Currently there are two organizers for HeyPressto!, Phil and Pat (Hopful is more a mascot and guide). You’ll see we come from similar backgrounds, and that’s an issue and we’d like to address it. So if you want to help address that by bringing a perspective we don’t share, or experiences we don’t have, please contact us. You may think of something we’ve missed, or something we need to change. We welcome all and any suggestions and criticism. We are continously listening.
Phil Barker (@philbarker) is a consultant in information systems for education and technology to enhance learning. He has been blogging with WordPress since 2007, and writing plugins and themes since 2012. He thinks WordPress is great because of the easy progression it afforded him from writing blogs, through installing and customizing themes and plugins to writing his own themes, in much the same way as drupal didn’t. He is not a fan of Gutenberg because, well, see previous. He uses WordPress mostly for side projects, otherwise he is to be found working on metadata schema, open education and educational content in projects through Cetis LLP.
Pat Lockley (@pgogy) started out in WordPress at the University of Nottingham as a blogger. He then went to work at the University of Oxford on a WordPress OER project as a developer (OER is Open Educational Resources). When that ended, he worked on another WordPress OER project. He then went to the University of London, where amongst other things, he helped redesign their blog. He also helped set up a series of WordPress sites to help support the first MOOC ran by an English University. For the last six years, he’s been self-employed running Pgogy Webstuff and doing a lot in WordPress. You can see more on his WordPress dot Org profile. He helped out the WordPress Governance Project, looking into Ethical Source code, and general trying to do the right thing.
Hopful Bunny is our logo and our symbol of optimism. They are quite happy in that hat; it’s not shyness, just a preference, it doesn’t need explaining. Hopful is generous, and capable of great magic. Let them into your life and they will brighten it.