WordCamp Boston is a community-driven conference, organized by volunteers with assistance from the WordPress Foundation. Many many volunteers work in advance of the event, at the event, and after the event to make it all happen.

That said, these are the folks who form the core organizing committee for WordCamp Boston 2011. You can also follow the team on twitter.

John Eckman :: is a Digital Strategist at ISITE Design, a digital agency serving clients from offices in Los Angeles, Boston, and Portland OR. ISITE Design’s mission is to teach clients to thrive in the digital age. They also produce the CMS Myth, a blog covering the challenges organizations face in implementing content management systems and how to overcome them. 

John is also the primary developer of WPBook, a plugin for integrating your WordPress blog with Facebook, and blogs at Open Parenthesis and Goatless.

kurteng Kurt Eng :: is a biochemist/biomedical engineer by training. When not researching liver diseases, he can usually be found at the Boston WordPress Meetup, or gaming!  After installing and using WordPress “the hard way”, Kurt has become active in making technology and cooking easier for people who want to learn through consulting at Tech News Made Simple.
Chris Traganos Chris Traganos is the web developer for Harvard Public Affairs & Communications and is responsible for the university’s main webpage and WordPress-powered Harvard Gazette news site. Chris is the Co-Chair of Harvard’s Web Working group, which connects University developers and designers through web-related workshops, training sessions, and guest speakers.
mitcho (Michael 芳貴 Erlewine) is a linguist, coder, and teacher in Cambridge, MA. He is the developer of the popular Yet Another Related Posts Plugin and HookPress, developed ShrimpTest with Automattic (the company behind, has spoken at WordCamps around the world, and is a founding organizer of WordCamp Boston. He has previously worked at Mozilla and has been a Fulbright scholar in Taiwan. He is currently a PhD student in linguistics at MIT.
Erick Hitter :: is a web developer with Providence-based Oomph, Inc. specializing in complex WordPress implementations for high-traffic sites, including several on the VIP platform. He is also responsible for the company’s BuddyPress projects. Erick has created a number of WordPress plugins available from the official repository, including the Simple Facebook Share Button and Tag Dropdown Widget, as well as the VIP External Permalinks plugin.
James Coletti has over 10 years experience developing applications for the web, and more recently mobile devices. He has been using WordPress since version 1.5 and founded the Boston WordPress Meetup in 2008, a community devoted to bringing WordPress fans together to network and share knowledge. James is a principal at Modal Machine, a new firm that offers WordPress consulting, theme and plugin development services, and provides an exclusive and scalable WordPress-centric hosting solution to clients. James continues to evangelize WordPress as it evolves into a powerful content management system.
Reiko Beach is a Principal at TRB Design, Inc. Since 2002, at TRB we had been using WordPress for building websites for 3+ years when we figured out that it was a complete CMS system and not just a blogging platform. We believe that WordPress is the most powerful and most user friendly CMS platform for small business owners and individuals. As a company we offer web marketing, website creation, content development and video for the web. We blog consistently on The Non-Profit Toolbox and run The Gymnastic Minute channel on YouTube. When we talk about web marketing it’s because of doing it as successful video production company, years of marketing know-how, with years of personal experience in marketing products on the web through our GymSmarts line of products. Reiko has spoken about using WordPress at Podcamp, Western MA, Podcamp NH, and GeekGirl Camp.
Andrea Rosmarin Andrea Rosmarin is Senior Manager, Corporate Event Marketing at Oracle. Specialties include conference and sponsorship management in the real and virtual world. Expertise across the full event toolkit — content development; negotiations and decision-making; forecasting, budgeting, and financials; demand generation; vendor and partner relations; social media; program reporting, analysis, and ROI. Her work has included high tech, health care, telecom, software, and early on, working with one of the first ever platforms bringing together the hospitality industry from around the globe to be able to market, sell, and deliver various business products to the Fortune 100.

11 Responses to Organizers

  1. Sachiko says:


    Can you please provide a summary of what each session is about?
    “Web strategy for higher education and WordPress as a Higher-Ed Content Management Solution” sound nice, but they also sound similar. I want to optimize the time I spend in camp. It would be really nice if I could plan accordingly based on the learning objectives and goals of each session. I don’t want to find out 10 minutes into a session, that I can figure this out on my own, while another session is going on that I could be benefiting from.

    • John says:

      The plan is for each speaker, between now and Camp, to post a brief outline/summary of their session, which will then be linked from their session title – so you should be able to do this in advance of the camp.

  2. Sachiko says:

    Also, there are several instances where I want to attend sessions that are running concurrently, is there a way I can take sessions I missed, online after the event? Or at least get to see a vimeo or ppt?

  3. Sachiko says:

    Can you recommend the right sessions to take during camp, if I am interested in starting a multi-authored online community?

  4. Lydia says:

    HI- Great WordCamp! How do we watch the recorded sessions? I cannot find them on this site. Thanks!

    • John says:

      They are not available yet – will take us some time to get them all edited together – check back in 4-6 weeks.

      They will be posted to as well as here.

  5. Shaun says:

    I can’t find the address where you were going to post the slides from the various presentations. Thought it was on the speaker ratings site, but no. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

    • John says:

      We encourage speakers to use SpeakerRate and SlideShare, but it is really the presenter’s option.

      We will also ultimately be posting videos to and embedding them on this site – but that will take some time.