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Adobe 99U Conference

Program

2018 Agenda

Here's a look at what to expect at the 10th Annual 99U Conference. We're still cooking up more to see, hear, and do at 99U, so this agenda is subject to change. Watch this space for additional details and new speakers as the conference nears.

Pre-Conference

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Kickoff Party & Early Registration

6:00pm – 9:00pm

Location — SECOND Floor at the Eventi Hotel
851 Sixth Avenue @ West 30th Street

Flex your party muscles early with a kickoff event packed to the gills with hands-on demos, games, and networking opportunities. Come to pick up your badge and stay to meet the rest of the 99U community before the conference begins.


Day One

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Registration & Breakfast

8:30am - 9:30am

Location — Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center
1941 Broadway @ West 65th Street

Main Stage Talks: Challenge Leadership

9:30am - 11:45am

Location — Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center
1941 Broadway @ West 65th Street

Explorations of new approaches to creative leadership.

  • Tina Roth Eisenberg

    Tina Roth Eisenberg

    CEO & Founder

    Tattly & CreativeMornings

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    Speaker Bio Tina Roth Eisenberg

    Tina Roth Eisenberg

    CEO & Founder

    Tattly & CreativeMornings

    One of our favorite creative doers and community galvanizers, Tina returns to the 99U Conference main stage following her 2014 talk that inspired thousands to 'Create, Don't Complain'. Among her many projects, businesses, and achievements, Tina is the founder of the global lecture series CreativeMornings, ubiquitous designer temporary tattoo brand Tattly, and beloved design blog Swissmiss.

  • Todd Yellin

    Todd Yellin

    Vice President, Product

    Netflix

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    Speaker Bio Todd Yellin

    Todd Yellin

    Vice President, Product

    Netflix

    Few 99U speakers have a better window into your psyche than Todd. A former filmmaker, Todd joined Netflix almost 12 years ago, and in his current role as Vice President of Product, he leads the team that leverages vast amounts of data, sophisticated algorithms, and best-in-class user interfaces across numerous viewing devices to create easy, compelling ways for Netflix members to find something great to watch.

  • Tea Uglow

    Tea Uglow

    Experimental Person in Charge

    
Google Creative Lab Sydney

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    Speaker Bio Tea Uglow

    Tea Uglow

    Experimental Person in Charge

    
Google Creative Lab Sydney

    Tea works on a range of projects with cultural organizations and practitioners to enable artists, writers, and performers to use digital tools to amplify or augment their artistic, theatrical, or musical practice. Her output includes seven books, 17 websites, six apps, a feature film, three plays, two concerts, four museum exhibits, and some teddy bears that talk. She is an AGI member, on the board of the Biennale of Sydney, D&AD’s 2018 Digital Jury President, and a mentor to young female creatives worldwide.

  • Jamie Myrold

    Jamie Myrold

    Vice President, Design

    Adobe

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    Speaker Bio Jamie Myrold

    Jamie Myrold

    Vice President, Design

    Adobe

    Jamie has led large-scale design efforts at Adobe for 13 years, leading the company’s development of the next generation of design tools. 

In her role, Jamie aims to inspire the next wave of design leaders, encouraging her teams to push boundaries and develop leadership skills. She is a key contributor to Adobe's diversity and inclusion initiatives, leading the charge among creative businesses worldwide.
  • John Maeda

    John Maeda

    Global Head of Computational Design + Inclusion

    Automattic

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    Speaker Bio John Maeda

    John Maeda

    Global Head of Computational Design + Inclusion

    Automattic

    John Maeda is an American executive spearheading a new convergence across the design and technology industries. He joined Automattic in 2016 as Global Head of Computational Design + Inclusion and previously served as Design Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), a world-leading venture capital firm.

    An internationally recognized speaker and author, his books include The Laws of Simplicity, Creative Code, and Redesigning Leadership. He holds degrees in Electrical Engineering + Computer Science from MIT, an MBA from Arizona State U, and a PhD from University of Tsukuba in Japan. He has appeared as a speaker all over the world, from Davos to Beijing to São Paulo to New York, and his talks for TED.com have received cumulative views of over 2 million to date.

    Maeda serves on the Board of Directors for wireless hi-fi innovator Sonos and the global advertising firm Wieden+Kennedy. Prior to his work in industry, Maeda was a tenured research professor at the MIT Media Laboratory and 16th President of the Rhode Island School of Design.

    Maeda can be found on Twitter discussing technology, business and design at @johnmaeda, one of TIME Magazine’s 140 Best Twitter Feeds.

