Meet the Speakers
Jonathan is a design leader who is passionate about doing right by the people who use our products and using design as a tool to improve the world we live in. He loves to learn and share it through writing, speaking, co-hosting the Design Review Podcast, and on Twitter as @DesignUXUI. He is currently Sr. Interaction Designer at Intuit in Mountain View, CA.
Faruk Ateş (@KuraFire) is a product designer, developer, and advocate for diversity & inclusion in Tech. He created Modernizr, wrote A Dao of Product Design and Inclusive Design, and is currently writing a science fiction novel.
John Adams (@netik) is a security and privacy activist, and an independent consultant. He was the one of the founding members of Twitter’s operations team, and later, a founding member of Twitter’s Information Security team. He is also an independent security consultant and privacy advocate with over 25 years experience in Information Security, having had his start in security with the L0pht in the early 90’s.
In addition to this, he serves as a member of the Open Technology Fund Advisory Council and Rapid Response Team, supporting projects that empower world citizens to have access to modern communication channels that are free of restrictions.
He is a frequent speaker at universities, conferences, and is a contributor to publications on operations (O’Reilly Web Operations, O’Reilly Twitter API) and security (The Intercept, RSA Conference, Usenix LISA, Washington Post, Wired, and more.)
Alexandra Lee, @leejayeun, is a full stack user experience design researcher and chatbot connoisseur, specializing in social impact and innovations. Alexandra spent her formative years as a humanitarian architect, founding New Zealand's first non-profit service design agency whose primary mission was to make design accessible by connecting talented designers with community organizations.
Since moving to the Bay Area in 2014 to complete her post-doc at UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design Research, Alexandra published her first book on research methods called, "Resilience by Design" (Springer: 2016), which explores the application of design thinking strategies in the context of social crisis. Alexandra now works with various startups and nonprofits to integrate chatbots into their product so that organizations can focus on their mission and improve user experience. Her goal for the next 30 years is to use her design research expertise to make technology more accessible and a friendly environment for people to reach their goals.
Roger Pincombe is a Senior Software Engineer with diverse technical and business skills. He has worked for notable companies including Microsoft and Adobe, took his own startup through Techstars Boulder, and regularly builds new projects for fun or freelance.
Roger studied Computer Science at the Georgia Institute of Technology and has over a decade of experience on the Microsoft stack in addition to several years of NodeJS and Ruby on Rails. He has won many awards, including over 15 hackathons and other competitions.
Gretchen Anderson is head of design for Pacific Gas & Electric, California’s energy utility. Gretchen spent the first part of her career in design consulting for firms like frog, Cooper, LUNAR, and Punchcut. Recently, she served as the vice president of product for GreatSchools and consulted on the design of the hardware and software of a next-generation surgical system. Gretchen is a Bay Area native who left only long enough to get a bachelor’s degree from Harvard in history and literature.
Nick’s leadership at TheGrid focuses on where the vast forms of new and emerging technology meet the concept. His product leadership includes managing a global team of engineers leveraging machine learning and neural networks, complete automation of mobile release and test cycles alongside continuous integration, buttery smooth and responsive user interfaces backed by diverse and coordinated business logic. Nick helps to solve some of the most interesting and complex creative and technical problems in the industry.
As the technical lead and consultant at top agencies such as Deutsch LA, AKQA, R/GA, Sapient, Goodby / Silverstein & Partners, Agency.com, Crispin, Porter & Bogusky among others, he lead breakthrough campaigns and platform work for brands such as Volkswagen, Microsoft Xbox, ESPN, Vitaminwater, Sony Playstation, Lexus, Hewlett-Packard, Adobe and Travelers Insurance.
Prior to his current role as CPO at TheGrid, he helped assemble and lead a large team of developers, engineers and creative specialists to launch the award winning VW.com consumer website, and was the lead technologist interfacing with both VWUS and VWAG marketing and IT clients. Nick also led the launch of the award winning Lexus LFA Global Campaign.
Some of the most interesting and complex campaign and platform work can be credited to Nick. He led the launch of the ESPN TV website, designed to provide viewers with a one-stop online destination for information on what's airing on the various ESPN networks.
Nick’s work has picked up honors from the Webby Awards for Online Advertising, ''US Campaign of the Year'' by Advertising Age magazine, "Best User Interface" in the 20th Annual Webby Awards, Best in Show at the MIXX IAB Awards, Nominated for a Cannes Lion, and won a Silver Addy, as well as a Webby Awards Official Honoree.
Blake Hudelson (@BlakeHudelson) is a designer working at the intersection of product design, strategy, and emerging technology. He has worked on mobile and web applications, IoT products, and interactive experiences for a range of clients including Google, the Exploratorium Science Museum, and the United States Government.
Blake is a frequent lecturer and mentor at California College of the Arts and UC Berkeley. As an architect turned product designer, he also co-founded the organization, Architechie, which helps people become more fluent in the realms of technology and entrepreneurship.
Currently, Blake works as a Senior Interaction Designer at Method, a global design firm headquartered in San Francisco. Blake received his M.S. from California College of the Arts in Architecture and his B.S. from Cal Poly in Urban Planning.
Claudia leads the team of product designers and researchers behind Cisco Umbrella, the industry’s first Secure Internet Gateway in the cloud. Prior to joining the world of cyber security, she led the design of dozens of web, desktop, and mobile projects for a variety of customers including 3M, University of Missouri, Autodesk, and MoneyGram.