The Idean UX Summit is a groundbreaking event series where we discuss the broader impact of UX design. This time around we will be exploring the added value a company gains when leadership employs a sweeping user-centric strategy, both in design and thinking. Moreover, we will be tackling the difficult subject of convincing key stakeholders of the true value of the UX-centered approach. With an excellent lineup of speakers and a riveting array of topics, this is definitely an event you won't want to miss!

Speakers

Top Industry Experts

Our cast of amazing speakers are pioneering leaders in their individual fields with unique insights gleaned from years of experience. Our headlining keynote is Itai Vonshak, Head of Product & UX at Pebble and formerly the Head of Design and Product Management at LG, who will be sharing his successful experiences with a UX-focused corporate strategy. Additionally, Kevin Lee, the Head of Design at Visa, will also be drawing from his previous experience as a top design executive at Samsung, Paypal, eBay, and GE, providing his insights into the importance of a design-first approach. We will also hear from Pierre-Henri Clouin, Head of Strategy of Products & Operations at IBM, and Ian Swinson, the first designer ever at Salesforce and who is now the VP of Design at Speakeasy.
Itai Vonshak
Itai is currently the Head of Product & UX at Pebble but has long been in the product design and management world. He has done amazing work at LG Electronics as their Head of Design & Product Management, delivering the spectacularly well-received webOS smart TV which debuted at last year's CES and won multiple awards.
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Itai is currently the Head of Product & UX at Pebble but has long been in the product design and management world. He has done amazing work at LG Electronics as their Head of Design & Product Management, delivering the spectacularly well-received webOS smart TV which debuted at last year's CES and won multiple awards. Before that, he was also the VP of Design and Product Management at Gram (formerly Palm/webOS) as well as the Director of Human Interface at HP, leading a team of interaction designers, visual designers, user researchers, prototypers, and front-end developers for their product, Palm. He graduated from the Academic College of Tel-Aviv, Yaffo with a BA in Computer Science and holds an astounding 13 patents, ranging from design-based properties all the way to actual hardware.
Kevin Lee
Currently, Kevin is Vice President and Head of Design at Visa, Inc, responsible for the overall design and user experience of all digital products. Kevin is also a part of the executive committee driving several key strategic initiatives.
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Currently, Kevin is Vice President and Head of Design at Visa, Inc, responsible for the overall design and user experience of all digital products. Kevin is also a part of the executive committee driving several key strategic initiatives. Previously, Kevin led the SF design studio at Samsung responsible for launching Gear Fit wearable product which was the industry¹s first wearable with curved display. Before Samsung, Kevin was at eBay and Paypal leading the global design team and launched several key products such as checkout, shopping cart, and shopping showcase which provides the integrated product vision at eBay Inc. Prior to eBay and Paypal, Kevin was responsible for managing the UX design studio at Whirlpool Corporation in Milan, Italy. Before his stint in Italy, Kevin and his team launched the company's first digital touch screen consumer products with several CES awards. Before Whirlpool Corporation, Kevin led 35+ cross-functional team of designers and engineers at GE Healthcare responsible for driving initiatives and launching key award-winning software and hardware products, one of which is called Vscan where it was named by TIME magazine as The 50 Best Inventions of 2009. He has also appeared in multiple Fast Company published interviews and speaks at some of the largest conferences in the world. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with an MS in Human-Computer Interaction and from Mercer University with a BS in Technical Communication/Ergonomics.
Pierre-Henri Clouin
Pierre-Henri has spent the past 2+ years as IBM Design's Head of Strategy for Products and Operations, where he also serves as the acting Chief Operations Officer as well. He has led the strategy, deployment, execution and expansion of IBM Design from initiative inception all the way to broad internal adoption and eventual external recognition through incredible precision and equally brilliant resource management. He has driven product team successes across 100 strategic IBM products, an enviable feat even to the most accomplished leaders.
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Pierre-Henri has spent the past 2+ years as IBM Design's Head of Strategy for Products and Operations, where he also serves as the acting Chief Operations Officer as well. He has led the strategy, deployment, execution and expansion of IBM Design from initiative inception all the way to broad internal adoption and eventual external recognition through incredible precision and equally brilliant resource management. He has driven product team successes across 100 strategic IBM products, an enviable feat even to the most accomplished leaders. Before his current role, Pierre also spent an additional 3 years at IBM as a Program Director of Product Management, as well as a Director of Strategic Planning at ILOG. He graduated from the HEC School of Management in Paris with a MSc in Management, the Université Panthéon Sorbonne (Paris I) with a DEA in Business Law and the University Paris II Pantheon Assas with a JD in Law.
Ian Swinson
Ian Swinson was the Senior Director of User Experience at Salesforce.com for the Platform and Analytics teams for the past decade. Before that, he spent an additional decade and more exploring design-focused roles at startups, design agencies, and enterprise software companies. Now, he is the VP of Design at Speakeasy, a voice communication tech start-up.
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Ian Swinson was the Senior Director of User Experience at Salesforce.com for the Platform and Analytics teams for the past decade. Before that, he spent an additional decade and more exploring design-focused roles at startups, design agencies, and enterprise software companies. Now, he is the VP of Design at Speakeasy, a voice communication tech start-up. Ian and his team look at current and emerging design, technology and cultural trends with the goal of making enterprise software as easy to use as consumer web sites. As the future of work is defined Salesforce.com seeks to lead the next phase by empowering all businesses and users with the tools they need to get their work done as efficiently and effectively as possible - and with a real sense of joy and accomplishment. As a manager Ian is blessed with an extremely talented, well-rounded and wildly enthusiastic team of 30 managers, designers and researchers. Ian is a graduate of McGill University’s Film and Communications program, an ex-hardcore musician, and currently a Category 3 road racer, amateur photographer and hopeless optimist.
Risto Lahdesmaki
CEO and founder at Idean, Risto is an entrepreneur-spirited-jack-of-all-trades-creative-director. He has a special talent for identifying business opportunities for his client companies and is somewhat water-resistant to the phrase: "this is not possible”.
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CEO and founder at Idean, Risto is an entrepreneur-spirited-jack-of-all-trades-creative-director. He has a special talent for identifying business opportunities for his client companies and is somewhat water-resistant to the phrase: "this is not possible". With over ten years background in User Interface and User Experience design, he has been involved in hundreds of design projects and is shaping the future of branding through UX/UI. Currently, Risto is growing the Idean business in the US at a rapid rate and as Chairman of the company he oversees their global business development. Risto is an entrepreneur and designer at heart and has worked with start-ups as well as big enterprises his entire professional career.
Sampo Jalasto
Having worked as a designer for Idean over the last 8 years, Sampo Jalasto has a comprehensive background ranging from startups to healthcare, transportation, banking, finance, industrial solutions and media companies.
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Having worked as a designer for Idean over the last 7 years, Sampo Jalasto has a comprehensive background ranging from startups to healthcare, transportation, banking, finance, industrial solutions and media companies. Jalasto currently works in interaction design, concepting and feature mapping, prototyping, and oversees multiple design projects at Idean. He has worked on a variety of platforms and his detailed work has been awarded multiple times for its exceptional quality from RE: Media OY, a top Finnish design award.