Lunch

11:45am - 1:15pm

Location — David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center
20 Lincoln Center Plaza @ Broadway

Thursday Breakout Sessions

1:30pm - 3:00pm

Location — Lincoln Center Campus

Sharpen your skills with breakout career workshops and creative labs, hosted across the Lincoln Center campus. The Sessions are open to all registered attendees of the conference, with one session per conference day. Session selection opens on March 27, 2018 at 12:00pm ET.

See Thursday Sessions

Main Stage Talks: Challenge Yourself

3:30pm - 5:00pm

Location — Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center
1941 Broadway @ West 65th Street

Meditations on internal challenges that limit creative work.

  • Tiffany Dufu

    Tiffany Dufu

    Author

    Drop the Ball

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    Speaker Bio Tiffany Dufu

    Tiffany Dufu

    Author

    Drop the Ball

    Tiffany is a catalyst-at-large in the world of women’s leadership and the author of Drop the Ball, a memoir and manifesto on how to cultivate the single skill you really need in order to thrive: the ability to let go. Tiffany helped launch Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In initiative, and recently served as Chief Leadership Officer to millennial professional network Levo. Tiffany serves on the board of Girls Who Code and Simmons College and has raised nearly $20 million toward for women and girls worldwide.

  • Adam J. Kurtz

    Adam J. Kurtz

    Artist & Author

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    Speaker Bio Adam J. Kurtz

    Adam J. Kurtz

    Artist & Author

    The often humorous, sometimes dark work of the artist known as 'adamjk' can be seen everywhere from tote bags at New York's iconic Strand Bookstore to enamel pins on the shelves of Urban Outfitters. Adam frequently speaks and writes about the realities of creative work, notably in his latest book, Things Are What You Make of Them: Life Advice for Creatives.

  • Christine Sun Kim

    Christine Sun Kim

    Artist

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    Speaker Bio Christine Sun Kim

    Christine Sun Kim

    Artist

    Christine harnesses the medium of sound in performance and drawing works to investigate her relationship with spoken languages and her aural environment as a deaf woman and artist. Through her practice, she challenges and deconstructs the politics of sound, and explores oral languages as social currency. 

She is a Directors Fellow at the MIT Media Lab, and her exhibitions and performances have been held at the Berlin Biennale, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Rubin Museum, PS1, and the Museum of Modern Art.

Day Two

Friday, May 11, 2018

Late Registration & Breakfast

8:45am - 9:45am

Location — Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center
1941 Broadway @ West 65th Street

Main Stage Talks: Challenge Format

9:45am - 11:35am

Location — Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center
1941 Broadway @ West 65th Street

A look at individuals and organizations inventing and reinventing creative formats.

  • Scott Belsky

    Chief Product Officer & EVP, Creative Cloud

    Adobe

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    Speaker Bio

    Scott Belsky

    Chief Product Officer & EVP, Creative Cloud

    Adobe

    Scott Belsky is an executive, entrepreneur, author, and investor (and all-around product obsessive). He currently serves as Adobe's Chief Product Officer and Executive Vice President, Creative Cloud. Scott's passion is to make the creative world more productive, connected, and adaptive to new technologies.

    Scott co-founded Behance in 2006, and served as CEO until Adobe acquired Behance in 2012. Millions of people use Behance to display their portfolios, as well as track and find top talent across the creative industries. After Behance's acquisition, Scott helped reboot Adobe's mobile product strategy and led Behance until 2016, when he spent a few years as an investor and advisor to multiple businesses. Alongside his role at Adobe, Scott is a Venture Partner at Benchmark, a venture capital firm based in San Francisco, an early-stage investor, and is co-founder and Chairman of Prefer, a referrals platform that empowers the careers of independent professionals (aka "Soloists”).

    Over the years, Scott has pursued other projects to help organize and empower the careers of creative people. These include 99U, Behance's think tank and annual conference devoted to execution in the creative world; and a popular line of organizational paper products that help organize creative people and teams.

    Scott is also the author of the international bestselling book Making Ideas Happen (Portfolio Imprint, Penguin Books, April, 2010).

    Watch the 99U talk

    Scott Belsky Iteration

    Scott Belsky: The First Mile of Product

    99U and Behance cofounder Scott Belsky believes the earliest days of a product are its most critical. In this talk, Belsky outlines the key qualities that lead to a product’s early adoption and longterm success.

  • Mona Chalabi

    Mona Chalabi

    Data Editor

    Guardian US

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    Speaker Bio Mona Chalabi

    Mona Chalabi

    Data Editor

    Guardian US

    Mona has attracted praise for her unique, illustrated presentations of data on everything from pay inequality to pet safety on airlines for the Guardian US. She previously worked with FiveThirtyEight and the Economist Intelligence Unit, hosted a regular data segment on NPR called The Number Of The Week, and co-created the Emmy-nominated video series Vagina Dispatches.

