Smart Stuff

Alternative Interfaces, Artificial Intelligence & Augmented Interactions

This year we explore the opportunities and challenges alternative interfaces, artificial intelligence, and augmented interactions bring to our futures.

Learn MoreSee Events

AI seems to be everywhere. It is an acronym fraught with implications and possibilities. We have an idea of what it means, but how do our smart devices know what we want? Who taught my car to parallel park? Is my home spying on me? It’s all very confusing. This year CHIFOO explores the opportunities and challenges alternative interfaces, artificial intelligence and augmented interactions bring to our futures. We will take a deep dive into how smart devices, cars, and homes are changing our culture and even us, while exploring the interactions this new tech makes possible. The possibilities are exciting, inspiring, and at times unexpected. As professionals dealing with communication, interaction, and results we are at the center of this vortex of change, given the charge to provide solid solutions for an uncertain world. We are empowered by these new tools yet challenged by them as well. As the ones responsible for using it all, we must get up to speed on it all quickly.

This speaker series will explore the various ways these themes are playing out in our lives now while determining the potential for the future by examining specific applications of each. By understanding more about what the potential of how to best use the tools, we can provide better solutions in our own work, and create a more friendly world. Please join us for this exciting series.

Please note: CHIFOO wants to make sure that each meeting is a great experience for everyone. If you need an accommodation to help you better enjoy CHIFOO meetings and events please let our CHIFOO Programs Chair know how we can help a few days prior to CHIFOO event.

2019 Speakers and Events

Robin E. Way

Robin E. Way

Robin has over 35 years’ experience in the design, development, execution and improvement of applied analytics models for clients in the banking, insurance, payments, brokerage and energy industries. Mr. Way is on the Faculty of the International Institute of...

David Dylan Thomas

David Dylan Thomas

David Dylan Thomas, author of Design for Cognitive Bias, creator and host of The Cognitive Bias Podcast, and a twenty-year practitioner of content strategy and UX, has consulted major clients in entertainment, healthcare, publishing, finance, and retail. As the...

Julie DeBari

Julie DeBari

Julia is currently the Head of Design Operations at Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design. She has over two decades of experience in UX working in a wide range of roles and companies. Julia is known for her UX mentorship and career guidance. Her presentation...

Jena Nesbitt

After being let go from her first studio design job, Jena Nesbitt took a chance and attended an event that changed her life. She realized what she was missing in her life by getting out of her field and doing something new. Feeling the lack of community and support...

Sanda Erdelez

Sanda Erdelez

As an information scientist, Sanda Erdelez has spent more than 30 years researching information encountering (IE), also known as the serendipity of bumping into interesting and useful information. Website:

Leo Frishberg

Leo Frishberg currently serves as Director, User Experience, at athenahealth and is an active member of the User Experience community both locally and internationally. For over 20 years, he has served on the board of CHIFOO, helping transition the organization’s...

Seda Evis

Seda Evis

Seda Evis is a design strategist and a creative business leader with extensive experience in technology, operations, planning, design and design research. Her superpower is systems thinking in experience design and her hybrid mind, combining creativity and analytics,...

Cheryl Platz

Cheryl Platz is the author of Design Beyond Devices: Creating Multimodal, Cross-Device Experiences and a world-renowned designer whose work on emerging technologies has reached millions of customers across multiple industries. Cheryl's professional passions include...

Dylan Wilbanks

About the Speaker Dylan Wilbanks (he/him) is currently Product Design Manager at Syniti, an enterprise cloud company solving the complex data problems of business. His career has included stops at HP Enterprise, Apptio, and the University of Washington. As a leader...

Kate Pincott

About the Speaker Kate is a Remote Design Coach helping to unblock creatives through connecting to their inner wisdom and throwing in there some design operations strategy too! Kate has spent 11 years in the design and tech industry from small start ups to agencies...

Cyd Harrell

About the Speaker Cyd Harrell, Cyd is well known in industry and government for her creative approach to UX research and service design. She believes you can answer any question as long as you are fearless and creative about methods. She was the VP of Research for...