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, strategy and design, left and right brain. Her work results in new markets, products and concepts, services and organizations, with a focus on human experience and insights in a range of industries — technology, consumer goods, education, industrial, aviation and automotive/mobility. Seda is a Designer-in-Residence at University of California San Diego’s Design Lab. She’s also a board member at Design Forward Alliance, a non-profit that promotes human-centered design as a tool to help advance San Diego as a premier city for business, education, and enjoyment. Seda teaches Innovation and Design Thinking at University of San Diego’s Entrepreneurship Institute, also her alma mater.

Stacy Taylor

Stacy Taylor

Stacy Taylor

Auth0

About the Speaker

Stacy Taylor is a product designer at Auth0, where she creates a better user experience for developers and security professionals to provide safe and secure products for their users. She began her career as a librarian doing work in information architecture and user research, which eventually led her to pivot to a full time career in UX. She has served as a member of the CHIFOO board since 2018.

Cheryl Platz

Cheryl Platz

Cheryl Platz

About the Speaker

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 natural user interfaces, applied storytelling in design and research, and taming fierce complexity in any manifestation. In her current full-time role as a Principal UX Designer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Cheryl led the service design effort for the yearlong transition to modern remote meetings and human-centered design efforts to define the future of knowledge management at the foundation. Past employers include Amazon (Alexa), Microsoft (Azure, Cortana), Electronic Arts (The Sims, The Urbz), Griptonite Games (Disney Friends), Disney Parks (PhotoPass), and MAYA Design.Cheryl is also Principal and Owner of her own design education firm Ideaplatz, LLC through which she shares her expertise with the global design community via talks, workshops, writing, and limited consulting engagements. She’s delivered her sought-after talks and workshops in 16 countries across five continents.

Website: https://cherylplatz.com
Medium: https://medium.com/@cherylplatz

Dylan Wilbanks

Dylan Wilbanks

Dylan Wilbanks

Product Design Manager, Syniti

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 and mentor in the design field, people look to Dylan for strategic insight, tactical planning, and design leadership in their organizations. He has presented on user experience and accessibility at conferences such as SXSW and Webvisions. He is also co-founder and a managing editor of The Interconnected, an online journal of the ways UX design creates and alters our connectedness with the world.

Kate Pincott

Kate Pincott

Kate Pincott

Remote Design Coach

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 like Ustwo and global corporates such as Facebook.

Cyd Harrell

 Cyd Harrell

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 SF-based remote research firm Bolt | Peters until June 2012, when Facebook acquired the company. Since 2012, working with the Center for Civic Design, Code for America, and 18F, as well as independently, Cyd has helped multiple executive- and judicial-branch agencies in the US apply research techniques and user-centered practice to serving the public. When not at the office helping public servants use design for good, Cyd is a mentor for mid-senior UX practitioners. Her favorite tools are metaphor and (metaphorical) duct tape.

Kevin Hoffman

Kevin Hoffman

Kevin Hoffman

United States Digital Service

About the Speaker

Kevin Hoffman, Twitter, Linked In

  • Currently serving a four year term of service as part of the United States Digital Service, where he is the head of design operations for the VA.gov and the lead of the Veteran account experience for VA.gov, which helps millions of Veterans of the US Armed Forces get the benefits they’ve earned every day
  • a former Vice President of Design at Capital One
  • the Author of the Rosenfeld Media book “Meeting Design for Makers, Managers and Everyone”
  • teaching workshops and speaking regularly about improving meetings at work

Bill Buxton

Bill Buxton

Bill Buxton

Microsoft Research

About the Speaker

A Partner Researcher at Microsoft Research, Bill has an over 40-year involvement in research, practice and commentary around design, innovation and human aspects of technology. Following a 20-year career as a professional musician, he morphed into a researcher and interaction designer, at the University of Toronto, Xerox PARC, Alias Research and SGI Inc. He has been awarded four honourary doctorates, is co-recipient of an Academy Award for Scientific and Technical Achievement, received an ACM/SIGCHI Lifetime Achievement Award, and is a Fellow of the ACM. Bill has published, lectured and consulted widely, and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto, and a Distinguished Professor of Industrial Design at the Technical University Eindhoven. Other than his family, mountains and rivers are his first love.

For more information, see billbuxton.com

John Porter & Bryce Johnson

Bryce Johnson & John Porter

Bryce Johnson & John Porter

Microsoft

About the Speakers

John Porter, Microsoft
John Porter is a Senior Designer at Microsoft, a PhD candidate at the University of Washington in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering, and an MIT Technology Review 35 Under 35 recipient. Professionally, his work on the Modern Input & Accessibility Design team involves crafting new ways to interact with Windows which are more flexible and inclusive of individual needs and preferences. His academic work tends to the intersection of HCI, inclusive design, and experiential equity within video games.

Bryce Johnson, Microsoft
Bryce is the Sr User Researcher for Microsoft Devices where he is devoted to ensuring Microsoft products are accessible. Bryce initiated and designed the first Inclusive Tech Lab at Microsoft, which has now hosted over seven thousand visitors; it is a facility where people can explore how people with disabilities interact with Microsoft games, services, and devices. Bryce is one of the inventors of the Xbox Adaptive Controller ever since he was a lead on its project at the 2016 Microsoft One Week Hackathon.

Rachel Beth Egenhoefer

Rachel Beth Egenhoefer

Rachel Beth Egenhoefer

University of San Francisco

About the Speaker

Rachel Beth Egenhoefer (she/her) is a design educator, sustainability researcher, systems leader, critical maker who uses design as a tool for social change. She is a Professor in Design at the University of San Francisco, where she teaches courses in sustainable design, systems thinking, design activism and community engaged learning. Egenhoefer is the editor of the Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Design (2017 & 2019) and the moderator of AIGA SF’s Compostmodern series.

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@RBEgenhoefer
LinkedIn
https://www.rachelbeth.net

Wendy Johannson

 Wendy Johannson

Wendy Johannson

Publicis Sapient

About the Speaker

Wendy is Global Vice President, Experience at Publicis Sapient where she forges Experience as the bridge between Strategy and Engineering for Publicis Sapient’s client services. She previously co-founded Wizeline, a global product development company, where she was VP of UX & Academy. Wendy built her career in leading UX teams as an early employee at successful early-stage startups such as Loopt, Ooyala and Appnexus. In her spare time, Wendy sits on the board of the CompuSoluciones Venture Fund where she invests in LatAm tech startups and is an advisor at Cerby, a cybersecurity startup.

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In times of uncertainty, ambiguity and change, how do we create spaces where we can be our authentic selves? How might we make opportunities and experiences more accessible? How might we make safer spaces through design?

In this talk, we will explore methods of co-design so we can curate our spaces, physical or digital or hybrid. We’ll look at design’s role in creating safer spaces, how products and services become artifacts of our experiences, and how design can impact communities at scale.