Meet the Organizers

WordCamp Lancaster 2017 is less than two week away! It’s a good time to introduce the team that’s putting things together. There are hundreds of WordCamps every year, each one organized by local WordPress enthusiasts and Lancaster is no exception. We’ll all be labelled with special lanyards, along with all volunteers, and are available to assist with any question or issues during the conference.

Corey Salzano, Co-Organizer

Corey is a full-stack developer at Friday Systems Inc, and an avid promoter of local events, including the Lititz Craft Beer Fest. In the off chance you catch him away from his computer, Corey can be found playing hockey, grilling, or laying down some sick bass lines.

Corey is also a lover of the mighty capybara; often spending countless hours perfecting the ancient craft of origami to match their noble likeness.

I feel that nearly all of their features look to be unfortunately-sized, and that makes them adorable.”


Jonathan Ober, Co-Organizer

Jonathan is a seasoned web designer and developer, working out of the Leaf Collective right here in Lancaster.  He dreams of owning a tiny house and touring both the United States and the world someday.

Another animal enthusiast, Jonathan is a lover of sugar gliders and has been known to outshine even the worlds top-most veterinarians when it comes to trivia regarding their habits.

“I have no idea what a sugar glider is.”


Dustin Leer, Co-Organizer

Dustin is designer and developer in Lancaster. He’s designed countless components of WordCamp Lancaster, including every Wapuu we have!

Dustin’s animal of choice is the mysterious pygmy marmoset.

“The pygmy marmoset is so tiny. So adorbs.”


Lauren Pittenger, Co-Organizer

Lauren works as a designer and front end developer at a boutique consultancy, LBDesign. Her hobbies are wheel throwing, painting and reading. Her true passion is cat photography, specifically her own. However, if your cat asks nicely, she will probably photograph it as well.

Continuing the animal loving trend, Lauren is particularly fond of the Okapi. She may one day photograph them too.

“I really love their zebra legs. Really, that’s the only part of the zebra you need.”


Andrew Adcock, Co-Organizer

Andrew is a Senior Developer at Unleashed Technologies, focusing on WordPress, Drupal, Symfony, Node, and Laravel projects. He was an organizer for the 2016 WordCamp Baltimore, and joins Lancaster as a co-organizer in 2017.

Andrew is an amateur keytar-ist, Krav Maga spectator, and PHP enthusiast. He can be found playing music to stray cats in the Baltimore region, working on various open source projects for Symfony, and watching the television show Sliders.

Andrew’s animal of choice is the bear. He finds their hugs particularly soothing.

“They’re all just teddy bears, really. Even those grizzlies.”


Rami Abraham, Lead Organizer

This years Lead Organizer, Rami, is a developer and musician, and probably some other things.

Rami has an affinity for the Star-nosed mole. He plans on using them for surviving the apocalypse in a flooded earth scenario, which he predicts has a 27% probability of occurring given present data.

“I greatly appreciate the Star-nosed Mole’s ability to smell underwater.”

The roster of organizers at a WordCamp can vary from year to year, and we wouldn’t be where we are today without the dedication and service of these selfless, wonderful people:

  • George Stephanis, Organizer Emeritus

  • Mary Waldman, Organizer Emeritus

  • Austin Ginder, Organizer Emeritus

  • Bri Piccari, Organizer Emeritus

A special thank you to our incredible team of volunteers, the backbone of the conference. Look for a post introducing them coming soon!

Have any questions or comments for the organizers? Contact Us!

Get Involved

WordCamp Lancaster 2017 is coming up fast. There are just a few short weeks left until the big day and we could use your help! WordPress is all about community and helping one another and we could use a hand. We are looking for a couple more volunteers to help us out and make sure things run smoothly.

Fill out the form here and let us know what you are interested in.

Did we mention, if you are selected as a volunteer, you also get free admission? What have you got to lose?

Keynote speaker: Dr. Nazli Hardy

We’re incredibly excited to share details about the keynote speaker and her session! The session will be taking place at 4pm on the day of the conference, prior to closing remarks.

Community is what makes open-source technology like WordPress work. It’s critical to security, market success, and growth of the technology itself.

Our 2017 speaker coordinator, Charlie Reisinger, has invited Dr. Nazli Hardy to tell her incredible story, and share those insights with us to close the day.

Dr. Nazli Hardy

Dr. Nazli Hardy – Associate Professor of Computer Science, Millersville University. Chair, Women in Science, Math & Technology Conference, Millersville University.

The Upside of Obstacles: Lessons Learned from Three Continents

As a girl born to a tin-roofed home, in Bangladesh, the road to earning a degree in Chemical Engineering, an MBA, and PhD in Computer Science, took me through unexpected paths, and taught me life-defining lessons about diversity, inclusion, and community.

