If you’ve used the internet at all, you have been impacted by Irene’s work. Irene Au is an operating partner at Khosla Ventures, where she works with portfolio companies to make their design great. Irene has unprecedented experience building and leading User Experience teams, as she has led the entire UX team at Google (2006-2012), Yahoo! (1998-2006), and Udacity (2012-2014). She began her career as an interaction designer at Netscape Communications.
Irene also teaches yoga and meditation at Avalon Art and Yoga Center, one of Palo Alto’s oldest and most established yoga studios. She co-chairs the Board of Trustees at Bowman International School, a K-8 private Montessori school in Palo Alto.
Irene holds a bachelor’s of science in electrical and computer engineering from the University of South Carolina Honors College where she graduated summa cum laude and a master’s of science degree in industrial engineer and human-computer interaction from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Jake Barton is Principal and Founder of Local Projects, which uses architecture, technology and storytelling to create new engagement experiences. They have created landmark media design projects like the 9/11 Memorial Museum, the Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, the GE Healthymagination Launch, and Gallery One at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Local Projects has won every top design award including the National Design Award, Clio and was named second of the top ten most innovative design firms by Fast Company Magazine for its redefinition of emotional storytelling. Local Projects work includes corporate innovation centers, public memorials, retail environments, libraries, and attractions. Clients include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Eisenhower Memorial with Frank Gehry, StoryCorps, Target, Johnson & Johnson, AMNH, Tech Museum, and Microsoft.
Jake holds a Master’s Degree from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program and a BA from Northwestern.
Giles is author of Simple and Usable and a frequent speaker on the topics of simplicity and delight at UX conferences around the world. He began his career at British Aerospace, working on the usability of critical systems before creating some of the first commercial websites at Institute of Physics Publishing and creating groundbreaking experiences at Euro RSCG network. Today, he’s Managing Director and owner of cxpartners, one of the UK’s most respected UX consultancies working with clients around the world designing next-generation user interfaces. He’s also active in the UX community as a mentor and as 2013 co-chair of IA Summit.
Giles holds a BSC in Physics from the University of Bristol, UK.
Alex Cuthbert is the lead user experience designer for Google Translate, one of Google’s highest rated and globally-distributed products with over 1B translations per day and 500M+ installs. In this role, he works to define the experience for Google’s Translation offerings across mobile, tablet, and desktop with a focus on emerging markets, mobile communication, and instant translation.
Previously at Google, he contributed to the early-stage product strategy for travel (hotels, flights) and lead the design for vertical advertising solutions for telecommunications, financial products, mobile advertising, autos, and mortgages, launching products in the US, UK, Europe, China, and Japan. Before Google, Alex was head of user experience at Postini which was acquired by Google in 2007 and became the anchor point for Google’s Enterprise Apps product line.
Alex received an A.B. in Computer Science and Spanish from Dartmouth College and a Ph.D. in Education, Mathematics, Science, & Technology from UC Berkeley where he was an NSF Fellow in Spatial Cognition (Cognitive Science) and post-doc research faculty at the Berkeley Institute of Design (BID). He leads workshops and speaks regularly on the connection between brand experiences, design, and innovation.
As the Head of Experience Design at Airbnb, Katie leads the designers defining Airbnb’s digital products and services.
Katie is helping the team craft high-quality experiences in the online and offline worlds. Katie joined Airbnb from Greenstart Venture Design where, as a Partner and Creative Director, she worked with early stage startups to design their user experience and brand strategy. Prior to Greenstart, as Creative Director at frog design, Katie led strategic, multidisciplinary design programs for companies including Intel, Disney, Samsung, Dolby and Chase Bank. Katie’s expertise includes interaction and industrial design, business strategy and user research.
Katie studied Industrial Design at Art Center College of Design and taught Interaction and Industrial Design at California College of Art’s graduate design program for three years.
After a 20-year career at Microsoft leading design efforts for Encarta Encyclopedia, Windows Media Center, Zune, Xbox, and establishing the Microsoft “Metro” Design Language, Bill took the show on the road and founded Tectonic, a user experience designfirm based in Seattle’s Capital Hill neighborhood.
Tectonic helps some of the word’s top brands envision next generation software experience; including Bang & Olufsen, Amazon, Microsoft, Beats Music, Sports Illustrated, Samsung, and many others. Bill and team work with clients to help define their user experience strategy and the unique expression of their brand through software.
Bill studied design at Art Center College of Design and currently teaches design at the University of Washington. Early in his career Bill judged design submissions for Communication Arts Magazine and won CA and IDSA awards for Encarta Encyclopedia, IDSA for Windows Media Center and recently IDSA Gold for Zune HD.
Jennifer Kilian recently joined McKinsey & Co. to build a global design team. Jennifer and her team provide impact to clients on design-led innovation engagements and digital strategy for business transformation, from the customer perspective.
Jennifer’s past creative leadership roles included Facebook, frog design, Apple and others. She has built global design teams in companies and design consultancies and directed successful initiatives for Apple, Disney, Chrysler, Sony, Cablevision, NASA, Samsung, HP, Johnson & Johnson, American Express, Microsoft and many other Fortune 500 companies, startups and non-profit organizations. She is a frequent speaker and lecturer in the design community globally.
She conducted her graduate work at New York University Interactive Telecommunications Program and holds an undergraduate degree in Design from Carnegie Mellon University.
Executive Director, Global Head of User Experience & Design at Morgan Stanley
Ian is an award-winning digital innovation and design strategist with over 15 years of experience advising organisations on the value of design-led innovation and the creation of integrated, multi-channel customer relationships. A passionate innovator, Ian has lead high-performance, cross-disciplinary teams that have delivered ground-breaking digital products and services in industries spanning media and entertainment, mobile services, travel, e-commerce and finance.
As Global Head of User Experience and Design at Morgan Stanley, Ian leads a global team of talented design professionals developing next-generation client-facing and internal software, including Morgan Stanley Matrix, an award-winning product which continues to set new standards for interface design and customer experience in Financial Services.
CTO & Head of Product and UX at Castaclip; Executive Director of the UXies
Beverly is the founder and Executive Director of the UXies. She has nearly 2 decades` experience in tech, product development and UX and has helped launch hundreds of new digital initiatives at digital agencies, tech incubators, startups, major publishers and in Peacekeeping at the UN. Beverly is currently CTO & Head of Product and UX at a Castaclip, a 35-person mobile video software company in Berlin, Germany. Prior to that, she most recently taught UX at General Assembly and founded and led Oxford Tech, a boutique UX and product strategy consultancy in NY and San Francisco for the past 6 years. Over her career, Beverly has helped conceive, design and launch new digital initiatives for Wireless Generation/ Amplify Education, T-Mobile, Pitney Bowes, Hearst, Rodale, Diageo, Nike, MCI, Oxford University, RealAge, Weil Lifestyle, Schwab, Novartis, Goldman Sachs, AOL, Royal Bank and dozens of other brands and startups. She has also helped found several companies and, prior to entering the digital space, founded and ran a creative events production company and music magazine in Toronto, CA.
Beverly has an Executive MBA from the University of Oxford, a Master`s degree from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, and a BA from University of Toronto. She is a triple EU- Canadian- US citizen. She is also a regular public speaker and mentor on UX and product strategy for incubators and at UX events.