2015 UXies

The Premier Awards for Exceptional Digital Experience

2015 Judges & Speakers

JUDGES

7 of the 8 judges will also be giving talks at the daytime mini-conference. 75% are not from NYC!

Giles Colborne

Giles Colborne

Managing Director, CX Partners, Author & Frequent Speaker

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 CX Partners, 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.

Company: Simple and Usable
LinkedIn: Giles Colborne
Twitter: @gilescolborne
Website: Giles Colborne

Location: London UK
Talk Title: Context as conversation

Alex Cuthbert

Alex Cuthbert

Director of User Experience, PicsArt Inc.; Former Senior Product Designer, Google

Alex Cuthbert is the Director of User Experience at PicsArt, one of the most popular and highest rated photo editing mobile platforms with 200M+ installs and a vibrant global, social community of creatives. PicsArt represents the next wave of social engagement connecting users through creativity, collaboration, and discovery.

Previously, he lead UX design for Google Translate focusing on emerging markets, mobile communication, and instant translation. 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.

Company: PicsArt
LinkedIn: Alex Cuthbert

Location: San Francisco CA
Talk Title: The future of creativity and design: Collaboration and Co-creation

Katie Dill

Katie Dill

Head of Experience Design, Airbnb

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.

Company: Airbnb
LinkedIn: Katie Dill
Twitter: @lil_dill

Location: San Francisco CA
Talk Title: Designing Experiences Online and Offline

Bill Flora

Bill Flora

Founder, Tectonic; Former Design Director, Microsoft

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.

Company: Tectonic
LinkedIn: Bill Flora

Location: Seattle WA
Talk Title: Expressing brand through software

Jennifer Kilian

Jennifer Kilian

Vice President Digital, McKinsey; Former ECD Hot Studio

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.

Company: McKinsey & Company
LinkedIn: Jennifer Kilian

Location: New York NY
Talk Title: Experience Design at McKinsey & Co

Peter Merholz

Peter Merholz

Experience Design & Product Consultant, Cofounded Adaptive Path

Peter is a user experience and design executive with 20 years experience across a broad range of digital media. Currently, he is independent, figuring out his next move while co-authoring a book on building in-house design organizations.

In 2001, Peter co-founded Adaptive Path, perhaps the world’s premier firm dedicated to user experience. He was instrumental in AP’s growth from a small boutique firm to a renowned international consultancy. More recently, he led the global design team at Groupon, including product/UX, marketing, and brand design where he doubled the team from 30 to 60, and was instrumental in the first redesign of Groupon.com since the company launched.

Peter is also perhaps most (in)famous for coining the word “blog” in 1999. Really. In the OED and everything. Since then, he’s been blogging continuously at peterme.com.

Peter has a BA in anthropology for UC Berkeley.

LinkedIn: Peter Merholz
Twitter: @peterme

Location: Oakland CA
Talk Title: Org Design for Design Orgs

Ian Worley

Ian Worley

Executive Director & Global Head of User Experience and Design, 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.

Ian holds a BA in Architecture from UT Austin.

Company: Morgan Stanley
LinkedIn: Ian Worley
Twitter: @iworley

Location: London UK
Talk Title: Creating breakthrough UX in a large organisation – observations from the front line

Jake Barton

Jake Barton

Principal & Founder, Local Projects

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.

Company: Local Projects
LinkedIn: Jake Barton
Twitter: @jake_barton
Website: Jake Barton

Location: New York NY


Moderator & Host

Beverly May

Beverly May

Executive Director of the UX Awards, UX Teacher & Product Consultant

Beverly is the founder and Executive Director of the UXies. She has nearly 2 decades of 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 was until recently CTO & Head of Product and UX at a 40-person social video mixing 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 that she’s run 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 created several companies, including starting her career by founding an electronic music magazine and a series of creative production groups in Toronto, CA that produced over 25 large-scale electronic music events.

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 and a frequent mentor and public speaker on UX and product strategy for incubators, conferences and UX events.

LinkedIn: Beverly May
Twitter: @oxfordtech

Location: New York NY


GUEST SPEAKERS

All guest speakers have directly supported or been involved in the 2015 UXies as finalists, judges, supporters or advisory board members.

