Speakers

Alex W. Castellanos
Alex W. Castellanos Alex is a veteran political strategist turned UX researcher who has a love for technology and design. He has deep experience in project management, qualitative research and loves the opportunity to empathize with User stories. He is...
Gina DeConti
Gina DeConti Gina started her art training early in life when her mother taught her to draw before she could barely hold a pencil. Since then she’s continued to love all things related to art and design. Her formal education...
David Antognoli
David Antognoli David Antognoli is a game developer and professor of game design at Columbia College Chicago. A game industry veteran with experience in both programming and game design roles, he has worked on projects with companies like Microsoft, Sega,...
David Gerding
David Gerding Dave Gerding has been called a “gifted motivational speaker” and “energizer bunny” by his consulting clients. Dave is an Associate Professor in Interactive Arts and Media at Columbia College Chicago where he teaches both media theory and advanced...
Rocio Werner
Rocio Werner Rocio is a Senior User Experience Researcher at ZS Associates, conducting studies and collaborating on strategic initiatives across 5 product verticals in the Software Development Group. What excites her about her role is implementing UX benchmarking to inform...
Danyell Jones
Danyell Jones Danyell is the UX Research Lead at ZS Associates in Evanston, IL, where she oversees and conducts research across 5 different verticals in the Software Development group that helps teams develop software applications that support pharmaceutical clients. She...
Jason Kunesh
Jason Kunesh Jason Kunesh finds simple solutions for gnarly problems wherever people meet technology. He is the Design Director of the City of Chicago, helping ensure the city’s products and services work well for all Chicagoans. Jason is a cofounder...
Amy Johnson
Amy Johnson Amy Johnson is a Senior Mobile Visual Designer at Arity. She has worked in many different environments from start-ups to large corporate companies. She was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder after being misdiagnosed for most of her life....
Cynthia Gelper
Cynthia Gelper I’m a content strategist and practitioner of human-centered content design. Based in Chicago, I got my start as a marketing and technical writer for digital agencies but was drawn to the usability side of things when I saw...
Brian Santiago
Brian Santiago Brian has 15+ years of experience across all design disciplines from a wide range of industries including supply-chain, data science, and internet infrastructure. He currently is helping his colleagues at Fastly, an edge cloud platform that powers fast,...