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Adobe 99U Conference 2019

Program

2019 Agenda

Here's a look at what to expect at 99U 2019. Agenda is subject to change: watch this page for updates and additions.

Pre-Conference

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Kickoff Party & Early Registration

6:00pm – 9:00pm

Location — The Caldwell Factory
547 West 26th Street @ Tenth Avenue

Join us on the eve of the conference to pick up your badge, get hands-on with new creative technologies, and meet the rest of the 99U community.


Day One

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Registration & Breakfast

8:00am - 9:00am

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

Main Stage: The Future Is Creative

9:00am - 11:45am

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

Inspiring talks from speakers working at the bleeding edge of a range of creative fields.

  • Dr. Vivienne Ming, Socos Labs

    Vivienne Ming

    Co-Founder & Executive Chair,

    Socos Labs

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    Speaker Bio Dr. Vivienne Ming, Socos Labs

    Vivienne Ming

    Co-Founder & Executive Chair,

    Socos Labs

    Dr. Vivienne Ming is a theoretical neuroscientist, entrepreneur, and author frequently featured for her research and inventions in publications including The Financial Times, The Atlantic, Quartz, and The New York Times.


    Vivienne co-founded Socos Labs, an independent think tank exploring the future of human potential. Socos, her fifth company, combines her varied work with that of other creative experts to expand their impact on global policy issues, both inside companies and throughout communities.


    Previously, Vivienne was a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley's Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience, pursuing research in cognitive neuroprosthetics. In her free time, Vivienne has invented AI systems to help treat her diabetic son, predict manic episodes in bipolar sufferers weeks in advance, and reunite orphan refugees with extended family members. She sits on boards of numerous companies and nonprofit organizations including StartOut, The Palm Center, Cornerstone Capital, Platypus Institute, Shiftgig, Zoic Capital, and SmartStones.

    Vivienne also speaks frequently on her AI-driven research into inclusion and gender in business. For relaxation, she is a wife and mother of two.

  • Zach Lieberman Co-founder School for Poetic Computation

    Zach Lieberman

    Co-founder

    School for Poetic Computation

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    Speaker Bio Zach Lieberman Co-founder School for Poetic Computation

    Zach Lieberman

    Co-founder

    School for Poetic Computation

    Zach Lieberman is an artist, researcher, and educator with a simple goal: he wants you to be surprised. In his work, he creates performances and installations that take human gestures as input and amplify them in different ways: making drawings come to life, imagining what the voice might look like if we could see it, transforming peoples silhouettes into music.  


    Zach has been named one of
    Fast Company's Most Creative People and his projects have won the Golden Nica from Ars Electronica and Interactive Design of the Year from Design Museum London, and have been listed in TIME's Best Inventions of the Year.  He creates artwork through writing software and is a co-creator of openFrameworks, an open source C++ toolkit for creative coding.


    He helped co-found the School for Poetic Computation, a school examining the lyrical possibilities of code.

  • Kat Holmes, Google & Mismatch.design

    Kat Holmes

    Director, UX Design, Google

    & Founder, Mismatch.design

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    Speaker Bio Kat Holmes, Google & Mismatch.design

    Kat Holmes

    Director, UX Design, Google

    & Founder, Mismatch.design

    Kat Holmes, named one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business in 2017, is founder of Mismatch.design, a firm dedicated to inclusive design resources and education. She served as the Principal Director of Inclusive Design at Microsoft from 2014 to 2017, leading the company’s executive program for inclusive product innovation.


    Kat’s award-winning toolkit was inducted into the Smithsonian Institution's Cooper Hewitt Design Museum. In 2018, she joined Google and continues to advance inclusive development for some of the most influential technologies in the world.


    Kat is the author of
    Mismatch: How Inclusion Shapes Design.

  • Tim Brown CEO & President IDEO

    Tim Brown

    CEO & President,

    IDEO

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    Speaker Bio Tim Brown CEO & President IDEO

    Tim Brown

    CEO & President,

    IDEO

    Tim Brown is the CEO and president of IDEO. Ranked independently among the ten most innovative companies in the world, IDEO is the global consultancy that contributed to such standard-setting innovations as the first mouse for Apple and the Palm V. Today, IDEO applies its human-centered approach to drive innovation and growth for the world's leading businesses, as well as for government, education, health care, and social sectors.