Angel Anderson

Angel Anderson

CEO & Co-Founder, NailSnaps

Angel Anderson is the CEO and Co-Founder founder of NailSnaps – the world’s best way to create, wear, and share nail art. Previously, as VP UX Director at Crispin Porter + Bogusky, Angel lead UX design on award-winning multi-channel customer experiences for clients such as Old Navy, Belkin, and Domino’s. She is a member of the CannesChimera having won a Cannes Lion Grand Prix for her work on American Express. At HUGE, Angel worked as a Senior Interactive Designer for Pepsi Refresh which won the inaugural Interaction Design Award. Her earlier work was recognized by the Smithsonian as a revolutionary approach to learning. Angel is committed to LA’s exploding UX and tech startup communities as a founding member of IxDA Los Angeles, WeAreLATech Experiences Club, and the Female Founders Los Angeles Alliance. She leads workshops and speaks regularly on fostering intelligent design and brand love, and evangelizing design as a means to advance business and customer goals.

Company: NailSnaps
Twitter: @angel

Location: Los Angeles CA
Talk Title: NailSnaps: Putting Power In (And On) People’s Hands
Submission: Turn photos into custom nail art.

Lennart Andersson

Lennart Andersson

Director of Interaction Design, Design Strategist & Partner, Veryday

Lennart Andersson is Director of Interaction Design, Design Strategist and partner at Veryday, one of the world’s top-ranking design and innovation consultancies, with offices in Stockholm, New York, London, Dubai and Shanghai. Veryday has a strong commitment to people-driven innovation as a means to enhance quality of life. Based on deep people insights they create innovative solutions for products and services in the physical and digital world. In 2014 Veryday received the most prestigious honorary award by Red Dot: Design Team of the Year.

Lennart holds a master in Industrial Design and started his design career in 1999 by cofounding Peekaboo Design, to explore the convergence of digital and physical. His work included digital pens for Anoto, check-in systems for SAS, and Brainball; a brain controlled game, still after 15 years exhibited around the world.In parallel Lennart also worked as researcher and designer at the Interactive Institute, exploring interactivity, smart living and emotional communications.Lennart is a regular speaker at conferences, lectures at design programs and runs workshops and hackathons. Among his awards are iF awards Gold (miniMe), and Interactions Award for Optimization (Swegon).

Company: Veryday

Location: Stockholm Sweden
Talk Title: UX in a conservative world: redesigning the air traffic controller’s mindset
Submission: Arlanda Departure Sequencing Tool

Rachel Armstrong

Rachel Armstrong

Director, Research & Insight, WAE – We Are Experience

Rachel has a unique ability to unearth customer insights that transform strategic thinking. Working in a highly collaborative agile way, she pushes the boundaries to rapidly develop breakthrough solutions for WAE’s global clients. She has worked client-side and in consultancy for the past 12 years gathering a wealth of knowledge on UX best practice with clients including HSBC, Transport for London (TfL), Zurich, BT, Unilever, Barclays, the Metropolitan Police and British Gas.

Prior to joining WAE Rachel worked with Samsung Design Europe as UX Research Manager leading insight for Europe and Asia, and for Kinneir Dufort where she worked with various well-known household brands such as Nestle. A specialist in qualitative research, Rachel has extensive experience to create and deploy new initiatives and methodologies that connect with consumers on all levels and on a diverse range of project typologies. She passionately believes that the foundation to create great ideas, and future proofed product and services, is to study and understand human behavior.

Company: WAE
Linkedin: Rachel Armstrong

Location: London UK
Talk Title: Metropolitan Police Mobility Project
Submission: Creating an Effective Digital Service for Police and Public – The Metropolitan Police Mobility Project

Amos Bloomberg

Amos Bloomberg

Clinical Assistant Professor of Computer Science, NYU & Director of User Experience, SS+K

As a professor who practices what he preaches, Amos has over 20 years’ experience building things, both practical and whimsical. His most rewarding professional validation to date was standing on a crowded NYC subway surreptitiously looking down at a seated passenger reading a Metro newspaper article about himself and his work. That happened only once, though Amos has been responsible for the strategy and design of dozens of popular apps, websites, and advertising campaigns on behalf of a wide range of clients, from the UN to Facebook and Microsoft, from Amex to Juicy Couture, from MTV to Amazon, and on to small tech startups whose names are rightly forgotten to history. His own award-winning non-commercial work has been featured in Forbes, the New York Times, the Village Voice, and Wired, etc, etc.

Amos holds a Master’s from New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program and a Bachelor’s in Brain & Cognitive Sciences from the University of Rochester.

