Speaker Spotlight: MWNW welcomes back Morten Rand-Hendriksen!

Morten Rand-Hendriksen- @mor10
Pink & Yellow Media, Creative Director

Morten Rand-Hendriksen is a web designer, developer and educator based out of Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. He specializes in highly customized and unusual WordPress themes and is obsessed with web standards, information design and making the web make sense for everyone.

Before turning his attention to the web Morten worked as a politician, musician, photographer and jeweller. The common thread that binds this past and the present together is his desire to enable communication, in all forms, and help people understand each other on a deeper level.

Morten is an author for Pearson publishing and Lynda.com and has published 3 books and two video series on web design and WordPress with more to in the works. He also writes about anything and everything web related on the popular blog Design is Philosophy and tweets under the handle @mor10. Most recently he lunched the new startup PhotoPivot.com with Chris Arnold that uses the Microsoft Pivot application to create a digital lightoard for professional photographers. 

In the time that’s left Morten is the co-organizer of the Vancouver WordPress Meetup group, the co-creator of WordCamp:Developers, the creator of the 12×12 Vancovuer Photo Marathon and an avid ballroom dancer.

 We asked Morten a few things:

Why did you decide to speak at Make Web Not War?

There are a lot of exciting things happening on the web right now, and a lot of it is surrounding this rather vague term “cloud computing”. I’ve been working on moving myself and all my clients over to a solid and scaleable cloud hosted solution to leverage the power of the cloud for some time and it’s high time I start sharing some of my experiences. The bottom line for me is there are new things on the horizon and there are great and powerful tools out there ready to be used. All we have to do as developers is grab them, get to know them and start using them.

What do you hope this event will help achieve?

I spoke at Make Web Not War in Montreal in 2010 and was floored by the level of collaboration and communication between the different open source developers in that city. In my hotel room after the event I emailed the organizing team and demanded they take the conference to Vancouver in 2011. What I hope will happen with Make Web Not War and Vancouver Open Source Week is that all the different insulated open source communities in Vancouver start looking beyond their fences and reach out to each other. We’re all in the same boat, regardless of what particular solution we choose to work with, and the challenges we face are the same: HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript integration, APIs, smaller screens, cloud computing. There is more common ground than there is divergence, and I want to use Make Web Not War as a platform to open that common ground up to everyone.

What are you most looking forward to at the event?

Make Web Not War will be a unique opportunity to meet people from all the different Open Source and programming communities in one place at the same time. I hope to connect with people, create new collaborations and learn new things from fellow designers and developers.

Morten will be will talking about Open Source in the Cloud – PHP on Azure