    Tim advises senior executives and boards of Fortune 100 companies and has led strategic client relationships with such corporations as Microsoft, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, and Steelcase.

  • courtney e. martin

    Courtney E. Martin

    Co-founder

    Solutions Journalism Network

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    Speaker Bio courtney e. martin

    Courtney E. Martin

    Co-founder

    Solutions Journalism Network

    Courtney E. Martin is an author, entrepreneur, and facilitator. She has written and edited five books, including The New Better Off: Reinventing the American Dream and Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists. She is also the co-founder of the Solutions Journalism Network and FRESH Speakers Bureau, and has consulted with a wide variety of organizations—like TED, the Aspen Institute, The Obama Foundation, and The Sundance Institute—on how to make impactful, story-rich social change.

    Courtney writes frequently for The New York Times and The On Being Project, among other publications; has appeared on the TODAY Show, MSNBC, and The O’Reilly Factor; and speaks widely at conferences and colleges. She has interviewed luminaries as wide ranging as filmmaker Ava DuVernay, writer Zadie Smith, choreographer Alonzo King, organizer Ai-Jen Poo, rapper Ali Shaheed Muhammad of A Tribe Called Quest, and designer Tim Brown.

    Courtney has an honorary doctorate from Art Center College of Design and received the Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics. She lives with her partner, John Cary, and two daughters, in a co-housing community in Oakland.

  • Kyle T. Webster Design Evangelist Adobe

    Kyle T. Webster

    Design Evangelist,

    Adobe

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    Speaker Bio Kyle T. Webster Design Evangelist Adobe

    Kyle T. Webster

    Design Evangelist,

    Adobe

    Kyle T. Webster is an illustrator, designer, and author who has drawn for The New Yorker, TIME, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Scholastic, NPR, Nike, IDEO, and many other distinguished clients. His illustration work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators, Communications Arts, and American Illustration.


    He is perhaps best known as the founder of KyleBrush.com, the brand behind the world's best-selling, and now industry-standard, Photoshop brushes for professionals, used by artists at Disney, Pixar, Dreamworks, MTV Networks, and Weta Digital. These brushes were the first of their kind to be officially licensed by Adobe for inclusion in the Adobe Creative Cloud.


    Kyle also currently teaches Life Drawing, Portraiture, and Digital Painting at the UNC School of the Arts.

  • Joel Beckerman Man Made Music

    Joel Beckerman

    Founder, Composer & Producer,

    Man Made Music

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    Speaker Bio Joel Beckerman Man Made Music

    Joel Beckerman

    Founder, Composer & Producer,

    Man Made Music

    Joel Beckerman is an award-winning composer, producer and the founder of Man Made Music, a global sonic studio. He is the author of The Sonic Boom: How Sound Transforms the Way We Think, Feel, and Buy and is dedicated to solving human and business challenges through Sonic Humanism, the power of music and sound to make lives richer and simpler.


    As innovators in their field, Joel and Man Made Music have partnered with global brands such as AT&T, Disney, Deloitte, Abbott, Hulu, Nissan, QVC, IMAX, and Subway to craft unique sonic experiences. His work began in network television creating themes for Entertainment Tonight, HBO Features, CBS This Morning, and The Super Bowl on NBC, and has evolved into pioneering new musical approaches for sound in products, brands and environments.


    Joel is a leader on the subject of sound, business, and the future of humanity. He has been featured on stages around the world including The Wall Street Journal D.Live, SXSW, Cannes Lions, London Design Week, C2 Montreal, Fast Company Innovation Festival, and Future of StoryTelling. 
    For his work, Fast Company honored Joel as one of their Most Creative People in Business 1000. He is a PROMAX board member, helped found the New York chapter of the Society of Composers and Lyricists, and proudly serves on the ASCAP board.

Lunch

11:45am - 12:45am

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

Lunch is provided with your 99U Conference experience.

