WebVisions Portland will be held from May 12-15 at OMSI and the Melody Ballroom.
Registration opens for workshops at OMSI’s Auditorium on May 12 and 13 at 8:00am and in the entrance of the Melody Ballroom for sessions on May 14 and 15.
Elizabeth began her career in user experience design in San Francisco in the late '90s when she joined the staff at the pioneering consultancy, Cooper, leading projects in domains including medical devices, enterprise software, online shopping and products merging industrial and interaction design.
Yoni Bloch is an Israeli musician and the founder and CEO of Interlude, a technology company that designs, develops, markets and enables the creation of interactive videos. Through Interlude's patented technology, Bloch has ushered in a new norm for online storytelling that allows users to actively engage with online video in a multi-layered experience, and to create new experiences on their own. In Israel, Yoni is a successful rock musician and performer with three top-selling records. He has produced and recorded tracks for Israel's biggest artists, composed music for TV, film and theater, and was a judge in the Israeli version of “American Idol.”
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.
Thubten is a serial tech entrepreneur, new media publisher, international public speaker and a designer of human interaction. He began his tech marketing career at Apple Computer in 1990, where he realized his path was to help ordinary people maximize their use of technology. He is a Co-Founder of Pitchlandia, Founder & CEO of WePost Media, the Founder and Publisher of Startup Chronicle, the Founder of NewTech PDX, and a Co-Host of The Startup Show.
As an Experience Design Director with Mad*Pow in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Adam combines his interaction design experience with his background in Computer Science, Film and Visual Design to create effective, efficient, and easy-to-use applications, websites, and interactive media.
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.
Always imbued with the spirit of an entrepreneur, Sarah launched the hybrid agency Harley & Co. in the spring of 2012, with a particular focus on working education related start ups and venture capital firms. Bridging the divide between the analytical and creative, Sarah's diverse background has included a stint as a UN delegate, along with various consulting positions within the public health, education and workforce development sectors.
William Hertling is a software engineer and developer community manager at HP, where he works on web and mobile print experiences. He is also the author of the award-winning Singularity science fiction series about the emergence of artificial intelligence, social reputation, and other near-future issues. Wired called his first novel, Avogadro Corp, "chilling and compelling."
As a designer and user interface engineer, Shay Howe has a passion for solving problems while building creative and intuitive products, and he specializes in user interface design and development.
Robert was a game designer before he was anything else. Over the years he has also cultivated a love for storytelling, research, and, of late, all things design. Currently, he works as part of the User Experience Product Design Team within Intel’s Sales and Marketing IT Department. An involved member of the Portland design community, Robert serves as Vice Chair of Game Lab Oregon, Chair of StumpQuest Games Fest, and collaborator with Design Week Portland.
Janice is the founder and executive director of ChickTech, an organization dedicated to retaining women in the technology workforce and increasing the number of women and girls pursuing technology-based careers. In the past, Janice has run Embla Consulting, a marketing and business consulting firm for small businesses.
For over 15 years, Donna Lichaw has helped businesses such as Atlantic Records, Citi, Bloomberg, Seamless, Apartment Therapy, and WNYC to create, launch, and innovate digital products, campaigns, and services. Emphasizing a unique mix of strategic storytelling, design, and development, she drives teams to think big and get measurable results by starting small. In addition to running her product strategy and consulting practice and building and training design and product teams, she is on the adjunct faculty at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City. Donna is currently writing a book about using narrative structure to design successful products and services for Rosenfeld Media.
Emily has been the Director of Communications and Development for The LAMP (Learning About Multimedia Project) since 2008, overseeing areas such as fundraising, strategic partnerships, special events, business development, web content and marketing. By bringing hands-on media training and education directly to low-income communities and schools citywide, The LAMP is a leader in empowering people of all ages to be active participants in digital culture, and shape the media landscape.
Divya is working on features in existing Adobe tools to help make the new world of responsive web design better for everyone. Previously, she worked at Opera, advocating the use of web technologies while contributing to open source projects and books on web development.
Paul McAleer is a UX person who has been working in design since 2000, and he firmly believes design is the way he can empower people to be their very best selves. This philosophy is expressed through Paul's work: he's a UX Manager at the renowned agency Rightpoint, and the co-host of the podcast Designing Yourself. His work ranges from growing and leading UX teams in times of change, to developing cross-channel product strategy efforts and conducting internal workshops.
Karen Munro is the Head of the University of Oregon, Portland Library and Learning Commons. Previously, she was the E-Learning Librarian at UC Berkeley, and the Literatures Librarian at the University of Oregon. She holds an MLIS from the University of British Columbia, as well as an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She's interested in better library design.
Vailey Oehlke was appointed director of libraries for Multnomah County in 2009. She began her career at the library in 1997 as a youth librarian in the School Corps program. After six years, she joined the staff of the downtown Central Library, first as a section administrator and then as its director. She became the library system’s deputy director in 2008 and was promoted to director a year later.
Magga Dora is a senior experience designer at Mad*Pow, with a background in psychology and computer science. She has been involved in software development since the turn of the century, and has been teaching human computer interaction to engineers and computer science students for over a decade. User experience is Magga Dora's passion and profession, and she firmly believes that people's lives can be improved by creating good user experiences.
Jennifer Roberts is a library advocate and activist in Southern Oregon. In 2007, county commissioners shut all four branches of the library due to lack of funding, leaving 82,000 people without access to any library services whatsoever. In response, a group of committed citizens formed Josephine Community Libraries (JCLI), a nonprofit, non-governmental organization. With heavy reliance on volunteers and a mixture of donations, sponsorships, and grants, JCLI has been operating the libraries since 2009. Sadly, voters in Josephine County voted down a library district in November 2014. However, JCLI remains committed to acting as a bridge to long-term public funding for the library and to providing responsive, innovative library services to our community. JCLI's story has been featured in Library Journal, The Oregonian, American Libraries Magazine, and iCNN.
Andrea serves as First Deputy Commissioner for the Chicago Public Library, a system of 80 branches supporting all Chicago neighborhoods. She leads program planning, design and evaluation and supports system-wide strategy and organizational development. Before joining the Library leadership team, she served as Chief of Staff to Chicago Public Schools CEO, where she led strategy development and implementation of district-wide initiatives and oversaw foundation, corporate and government grant development and partnerships.
Jonathan Sampson is a Program Manager on the "Project Spartan" team focusing on the Developer Ecosystem. He has been a web developer for nearly two decades and has been focused on investing in the developer community for over a decade. Jonathan lives in Bellevue, WA with his wife and two children.
Stephanie Sansoucie leads the experience strategy, design research and experience innovation practices at Kohl's Corporation. She brings deep omnichannel expertise focusing on user experience, customer experience, e-commerce, service design, organizational transformation and digital strategy. Her recent initiatives involve customer experience, omnichannel strategy, business process transformation, team leadership and experience design.
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.
Thomas Wendt is a design strategy and research consultant based in New York City, specializing in user research, experience strategy, design thinking, and innovation. He works with clients to help them better understand their customers through rigorous research methods, framing of key user needs and problem areas, and providing structure to ideation sessions.
Silicon Valley native Megan Williams is a Senior UX Designer and spends her days focused on developing and improving PayPal’s Consumer digital wallet. Her designs focus on creating simplified and intuitive experiences. In addition to her passion for design, Megan also loves mentoring and coaching for the Santa Cruz Derby Girls - an all-female player, full-contact, flat track roller derby league based in Santa Cruz, CA.
The following hotels offer discounts for WebVisions attendees. Ask for the WebVisions Rate or enter it in your reservation notes.
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