  • Vince Kadlubek

    Vince Kadlubek

    CEO

    Meow Wolf

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    Speaker Bio Vince Kadlubek

    Vince Kadlubek

    CEO

    Meow Wolf

    Vince is the visionary CEO behind Meow Wolf, the much-buzzed-about, hard-to-describe, immersive art installation in Santa Fe, New Mexico (and its new locations, coming soon to Denver, Colorado and Las Vegas, Nevada). Vince raised $7 million from investors including author George R.R. Martin to create what just might be the future of experiential art.
  • Katie Dill

    Katie Dill

    Vice President, Design

    Lyft

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    Speaker Bio Katie Dill

    Katie Dill

    Vice President, Design

    Lyft

    Katie is a creative leader at the intersection of interaction and industrial design, business strategy, and user research. As VP of Design, she oversees products for Lyft’s driver and passenger community. She was previously the Director of Experience Design at Airbnb and the Creative Director at frog design.

Lunch

11:35am - 1:00pm

Location — David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center
20 Lincoln Center Plaza @ Broadway

Friday Breakout Sessions

1:15pm - 2:45pm

Location — Lincoln Center Campus

Breakout Sessions continue with more career workshops and creative labs on Friday afternoon. The Sessions are open to all registered attendees of the conference, with one session per conference day. Session selection opens on March 27, 2018 at 12:00pm ET.

See Friday Sessions

Main Stage Talks: Challenge The World

3:15pm - 4:45pm

Location — Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center
1941 Broadway @ West 65th Street

Inspiring talks on using creativity to affect social good.

  • Jason Mayden

    Jason Mayden

    CEO & Co-Founder

    Super Heroic

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    Speaker Bio Jason Mayden

    Jason Mayden

    CEO & Co-Founder

    Super Heroic

    Jason is the creative CEO behind Super Heroic, a mission-driven business focused on providing quality play-performance footwear, apparel, and technology for children. An accomplished design leader, Jason previously oversaw products and innovations for the Jordan Brand as the Senior Global Design Director at Nike, and serves as an advisor to Stephen Curry’s Slyce platform, portfolio companies at venture firm Accel, and the College for Creative Studies.

  • marcelino alvarez

    Marcelino J. Alvarez

    CEO & Co-Founder

    Uncorked Studios

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    Speaker Bio marcelino alvarez

    Marcelino J. Alvarez

    CEO & Co-Founder

    Uncorked Studios

    Marcelino J. Alvarez is the founder and CEO of Uncorked Studios, a product design studio located in Portland, Oregon. Uncorked is a design studio that connects people, technology, and context to create meaningful change. Uncorked partners with the world’s top brands, including Google, Intel, Adidas, Diageo, Care.com, Samsung, Skype, the Bezos Family Foundation, Magnum Foundation, and more to build products with purpose.

    Previously, Alvarez served as Executive Interactive Producer at Wieden + Kennedy. He produced the Nike Chalkbot, a robot that printed messages of hope and inspiration on the Tour de France in 2009 and 2010. He’s a co­founder of Safecast, an open data initiative to help residents of Japan report and understand the levels of radiation following the Fukushima earthquake and nuclear disaster, and Incúbate, the first design-thinking workshop and incubator in Havana, Cuba.

    Alvarez has spoken at the Concordia Summit, SXSW Interactive, Interaction 18, Mobile as a Platform for Change, Cre8Con, Techfest Northwest, Design Week Portland, Bonfire, TIE Oregon, and the InnoTech Conference, and has appeared as a guest on Think Out Loud, Up Next, and Conversion Aid programs. He sits on the board of the Freshwater Trust and Portland State University’s Center for Retail Leadership, and is an investor in the Oregon Venture Fund.

  • ashleigh axios

    Ashleigh Axios

    Design Exponent 
& Head of Creative Studio

    Automattic

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    Speaker Bio ashleigh axios

    Ashleigh Axios

    Design Exponent 
& Head of Creative Studio

    Automattic

    After breaking ground in national government as the creative director and digital strategist for the Obama White House, Ashleigh now leads the creative studio at Automattic, a company with the mission to democratize publishing and commerce. She is a fervent advocate for design's ability to break barriers and create positive social change.

Closing Party

10:00pm - 1:00am

Location — The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues

No conference parties like 99U: join us Friday evening for a closing party at the iconic Museum of Modern Art, with surprise DJ sets.