Company: NYU and SS+K
LinkedIn: Amos Bloomberg

Location: New York NY
Talk Title: Simple is Hard: Creating UX for Users Who Don’t Care if You’re Smart
Submission: Moving Through Glass

Jina Bolton

Jina Bolton

Senior Designer on the Lightning Design System team, Salesforce

Jina Bolton is a Senior Designer on the Lightning Design System team at Salesforce. She is passionate about style guides, Sass, and whisky. She organizes The Mixin, a San Francisco Sass & front end meet up, and she also leads the brand & website design for Sass.

Company: Salesforce

Location: San Francisco CA
Talk Title: Designing a Design System


Séamus Byrne

Séamus Byrne

Director of UX, Graphic Mint

Séamus is a passionate User Experience Design thought leader and international speaker. He has been creating innovative, meaningful experiences with digital products for over 15 years. He initiated the successful bid to host Interaction12 in Dublin, which he co-chaired and is proud to have been a driving force behind Ireland’s emergence to the global design scene. He served on the Board of Directors for the IxDA from 2011-2014, as the Director of Global Events. This role lead him to become an essential figure in bringing the IxDA’s Interaction conferences to Toronto, Amsterdam and San Francisco.

Séamus and fellow co-founder Julian Becerra run the Graphic Mint design and innovation agency, borne from their creative collaboration while living in San Francisco, 2004. The agency are now experts in all aspects of digital product design and testing. From user experience to service design, Graphic Mint’s innovative team are always creating meaningful experiences between people, processes and technology. He graduated with an MA in Multimedia from California State University and a BA in Sociology and Greek & Roman Civilisations from St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth.

Company: Graphic Mint
LinkedIn: Séamus Byrne
Twitter: @seamusbyrne

Location: Dublin Ireland
Talk Title: Visualizing UX: Journeys, Places and Stories
Submission: Graphic Mint’s User Experience Renovation of Zarion Allocate

David Carroll

David Carroll

Associate Professor of Media Design, Parsons School of Design

As Associate Professor of Media Design, and former director of the MFA Design and Technology graduate program at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City (2010-2013), David Carroll’s teaching and research explores how an art and design studio practice intersects with new technologies, evolving media ecologies, the media industry, public policy, education and pedagogy. NYC Media Lab, Pearson Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Department of Education, and Nokia Research Center have funded his research. Prior to his academic career, he served industry clients including AOL, A&E, CNN, ESPN, FOX, HBO, PBS, Random House, Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum, Sony, Time Inc., Warner Bros and others. Professor Carroll earned his MFA in Design and Technology from Parsons School of Design in 2000 and his BA in Art History and Religion from Bowdoin College in 1997.

Company: Parsons School of Design
LinkedIn: David Carroll

Location: New York NY
Talk Title: Adblocking as the Biggest Boycott in History: How Big Data and UX failed massively and how to fix it.

Tomer (Tommy) Dikerman

Tomer (Tommy) Dikerman

Co-founder, Chief Product Officer & UX, Comeet

A passionate innovator and avid fan of design and technology mashups, Tomer has proven that remarkable UX can propel a young company above a crowded and traditional enterprise software category. As the head of product, he ensures that Comeet’s collaborative recruiting platform creates high engagement for both power and infrequent users.

Prior to founding Comeet, he built and led companies that transformed innovative concepts into hardware devices and interactive experiences for homeland security, consumer mobile apps, and B2B SaaS. Tomer holds a BA in Architecture from Tel-Aviv University.

Company: Comeet
LinkedIn: Tomer Dikerman
Twitter: @tomidik

Location: Palo Alto CA
Talk Title: Winner Q&A
Submission: Comeet: Collaborative Recruiting

Erin Disselhorst

Erin Disselhorst

Product Manager, Work & Co

Erin Disselhorst is well-versed in software development and creating user-centric experiences across platforms. At Work & Co, Erin has been the primary product manager on cross-platform design projects for Showtime Anytime, SourceMedia, and the Metropolitan Opera. Previously, Erin was a Producer at Arkadium, where she helped transition the company from a traditional waterfall management approach to agile and scrum methodologies. During this time, she served as the product owner for a range of games for browser, desktop and mobile platforms.

