Robyn is the chief technology officer and head of product for Mashable where he led the creation and development of the new Mashable.com site, which launched in December 2012, and established Mashable as a leader in the media/tech company hybrid model for new media. Prior to Mashable, he was the head of product at Next Issue Media, the magazine and newspaper consortium (funded by News Corp, Conde Nast, Time Inc, Meredith and Hearst), where he led the development of a digital newsstand. And, before that, he headed up product strategy and technology for the Local Media division of NBC.
Agile UX Designer & Coach, UX Author, Leader of NYC IA Meetup and Agile Experience Design Group
Anders Ramsay is a veteran UX Designer and an Agile UX Coach, with clients including AT&T, CBS, Deutsche Bank, FOX , JP Morgan, McGraw-Hill, Lonely Planet, Sony Pictures, Turner Broadcasting, Viacom, and the City of New York. He is highly active in the UX Design Community, including leading the NYC IA Meetup since 2003 and founding the Agile Experience Design Meetup, as well as the Agile Experience Design social network.
Anders is also a regular speaker and panelist, particularly on the topic of Agile and User Experience Design, with recent talks and workshops at UX London, Agile 2012, and the Rosenfeld Media Workshop series. He is also a member of the Rosenfeld Media UX Experts and has a book in progress, Designing with Agile, to be published by Rosenfeld Media.
Chris Jaffe leads Netflix’s product innovation on game consoles, mobile phones, multi-screen experiences, as well as product experience for Netflix’s Original Series. His recent work includes the new Netflix multi-screen experience on the WiiU, design of the unified control interface for voice, gesture, and controller for Netflix on Xbox 360 described as “Minority Report-worthy” by TechCrunch, and the recent award-winning redesign of the Netflix mobile experience.
Prior to joining Netflix, Chris was Senior Director of User Experience Design at Yahoo! where he founded and led AdUX, the web giant’s user experience innovation team focused on new advertising experiences for video, rich media, mobile, and social. In addition, he drove Yahoo’s quantitative and qualitative user research program on advertising experience. That followed nearly 10 years in user experience consulting with clients in industry, non-profit, and government.
A frequent speaker at conferences, his interests lie at the intersection of user experience + design + business strategy. He holds degrees from Cornell University and the University of Arizona and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Cindy Jeffers is the CEO and CTO of Salon.com, the leading progressive news site. Prior to Salon she served as Technical Director at The Huffington Post through a period of substantial growth and an acquisition by AOL. In the preceding decade she designed interactive experiences for museums installations, retail environments, touchscreens, games, websites, digital signage, mobile phones, and kiosks.
Cindy holds a masters degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University where she focused on physical computing. She holds a Bachelors degree in Women’s Studies from Barnard College.
Principal User Experience Consultant at Lebsontech and Director Strategic Partnerships at UXPA International
Cory is Principal User Experience Consultant at DC-based Lebsontech LLC. With a staff of three, his core client base includes a number of Federal government, commercial, non-profit, and educational organizations. Lebsontech is focused primarily on UX strategy, user research and associated training.
Cory also greatly enjoys teaching topics related to user experience and technology and conducts monthly seminars. He has been featured on the radio, has published several recent articles on user experience, and is a frequent speaker at local area events and national conferences.
Cory has an MBA, as well as an MA in sociology and a BS in psychology. Cory is a current board member and former president of the Washington DC chapter of the User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA) and is on the Board of Directors of UXPA International, as the Director of Strategic Partnerships.
John Payne is a principal at Moment, a digital product design firm he co-founded in New York City in 2002. His current work explores the positive contribution that mobile technologies and experience design can make to healthcare and education, with a focus on empowerment of patients and learners.
Educated in Design at Auburn University and Institute of Design at IIT (the New Bauhaus), John has lectured and taught graduate and undergraduate courses in design methodology at Pratt, Parsons, and NYU, most recently teaching a course on Designing Sustainable Business Models in Parsons’ Masters of Strategic Design Management program.
John has also participated in a variety of industry and corporate events as speaker and organizer. Recent activities have included running a series of workshops for IxDA NY and co-chairing the EPIC (The Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference), an international conference devoted to the theory and practice of ethnography in the business world.
As an independent consultant based in New York City, Lis helps to bring understanding to businesses of all sizes in order to ensure their products and services meet both business and user needs, and are successful and enjoyable to use. If you’re unable to find Lis busily maintaining her consulting business (where she has worked with clients such as ESPN Mobile, espnW and ViacomMedia Networks to improve brand and product experiences), you can find her contributing to the knowledge of the UX community by serving on the advisory board for Future Insights, a role which enables her to help bring new ideas and topics to the design community. But Lis doesn’t just work behind the scenes, you can also find her speaking and writing about her experiences in the field in cities from New York to Prague!
UX Author and Senior User Experience Researcher at Google Search
Tomer Sharon is a Senior User Experience Researcher at Google Search in New York City and author of the book, It’s Our Research: Getting stakeholder buy-in for user experience research projects (2012). He founded and led The Israeli chapter of UXPA and is a mentor at Google’s Campus TLV, a UX learning, collaboration, and mentorship program for Israeli startups. He speaks at conferences and professional events, is a published author of articles and papers, and a past editorial board member for UXPA’s UX Magazine. Tomer holds a master’s degree in Human Factors in Information Design from Bentley University in Waltham, MA.
Founder & President of Oxford Technology Ventures LLC, President of NYC-CHI
Beverly has over 16 years’ experience in technology and the Internet and core expertise in user experience and usability. She is the founder of Oxford Technology Ventures, LLC, a boutique user experience and product strategy consultancy. She is also the current President of NYC-CHI, NYC’s largest and oldest UX and usability organization, and the organizer of the User Experience Awards.
Beverly began her career at age 20 by founding her own successful music entertainment company and independent music magazine in Toronto, Canada before transitioning into the Web in the mid-late 1990s. She has worked on helping conceive, upgrade or launch well over 100 digital products and services through varied experience at internet incubators, digital agencies, startups, software companies, publishing companies and the United Nations before starting Oxford Technology Ventures, LLC in 2008.
Beverly has an Executive MBA from the University of Oxford, a technology Master’s degree in systems design and new media from New York University.