WebVisions Chicago will be held from September 23-25, 2015 at the Siskel Film Center.Register Today
Registration opens at 8:00am in the lobby of the Siskel Film Center.
Carolyn has been working in the field of User Experience Design for over 16 years, as a consultant and practice leader for companies such as Open Text and Manifest Digital. Now an independent consultant, her areas of specialty include design strategy, team workshops, interaction design, information architecture, and user research and modeling. She has co-authored A Project Guide to UX Design with Russ Unger (now in its second edition) and Adventures in Experience Design with Anna van Slee. Due to her work in teaching and mentoring students and start-ups, Carolyn was named one of "Chicago's Tech 50" by Crain's Magazine.
Jonathon Colman isn't ignoring you, he's just introverted. Despite this, he's a Webby Award-winning UX content strategist at Facebook, the social network. Yeah, he’s surprised by that, too. Jonathon served overseas in the Peace Corps and worked in conservation nonprofits for almost a decade. Previously, he was the principle experience architect at REI and managed global digital marketing for The Nature Conservancy. He’s spoken at over 70 tech events on five continents.
Andy Davidhazy has always followed a very natural curiosity in life, with very little regard for artificial boundaries and orthodoxy. His values and passion for storytelling, the craft and making of things, and walking slow with an open mind were on display in 2015, when he documented his 2600 mile hike from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail by taking a self portrait at every single mile of the trail. The time-lapse video he created immediately went viral, garnering millions of views, international press, and providing others the courage and motivation to go outside or keep moving forward.
Joseph is a User Experience Architect focused on designing effective and innovative on-line and mobile applications. With over a decade of experience in software design and user research, Dickerson has made it his mission to make technology easier for people to use.
Holly is a content strategist at Facebook, where she works on products that help people report pornography, work through something difficult—like thoughts of suicide—and protect their account from hackers. In April, Holly gave a talk about Facebook's new suicide prevention experience at a conference for the American Association of Suicidology. She's been doing content strategy since before it was a thing, at places like Expedia, Microsoft and Allrecipes.com.
Andrew Hinton is an information architect at The Understanding Group, and the author of Understanding Context, published by O'Reilly in 2014. Andrew is a frequent, internationally invited speaker at design conferences, and a founding member of the IA Institute. He has nearly 20 years' experience helping clients and employers of all shapes and sizes make better places with information.
Dan Klyn has accrued 18 years of experience in information architecture practice, and is co-founder of The Understanding Group. He's interested in planning, strategy and architecture for places made of information, likes coffee an awful lot, and teaches information architecture at the University of Michigan School of Information.
Susan came to Mad*Pow from Bentley University, where she worked in the Design and Usability Center, while earning her M.S. in Human Factors in Information Design. Prior to that, she worked as a Product Manager for Constant Contact. Susan is an old hat at consulting, and has worked with clients ranging from startups to Fortune 500 firms. She has experience in online education, retail, business services, financial products, and healthcare industries.
Pamela is co-founder of Change Sciences, a user experience research and strategy firm for Fortune 500s, startups and other smart companies in financial services, tech, entertainment, healthcare and ecommerce. Over the past 15 years, she’s logged thousands of hours in the field trying to better understand how people use technology and run hundreds of UX studies on almost every type of site you could imagine.
Corey holds a Master's Degree in Anthropology and worked as an Anthropology instructor for over 10 years. He left the academy 8 years ago so that he may dedicate himself to providing digital strategy and direction to clients in the publishing, education, and entertainment industries as the Director of Experience Strategy at the Portland-based company Neologic. Corey is a Fellow of Arizona State University’s Center for Science and the Imagination and he regularly publishes and presents on the future of digital media. He recently contributed the closing chapter to the book Examining Paratextual Theory and its Applications in Digital Culture.
Jasmine is a content strategist at Facebook. She recently helped launch Facebook’s new legacy contact feature, which gives people more options for what happens to their account after they pass away. Last year, Jasmine gave a talk at #dareconf in London about how to STOP being an expert and become a more effective collaborator.
Jason is a crazed evangelist for user experience design - accosting strangers with sermons on its value in solving business and social problems. He's a leader in the experience design practice at Manifest Digital, serves as an adjunct faculty member in the HCI Masters program at DePaul University and is Co-founder of UX for Good.
Anna is passionate (in, ahem, a professional way) about two industries: Play and Health. As Director of Product Development at Marbles: The Brain Store's Workshop, she is fortunate to marry her most favorite pursuits by creating fun products that build better brains.
Mark has been working as a creative professional and technologist for sixteen years, partnering with many Fortune 100/500 companies in UX, ideation, productization, design, and development, in the spaces of web, mobile, wearables, IoT, and automotive IVI systems. He intermittently shares what he has learned as a writer and speaker.
Built in 1914 as Weeghman Park before being renamed Wrigley Field for former Cubs team owner and chewing gum magnate, William Wrigley, Jr. One of America’s classic ballparks, Wrigley is an experience that should be on everyone’s bucket list. If only the Cubs could take a page from the Red Sox’s recent success.
Millennium Park is a public park located in the Loop area of Chicago that was built to celebrate the beginning of the new millennium. The centerpiece of Millennium Park is Pritzker Pavilion, a bandshell designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry. And don’t neglect the lovely Anish Kapoor Cloud Gate sculpture, which resembles a giant, highly polished, silver jellybean.
Not only is it a mere hop, skip and jump from the Siskel Film Center, it also features a hella awesome collection of modern art, plus exhibits of African, Asian, Byzantine…oh, just enjoy several hours exploring, ’cause it’s worth it. Insider tip: buy your tickets online to avoid the up to 20 minute wait in the museum ticket line.
According to their website, “The Second City specializes in sketch comedy and improv and has been delighting audiences for over 50 years.” Skip past the press release and just go. It’s a great place to discover new comic talent or enjoy some laughs courtesy of one of the Godfathers or Godmothers of comedy. Check out their schedule and book tickets in advance, as popular shows are known to sell out.