Company: Work & Co
LinkedIn: Erin Disselhorst

Location: Brooklyn NY
Talk Title: Metopera.org: Behind the Curtain
Submission: A Reimagined Digital Platform for the Metropolitan Opera

Graham Ericksen, Chief Strategy Office, Modus

Graham Ericksen

Chief Strategy Office, Modus

Graham is a digital strategist and user experience expert with over 18 years of experience advising leading organizations on how to simplify their products and processes to make them more accessible, compelling, and profitable. Prior to joining Modus, where he is the Chief Strategy Officer, Graham was the Creative Director of Content and IA at Sullivan, where he developed award-winning work for Schwab, MetLife, Fidelity, Ameriprise, and Disney. He was also the Director of Customer Experience at JP Morgan Chase, and Senior Information Architect and Writer at Siegel & Gale.

Graham writes and lectures extensively. He teaches a seminar entitled “Write Gooder” to students and communications professionals, and his articles have appeared in many publications, including Booz Allen’s Strategy and Business.

Company: Modus
LinkedIn: Graham Ericksen

Location: New York NY

Alex Faaborg

Alex Faaborg

Staff Designer, Google

Alex Faaborg is on the Virtual Reality design team at Google. He has led the design of Android Wear, Google Now, and the Android OS on the Nexus 5. Prior to joining Google, Alex served at Mozilla as the principal designer on Firefox for five years. Alex has a masters degree from the MIT Media Lab where he researched artificial intelligence, intelligent agents, and context aware computing. Alex’s interactive design work is based on fundamentals of human cognition and perception, from his background in Cognitive Science and Information Science at Cornell University.

Company: Google
LinkedIn: Alex Faaborg
Twitter: @faaborg

Location: Mountain View CA
Talk Title: Designing for Virtual Reality
Submission: Cardboard Design Lab

Daniel Galán

Daniel Galán

Interaction Design Recent Graduate, University of Washington

Daniel graduated from the interaction design program at the University of Washington in 2015 and is currently looking for the dream job. He became interested in design while growing up surrounded by graphic arts and crafts in Oaxaca, Mexico. In design school, he also had the opportunity to hone industrial and graphic design skills which have helped him have a more solid vision of his design concepts. Daniel is a advocate for social design, so he is concerned with producing great design that positively reaches and helps everyone in the world. His ideal job would be to use design to bring the benefits of science and technology to those who need it most. He is proficient in English, Spanish, and professional photography.

LinkedIn: Daniel Galán
Website: danielmgalan.com

Location: Seattle WA
Talk Title: AIBI Allergy Alert System: Stopping Fatal Allergies through Design.
Submission: Aibi: Anaphylaxis Prevention System for Children

Aleks Gryczon

Aleks Gryczon

Associate Design Director, Work & Co

Aleks Gryczon is responsible for the creative direction and execution of client initiatives at Work & Co. She collaborates closely with her teams to develop concepts with simple and intuitive usability, and has served as the lead creative on projects for Adult Swim, Aeromexico, McKinsey & Company, the Metropolitan Opera, and the Smithsonian Channel. Prior to joining Work & Co, Aleks was Senior Designer at Frog, where she helped brand and create new experiences for General Electric, Comcast, and Al Jazeera. Aleks graduated from Pratt Institute.

Company: Work & Co
LinkedIn: Aleks Gryczon

Location: Brooklyn NY
Talk Title: Metopera.org: Behind the Curtain
Submission: A Reimagined Digital Platform for the Metropolitan Opera

Tom Harding

Tom Harding

Director of Product Design, Made by Many

Tom helps organizations conceive, research, design and launch digital products. For over 14 years, Tom has worked with startups, corporations, and not-for-profits in the fields of education, news, music, art, politics, government, finance, transportation, sports, retail, entertainment, and healthcare.
Tom is fascinated with the systems and process around the things we make. At Made by Many, Tom is responsible for leading and supporting the design team through learn, make, test cycles that include customer research, prototyping, workshops, interaction design, brand experiences, and business strategy. Tom created the first internship program at Made by Many and mentored the interns that first spawned Kickstarter success, Hackaball. Tom has a BA in Interaction Design and Digital Arts from London Collage of Music and Media.