Thursday Breakout Sessions: Workshops

12:45pm - 2:30pm

Location — Lincoln Center Campus

Dive into new disciplines, frameworks, and ideas with breakout workshops and creative labs hosted across the Lincoln Center campus.

See this year's Workshops

Thursday Breakout Sessions: Master Classes

2:45pm - 4:00pm

Location — Lincoln Center Campus

Get an in-depth look at the work behind the work of some of our favorite creative thinkers and organizations.

See this year's Master Classes

99U Open Studios

4:30pm - 7:30pm

Location — Creative Spaces Across NYC

Spend the evening exploring the workspaces of our favorite creative organizations across New York City, who will be opening their doors exclusively to the 99U audience.


Day Two

Friday, May 10, 2019

Late Registration & Breakfast

8:30am - 9:30am

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

Friday Breakout Sessions: Master Classes

9:30am - 10:45am

Location — Lincoln Center Campus

Get an in-depth look at the work behind the work of some of our favorite creative thinkers and organizations.

See this year's Master Classes

Friday Breakout Sessions: Workshops

11:15am - 1:00pm

Location — Lincoln Center Campus

Dive into new disciplines, frameworks, and ideas with breakout workshops and creative labs hosted across the Lincoln Center campus.

See this year's Workshops

Lunch

1:00pm - 2:15pm

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

Lunch is provided with your 99U Conference experience.

Main Stage: The Future Is Human

2:15pm - 5:00pm

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

Talks and performances from creatives working to bring more humanity into technology, industry, and creative spaces.

  • Merrill Garbus Musician, Tune-Yards

    Merrill Garbus

    Musician,

    Tune-Yards

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    Speaker Bio Merrill Garbus Musician, Tune-Yards

    Merrill Garbus

    Musician,

    Tune-Yards

    Tune-Yards was formed by Merrill Garbus in 2006, and that band name has ever since been synonymous with forward movement—whether because of the group's explosive performance style, the always-surprising way in which their songs unfold, the danceability of the music, or the connections Merrill highlights between song and social consciousness.


    First gaining notice with the debut
    BiRd-BrAiNs, which The New York Times called “a confident do-it-yourselfer's opening salvo,” Merrill forged a reputation as a formidable live presence through relentless touring. She became a producer in her own right on 2011's w h o k i l l, a startling and sonically adventurous statement that led to a whirlwind period where the band accrued accolades from critics (including the #1 spot on the Village Voice's 2011 Pazz and Jop poll.)


    Tune-Yards has collaborated with music industry legends including Yoko Ono, Laurie Anderson, David Byrne, and Mavis Staples. Their latest record,
    I can feel you creep into my private life, was released in January of 2018 as a fully collaborative effort between Merrill and bassist Nate Brenner.


    Merrill’s lyrics explore her place in the world, ruminating on race, politics, intersectional feminism, and the environment. Rolling Stone called it “an LP determined to conjure kinetic joy while staring down our present cultural fright show.” Merrill and Nate recently scored Boots Riley’s acclaimed film,
    Sorry to Bother You. Both will continue to produce music for Tune-Yards and for other artists in the coming year

  • giorgia lupi

    Giorgia Lupi

    Partner & Design Director,

    Accurat

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    Speaker Bio giorgia lupi

    Giorgia Lupi

    Partner & Design Director,

    Accurat

    Giorgia Lupi is an information designer, artist, and entrepreneur. She is the co-founder and design director of Accurat, a data-driven design firm with offices in Milan and New York.


    After receiving her master’s degree in architecture, she earned her PhD in design at Politecnico di Milano. Her work is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, where she was commissioned to create an original, site-specific piece in 2017.


    Giorgia's TED TALK on her humanistic approach to data has over one million views. She is co-author of
    Dear Data and of the new interactive book, Observe, Collect, Draw! A Visual Journal. She recently joined the MIT Media Lab as a Director's Fellow.

