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Adam Savage

Maker of Things, Adam Savage Industries

Adam has multiple hobbies and is passionate about restoring his vintage four-wheel drive vehicle, and researching and accruing new pieces for his movie prop collection. But his true love is his family.

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Jessica Hische

Typographic Artisan, Title Case

Jessica Hische is a letterer, illustrator, and crazy cat lady known for her silly side projects and occasional foul mouth.

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Apollo Robbins

CEO, Corporate Entertainer, Speaker and Consultant, Red Handed Media

A pioneer in the application of deception to real-world environments, Robbins uses pick-pocketing and sleight-of-hand to demonstrate perception management, diversion techniques and self-deception.

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Leah Buley

Principal Analyst, Forrester Research

Leah Buley is the author of the book The User Experience Team of One and a principal analyst at Forrester, where she researches the evolving role of user experience.

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Abby Covert

Information Architect, Information Architecture Institute

Abby Covert is an independent information architect and teacher at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. She writes under the pseudonym Abby the IA and is the author of 'How to Make Sense of Any Mess' a book about information architecture for everybody.

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Alan Joseph Williams

User Experience Lead, Health, Code for America

Alan leads user experience research and design at Code for America's Health Lab. Over the past year, the Health Lab has been working to design a dignified experience for Californians applying for and enrolling in food stamps.

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Theresa Neil

Design Leader, Theresa Neil Strategy + Design

Since 2001 Theresa's designed over 120 live products, from airplane seat maps to genome browsers to PayPal's mobile checkout. She's the author of the Mobile Design Pattern Gallery and co-author of Designing Web Interfaces.

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Rachel Nabors

Web Animations Expert, Tin Magpie and Web Animation Weekly

Rachel Nabors is an industry leader in the field of web animation, from UX best practices and storyboarding to implementation on the front end. She spreads the word with Web Animation Weekly.

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Ben Mazza

Creative Director, Suitable Technologies, Inc.

With over a decade of UI and UX design experience, Ben Mazza has become an expert and perpetual student to the art and science of crafting experiences that harmonize the relationships between people and technology.

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Erin Rapacki

Director of Marketing, Suitable Technologies, Inc.

Erin is the Director of Marketing at Suitable Technologies, the makers of Beam Smart Presence, a system that combines mobility and video conferencing for an immersive communication experience everywhere conversations take place.

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Chris Avore

Design Leader, Nasdaq

Chris leads the product design efforts at Nasdaq, where his team designs the vision of a more elegant, useful, and profitable portfolio of products for the global stock exchange.

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Denise Jacobs

Founder and Chief Creativity Evangelist, The Creative Dose

Denise Jacobs is the Founder and Chief Creativity Evangelist of The Creative Dose, who teaches techniques to make the creative process more fluid and practices for sparking innovation. An industry veteran, Denise is the author of The CSS Detective Guide.

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Annie Coull

Vice President, Designer, Stantec

A thread of childhood experiences, child development leadership, and healthcare architecture design define Annie’s lifelong mission to improve the hospital patient experience.

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Miral Kotb

Founder/CEO, iLuminate

Creating iLuminate was the perfect way for Miral to combine her different worlds of dance and CS to follow her true passion. Since then, Miral’s unique technology has turned iLuminate into a phenomenon that mesmerizes audiences across the globe.

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Ben Reason

Partner - Service Design, Senior Service Designer, Livework

Ben Reason is a founding partner of service design agency Livework. Founded in 2001. Ben is a pioneer of service design as a discipline, quickly becoming an internationally recognized authority on the subject.

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Stephen Wendel

Head of Behavioral Science, Morningstar

Steve is a behavioral scientist who studies how digital products can help their users change daily routines and habits – from exercising to managing money. He’s Morningstar’s Head of Behavioral Science, and author of Designing for Behavior Change.

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David Bland

Principal, Neo

David helps organizations shift from can we build it, to should we build it.

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Hayley Hughes

Design Language Lead, IBM

Hayley leads a team that works together to craft the IBM Design Language, a set of living design guidelines to learn, create and be inspired. She encourages product teams around the world to put their users first and design with soul.

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Christina Wodtke

Associate Professor, California College of the Arts

Veteran of LinkedIn, Zynga, Yahoo, and the New York Times, Christina now teaches at CCA and Stanford. She’s authored Information Architecture: Blueprints for the Web and has a new book about OKRs. She speaks worldwide and writes at eleganthack.com.

