Matt Mullenweg is a winner of this year’s TechFellow Award in the “Product Design and Marketing” category.
Each TechFellow award comes with an $100,000 grant for investment. The winners are to distribute the grant to a start-up of their own choosing. The grants are provided by Founders Fund and New Enterprise Associates.
Jason Kincaid, of TechCrunch, wrote this about the “Product Design and Marketing” category winners:
Product Design and Marketing candidates are people who have designed insanely great products, who have made technology beautiful, who have created the marketing campaign that blows you away and make you want to go out and buy ten of them for your whole family. These are the storytellers, the artists, the people who make our dreams come alive.
The other winners in the “Product Design and Marketing” category were Aaron Sittig, Khoi Vinh, Courtney Holt, and Dave Morin.
Mullenweg also took the opportunity to thank Jane Wells and Matt Thomas for their design influence on WordPress and himself over the past few years.
We are expecting upwards of 300 attendees this year, while seating is limited. Your ticket includes access to the main stage sessions, technical sessions, coffee break and lunch for 2 days, official t-shirt, plenty of networking time to collaborate and share ideas, and also a buffet dinner provided by Microsoft.
They will be also be giving away cool door prizes like copies of How to be a Rockstar Designer, WooThemes merchandise, and a premium membership to Tuts+.
Themes Kingdom has announced the launch of its first theme–the very appropriately named Firsty Theme. It is a blog/portfolio theme.
Firsty Theme comes equipped with features including a flexible homepage, automatic image resizing, and a built-in contact form. You can see a full list of the features on the Themes Kingdom announcement post or just figure them out for yourself with the demo.
Become a member at Themes Kingdom for $19 a year to get full access to Firsty Theme and all the great themes that are sure to follow.
You can also follow the knights at Themes Kingdom on Twitter at @themeskingdom.
Michael Kuhlmann has released the Hope child theme for the Carrington Business framework and will be donating the proceeds to World Vision. 100% of the proceeds to be exact.
World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization, states that it has provided assistance to over 100,000,000 people in 100+ countries. They help struggling communities across the world by providing necessities like clear water, food, and an education.
Kuhlmann wrote this about why you should buy Hope:
Because everybody deserves at least the most basic necessities in life. Thinking about how many water faucets are in and outside of your home, how would you feel if you only had one — that spewed dirty water. It’s a sad fact of life but one that can be changed, starting today. And if you’re a WordPress fanboy/girl, then this child theme is definitely for you.
Photobox is the newest theme released by Themify. It is a great new option for photo bloggers using WordPress.
Themify’s newest theme comes with seven skins and layout options and the ability to give each page its own settings. Photobox also requires no plugins, because it utilizes WordPress’s native media gallery abilities.
Themify is also offering a discount code for a limited time that will save you 30%. The discount code is “photobox”. The code expires on December 3rd and is only valid on purchases of Photobox.
Carlos Aguaron of Gorilla Themes announced that their popular Tribal Music theme has been revamped. Tribal Music is now fully WordPress 3.0+ compatible, and they’ve added a bunch of cool new features.
The new version now allows one click Facebook and Twitter configuration. The update also makes it much easier to add your preferred music or video player to your blog. Check out Carlos’ post to find out more about the new update or just give the demo a spin.
The Tribal Music basic package is available for $79.95, and the developer package costs $139.95.