Dr. Nazli Hardy is an Associate Professor of Computer Science and the Chair of the Women in Science, Math & Technology Conference at Millersville University. Her areas of interests are Computer Networks, Biodiversity Informatics, and Women in STEM fields. She was born in Bangladesh, brought up in Zimbabwe, and earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in New York. She likes dark chocolate, warm weather, dance music, and reading British mysteries. She is opinionated about world affairs and human rights, and has been blogging since 2005. Her world revolves around her husband and their two children, with whom she loves to travel, near and far.

The keynote session occurs from 4-5pm, and is followed by pre-party remarks.

Second round of speakers announced!

We’re very excited to announce our second batch of speakers! Speakers are announced as confirmations are received from each speaker. We’ll have more announcements soon regarding our keynote speaker, followed by the conference schedule. Without further ado, the second batch of speakers, and their sessions!

First round of speakers!

We’re very excited to announce our first batch of speakers! Speakers are announced as confirmations are received from each speaker. We’ll have more this week, followed by the conference schedule. Without further ado, the first batch of speakers, and their sessions:

  • Taylor Lovett, Isomorphic WordPress Themes with NodeifyWP
  • Lee Drozak, Parents and Children: Themes That Is
  • George Stephanis, WordPress of Things: Connecting your digital presence to your physical footprint.
  • Angelina Simms, Using Design Thinking to Grow Your Community
  • Anthony D Paul, Sneaking in Good UX Without a UX Budget
  • Jason Coleman, What you should know about the WordPress REST API as an end user.
  • Austin Ginder, Staying sane while maintaining hundreds of WordPress sites
  • Davis Shaver, Common publisher problems and how to solve them
  • Reed Gustow, An Introduction to Plugins and Hooks (with Special Guest Hello Dolly!)
  • Sal Ferrarello, Making WordPress Filters Work for You


Our After Party Will Be Held At…

The Lancaster Science Factory! 🎉

The Lancaster Science Factory is a hands-on, interactive technology and science center one mile from our venue on the same street. We are thrilled to celebrate WordPress and our community at this museum, and we have been eagerly looking forward to this announcement.

We hope that you will join us for a day of learning and inspiration at WordCamp Lancaster 2017. Tickets are on sale now!

Accommodations & Lodging Near WordCamp Lancaster

If your WordCamp weekend will be longer than a day trip, Lancaster welcomes you with a unique array of rooms to accommodate your stay.

Near the Venue & in Downtown Lancaster

Lancaster, Pennsylvania is a friendly, vibrant, and walkable city with deep roots in American history. Today, Lancaster is home to thriving theater and arts scenes, hundreds of casual and fine dining restaurants, five museums, and many attractive events.

Guests staying at the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square will rest at our city’s center and wake up across the street from Lancaster Central Market, the oldest farmer’s market in the country. The best reason to stay Friday night may be because Central Market is not open on Sunday mornings.

The Lancaster Arts Hotel is a boutique hotel of just five floors, filled with contemporary art, and built in a 19th century tobacco warehouse. Today, the hotel is a smoke-free building that also houses a restaurant.

The Hotel Lancaster is two blocks north of the square and was designed for business travelers from top to bottom.

The closest rooms to our wonderful venue, the IU13 Conference and Training Center, are just down the street at the Cork Factory Hotel. Unfortunately, we have been told that they are booked for the weekend of March 4th.

Outside City Limits & Amenities Galore

The Eden Resort has two restaurants situated in an amenity-rich, relaxing environment for guests. The Eden is also home to a gorgeous wedding venue and sits adjacent to route 30, providing perhaps the best access to our areas highways.

Outside City Limits & Near Tourist Attractions

A few miles east of Lancaster on Route 30, a bustling shopping district attracts so many tourists that hotels are built faster than mapping services can create listings for them. Tanger & Rockvale outlet shopping centers, the (closed for the winter) Dutch Wonderland children’s amusement park, and Amish shops & villages are key drivers behind the nearly two billion dollars that are spent by tourists in Lancaster County each year. Choosing a hotel on route 30 near this business district will mean competitive rates and traffic with access to hundreds of retail stores and restaurants.

Join us on March 4th! Plan your stay and check out our advice for travel: Getting In and Around Lancaster.

Reminder: Speaker Submissions Close February 3rd

WordCamp Lancaster is a mere thirty-five days away and speaker submissions are closing at midnight on Friday, February 3rd. We’d like to invite and encourage new and experienced speakers to apply to speak.


In true WordCamp fashion, WordCamp Lancaster will cover an array of topics, anywhere from design and development to blogging and website administration and more.

