Katy is on a mission to humanize technology, through building and leading impactful, innovative UX & Design research teams that shape future interactive experiences centered on human needs. She currently leads the UX Research team on Google Assistant, and has built and led teams at Facebook and Fitbit. She is passionate about leveraging insights at the intersection of people, culture, and change to uncover opportunities for meaningful innovation. Side hustles include teaching at Stanford Continuing Studies and CCA, and frequent speaking engagements at conferences such as UX Week, UX Lisbon, FlUXible and most recently, People Nerds. She lives in San Francisco with her pets, partner and kid.
For over 20 years, Mike Atherton has been connecting people to content. A specialist in structuring information, he has chunked, pushed, presented and linked compelling content for the BBC, Huddle, and, in a different age, Playboy TV. Now a content strategist for Facebook in London, he collaborates with product specialists to build experiences from the terminology up. He is also co-author of the book Designing Connected Content.
Pamela Pavliscak studies our emotional relationship with technology. As a creative strategist, she collaborates with organizations like Google, IKEA, and Virgin to craft emotionally intelligent experiences. As faculty at Pratt Institute, she teaches next-gen designers. Her work has been featured in Slate, NPR, and Quartz and she’s spoken at SXSW and TNW. Her book, Emotionally Intelligent Design, charts a tech future with feeling.)
Josh Clark is a UX leader who helps organizations build products for what's next. He is founder of Big Medium, a New York design studio specializing in future-friendly interfaces for artificial intelligence, connected devices, and responsive websites. His clients include Samsung, Time Inc, ExxonMobil, J.Crew, About.com, TechCrunch, Entertainment Weekly, eBay, O’Reilly Media, and many others. Josh has written several books, including Designing for Touch and Tapworthy: Designing Great iPhone Apps. He speaks around the world about what’s next for digital interfaces.
Before the internet swallowed him up, Josh was a producer of national PBS programs at Boston’s WGBH. He shared his three words of Russian with Mikhail Gorbachev, strolled the ranch with Nancy Reagan, hobnobbed with Rockefellers, and wrote trivia questions for a primetime game show. In 1996, he created the popular “Couch-to-5K” (C25K) running schedule, which has helped millions of skeptical would-be exercisers take up jogging. (His motto is the same for fitness as it is for software user experience: no pain, no pain.)
Nihan works as a Senior Service Designer at Futurice in Berlin. As such, she is a crossbreed with a pinch of nerd and the goal to empower people in order to innovate.
Before Futurice, she worked as a coach for the renowned Stanford program in Design Thinking “ME310” at the University of St.Gallen, Switzerland.
During the last years, Nihan facilitated numerous creative workshops and worked on innovation projects across industries with a focus on the automotive sector.
Above all, Nihan is strongly driven by her passion for human factors. As people are the essential ingredient to creating meaningful innovations, she deeply cares about people and their purposeful (inter)actions.
As a trained industrial & strategic designer, Nihan holds a M.Sc. degree in Strategic Product Design with highest distinction from the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands.
Ame Elliott is Design Director at nonprofit Simply Secure, where she cultivates a community of professional designers, developers, and researchers working on privacy, security, and ethical technology. Previously, Ame spent 15 years working in Silicon Valley, as Design Research Lead for IDEO San Francisco, and as a research scientist for Xerox PARC and Ricoh Innovations. She has delivered technology strategy for global clients including Acer, Ericsson, Fuji-Xerox, HP, and Samsung. She was recognized as a Most Creative Person in Business by Fast Company, and her award-winning design work has been included in the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum. Ame earned a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University Colorado, Boulder.
Jim Kalbach is a noted author, speaker, and instructor in user experience design, information architecture, and strategy. He is currently Head of Customer Experience at MURAL, the leading online whiteboard. Jim has worked with large companies, such as eBay, Audi, SONY, Elsevier Science, Lexis Nexis, and Citrix.
In 2007 Jim published his first full-length book, Designing Web Navigation (O’Reilly, 2007). His second book, Mapping Experiences (O’Reilly, 2016), focuses on the role of visualizations in strategy and innovation. He blogs at experiencinginformation.com and tweets under @jimkalbach.
Katie leads the experience strategy for Allstate online marketing products including the Allstate.com quoting experiences and My Account. Originally educated as a theatre director, she brings a unique perspective to digital work. She believes if brands wish to truly connect with consumers they must combine emotion and utility, storytelling and technology to create experiences that go beyond satisfaction to delight. Prior to joining Allstate, Katie was a UX Director at FCB Chicago where she was the UX lead on the 2016 global redesign of JackDaniels.com as well as leading experience design for many other clients such as Cox Communications, and Toyota Financial Services.
Yesenia Perez-Cruz is a designer, speaker, and writer based out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is currently a Senior UX Manager at Shopify, where she leads the Polaris design system team. Previously, she was the Senior Design Director for Product at Vox Media.
Marcin Treder is the CEO and co-founder of UXPin, a code-based design platform. Since co-founding UXPin in 2010, he has helped build and lead product teams in the Poland and Silicon Valley. Previously, he worked on projects for two companies that IPOed and managed design team for one of the biggest eCommerce companies in Eastern Europe. Marcin has been selected to numerous awards including MIT 30 under 35 for his accomplishments in design and business.