Prior to 10up, where he currently serves as a Sr. Front End Engineer, Allen has garnered varied, yet relevant experience that has helped to shape his current approach to web design. At North Carolina State University, he worked as a web designer where he designed and developed public facing websites; and managed the migration of sites built using a combination of Static HTML, Drupal, Joomla and proprietary CMS software to the WordPress Platform. While teaching at Wake Technical Community College, he had the opportunity to lay a foundation for the students in his HTML/CSS and Basic WordPress classes. In addition, Allen launched and operated AM Creative (a full service web design and development firm), and for a time functioned as Systems Administrator for the County of Wayne.
Away from work, Allen’s interests abound. He is active in his local WordPress community, having served as a guest speaker for the Raleigh WordPress Meetup; and is an active member of the WordCamp Raleigh organizing team. He is an accomplished musician, having played the guitar/bass and wowed on vocals for upwards of 20 years. Although he appreciates, and has played music of all genres, he’s been listening to a lot of Jazz, Jazz Fusion and Blues of late. Allen currently plays bass guitar at The Summit Church in Raleigh (a multi-campus church with 10 campuses, and over 10,000 weekly attendees). Allen is a confessed sports addict. He is a fan of UNC Tar Heels football and basketball, the Carolina Panthers football, and the Chicago Cubs baseball. He also enjoy watching the Durham Bulls, which is a local AAA Minor League baseball affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays.
Allen is content relaxing with a good book; sharing a cup of coffee or searching out a pint of local beer with friends, and eating at the remarkable restaurants in the Raleigh/Durham area. Barring all else, Allen enjoys spending time with his wife Karoline, and their overly spoiled dog George. In short, Allen is a contented man of simple, but varied interests and uncomplicated desires.
Allen’s Session Details
This year’s schedule provides content across 3 main tracks, each with a specific focus:
- Front-End Development
- Back-End Development
- Platforms (content management systems, cloud-hosted services, mobile applications and infrastructure.
Attendees can customize their personal agenda by choosing sessions with an aim to improve their craft, fulfill goals, and learn cutting edge trends and best practices in a relatively short time.