  • Anna Pickard, Slack

    Anna Pickard

    Head of Brand Communications,

    Slack

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    Speaker Bio Anna Pickard, Slack

    Anna Pickard

    Head of Brand Communications,

    Slack

    Anna Pickard makes up voices for a living, then teaches other people how to use them. As the first writer at Slack and holder of the voice and tone, she's been in editorial, marketing, product, design, customer experience, brand, and communications. Because who knows where the gravitational center of writing belongs? Anyway. She now works across them all as Head of Brand Communications at Slack, working out how to create a community of practice across a distributed cross-functional writing team, in an industry and a time when people expect brands to deliver a consistent quality and voice … and to sound authentically human while doing it.

     

    Before Slack, Anna worked in education and in games, writing dialog for pigs, trees, and evil prime numbers. Before that, she worked in advertising, where she gave voice to polydactyl cats and "the concept of butter" on social media; in journalism, where she live blogged cultural milestones for the Guardian newspaper. She trained as an actress and holds an MPhil in Dramaturgy, which everyone said could never turn into a successful career. Turns out they were only partially correct.

  • Michael Ventura Founder & CEO Sub Rosa

    Michael Ventura

    Founder & CEO,

    Sub Rosa

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    Speaker Bio Michael Ventura Founder & CEO Sub Rosa

    Michael Ventura

    Founder & CEO,

    Sub Rosa

    Michael Ventura is the CEO and founder of Sub Rosa, a strategy and design firm that has worked with some of the world's largest and most important brands, organizations, and start-ups, including Johnson & Johnson, Pantone, Adobe, TED, Delta Airlines, and The Daily Show.


    Michael has served as a board member and adviser to a variety of organizations, including Behance, the Burning Man Project, Cooper-Hewitt, and the UN's Tribal Link Foundation. He is also a visiting lecturer at institutions such as Princeton University and the United States Military Academy at West Point.


    In addition to these pursuits, Michael leads a thriving indigenous medicine practice, where he helps patients address illness and injury of all types on the road to better well-being. A passionate entrepreneur, he also owns and operates a globally recognized design store in New York's West Village with his wife, Caroline.


    Applied Empathy
    , his first book, was published by Simon & Schuster in May 2018.  

  • Thaniya Keereepart Head of Product, Creator Experience Patreon

    Thaniya Keereepart

    Head of Product, Creator Experience,

    Patreon

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    Speaker Bio Thaniya Keereepart Head of Product, Creator Experience Patreon

    Thaniya Keereepart

    Head of Product, Creator Experience,

    Patreon

    Thaniya is the Head of Product, Creator Experience at Patreon, where she helps creatives make a living through patronage support from their biggest fans. Her passion lies at the intersection of human-computer interaction, design, and behavioral economics.


    Thaniya is the former founding Head of Mobile and platforms and Head of Product at TED, where she was responsible for overall strategic direction, investment, product, growth, and operations on all non-web platforms. Prior to TED, Thaniya led product development for live game experiences at Major League Baseball for seven years. Her work has been recognized by the Emmy Awards, the Peabody Awards, Adobe MAX, the Webby Awards, DigiDay, and the prestigious Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards.


    Thaniya has advised on various projects for StoryCorps, National Geographic Learning, Women's March Global, and For Freedoms.

  • Ashley C. Ford, writer, editor, host

    Ashley C. Ford

    Writer, Editor, Speaker, Host

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    Speaker Bio Ashley C. Ford, writer, editor, host

    Ashley C. Ford

    Writer, Editor, Speaker, Host

    Ashley C. Ford is a writer, podcaster and educator who lives in Brooklyn. She is writing a memoir entitled Somebody’s Daughter, which will be published by Flatiron Books under the imprint An Oprah Book. Ford is working on a collection of interviews (B-Side Chats) with her husband, Kelly Stacy.


    She was also the host of the first season of Audible.Com's literary interview series, Authorized. She has been named among
    Forbes Magazine's 30 Under 30 in Media (2017), Brooklyn Magazine's Brooklyn 100 (2016), and Time Out New York's New Yorkers of The Year (2017).

Closing Party

10:00pm - 1:00am

Location — MoMA
18 West 54th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues

No conference parties like 99U: join us Friday evening for a closing party at the iconic MoMA.