Cory Doctorow is a science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger — the co-editor of Boing Boing and the author of Walkaway, a novel for adults, a YA graphic novel called In Real Life, the nonfiction business book Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free, and young adult novels like Homeland, Pirate Cinema, and Little Brother and novels for adults like Rapture of the Nerds and Makers. He works for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, is a MIT Media Lab Research Affiliate, is a Visiting Professor of Computer Science at Open University and co-founded the UK Open Rights Group. Born in Toronto, Canada, he now lives in Los Angeles.
Kevin M. Hoffman connects people, ideas, and solutions in order solve our industry’s pressing design challenges. Knowing that successful projects require facilitated collaboration, Kevin founded and leads Seven Heads Design, a network of digital design leaders who collaborate frequently on major projects. Trusted by major brands, including Zappos, Nintendo, Walmart, and MTV, Kevin’s roles as product lead, information architect, and design strategist give him a unique perspective on how people interact during projects. His first book – Meeting Design for Managers, Makers, and Everyone – will be published by Rosenfeld Media in 2017, and focuses on improving meetings through design thinking. Kevin shares his insight across the world at conferences like LX, SXSW, An Event Apart, UX London, the IA Summit, and UI.
Nick DeNardis is the director of Web Communications at Wayne State University. He takes an active role in the higher education web community by sharing his thoughts and real world analysis in the Wayne State Web Communications Blog. He is also the technical director for TEDxDetroit, a once a year conference to spread positive ideas for the world from Detroit.
With a background in computer science and library science, Nick has always been interested in user experience and accessibility. Part of his work at Wayne State includes reviewing and benchmarking other university websites. His personal web philosophy is to keep things light, simple and agile, always striving for simple solutions to complex problems.
Sara Wachter-Boettcher runs a content strategy consultancy based in Philadelphia. She is also the author of Content Everywhere, a book about creating flexible, mobile-ready content. Sara works with clients like Trek Bicycles, The Associated Press, The Home Depot, and Harvard, and speaks at web conferences worldwide. Find her on Twitter @sara_ann_marie or at sarawb.com.
Sara will deliver the keynote “Design For Real Life.” This talk — based on the book of the same name, she co-authored with Eric Meyer (yeah, that Eric Meyer) — explores racial and gender bias in design and will show you how to craft interfaces and copy that are more inclusive and compassionate.
Sarah Drasner is an award-winning speaker, consultant, and staff writer at CSS-Tricks. She is also the co-founder of Web Animation Workshops, with Val Head and the author of SVG Animations from O’Reilly. Sarah is formerly Manager of UX Design & Engineering at Trulia (Zillow). She won CSS Dev Conf’s “Best of the Best Award” as well as “Best Code Wrangler” from CSS Design Awards.