Director of Design & Service Innovation at Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Harlan Weber is a UX designer and researcher, serving as a Commonwealth Innovation Fellow at MassIT, the IT services agency at the Commonwealth of MA. As part of the inaugural class of Fellows, he leads design efforts for several new applications, and works with government agencies to build and understanding of, and appreciation for, human-centered design in the creation of government services. Harlan is also the founder and organizer of Code for Boston, Boston's Code for America Brigade: a volunteer group of developers and designers working with local governments and communities to build civic apps, open public data, and leverage technology for use in the public sphere. Code for Boston is one of the largest and most active groups in the nation-wide Brigade network, having launched 10 volunteer-built civic apps, attracting 1800+ Meetup members, and holding weekly civic tech hack nights averaging 45 attendees.
Senior UX Designer at Velir
Nedret Sahin is a User Experience Designer at Velir. She aims to create functionally seamless web experiences as part of a multi-disciplinary team consisting of designers, strategists, analysts and web developers. Her strengths lie in translating strategic business goals into thorough, thoughtful wireframes that are built upon a strong foundation of research, information architecture and best practices in usability. She performs market and industry research, completes heuristic evaluations, determines navigational hierarchy and overall page layout to ensure compliance with industry standards in user interface design.
VP of Service & Experience Design at Continuum
Toby joined Continuum to establish a digital design capability, and is now a VP in service design, leading teams to design solutions for complex human and technical systems. His work builds on a career in UX and interface design. Recent work includes Audi on demand, a premium mobility service; the design of a client communications tool for a financial services company; and the strategy and experience design of a digital coaching platform for a leading American health insurer.
Director of UX, Digital at Pegasystems
Dani Nordin is Director of Digital UX at Pegasystems, where she leads a small but motley team of designers, researchers and UX professionals to create dynamic web experiences that help people buy, sell and build with Pega’s unique products. She is the author of several books for O’Reilly, including Drupal for Designers, Planning and Managing Drupal Projects, and Drupal Development Tricks for Designers. She is also the author and presenter of two O’Reilly video series, Learning UX Fundamentals (2015) and Designing with Empathy (2016).
Director, UX Design at Altitude, Inc.
A self-defined creative realist, Philip has a passion for making things beautiful yet functional and intuitive. After studying Industrial Design in the UK, Philip joined Altitude, eventually leading the Industrial Design Group, where he got to hone his left and right brain sensibilities. Feeling the lure of digital and seeing the opportunity to further expand his passion for design thinking and human-centered design, Philip moved into the field of user interface and user experience design. He now lends his critical thinking and creative eye in leading Altitude’s UX group.
Director, Master of Science in Human Factors in Information Design at Bentley University
Research interests in human factors, localization, and visualization with a goal of building an applied theoretical model for information design and the user experience. Founder of the User Experience Center and User Experience Studio, these centers has helped clients around the globe improve the competitiveness of their technology products and services through a carefully defined user experience.
Jessica Maniatis, Panel Moderator
Owner and Creative Director at JSGD
Jessica opened JSGD in 2008 with a mission to make good design accessible to those passionate about making a difference in their industry. She has since worked with clients the world over, developing solutions that not only help them stand out, but give them the confidence to take their brand to the next step.
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