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Spring 2019 Appearances

It’s been a long year! 2018 brought an exciting speaking calendar on two continents, including Interaction 18 in Lyon; a workshop at Microsoft’s Office AI Design Days; a workshop and talk at UX London 2018; DEVit 360 in Thessaloniki, Greece; UX Week in San Francisco; a private workshop at BMW in Munich; a workshop and talk at Amuse UX Conference in Budapest; a public workshop in Redmond; and a talk at DesignOps Summit 2018 in New York City. 2019 promises to be just as packed, with three continents on the calendar (and a fourth in planning…) Let’s take a look…

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Fall 2017 European Tour Itinerary

After months of planning, part 2 of my European voice design speaking tour is upon us. I’m honored to be speaking 5 times across 3 cities: Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo. Many of the events are close to selling out, so if one of these events interests you, please book immediately! Design Matters // Copenhagen, Denmark // Wed, Sep 28th NEW Keynote: “From Blank Page to World Stage” SOLD OUT – click here to join the waitlist. Most designers are experts at improving upon existing experiences – but how does your process translate to a brand new product? How do you…

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Join me at Emerald City Comicon 2017

When I’m not designing, I’m usually performing – and as it turns out, most of my performing endeavours are pretty nerdy. As a result, I’m excited to appear in three panels – my biggest Emerald City Comicon yet! Each panel is on a different day, so there’s a great chance you can join us for one or more. THURSDAY MARCH 2: 6:45 PM – 7:45 PM Where No Man Has Gone Before Join us for the return of Seattle Experimental Theater’s long-running hit improvised parody of the original Star Trek series. For this performance I’ll be playing alien Leiliana –…

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Launching “Giving Voice to Your Voice Designs”

I had the extreme pleasure of debuting my interactive workshop on voice user interface design, “Giving Voice to Your Voice Designs,” at Interaction ’17 in New York this February. Following the successful launch of this workshop, I am now accepting inquiries about teaching the course in the US or abroad. It’s an excellent choice for maker groups, local design org chapters, or design and technology conferences with workshop tracks. Upcoming Appearances I’m delighted to announce the following confirmed workshop events in 2017 – stay tuned for additional announcements coming soon. EuroIA (Stockholm, Sweden): September 30, 2017 (half-day workshop) Webdagene (Oslo,…

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My Africa Diaries: Prologue

Back in December, I was browsing the internal Microsoft forums (Yammer) and stumbled across an announcement for a new volunteer outreach program – MySkills4Afrika, part of the larger Microsoft for Afrika program. They were accepting applications from full-time employees to share their skills and expertise to energize the tech industry and entrepreneurship in Africa. Instantly, the posting spoke to me in that way you can’t quite ignore, even though travel or outreach to Africa never seemed like a realistic possibility for me up until that moment. Out of curiosity, I searched the available opportunities and discovered there were in fact…

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