About

The Event
The conference will bring the world’s top designers and business leaders together to discover how design makes the world better, smarter, cooler, and more innovative. Speakers include SFMOMA Director Neal Benezra, National Design Award winner Stephen Burks, New Presidio Parklands Project landscape architect James Corner, Michelin star chef Dominique Crenn, Snøhetta founding partner Craig Dykers, award-winning architect Daniel Libeskind, Artichoke Artistic Director Helen Marriage, Hamilton costume designer Paul Tazewell, and many more!

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Speakers

Vicki Dobbs Beck
Executive in charge, ILMxLAB at Industrial Light & Magic
Vicki Dobbs Beck

Vicki Dobbs Beck has more than 28 years of broad-based management experience in the entertainment industry. She drives top-level strategic visions and translates them into successful, sustainable strategies that foster creative growth, innovation, and excellence. She strives to be holistic in her approach and a catalyst for transformation in this increasingly dynamic environment.

Currently, Beck is the executive in charge of ILMxLAB, a new division launched in June 2015, whose mission is to create, develop, and release premium, story-based immersive entertainment experiences for the home, as well as theaters and other public venues. ILMxLAB wants to make it possible for people to “Step into our Stories.” Combining the storytelling and innovation talents of Lucasfilm, ILM, and Skywalker Sound, the division builds on a foundation of pioneering R&D in real-time computer graphics and virtual production.

Beck received her MBA from Stanford, where she also completed her undergraduate studies, earning a B.A. with distinction in international relations.

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Yves Béhar
CEO, fuseproject and Co-founder, August
Yves Behar

Yves Béhar is a designer and entrepreneur who believes that integrated product, digital, and brand design are the cornerstones of any business. He is founder and chief designer of the industrial design and branding firm fuseproject, founded in 1999; he is also chief creative officer of Jawbone and co-founder of August, the next-generation home entry system.

Over the past 20 years, Béhar has also pioneered design as force for positive social and environmental change. His humanitarian work includes One Laptop Per Child, which has given 2.5 million laptops to children in developing countries, and See Better to Learn Better, which distributes 500,000 corrective eyeglasses to schoolchildren in Mexico and California every year. For each of these he was honored with the INDEX Award, making him the only designer to receive it twice. He also spearheads SPRING, an accelerator supporting African entrepreneurs focused on social and economic change in East Africa.

His collaborations with partners such as Herman Miller, Movado, Puma, Prada, SodaStream, Samsung, Swarovski, Canal+, and many others have received international acclaim. He is widely recognized for products that establish new categories, such as the JAMBOX wireless speaker, Jawbone UP sleep and fitness tracker, Herman Miller Sayl task chair, and SodaStream Source.

Béhar's works are included in the permanent collections of museums worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Centre Pompidou, and Art Institute of Chicago. He is a frequent speaker on design, sustainability, technology, and entrepreneurship; he has given talks at TED, the World Economic Forum in Davos, and the Clinton Global Initiative.

Béhar was selected as the artist trustee of the board of directors of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He has garnered more than 300 awards, including the Design Miami/ 2015 Design Visionary Award, the London Design Museum’s Design of the Year, Cooper Hewitt’s National Design Award, IDSA Design of the Decade Award, IDA Product Design of the Year, and Condé Nast Traveller Designer of the Year. Behar was named a Top 25 Visionary by Time and was recently deemed “Most Influential Industrial Designer in the World” by Forbes.

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David Belo
Simulation lead, McLaren Applied Technologies
David Belo

David Belo is a San Francisco-based technical design and simulation lead for McLaren Applied Technologies.

Prior to joining McLaren in 2012, Belo spent seven years in the automotive industry, working in engineering and development roles at companies including General Motors and Ricardo.

Throughout his international career, his technical focus has been in model-based design, analysis, and control of dynamic systems. At McLaren, Belo has been involved in a variety of high-performance design projects, including the development and operation of the company’s driver-in-the-loop (DIL) Formula One simulator, elite cycling, oil and gas projects, and product development for some of the world’s leading brands.

Belo holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Villanova University and a Master of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan.

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Ida C. Benedetto
Co-founder, Sextantworks
Ida C. Benedetto

Ida C. Benedetto is a Brooklyn-based experience designer and media strategist. Her creative roots lie in documentary photography, and her current work involves games and interactive experiences. Ida is often at the helm of a fair bit of creative chaos, be it with a film collective of AIDS orphans in Ethiopia or a punk rock DIY video game arcade gallery in New York City. She brings on order for the sake of greater impact and stability.

Ida is the co-founder of Sextantworks, where she practices experiential gift design and transgressive placemaking through generosity, location, and intimacy. Sextantworks has been profiled in The New York Times, Fast Company, NPR, and The Daily Beast. For two years, Ida ran the design consultancy Antidote Games, creating playful experiences for understanding complex realities. Her clients included the International Federation of the Red Cross, Columbia Teachers College, the African Climate Change Resilience Network, and the Innocence Project.