A Few Things to Keep in Mind

  • Being a professional speaker is not required
  • It’s okay if you don’t know everything – no one does!
  • Consider how your talk will relate to WordPress
  • Consider the value for the WordCamp Lancaster audience; what do you want attendees to learn?
  • We’re a friendly bunch, and an excellent place to gain confidence and experience
  • Feel free to submit more than one proposal, each as its own form submission

A Few Topic Ideas

  • How you’ve used WordPress to do something unique and innovative
  • A super awesome trick that saved you and/or your clients time and energy
  • Something you’ve just learned about
  • Something you do every day, whether you think everyone already knows it, or not (not everyone does!)

Everyone has a story, and we invite you to share yours with us on March 4th at WordCamp Lancaster. If you have any questions, please contact us — we hope that you will apply.

Want to be involved, but don’t want to speak? Please consider applying to be a volunteer or being a sponsor.

Apply to speak.

Getting In and Around Lancaster

Traveling to Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Lancaster is the eighth largest city in Pennsylvania and was the nation’s capital for one day on September 27, 1777, after the Continental Congress fled Philadelphia during the Revolutionary War. We hope this travel information will make your trip to Lancaster more pleasant than that of our revolutionaries.

By automobile

From the west, via the Turnpike/I76

Take exit 247 Harrisburg East & follow 283 East to Lancaster

From the east, via the Turnpike/I76

Take exit 286 Reading & turn left on 222 South to Lancaster

From the south, via I83

Take exit 19 for PA-462/Market St & turn right onto 30 East to Lancaster


Parking at our venue is plentiful and free. Street and garage parking are administered throughout the city by the Lancaster Parking Authority.

By public transit

Via train

Lancaster has an Amtrak station, LNC.

Via bus

Ten of the Red Rose Transit bus routes extend outside city limits into surrounding towns.

By plane

The closest comfortable airport is Harrisburg (MDT), but you’ll still likely need to catch a connecting flight at a larger regional airport. Connections from Washington, DC (IAD) are about 20 minutes wheels up to wheels down.

Philadelphia (PHL) and Baltimore (BWI) are both about 90 minutes away.

Lancaster Airport (LNS) has daily service from Pittsburgh (PIT) and Baltimore (BWI), but these flights are on small propeller planes that frighten casual fliers even though ear plugs are usually provided.

By boat

You can’t really take a boat directly here. If you must take a boat, try to dock in Baltimore, then take a Penn Station Amtrak train to LNC station in Lancaster.

Showing up is 90%!

Call for Sponsors

WordCamp Lancaster is a not-for-profit conference celebrating its fourth year. Our speakers, volunteers, and staff all donate their time to make an event that is as engaging and accessible as possible to anyone who wishes to participate.

Lancaster is unique in that we have a very passionate, growing community of technology professionals, and have seen consistent growth year after year. WordCamp Lancaster is frequently attended not only by locals, but by WordPress professionals and enthusiasts from all over, most notably the regional Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C., and New York WordPress communities.

Sponsoring a WordCamp is an incredible way to contribute to the WordPress community and meet users, designers, and developers from near and afar.

Similar technology conferences cost hundreds to attend, while WordCamp Lancaster costs less than dinner for two. To keep ticket prices low, we allow generous sponsors to join our event, and WordCamp attendees appreciate that sponsor contributions help strengthen our community, and make the event possible.

Have something in mind for swag, or a special idea to engage attendees? We’re excited to work with all sponsors this year to refine their ideas, provide suggestions, and of course, assist with any issues that may arise.

We’ve got three terrific sponsorship levels available for businesses that are interested in getting involved – Maple, Cherry and Oak, named after the three most highly-used hardwoods in the Lancaster County area:

Maple, $1,500

  • Your name or logo in the WCLancaster sidebar and printed in the program.
  • A link to your home page on the WCLancaster sidebar.
  • Public thanks during opening/closing remarks.
  • A post thanking your business on the WCLancaster blog.
  • Up to 4 complimentary tickets to WordCamp Lancaster!
  • A company representative is welcome to join us for the Speakers Dinner on Friday, March 3rd.
  • One table of approximately 3’W x 6’L or equivalent floor-space in the sponsors’ area.

Cherry, $750

  • Your name or logo in the WCLancaster sidebar and printed in the program.
  • A link to your home page on the WCLancaster sidebar.
  • Public thanks during opening/closing remarks.
  • Up to 2 complimentary tickets to WordCamp Lancaster!
  • Up to 1’W x 3’L of swag table space for promotional products (one or two tables on which you may place products along with other sponsors.

Oak, $500

  • Your name on our WCLancaster sidebar and in the program.
  • A link to the social media account of your choice on the WCLancaster sidebar.
  • A complimentary ticket to WordCamp Lancaster!