Speaker Spotlight: Jack Lenox

Jack Lenox is a Design Engineer on the Theme Generation team at Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com. He has been building websites since 1998, and building them with WordPress since 2008. In 2011 he set up writing community jottify.com, powered by WordPress. He lives in the north of England where he enjoys mountain biking, skiing, visiting Roman ruins, appreciating great design and drinking good coffee.

Company: Automattic

Website:  jacklenox.com

Talk Title Building themes with the WP REST API

Talk Summary:  With the REST API shortly due to be merged into WordPress core, it’s about time developers started thinking about building themes that use it. The REST API allows developers to create much more engaging user experiences. This will be a talk that covers the challenges one faces when working with the REST API, how to extend the REST API itself from within your theme, and suggested ways that themes can be built to use it.

What do you love most about WordPress?  I would say that my favourite thing about WordPress is its versatility. I think this is why it has become so popular and ubiquitous. You can do almost anything with WordPress and I still enjoy showing dumbfounded onlookers a site or app that, against their expectations, is powered by WordPress.