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Thriving in Chaos, CHIFOO 2017 Speaker Series

2017 CHIFOO Speaker Series

Thriving in Chaos:
Strategies for Good Design

Risk and business needs are where design projects start. While methods and objectives might differ, we all share the bottom line. Implementing the best designs takes more than specs and code.

Selling, negotiation, and response to risk are skills we need in real world. Delivering great user experiences in the face of organizational politics, market drivers, and IT constraints takes skills rarely taught in school.

How can business needs and strategic language best be translated into design requirements? How does good user experience design address threat and risk? How do trust and transparency in team communication impact ROI? Join CHIFOO for panel discussions, talks and workshops offering tactical know-how to thrive amid chaos.

There are three categories of focus in this year's speaker series: Design for Security(Orange), Design for Growth in Business/Education(Blue), and Design for Health and Care (Green). Each category has been assigned a color so that it can be followed throughout the year more easily.

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.


2017 Speakers and Events

Patricia Colley, CDK & Creative Catalysts Consulting | Matt Smith, ActorInnovating from Within
January 11, 2017
Patricia Colley, Creative Catalysts Consulting |Matt Smith, Actor




Alicia Nagel, GRAYBOXEmbrace the Chaos
February 1, 2017
Alicia Nagel, GRAYBOX




Ivana McConnell, Senior UI/UX Designer at Customer.ioInclusion Before Diversity
March 1, 2017
Ivana McConnell, Senior UI/UX Designer at




Chris Berg, Firemaple IndustriesBottom Up Security
April 5, 2017
Chris Berg, Firemaple Industries




Amelia Abreu, UX Night SchoolCaring Technologies Designing for Trust and Care
May 3, 2017
Amelia Abreu, UX Night School




Mary Shaw, UX ConsultantHow To Get Buy In And Be On The Same Page
June 7, 2017
Mary Shaw, UX Consultant




Colin Bay, Thug Design | Dwayne King, Pinpoint. | Chris Tobias, Technology Association of OregonStorytelling Versus Specifications
July 12, 2017
Colin Bay, Thug Design | Dwayne King, Pinpoint. | Chris Tobias, Technology Association of Oregon




CHIFOO Annual Bowling PartyCHIFOO Annual Bowling Party
August 2, 2017




Erik Goodfriend, Humanity Innovation LabsLaunching An Innovation Team
September 6, 2017
Erik Goodfriend, Humanity Innovation Labs




James Stone, James Stone Consulting
Designers Stop Learning Code;Coders Stop Learning Design

October 4, 2017
James Stone, James Stone Consulting




Andrew Sweany, TripwireNow That’s Risky Business
Nov 8, 2017
Andrew Sweany, Tripwire