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O'Reilly Design 2017 Keynote Speakers

John Allspaw

John Allspaw
CTO, Etsy

John Allspaw is Etsy’s chief technology officer, leading the Product Engineering, Infrastructure, and Operations teams. Previously, he was the SVP of infrastructure and operations at Etsy. For over 17 years, John has worked in system operations in the biotech,... Read More.

10:10am Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Things change—in the world around us, in our hearts and minds, in our organizations, in what to work on, in how to work together, and how to deliver that work. Etsy’s vice president of design Randy J. Hunt and CTO John Allspaw discuss the emergent and learned practices and behaviors that have enabled their teams to support one another and evolve together. Full Details
Irene Au

Irene Au
Operating Partner, Khosla Ventures

Irene Au is design partner at Khosla Ventures, where she works with early-, mid-, and late-stage startup CEOs. Irene has unprecedented experience elevating the strategic importance of design within internet companies, having built and led the entire User Experience and... Read More.

10:15am Tuesday, March 21, 2017
This fireside chat brings together two of Silicon Valley's heaviest hitters in design. Khosla Ventures’s Irene Au interviews Ivy Ross, VP of design and user experience for hardware products at Google. Expect a lively discussion about the future of hardware design, how to design products with soul, and lessons on design leadership that pulls on threads from both of their experiences. Full Details
Leah Buley

Leah Buley
Design Consultant and Advisor, Leah Buley Co.

Leah Buley is a veteran of the experience design industry, a former Forrester analyst, and the author of The User Experience Team of One. Bridging the roles of practitioner and analyst, Leah helps companies evaluate where they stand competitively with... Read More.

9:00am Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Program chairs Mary Treseler and Leah Buley welcome you to the first day of keynotes. Full Details
9:00am Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Program chairs Mary Treseler and Leah Buley welcome you to the second day of keynotes. Full Details
Alan Cooper

Alan Cooper
Founder, Cooper

The cofounder of Cooper, Alan Cooper is widely known for his role in humanizing technology through his groundbreaking work in software design. Alan is the author of the books About Face: The Essentials of Interaction Design (editions 1–4) and The... Read More.

9:05am Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Using examples from his award-winning design consultancy, Alan Cooper shares the secret to his success: working backwards. Working backwards means taking the time to ask the hard questions before wading into unfamiliar territory. It can be scary (and for some, frustrating), but it's the only way to innovate. Full Details
Dan Hill

Dan Hill
Associate Director, Arup

Dan Hill is an associate director at Arup and the head of Arup Digital Studio, a strategic and service design team that creates great user experiences for buildings, places, infrastructure, and cities. Dan is also a visiting professor at the... Read More.

9:35am Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Dan Hill explores creating great user experience for buildings, places, infrastructure, and cities. Full Details
Kat Holmes

Kat Holmes
Director of Inclusive Design, Microsoft

Kat Holmes is the director of inclusive design across Microsoft’s leading products, including Windows, Xbox, and Office. Kat is best known for her thought leadership in reexamining disability and diversity as a source of innovation. Unlike traditional approaches to accessibility,... Read More.

9:05am Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Can one product be meaningful to billions of people? Humans have been at the center of design practices for a long time, yet technology is poor at adapting to their unique needs. Join Kat Holmes to explore how designing for human diversity can unlock more meaningful experiences for each of us and result in better technologies for all of us. Full Details
Randy Hunt

Randy Hunt
VP of Design, Etsy

Randy J. Hunt is vice president of design at Etsy, where he leads a team of designers, researchers, writers, and artists creating the end-to-end brand and product experience, both on- and offline. Etsy was honored with the National Design Award... Read More.

10:10am Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Things change—in the world around us, in our hearts and minds, in our organizations, in what to work on, in how to work together, and how to deliver that work. Etsy’s vice president of design Randy J. Hunt and CTO John Allspaw discuss the emergent and learned practices and behaviors that have enabled their teams to support one another and evolve together. Full Details
Barry Katz

Barry Katz
Professor, California College of the Arts

Barry Katz is consulting professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University, professor of industrial and interaction design at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, and a fellow at Silicon Valley-based design and innovation consultancy... Read More.