About

Our Awesome Event

Everyone knows great design means great business. Especially in the product world, the winning philosophies always center upon the keystones of responsiveness, usability, and simplicity. Sometimes, however, it can be hard to convince key decision makers of the immense value that accompanies brilliant design when there are often few quantifiable measures. This summit will serve to highlight the concrete effects of a strong, user-centric approach and show how a design-aligned leadership strategy will lead to success.

Schedule

Agenda: December 5th

8:30 am
Registration & Breakfast
9:00 am
Welcoming Remarks
Risto Lahdesmaki, CEO, Idean
9:10 am
Branding from Within
Ian Swinson, Senior Director of User Experience, Speakeasy
9:50 am
CAPS: The 4 Secrets to Grooming Design Leaders
Kevin Lee, Head of Design, Visa
10:30 am
Coffee & Networking
10:50 am
Designed to Win
Pierre-Henri Clouin, Head of Strategy for Products & Operations, IBM
11:30 am
My Experience of Experiences
Itai Vonshak, Head of Product & UX, Pebble
12:00 noon
Lunch and Networking
1:00 pm
Workshop
A quick sprint innovation workshop on a real life business

Workshop

Quick sprint innovation workshop on a real life business

Unleash your inner designer. Go through the user-centered design process and create a workable solution to an actual problem under an hour.

Preview

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Venue

Bluxome Street Winery in San Francisco

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Bluxome Street Winery
53 Bluxome Street
San Francisco, 94107

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Idean

Idean is a global design agency dedicated to delivering the best possible user experiences. Since 1999, we have helped thousands of clients around the world to maximize the value of their digital solutions.
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