WordCamp Sacramento Speaker Interview With Aaron D. Campbell

Aaron Campbell

Aaron D. Campbell

AaronDCampbell.com | @aaroncampbell

Aaron is the WordPress Security Team lead, has been a regular contributor to WordPress for more than ten years, and is currently funded by GoDaddy to work full time on the WordPress open source project. He has over seventeen years of web development experience and worked with clients ranging from small local businesses to Google, Yahoo, Disney, and Harvard. He’s been called both a coffee snob and a beer snob, but considers both to be compliments. When not buried in code, he enjoys spending time with his wife and son, riding his motorcycle, and reading sci-fi/fantasy books.

WordCamp Session Title

The Future: Why Open Matters

Why Is This Important?

WordPress is open-source and we keep hearing about the open web, but what does it mean? Why does it matter? If it’s so important, how can we help? Come find out why a concept that’s been written about for nearly a thousand years is so important to the modern web!

How Did You Discover WordPress?

I’ve been using WordPress since not long after it’s inception and contributing to it for over a decade. I actually discovered it in a relatively thorough search through various content management systems in late 2004/early 2005.

How Do You Use WordPress?

I’m funded by GoDaddy to work full-time on WordPress core. I’m the WordPress Security Team Lead.

How Has WordPress Impacted You?

Open source in general, but WordPress in particular, has had a huge impact on my career. It gave me opportunities that I would not have gotten otherwise, allowed me to build on the work of others to achieve things that I wouldn’t have been capable of alone, and ultimately has become the thing that I do to support myself and my family.

What Do You Do When Not Working?

I ride motorcycles with my son. We have a big chunk of property with riding trails and a motocross track. I also love reading, especially sci-fy/fantasy. Escaping into another world is a fantastic way for me to relax and disconnect.

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