Company: Made by Many
LinkedIn: Tom Harding
Twitter: @thomascharding

Location: London UK
Talk Title: Finalist- Evening Only
Submission: Hackaball

 Joe Jacobellis

Joe Jacobellis

Director of Digital Media, Hospital Corp. of America IT&S

While in college I worked for the Walt Disney Company in guest relations and parade audience control. During the dot com boom I moved to Nashville, TN with my fiancé Kaci and started working at a startup – ehc.com which was funded by HCA – Hospital Corporation of America. For 15 years I have worn many hats from marketing, communications, patient portals, digital media, motion graphics, film, larger venue production, consumer facing applications, mobile apps, and overall digital media ventures in healthcare. Currently I oversee a highly talented cross functional UX team that delivers MyHealthOne – the consumer/patient portal, mobile native & web experiences, and over 900+ healthcare websites.

When not delivering user centered experiences, my wife and I produce children’s theater & choir performances for World Outreach Church with a group of 200 kids. We lead the creative direction, drama, set design, script writing and choreography for performances to delight the weekly attendance of ~10,000 people and and major performances held at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

LinkedIn: Joe Jacobellis
Twitter: @boomrocker
Website: boomrocker.com

Location: Nashville TN
Talk Title: Emerging trends in experience design and their impact on the now.

Andy Knight

Andy Knight

Head of User Experience Design, TIAA-CREF

Andy Knight has been designing online experiences since 14.4k modems hissed greetings at each other. He has Forrest Gumped his way through the history of the internet, consistently finding himself in the right place of the right time to work on dozens of innovative products in the financial services, publishing, and retail industries.

Andy joined TIAA-CREF’s User Experience Design team in 2012, and took over as Head of UX Design in 2013. Since then, the group has expanded by more than 50% and grown significantly in its scope and influence. Prior to joining TIAA-CREF, he co-founded and served as chief product officer of innovative stress-management startup meQuilibrium. Before meQuilibrium, he spent 9 years with Fidelity Investments, where he lead the design efforts for Fidelity’s financial planning, equity research, trading, and human resources outsourcing programs.

Company: TIAA-CREF
LinkedIn: Andy Knight

Location: Boston MA
Talk Title: Emerging trends in experience design and their impact on the now.

Feliphe Lavor

Feliphe Lavor

Experience Director, Huge

Feliphe Lavor joins Huge as Experience Director in Brooklyn. Originally from Brazil, Feliphe has worked across multiple departments at Huge’s office in Rio, including interaction design, strategy, and user experience, trying to find the sweet spot between engineering and design for clients. He has led projects for global companies such as Google, Coke, Discovery Networks, Universal Music and Estadão. Prior to joining Huge, Feliphe was a business consultant, and has lived and worked in India, the UK, Latin America, and the United States. Feliphe earned a B.Eng. in Industrial Engineering from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, a Post-Graduate degree in Cognitive Ergonomics from Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, and an MBA from IBMEC in Brazil.

Company: Huge
LinkedIn: Feliphe Lavor
Twitter: @feliphelavor

Location: Rio de Janeiro Brazil and Brooklyn NY
Talk Title: Case Study – Mobile Web for News
Submission: A mobile makeover for Brazil’s most respected Newspaper.

Todd Lefelt

Todd Lefelt

Managing Director of User Experience, Huge

Todd Lefelt is Managing Director of User Experience at Huge in Los Angeles. Since joining Huge in 2006, Todd has been instrumental in building the agency’s user experience team and helping to define the philosophy and process applied to user-centric design. In 2010, Todd joined Huge’s Los Angeles office, where he has played a key role in the development of the company’s West Coast presence. Todd has directed interactive design and research for some of Huge’s largest engagements and has worked with clients including Clear Channel, National Geographic, NBC Universal, Samsung, Toyota and Warner Music Group. With nearly two decades of industry experience, Todd held senior positions at a number of other companies prior to joining Huge, including Time Inc. Interactive, Ecos Technologies, Pathways Flandrau Science Center, Wave Technologies, Kozmo.com, R/GA and Ultra 16. Todd received a BFA from the University of Michigan and an MA from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University. He currently lives in Silver Lake with his wife Holly, son Ira, and cat Pippa.

Company: Huge
LinkedIn: Todd Lefelt

Location: Los Angeles CA

Anna Lewandowski

Anna Lewandowski

Senior UX Designer, SAP

Creating innovative, usable, useful and beautiful designs is my passion. I believe great User Experience can change how users see and interact with things. I’m Anna Lewandowski and I’m a User Experience Designer at SAP d.studio. My background is in computer sciences; human computer interaction and print media design. I worked as a researcher for 2 years and as an interaction designer for 6 years. I love to foster you talents and support the community.

