Organizers

Alex Kirk

Alex Kirk is a web programmer from Vienna. Ever since he came across the WWW in the mid-90s he has been creating websites that do more than just present content. He was a founding member of Netvibes.com, other projects include thinkery, colorillo, podmash and many more.

Since 2014 Alex works on the internationalization efforts at Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com. You can find him on Twitter as akirk

Letizia Barbi

Letizia Barbi is an International Communication Specialist with a bachelor degree in journalism and a master degree in marketing and communication. With more than 6 years experience in different marketing sectors, from PR agencies to multinational enterprises, Letizia successfully helps companies increase awareness with planning, execution and monitoring of marketing campaigns.

Letizia powers most of her client’s architectures with WordPress, helping them to better communicate their values and successes.

Letizia has been managing international events as her primary skill since the very early of her career.

Luca Sartoni

Luca Sartoni is a media professional with more than a decade of technical and marketing background. Thanks to his extensive experience in different business environments, from SMEs to large corporate projects, Luca helps companies scale up their business adopting data driven strategies. He does not believe in Santa Claus, magical spells and everything that is not backed up by facts. Luca is a Growth Engineer at Automattic.

In addition to his consulting background, Luca is a well renowned blogger and a speaker in the online communications industry.

Paolo Belcastro

Paolo Belcastro is the Store Division Lead at Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com. The Store Division is in charge of promoting and selling premium upgrades to WordPress.com users, as well as supporting Business and Enterprise accounts, with a focus on providing an exceptional user experience.

Paolo started developing online products from Paris, France in 1994 with ParisHotels.com, managed and monetized high profile domain name portfolios from 1998. In 2004 he founded his own internet consultancy firm in Geneva, Switzerland.

Paolo Belcastro is from Italy, studied photography at the ENS Louis Lumière in Paris, France. Modern nomad, after Italy, France, and Switzerland, Paolo currently lives in Vienna, Austria. Passionate photographer, he also dedicates his free time to the WordPress community through the organization of WordCamp Europe and WordCamp Vienna.

Stefan Buchberger

Stefan knows the way from an initial idea to the finished book, from production to people’s shelves and reading devices: As a book publisher he was responsible for programs and redactions, marketing and PR, distribution, contracts, rights and fundraising. He was concerned with analog and digital products, worked in a bookstore and as an editor for literary magazines.

In 2001, during his studies of German Philology and Political Science, he co-founded Luftschacht Verlag, an independent publishing house that has gained international recognition for it’s literary fiction, graphic novels and children’s books.

With his new project Buch & Berger he finally combines his industry experience with his enthusiasm for web technology – aiming to meet the demand for better websites and web publishing strategies on the part of writers, publishers and their fellow book workers. (And of course WordPress is his favorite press for books that live in the web.)

Thomas Kräftner

Thomas Kräftner is an interactive developer with a degree in Information Design. His studies taught him that one should always keep his mind open for new stuff and not silo oneself in a very narrow field of work. Therefore, while having a clear focus on web development, he also has a good understanding of a lot of surrounding fields.

He launched his first WordPress powered client website right after starting his freelance business in 2008. With 6 years of professional experience he has been serving everything from small companies to big enterprises. Presenting his clients content in exciting, effective and aesthetically appealing ways is his topmost goal. Apart from online presences he is also interested in concise information-visualizations and interesting generative design.

Since 2014 Thomas has been co-organizing the WPVienna Meetup and is an active member of the WordPress Development Community on Stackexchange – all leading to the next logical step of joining the WordCamp Vienna team.

Wanna say hello? Find him on twitter as @tkraftner