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2017 Keynotes

Keynote Speakers Announced!

Big Design 2017 will be our biggest year yet and we are pleased to announce the following keynote speakers for Big Design 2017 to help us celebrate and kickoff our 10th-year anniversary,

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Alan Cooper

Alan Cooper is an software designer and programmer. Widely recognized as the “Father of Visual Basic.” In addition, Cooper is known for his books About Face: The Essentials of Interaction Design and The Inmates Are Running the Asylum: Why High-Tech Products Drive Us Crazy and How to Restore the Sanity. As founder of Cooper, a leading interaction design consultancy, he created the Goal-Directed design methodology and pioneered the use of personas as practical interaction design tools to create high-tech products.

Alan Cooper is our closing keynote speaker on Saturday. You will want to stay and hear his insights and stories.

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Amy Cueva

Amy Cueva is the Founder and Chief Experience Offer of Mad*Pow, an award-winning agency that partners with clients to improve health, help people achieve financial wellbeing, help them learn, and connect. Amy believes that design can help improve the human condition.

Amy plays an essential role in Mad*Pow’s visualization of a changed US healthcare system. Her work with organizations like Dartmouth Hitchcock, Brigham and Women’s Hospital , CVS, and Fidelity has helped them improve the customer experience, leverage design to drive change, and facilitate human-centric innovation. As the chief instigator behind Mad*Pow’s Healthcare Experience Design Conference, HxRefactored, and the managing director of the Center for Health Experience Design Amy has successfully connected and networked disparate parts of a challenging and siloed system.

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Pamela Pavliscak

Pamela Pavliscak (pav-li-check) is founder of Change Sciences where she leads strategy, research, and design engagements. Pamela’s work is focused on understanding our conflicted relationship with technology. She specializes in emotional intelligence, design for humanity, and technology and well-being. For the past several years, she has been conducting research about how technology impacts our personal sense of happiness and collective well-being. Pamela has written about ways to design for happiness and her deck, The Science of Happy Design, touched a wide audience. Her research on technology and wellbeing has been featured on CBC’s Spark, Slate, and Quartz. She is writing currently writing a book, Designing for Happiness, coming out in fall 2017. Pamela teaches at Pratt School of Information in NYC and has lectured at the Stanford d.School, ASU’s Center for Science and the Imagination, and Parsons.

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Jared Spool

Jared M. Spool is the founder of User Interface Engineering and a co-founder of Center Centre. If you’ve ever seen Jared speak about user experience design, you know that he’s probably the most effective and knowledgeable communicator on the subject today. He’s been working in the field of usability and experience design since 1978, before the term “usability” was ever associated with computers.
Jared spends his time working with the research teams at the User Interface Engineering, helps clients understand how to solve their design problems, explains to reporters and industry analysts what the current state of design is all about, and is a top-rated speaker at more than 20 conferences every year.

We would love to hear you talk, too. Our call for proposals is now open. Submit your talk today!

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