get the opportunity to meet and share with the Ottawa WordPress community. I am thankful that I get to attend a few Canadian WordCamps.

3) What is the one thing you want people to walk away with from your talk?
That using WordPress as an application development framework is not as complicated or daunting as they might think.

4) What is your favourite WordPress plugin or theme? Why?

It’s hard to pick just one, and it’s certainly hard not to be biased either. I really like the direction in which Jetpack is headed and I love that it brings amazing features to WordPress.org users. I like it when themes go beyond the traditional blog model and I have to give WooThemes kudos on doing that many times over the years.

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