Company: SAP
LinkedIn: Anna Lewandowski
Twitter: @annalewan
Website: annalewandowski.com

Location: Palo Alto CA
Talk Title: SAP Splash – design better experiences
Submission: SAP Splash – design better experiences

David Lipkin

David Lipkin

Principal, Method

David has over 20 years of experience solving business problems with design solutions. As one of the founders of Method, he has led the development and growth of the New York office, where he currently leads strategy and business development efforts. David founded Method with the desire to be part of a design firm that focused on positive business outcomes, smart cross-platform solutions, and an always improving culture. His clients value his experience, insight, and candor. Some of them include Comcast, IBM, MoMA, PBS, Rogers Communications, The TED Conferences, Time Warner Cable, Steelcase, and Viggle.

Prior to Method, David was Director of Technology at MetaDesign. Within the role of Director of Technology, David was key in establishing and building MetaDesign’s transformation from a print-oriented studio to one that created brand-oriented multimedia, Internet-based, and application-based products. David has a B.A from Reed College, where he majored in history with a sub-focus in anthropology. David finds work a relaxing break from the freneticism of his two little girls and ongoing renovation of his 1870s Brooklyn Brownstone.

Company: Method
LinkedIn: David Lipkin

Location: San Francisco CA
Talk Title: ViVi: A head-mounted display to help medical clinicians monitor patient health
Submission: Vivi Head Mounted Display System

Natasha Lloyd

Natasha Lloyd

Senior UX Designer, SAP

Natasha is a senior UX designer at SAP and is current the UX lead for BILT. With a background in interaction design, user research, and development, Natasha has worked on a wide range of projects – from enterprise software (including Strategic Workforce Planning and Profit & Loss Analysis) to award-winning consumer facing applications (SAP Scouting and BILT). Prior to SAP, she worked at Inxight Software on text analysis products and at Business Objects on the dashboard design tool Xcelsius. She holds an MS degree in Computer Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where she focused on information visualization. She has a passion for designing the best experiences that solve meaningful problems. She currently lives in Ashland, MA with her husband Nick and 5-year-old son Noah, who thinks all tickets to amusement parks should be free because “they’re just made of paper!”

Company: SAP
Twitter: @natashalloyd

Location: Palo Alto CA
Talk Title: BILT: Assembly Made Easy
Submission: BILT: Assembly Made Easy

Daniel Nacamuli

Daniel Nacamuli

Interaction Design Lead, Method

Daniel has worked for the past ten years in digital design in London, Brussels, Paris and Tokyo. As a hands-on interaction designer, Daniel helped shape the prototyping vision for Method’s London and San Francisco studios. His process includes creating on-screen and physical tools to control the feel of user interfaces. On the more experiential end of the spectrum, he prototypes digital services to inform the design team’s ethnographic research.

Prior to joining Method he was involved in the strategy, concepting, design and development of projects that include connected devices, communication tools for L’Oréal’s upper management, and an online home for the think tank of Japan’s second largest advertising agency, Hakuhodo.

Company: Method
Twitter: @danielnaca

Location: San Francisco CA
Talk Title: Henri: Creating languages for smart objects
Submission: Henri: Creating Languages for Objects

Laurent Nguyen

Laurent Nguyen

Visual Designer, SAP

I’m a maker with passion for art, technology and education. Everyday, I craft delightful experiences that make people’s lives easier. I love to push for new standard in design and visual language. I believe that an innovative design mindset allows us to see possibilities in the simplest things. From there, we can solve fundamental problems that impact work and life of people around us. I started as a fine artist, then found my way to traditional graphic design and now experience design. Aside all these above, I’m tinkering with data visualization to discover insights and patterns of new social trends.

Prior to SAP, I was an independent designer who involved in a wide range of design works including visual product system, brand strategy, identity, user experience to illustration for SF AIGA, early-stage start ups, and enterprise.

Company: SAP
Linkedin: Laurent Nguyen
Twitter: @vietdame
Website: laurentisme.com

Location: Palo Alto CA
Talk Title: SAP Splash – design better experiences
Submission: SAP Splash – design better experiences

Zachary Orr

Zachary Orr

iOS Engineer, MailChimp

Zachary Orr is an iOS engineer on MailChimp’s Mobile Product team, where he’s worked on mobile-exclusive projects like MailChimp Snap and MailChimp Subscribe. A longtime developer of apps related to robotics competitions, he’s currently building an iOS data reporting app for them. In 2014, Zachary helped develop the iOS app for Arabic music streaming service Anghami. Zachary briefly attended Western Michigan University.

