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Aarron Walter is the General Manager of New Products at MailChimp, where he strives to make software more human. Aarron is the author of Designing for Emotion. He taught design at colleges in the US and Europe for nearly a decade, and speaks at conferences around the world. His design guidance has helped the White House, the US Department of State, and dozens of startups and venture capitalists. He tweets about design under the moniker @aarron on Twitter.
Rachel Nabors is an industry leader in the field of web animation. She travels the world, speaking and giving workshops. Her articles on the topic have been published in Smashing Mag, A List Apart, 24 Ways, Adobe Inspire, and Net Mag. When not biking around her home city of Portland, Oregon in the USA, she consults with companies to help them bring motion and meaning to their process and designs. Sometimes she makes interactive comics, but mostly she spends her weekends curating Web Animation Weekly. You can catch her as @rachelnabors on Twitter and at rachelnabors.com.
Robbie Manson is a digital product designer at FreeAgent, and lives in Edinburgh. He's being described as someone "speaking about the creativity and not being hung up on the tools we use". Hes is going on to explain embracing the unpredictable to find the valuable elements of doing so.
Umar is a front-end web developer at Shazam based in London, with a focus on writing tips, tutorials and documentation for the web platform. One of the projects he plans to explore and share with the community is using tooling such as the Chrome DevTools for an improved development workflow, but also for debugging performance issues.
Leisa leads a team of designers, researchers, writers and analysts who work within agile, multidisciplinary teams to create continuous connection between the Australian government and its citizens, and a real understanding of the human experience of government as it transforms to design digital services that really meet users needs. She heads Service Design in the Digital Transformation Office (DTO) in Sydney and Canberra.
Previously she was Head of User Research at the Government Digital Service (GDS) in the UK.
Leisa has a background in User Centred Design, Design Research and Information Architecture combined with a passion for making these practices more accessible and more successful for companies with limited time or resources, and for those who work using agile or lean methods.
Leisa is a regular speaker and workshop-giver and has spoken at conferences including London IA, UX London, dConstruct, Drupalcon, EuroIA, Future of Web Apps, Web 2.0 Expo, Next, Interesting, GUADEC, Interaction, and Reboot. She has mentored at Seedcamp and founded the London UX Bookclub.
When not working she cycles, play with her two small sons and has an ongoing battle to defend her homegrown veg from the evil weeds at her allotment.
Vasilis van Gemert works as a lecturer at the University of Applied Science in Amsterdam, where he teaches the next generation of digital product designers how to design things with the web as a material. Before he became a lecturer he worked as a principal front-end developer for large and small clients in The Netherlands.
Every now and then he publishes articles on his own blog, or on Smashing Magazine, Web Designer Magazine and Net Magazine. Today he only creates websites for himself. This not only means that he can use any new feature he wants, it also means he is able to investigate things that might not seem very interesting. Most of the time this turns out to be true. But not always.
Chris Shiflett is a web craftsman and partner at Fictive Kin, where he wears many hats. Most people know him as the co-founder of Brooklyn Beta, a conference he hosted from 2010 until 2014.
He blogs at shiflett.org, and tweets at @shiflett on Twitter. He has written two books — Essential PHP Security and HTTP Developer’s Handbook — and is speaking at conferencess such as Webstock, OSCON, and South by Southwest.
Jina Bolton is a Senior Product Designer at Salesforce UX, where she helps design and develop systems for enterprise software. She also loves Sass; she leads Team Sass Design, an open source task force that redesigned the Sass brand and website. Jina also organizes the San Francisco Sass Meet Up, The Mixin. She coauthored two books, Fancy Form Design and The Art & Science of CSS. Previously, she has worked with rad companies including Apple, Engine Yard, and Crush + Lovely.
Jon Setzen designed and coded his first website in 1995 and over the years has worked with everyone from Alicia Keys to Nikon to MoMA. For many years he also designed rock posters, which were exhibited in Los Angeles, Brooklyn, Tokyo and beyond.
Since 2012, he has been the Creative and UX Director of Media Temple, where he has led redesigns of the company’s website and Account Center.
Jon runs the CreativeMornings LA, and he is the co-host of a design, music and culture podcast called The Build Up.
Patrick is a senior engineer at the Financial Times in London where – amongst other things – he is helping to build the next generation of their web platform. Prior to the FT he spent had the last 3 years developing theguardian.com. When not speaking or ranting about performance he enjoys spending his spare time discovering new food and craft beer.
Alla is an interaction designer at an open education startup, FutureLearn. She's interested in how design relates to other disciplines, including linguistics, psychology, and architecture. Alla is an occasional contributor to design publications, such as A List Apart, and an owner of several vintage robots.
Can you guess who is going to be the Mystery Speaker this time?