9:25am Tuesday, March 21, 2017
The history of Silicon Valley Design is the history of the growth and expansion of design itself. Barry Katz explains how design has evolved from packaging electronics in sheet metal enclosures in the 1950s to grappling with some of the most fundamental problems of modern civilization: global poverty, urban violence, public health—in short, everything from the beginning of life to the end. Full Details
Dan Mall

Dan Mall
Founder and Executive Director, SuperFriendly

Dan Mall is the founder and executive director of SuperFriendly, a design collaborative that brings exquisite creative direction and design to the world’s most interesting and important organizations. Dan has a passion for playing matchmaker between surprising art direction and... Read More.

9:30am Wednesday, March 22, 2017
It's no longer enough to be a Photoshop master. Designers need to grow their skills in order to stay relevant and effective. But which skills are worth focusing on? Drawing on his experience, Dan Mall shares stories and perspectives on whether designers should code, how designers can fit into Agile workflows, the role a designer has in creating, using, and maintaining design systems, and more. Full Details
Jennifer Pahlka

Jennifer Pahlka
Founder and Executive Director, Code for America

Jennifer Pahlka is the founder and executive director of Code for America, a national nonprofit that believes that government can work for the people, by the people, if we all help. Jennifer recently served as the US deputy chief technology... Read More.

9:50am Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Poor service design can have devastating consequences for vulnerable people in our country, but it doesn't have to be that way. Jennifer Pahlka explains why intentionally designing government interfaces, especially for low-income people, not only improves social outcomes but costs taxpayers dramatically less. Designing for users isn't just how to make great technology; it's how to govern. Full Details
Doug Powell

Doug Powell
Design Principal and Program Director, IBM

Doug Powell is a distinguished designer at IBM, directing the program to scale design and design thinking across the global tech company. A designer with more than 25 years of experience in a wide range of design disciplines, Doug... Read More.

10:05am Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Doug Powell explains how IBM's design transformation is resulting in real impact for the world’s most established and enduring tech company. Full Details
Ivy Ross

Ivy Ross
Vice President, Design and User Experience for Hardware, Google

Ivy Ross is the vice president of design and UX for the hardware product area at Google. Previously, Ivy was vice president of Project Aura (Glass and beyond) at Google and held executive positions ranging from head of product design... Read More.

10:15am Tuesday, March 21, 2017
This fireside chat brings together two of Silicon Valley's heaviest hitters in design. Khosla Ventures’s Irene Au interviews Ivy Ross, VP of design and user experience for hardware products at Google. Expect a lively discussion about the future of hardware design, how to design products with soul, and lessons on design leadership that pulls on threads from both of their experiences. Full Details
Mary Treseler

Mary Treseler
Vice President, Content Strategy, O'Reilly Media

M​ary Treseler is vice president of content strategy at O’Reilly Media, ​where she leads an editorial team that covers a wide range of topics from DevOps to design, and the chair of O’Reilly’s Velocity Conference. Mary has been working on... Read More.

9:00am Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Program chairs Mary Treseler and Leah Buley welcome you to the first day of keynotes. Full Details
9:00am Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Program chairs Mary Treseler and Leah Buley welcome you to the second day of keynotes. Full Details
Julie Zhuo

Julie Zhuo
Product Design, Facebook

Julie Zhuo leads the design team at Facebook working on the Facebook app, where her responsibilities range from making News Feed the best place to get the news you care about to designing tools that help you share with the... Read More.

9:55am Tuesday, March 21, 2017
In the design community, there is often an adverse reaction to the notion of being metrics driven. The term conjures up notions of soulless design and poor optimizations. But what are the alternatives? More broadly, how can we know if our designs achieve what we set out to do? Julie Zhuo explores the different definitions of success in design and shares a few principles on how to set clear goals. Full Details