Company: Mailchimp
Linkedin: Zachary Orr
Twitter: @ZacharyOrr

Location: Atlanta GA
Talk Title: Winner Q&A
Submission: MailChimp Snap

 Cliff Sexton

Cliff Sexton

Director of Enterprise User Experience, Home Depot

Cliff is a builder of high performing multi-discipline user experience teams spanning e-Commerce, B2B & B2C companies. He has a deep passion for creating UX teams and introducing user-centered design principals into companies that traditionally have not invested in user experience. He has over 16 years experience designing software products in collaboration with business and technology partners that maximum business value and delight users.

Company: The Home Depot
LinkedIn: Cliff Sexton

Location: Atlanta GA
Talk Title: Emerging trends in experience design and their impact on the now.

Lauren Shapiro

Lauren Shapiro

Lead Designer, Work & Co

Lauren Shapirohelps lead product design at Work & Co through concepting, design, prototyping, testing, and iteration. She’s provided design leadership across engagements for Aeromexico, the Metropolitan Opera, the Smithsonian Channel, and The Week. She joined Work & Co from AKQA, where she served as the UX lead on multiple mobile, responsive, and retail projects for clients such as Verizon Wireless and Olympus Cameras. Lauren holds a degree from Rochester Institute of Technology in New Media Design and Imaging.

Company: Work & Co
LinkedIn: Lauren Shapiro

Location: Brooklyn NY
Talk Title: Metopera.org: Behind the Curtain
Submission: A Reimagined Digital Platform for the Metropolitan Opera

Jennifer Speciale

Jennifer Speciale

Global Talent Acquisition, McKinsey Digital Labs

Jennifer Speciale is responsible for Experience Design recruiting within McKinsey & Co’s new group, McKinsey Digital Labs. Officially founded in November 2014, Experience Design has grown to 42 global hires – half of which are women! Specializing in start-up ventures, Jennifer’s passion is realized in all-things Design, with a particular industry focus on women within experience design. Building a new capability within an established, prestigious organization like McKinsey is the ultimate opportunity for empathy and fostering an understanding to unite both worlds. Previously, Jennifer recruited for Fjord Design throughout the acquisition by Accenture and helped in that transition. In addition to her penchant for languages (Italian, Spanish, Hindi) Jennifer holds a Master’s degree in International Relations, another in International Business, an undergraduate degree in Neural Science and four published articles in the Journal of Neural Transmission.

Company: McKinsey Digital Labs
LinkedIn: Jennifer Speciale

Location: New York NY
Talk Title: Experience Design at McKinsey & Co

Michael Sueoka

Michael Sueoka

Head of User Experience, The Mobile Majority

Michael is Head of User Experience at The Mobile Majority, a fully end-to-end mobile advertising platform that houses every component needed to run a successful mobile campaign from start to finish, having served over 517 million interactive ads to date.

Previously, Michael founded and advised several companies in the tech startup world. He has experience working on projects from the smallest mobile apps to some of the most popular apps in the iTunes store. His speciality is in User-Centered Design, and he has helped companies like Grindr, Honda, EXOS, MC & Saatchi, Daily Associates, DivX, and Entertainment Arts. He has also helped instruct UX classes at UCLA and Long Beach State.Michael received his BA from UC Irvine.

Company: The Mobile Majority
LinkedIn: Michael Sueoka
Twitter: @MichaelSueoka

Location: Los Angeles CA
Talk Title: Winner Q&A
Submission: Mobile Majority’s End-to-End Mobile Advertising Platform

Tim Thianthai

Tim Thianthai

Strategic Design Consultant, SAP

Tim Thianthai works as a Strategic Design Consultant at SAP’s Design & Co-Innovation Center (DCC), an award-winning global design team that provides end-to-end design and innovation services backed by SAP technologies. This year, Tim has worked with multiple clients such as Nestlé, the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), and Exxon Mobil. Through education and years of experience in the UX field, Tim believes firmly that the ability to listen, observe, and adapt to changes are key to success.

Tim holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Transdisciplinary Design from California College of the Arts and a BA in Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University.

