Volunteer Spotlight: Stephanie Froehner

sfroehner-smallIn the weeks leading up to Website Weekend LA 2016, we’ll be shining the spotlight on some of the volunteers who will be donating their time and talent during the event to help build websites for local nonprofit organizations that are doing good in the community. Today, we meet Stephanie Froehner!

What’s your day job?

I am a designer at FiveSixTwo, Inc., an enterprise software agency. We’re a startup, so I get to work on lots of different aspects of our products. I meet our customers and discuss their goals, wireframe and prototype, conduct user interviews and testing, create visual designs, and work with developers for implementation.

How will you be using your experience to help during Website Weekend?

I love working on websites and as a design generalist with startup experience, I know I how to work quickly and fill roles as needed. Read More

Sponsor Spotlight: Dev Bootcamp

Saturday breakfastDev Bootcamp’s mission is to transform lives by teaching people of all backgrounds the technical, cognitive, and interpersonal skills used in software development so they can thrive in the tech economy. Our vision for our company and the tech industry is to build a community of confident and passionate people making beautiful and meaningful things.

Dev Bootcamp empowers those looking to grow their skills and knowledge to land a career they love in the tech industry. Dev Bootcamp prides themselves on providing an effective and inclusive curriculum for their students. Three values underpin our approach: Transparency, Allyship, and Compromise.

Please join me in giving a hearty thank you to Dev Bootcamp as an in-kind sponsor, who are providing yummy breakfast on Saturday to fuel our volunteers.

Sponsor Spotlight: Event Espresso

Once upon a time there was no event management or ticket sales solution in the WordPress ecosystem. Those days were sad days.

c8nzm5o6Then a mighty warlock, named Seth Shoultes, emerged from his thousand years of meditation to build the first big thing. Event management and ticketing solutions built just for WordPress. A platform was born, one that has been duplicated many times over by the competition but no competitor has reached the level that Event Espresso has. Read More

Sponsor Spotlight: Pagely

Best WordPress HostingI wish more companies were hands-on and community involved like Pagely. Headed by Josh and Sally Strebel, Pagely is among the most personable companies in the web hosting industry. Part of that lends itself to their deep-roots in the WordPress community. I think their own desire to put back more than they take is a driving force that shows in a variety of ways. Pagely recognizes the importance of giving back and helping your local community. They “get it.”

Pagely is also a performance-optimized platform for business websites powered by WordPress. They innovated the Managed WordPress Platform long before the industry exploded, just seven short years ago. Pagely has been at the forefront of performance, platform stability, and innovation since they hit the scene.

Join me in thanking Pagely as our awesome and generous in-kind sponsor.

Volunteer Spotlight: Andressa Anantharaju

andressa_anantharaju_profileIn the weeks leading up to Website Weekend LA 2016, we’ll be shining the spotlight on some of the volunteers who will be donating their time and talent during the event to help build websites for local nonprofit organizations that are doing good in the community. Today, we meet Andressa Anantharaju!

What’s your day job?

UI/UX Designer (Freelancing – working at a digital agency and a startup at the moment)

How will you be using your experience to help during Website Weekend?

Help brainstorm solutions, layouts, flows, sketching, wireframing and designing the interface. Read More

Sponsor Spotlight: OpenX

OpenX Logo. (PRNewsFoto/OpenX Technologies, Inc.)Our next in-kind sponsor I would like to welcome is OpenX. OpenX is really helping Website Weekend LA out in a big way. They are not only donating the space for our event but are supplying loads of drinks and snacks for the big day, too. It’s pretty cool. We are incredibly grateful for all the support they are providing us for this event.

Aside from being an awesome company that supports their local tech community. They are about as cool as they come. OpenX is a pioneer and leader in the ad-exchange platform business. They innovate as part of their job. Their platform has earned high praise and awards from Deloitte, Inc500, and a whole host of other publications.

Please help us thank OpenX and welcome them aboard. =)

Volunteer Spotlight: Valerie Sharp

gradpic-1In the weeks leading up to Website Weekend LA 2016, we’ll be shining the spotlight on some of the volunteers who will be donating their time and talent during the event to help build websites for local nonprofit organizations that are doing good in the community. Today, we meet Valerie Sharp!

What’s your day job?

I’m a UX / Lead Frontend Developer at Estify at the moment. I’m at work I’m either trying to perfect balance between colors and spacing or trying to figure out why my code broke. Sounds stressful but I honestly feel like I get the best of both worlds: art and code.

How will you be using your experience to help during Website Weekend?

Being one of the few Frontend Developers on my team, I’ve had to learn the importance of balancing my workload to get things done. I also feel my ability to create responsive interface will help get things done on the front end side of things. Read More

Volunteer Spotlight: Mia Irizarry

trendculpritmiaa-irizarrycgbpIn the weeks leading up to Website Weekend LA 2016, we’ll be shining the spotlight on some of the volunteers who will be donating their time and talent during the event to help build websites for local nonprofit organizations that are doing good in the community. Today, we meet Mia Irizarry!

What’s your day job?

During the day, I run and grow my Digital Media Agency for Musicians Trend Culprit , taking care of the admin and website development aspects of the business, while orchestrating a creative team to assist and develop our client’s projects as they come in.

How will you be using your experience to help during Website Weekend?

Throughout our time together at the Website Weekend my goal is to use my experience to assist students in obtaining the greater picture of the different stages of website development for a business site, from pre-development, development to delivery. We will consider the scope of the project, the website users, the business needs and website features to finally make it a functional website. Read More

Volunteer Spotlight: Sundee Koffarnus

sundee_koffarnusIn the weeks leading up to Website Weekend LA 2016, we’ll be shining the spotlight on some of the volunteers who will be donating their time and talent during the event to help build websites for local nonprofit organizations that are doing good in the community. Today, we meet Sundee Koffarnus!

What’s your day job?

I work as an independent art director and graphic designer.

How will you be using your experience to help during Website Weekend?

I bring visual design and strategy, brand identity, typography, color palettes, infographics, etc.

I also bring a perspective from the marketing and advertising fields.

My coding skills are entry level HTLM and CSS, and I have a basic understanding of responsive design with a mobile first approach.

In addition, I am organized, detail-oriented and resourceful. Read More

GiveWP

GiveWP is a donation platform that seeks to democratize the act of giving. Give was created for the sole purpose of empowering nonprofit organizations to be able to fund themselves easily while having greater control of how they take in those donations and also minimizing costs and fees.

Give is developed by the fine folks over at WordImpress, a premier WordPress-based plugin shop, and resource. We’re super stoked to welcome Give aboard as a Company Sponsor.

Aside from the awesome team that Give has assembled, we love that Give is also a huge believer in community partnerships. They help so many local communities and charities and really have done an outstanding job by being community leaders themselves. We couldn’t be more grateful!

Please help us thank the good folks at Give and WordImpress!

@givewp@wordimpress