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Brad Nunnally

Experience Designer, 18F & Co-Author of Designing The Conversation

Brad is the co-author of Designing The Conversation: Techniques for Facilitation and currently on a mission to help the government become more citizen centric. His passion is in research and interaction design, but with an eye for strategy.

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Andrew Hinton

Information Architect and Author, The Understanding Group

Andrew Hinton is an Information Architect at The Understanding Group, and author of "Understanding Context: Environment, Language, and Information Architecture."

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Chris Risdon

Head of Design, Capital One Labs, Capital One

Chris is head of design for Capital One Labs, where he leads a multidisciplinary design team focused on empathy-to-iteration explorations of next generation financial services.

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Jimmy Stice

Town Builder, Kalu Yala

At age 12 Jimmy Stice became dismayed at the way he saw the world being built. Now 33, he has led a group of investors to acquire 500 acres in Panama where they are attempting to build the world's most sustainable modern town.

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Jacob Solomon

Product Manager, Code for America

Jacob Solomon is building technology to make social services more accessible and respectful at Code for America.

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Mike Kuniavsky

Principal, Innovation Services Group, PARC

Mike Kuniavsky designs the UX of consumer-facing connected devices and the strategy around bringing such products to market. His current focus is on designing multi-touchpoint services that use predictive machine learning.

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Steph Hay

Head of Content Strategy, Capital One

Steph Hay is a pioneer of content-first design and Lean Content testing, two low-risk methods for proving traction before building a product. She leads Capital One's Content Strategy team and runs a weekly design share.

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Jessie Shternshus

Founder of The Improv Effect and Author of CTRLShift, The Improv Effect

Jessie started her company, The Improv Effect over 7 years ago. She uses improv and other experiential methods to help people collaborate, communicate effectively and creatively solve problems.

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Alastair Somerville

Sensory Design Consultant, Acuity Design

Alastair Somerville uses experience from accessibility projects and research to inform new ideas of multimodal user experience for wearables and post screen interaction. He is a specialist in sensory comprehension and haptic design.

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Ayla Newhouse

Experience Designer, Adaptive Path

Ayla is a creative generalist with a passion for helping people understand the complexities of being human. She uses metaphor, design, storytelling and conversation to help individuals and organizations get unstuck.

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Lis Hubert

Independent Consultant, Hubert Experience Design

Lis Hubert is a lover of great businesses that are not only successful, but that aim to enrich their customers’ lives. Her aim? Make meaningful products and educate others to do the same.

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Donna Lichaw

Knight Foundation Fellow, WNYC/NY Public Radio

For over 15 years, Donna has helped businesses to launch and innovate digital products and services. Emphasizing a mix of storytelling, design thinking, and product strategy, she drives teams to think big by starting small: story first.

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Steve Portigal

Principal , Portigal Consulting

Steve Portigal helps companies to think and act strategically when innovating with user insights. He is principal of Portigal Consulting, author of 'Interviewing Users' and host of the 'Dollars to Donuts' podcast.

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Nick Remis

Experience Designer, Adaptive Path

Nick’s desire to understand the human condition and explore the diverse tapestry of human culture led him to the world of design. He believes that design is one of the key tools for addressing the human and business needs of a rapidly changing future.

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Giles Colborne

Managing Director, cxpartners

Giles is Author of the best-selling 'Simple and Usable' and Managing Director of cxpartners, one of the UK's largest, most respected UX agencies working for the world's leading companies.

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Karl Fast

Director of Information Architecture, Normative

Karl works on problems for a world of abundant information. He is co-author of the forthcoming "Design for Understanding" and a former professor of User Experience at Kent State University.

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Erin Hoffman

Game Designer, Sense of Wonder

Video game designer, author, and lecturer Erin Hoffman explores digitally-mediated human connection and affective states. Her games have hosted millions of players, most recently concerning social equity, learning, and other advanced states of humanity.

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Janet Crawford

Founder and CEO, Cascadance

Janet Crawford is a scientist, leadership expert, and evangelist for moving the conversation on gender from blame to shared action. Her firm, Cascadance, uses neuroscience to build productive, innovative, and collaborative work cultures.

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Leah Rader

Principal Researcher, Spring Studio

With 17 years of design research experience in agencies, startups and corporations, working in finance, hospitality, healthcare, education, and more, Leah is here to push your research boundaries, experiment with you and have some fun.

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Scott Sullivan

Experience Designer, Adaptive Path

Scott believes design is a learning process that begins with a hypothesis and evolves with experimentation to verify your assumptions in the real world.