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Scott Berkun

Author and Speaker

Scott Berkun is a bestselling author of seven books, including The Myths of Innovation, Confessions of a Public Speaker, and The Year Without Pants. For many years he led UX teams at Microsoft and WordPress.com and he’s widely about those experiences.

Dan Brown

Co-founder of EightShapes

In 2006, Dan Brown co-founded EightShapes, a design firm based in Washington, DC. EightShapes designs digital products and systematizes design standards for Fortune 500 clients. Most recently, Dan has conducted user research for a higher education product, designed an application for architects seeking a license, and lead the design of a web-based consumer application for a major educational publishing company.

Boon Sheridan

UX Designer

Over the last twenty years Boon has had job titles like site producer, content specialist, information architect, interaction designer, user researcher, stage manager, and voice-over actor. Between bouts of title whiplash he’s helped build some very big things, some very small things and learned a lot along the way.

Cornelius Rachieru

Managing Director of Ampli2de Inc.

Cornelius is the founder of Canadian UX consultancy Ampli2de Inc., where he explores his fascination with the politics of design while leading enterprise-scale experience and service design projects.

Alastair Somerville

Sensory Design Consultant.

Alastair Somerville is a sensory design consultant.
He provides specialist advice on wayfinding, cognition and user centred design to companies and public organisations who provide both physical and digital services.

Kim Goodwin

VP of Product & User Experience at PatientsLikeMe

Kim Goodwin is VP of Product and User Experience at PatientsLikeMe, where her team helps patients with serious diseases live better today and drive medical research for tomorrow.

Cyd Harrell

User Research Consultant & Mentor

Cyd is a user research expert who believes you can answer any question as long as you are fearless and creative about methods. In the early 2000s, she led desktop experience and design standards groups at Charles Schwab. Cyd has recently helped multiple local governments in the US learn user-centered practice and techniques.

Stacey Seronick

AI Intent and Experience Strategy Designer at Wells Fargo Bank

Stacey is an AI Intent and Experience Strategy Designer at Wells Fargo Bank, within the Innovation group. She has been designing, writing and strategizing for services and products for about 20 years, and hold a Master’s degree in HCID.

Kevin Cannon

Principal Designer at Frog

Kevin is a Principal Designer at frog specialising in Interaction Design. He has designed medical devices, smart home products and museum exhibitions and has laughed and cried in many usability tests along the way.

Dan Lockton

Director of the Imaginaries Lab at Carnegie Mellon University

Dan is Assistant Professor and Chair of Design Studies at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and founder and director of the Imaginaries Lab, a new research group. He is a researcher specialising in the links between design and human action, drawing on influences from a range of fields, brought together in the Design with Intent toolkit.

Jess McMullin

Management Consultant

Jess McMullin is a Canadian-based management consultant who uses human-centred design and innovation to tackle the most valuable problems his clients face—from new kinds of government ID to new business models for social income assistance. Working in digital and UX since 1996, today he trains, coaches, and consults with leaders and teams to grow their own internal capability and culture for tackling complex challenges.

Carrie Hane

Founder of Tanzen

Carrie is the founder Tanzen, which provides content strategy consulting and training designed to change how organizations approach content. For nearly 20 years, she's been helping organizations and people rethink how they create, manage, and connect content.

Russell Parrish

Creative Director at IBM

Russelll Parrish is a Senior User Experience designer at IBM, recently tasked with redesigning the IBM Cloud to be more user-centric and differentiated from its competition. He has worked in both the consulting and in-house product development worlds, and he specializes in translating business needs into impactful, human-centered solutions through the use of design thinking, user research, visual design, and core web development languages.

Bruce McCarthy

CEO of UpUp Labs

Bruce McCarthy is CEO of UpUp Labs and President of the Boston Product Management Association. He’s been called the face of Boston product management and (for Top Gear fans) the product management Stig. Bruce helps organizations improve the return on their investments in product development. He is an internationally-recognized thought-leader and sought-after speaker on product roadmapping, prioritization, team effectiveness, and leadership.

Richard Banfield

CEO of Fresh Tilled Soil

Richard is the CEO and co-founder of Fresh Tilled Soil, and under his leadership Fresh Tilled Soil has delivered UX and product design to 700+ clients across the world. His colorful life experience includes being an officer in the army and a dive master on the remote Islamic Republic of the Comoros.

Jaime Levy

Author of UX Strategy

Jaime Levy is an author, university professor and a pioneer in the creation of innovative digital products and services. Her top-selling O'Reilly Media book is called UX Strategy : How to Devise Innovative Digital Products that People Want. The book presents a solid framework on the practice, which lies at the intersection of UX design and business strategy.

Ann Thyme-Gobbel

UI/UX Leader at Sound United

Ann is Voice UI/UX Leader at Sound United, and is pursuing her dream of understanding how people use speech and natural language to communicate with each other and with technology.

Chris Risdon

Director of Design at Getaround

Chris Risdon is Director of Design for a peer-to-peer carsharing service, Getaround. Previously, Chris was Head of Behavioral Design for Capital One and a Design Director for Adaptive Path, the pioneering experience design consultancy.

Kathryn McElroy

Creative Director at Argodesign

Kathryn McElroy is an award-winning Creative Director at argodesign, a design and invention agency in Austin, TX, where she envisions the future and develops products and strategies for a wide variety of clients. She is the author of Prototyping for Designers (O’Reilly) and has employed user-centered methodologies to create and iterate on impactful experiences in health wearables, AI interaction patterns, AI image recognition and training interfaces, and cloud development tools, while working on world-class design teams like IBM Watson Visioneering and IBM Mobile Innovation Lab.