A little over 12 months ago WordCamp Kansas City 2011 was initiated. Between working at our 9-5 jobs and doing fun events like Startup Weekend, South by Southwest (SxSw), and WordPressKC, a local user group for WordPress. The Organizers, Jacob McDaniel, Josepha Haden and Val Bontrager compiled their thoughts, ideas, and started the process of launching a WordCamp for the first time in Kansas City.

It has been a long road and it’s almost here, actually 11 days away. We have learned a lot of new and interesting information, not only about WordPress, WordCamp, but also about ourselves. Continue reading more about each individual organizer and definitely follow their paths into the future.

See you all at WordCamp Kansas City 2011!

Jacob McDaniel

Jacob McDaniel (@designbyjm) is the owner and Chief Pixelator of &Pixels (@andPixels), a KC local Web Design, Web Development, and WordPress company. He has been using WordPress for 2+ years. Recently he partnered with Josepha Haden of Haden Interactive to create WordPressKC, a local WordPress User Group and he very is excited to be bringing WordCamp Kansas City to KC for the first time. Jacob has used WordPress for multiple sites to include:,,, and his personal portfolio

Josepha Haden

Josepha Haden (@JosephaHaden) is a graduate of William Jewell College and a professional linkbuilder for MMG Worldwide and for Haden Interactive. Haden Interactive has been using WordPress for three years and is thrilled that they could partner with &pixels to bring the first ever WordCamp to Kansas City. Josepha’s WordPress sites are,, and

Val Bontrager

Val Bontrager began building WordPress websites when she wanted to start a blog and wanted it to look like her website. She got a job at a small agency where she got to hone her professional WordPress theme design for many different clients. She now works during the day for VML and at night for Coffeegurl Design, her own freelance company.

She attended the third WordPress Meetup where she met Jacob and Josepha and partnered with them to work towards bringing WordCamp to KC. You can find info about her,, and read her or follow her random tweets at @coffeegurl.