The Future of the Web is Low-Tech

Accepted Session
Short Form
Scheduled: Tuesday, June 20, 2017 from 2:30 – 3:15pm in B204


Learn about the unexpected use cases of your online content and the technologies available to help expand the breadth of its distribution.


WordPress proudly powers 27% of the most popular sites in the world. The project as a whole is doing an excellent job of achieving their mission to “democratize web publishing.” However, there is still a severe need for low-tech access to WordPress – and the web – for content consumption in the developing world.

This session will cover use cases, user groups, and a few proposed techniques for making both content and publishing tools available to those without high-speed Internet, 3G/4G connectivity, or traditional desktop publishing tools. It will also delve into some of the emerging technologies that make content more accessible to those with limited access (and the controversy surrounding them).

Attendees will achieve a deeper understanding of potential, unreached user demographics and the tools/techniques they can use to reach these groups.


technology, access

Speaking experience

WordCamp US 2015 The Future of WordPress is Low-Tech
php[world] 2015 The Future of WordPress is Low-Tech
WordCamp Europe 2015 Sandboxing your Development Environment with Vagrant
WordCamp Orange County 2015 A Tale of Two Test Suites
LoopConf 2015 A Better World Through Integrated Testing
WordCamp Romania 2014 From Newb to Imposter - and beyond - in 5 Simple Steps
WordCamp Phoenix 2014 {12} Needs Unit Tests
WordCamp Phoenix 2014 Ten Lessons on Customer-centric Development
WordCamp San Francisco 2013 Automated WordPress Development
WordCamp Boston 2013 PHP Unit Testing
WordCamp Portland 2013 The Future of WordPress Lies in the Past
WordCamp Seattle 2013 Automated WP Development
WordCamp Phoenix 2013 Bridging the Digital Divide
WordCamp Phoenix 2013 WordPress 301: Plugin Development
WordSesh 1 WordPress JavaScript Hooks
WordCamp Portland 2012 Questions You’re Too Embarrassed to Ask
WordCamp Seattle 2012 Integration WordPress with External APIs
WordCamp Phoenix 2012 Playing Nice with Others - Integrating WP with Other APIs

php[tek] 2016 JavaScript for PHP Developers
php[world] 2015 JavaScript for PHP Developers
JSConf Brazil 2014 Monkeys in the Machine
jQuery Russia 2013 jQuery + Web Workers = Immense Processing Power
jQuery Portland 2013 Unit Testing: Minutes Now Will Save Hours Later
WordSesh 2 Rock-solid JavaScript and AJAX

Sunshine PHP 2016 Going Password-Free
NEPHP 2016 Monkeys in the Machine (PHP edition)
NEPHP 2016 Dockerizing Development
php[tek] 2016 I Promise() to teach you asynchronous PHP
NomadPHP Asynchronous Awesome - Task Management in PHP
ZendCon 2015 Sandboxing your Local Environment with Vagrant
ZendCon 2015 A Tale of Two Test Suites
NEPHP 2015 Rediscover the Power of WordPress
php[tek] 2015 Rediscover the Power of WordPress
php[tek] 2015 Testing as Regression Prevention (tutorial)
php[world] 2014 A Tale of Two Test Suites
php[world] 2014 Testing as Regression Prevention (tutorial)


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    Eric Mann



    Eric Mann is a seasoned web developer with experience in languages from JavaScript to Ruby to C#. He has been building websites of all shapes and sizes for the better part of a decade and continues to experiment with new technologies and techniques.

    Eric is a Tekton working with Tozny helping to engineer better, safer, more secure ways to identify yourself and control your information.