Company: SAP
LinkedIn: Tim Thianthai

Location: San Francisco CA
Talk Title: Winner Q&A
Submission: SAP Tennis Analytics

Kat Vellos

Kat Vellos

UX/UI Designer, Viv Labs

Kat Vellos is an interdisciplinary design thinker. Her background is rich in Visual Design, Education and Facilitation which gives her a unique approach to user experience design, program design, and human-centered empathy-driven solutions. Most recently she’s been working with the team who created Siri on their new project, Viv, an AI-driven digital personal assistant. In her free time, she’s the founder and facilitator of the Bay Area Black Designers meetup group, fostering greater community and advocating for greater diversity in technology and design careers. And when she’s not doing that, you can find her wheeling around the roller disco.

Company: Viv Labs
LinkedIn: Kat Vellos
Twitter: @katvellos
Website: kat-vellos.squarespace.com

Location: Berkeley CA
Talk Title: Winner Q&A
Submission: Know It All: The easiest way to find workshops in the Bay

Matthew Weber

Matthew Weber

Vice President UX and Design, Zoomdata; UX Adjunct & UX Curriculum Advisory Board Member, NYU

Matthew Weber is an award winning UX designer, executive and teacher at NYU, who has had his work showcased by Apple and has lectured at NASA. He has a passion for making data easy to use. He has worked on projects for Thompson Reuters, CNN, Lincoln Financial, Morgan Stanley, Sesame Street, MeeGenius, Johnson Research Labs, and Persado. He is currently VP of UX and Design at Zoomdata.

In addition to teaching UX Portfolio at NYU, Matthew is a founding member of the UX Curriculum Advisory Board at NYU, and is the founder of the UX + Data Meetup in New York. Matthew has also been invited to speak at Singularity University at the NASA campus on how to build massively-parallel problem solving systems, and to the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

Matthew lives in New Jersey with his wife and two children, and in his spare time, has been building an aqueduct in his backyard.

Company: Zoomdata
LinkedIn: Matthew Weber

Location: New York NY
Talk Title: Scaling Insight for Big Data

Craig von Wiederhold

Craig von Wiederhold

Producer, SS+K

Craig von Wiederhold has worked on both coasts as a Digital developer, DBA, producer and writer for more than 20 years.

Company: SS+K

Location: New York NY
Talk Title: Simple is Hard: Creating UX for Users Who Don’t Care if You’re Smart
Submission: Moving Through Glass


Scott Wilkinson

Scott Wilkinson

Director, User Experience Strategy & Design, Bank of America/ Merrill Lynch

Creative user experience, strategy and technology leader with 16 years experience and a passion for innovative technologies. Demonstrated success in applying a holistic approach to user-centered design and developing strategic roadmaps for digital experiences. Experienced manager, adept at building teams that specialize in both strategic and production design. Has managed both in-house teams as well as numerous engagements with top digital and interactive agencies.

Company: Bank of America/Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
LinkedIn: Scott Wilkinson

Location: Philadelphia PA
Talk Title: Emerging trends in experience design and their impact on the now.

Dana Wilson

Dana Wilson

Vice President, Customer Experience, Process Improvement, Comcast

A results driven leader with proven talent for proactively identifying and executing enterprise/operational process improvement initiatives. Strong team builder known for her ability to creatively influence and promote organizational change at various levels. Experience utilizing her transferable skill set in the specialty chemical, energy, government, and interactive technology industries .

Company: Comcast
LinkedIn: Dana Wilson

Location: Philadelphia PA
Talk Title: Emerging trends in experience design and their impact on the now.

KC Wolff-Ingham

KC Wolff-Ingham

Senior Director UX, Sparks Grove

KC’S background is as a cross-functional team leader for product, UX, design and software development in the interactive media, entertainment and broadcast media industries. He has experience in both startups and the corporate world (B-to-C, B-to-B and R&D). He holds an MSc in Human-Centered Computing-Systems (HCI) from the University of Sussex and has led software projects across many platforms and technologies, including Smart TVs, mobile, tablet, 2-screen, web and advanced advertising.

Company: Sparks Grove, a division of North Highland
LinkedIn: KC Wolff-Ingham
Twitter: @kcwolff

Location: Atlanta GA
Talk Title: Emerging trends in experience design and their impact on the now.


2014 Judges & Speakers

2013 Judges & Speakers

2012 Judges & Speakers