Ida has worked in Guatemala, India, and Brazil, on documentary projects and collaborative media production, including a Fulbright-funded project in Ethiopia. Through her graduate work at the School of Visual Arts’ Design Research program, she is creating a lexicon for crafting transformative social experiences.

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Neal Benezra
Director, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Neal Benezra

A Bay Area native, Neal Benezra became the Helen and Charles Schwab director of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 2002. Under his leadership, SFMOMA has enjoyed a period of unprecedented growth, including a physical expansion of the museum—designed by Snøhetta—and an extensive enhancement of its programs, collections, and education services. Benezra is also overseeing an ambitious collections campaign—the Campaign for Art—which has garnered nearly 3,000 works by artists such as Francis Bacon, Jackson Pollock, and many others.

Over the past three decades, Benezra has directed and curated at institutions including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden of the Smithsonian in Washington, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Des Moines Art Center, and was one of the first coordinators of the Anderson Collection in the Bay Area.

He currently serves on various boards and committees at numerous museums, such as the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Istanbul Modern, and the New Art Trust. Benezra holds both an M.A. and a Ph.D. in art history from Stanford, an M.A. in art history from the University of California at Davis, and a B.A. with honors in art history and political science from UC Berkeley.

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Janine Benyus
Co-founder, Biomimicry 3.8
Janine Benyus

Janine Benyus is a biologist, innovation consultant, and author of six books, including Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. Since the book’s 1997 release, she has evolved the practice of biomimicry, consulting with businesses and conducting seminars about what can be learned from the genius of nature.

Benyus has personally introduced millions to the meme of biomimicry through two TED talks, hundreds of conference keynote presentations, and a dozen documentaries, such as Biomimicry, produced by Leonardo DiCaprio’s Tree Media, 11th Hour, Harmony, and The Nature of Things with David Suzuki, which aired in 71 countries. Most recently, she has been a featured speaker at SXSW Eco 2015 and the Dubai Sustainable Cities Summit. However, her favorite role is biologist at the design table, where she introduces innovators to 3.8 billion years’ worth of brilliant, time-tested solutions through her work at Biomimicry 3.8.

In 1998, Benyus co-founded the Biomimicry Guild with Dr. Dayna Baumeister. That morphed into ­Biomimicry 3.8, providing biomimicry consulting services to clients such as Boeing, Colgate-Palmolive, Nike, General Electric, Herman Miller, HOK architects, IDEO, Natura, Procter & Gamble, Levi’s, Kohler, and General Mills. In 2006, Benyus co-founded the Biomimicry Institute, a nonprofit designed to embed biomimicry in formal education and informal spaces such as museums and nature centers.

Benyus has received numerous awards, including the Edward O. Wilson Biodiversity Technology Pioneer Award in 2015, the Gothenburg Award for Sustainable Development 2013, the Heinz Award 2011, Time magazine’s Hero for the Planet Award 2008, the United Nations Environment Programme’s Champion of the Earth for Science and Technology 2009, the Rachel Carson Environmental Ethics Award, the Lud Browman Award for Science Writing in Society, and the Barrows and Heinz Distinguished Lectureships. In 2010, Bloomberg Businessweek named her one of the world’s most influential designers. In 2012, she received the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Mind Award.

An educator at heart, Benyus believes that the more people learn from nature’s mentors, the more they’ll want to protect them. This is why she writes, speaks, and revels in describing the wild teachers in our midst.

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Baiju Bhatt
Co-founder, Robinhood
Baiju Bhatt

Baiju Bhatt is a co-founder of Robinhood, the world’s fastest-growing brokerage. A first-­generation immigrant from India, he earned his B.S. in physics and M.S. in mathematics at Stanford before he and Stanford roommate Vladimir Tenev moved to New York and started two companies selling trading software to hedge funds. In 2013, Bhatt and Tenev created Robinhood to offer free trading for everyone. The company has raised $66 million from venture capital firms New Enterprise Associates, Index Ventures, and others.

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Stephen Burks
Principal/Creative Director, Stephen Burks Man Made
Stephen Burks

Stephen Burks is a traveler and a designer, and one of the most recognized American industrial designers of his generation. Independently and through association with the nonprofits Aid to Artisans, Artesanías de Colombia, the Clinton Global Initiative, Design Network Africa, and the Nature Conservancy, he has worked as a product development consultant in Australia, Colombia, Ghana, Haiti, India, Kenya, Mexico, Peru, the Philippines, Rwanda, South Africa, and Senegal. He believes in a pluralistic vision of design that is inclusive of all cultural perspectives. His Man Made project bridges the gap separating authentic developing world production, industrial manufacturing, and contemporary design.

He and his New York studio, Stephen Burks Man Made, have been commissioned by many of the world’s leading design-driven brands to develop collections that engage hand production as a strategy for innovation for manufacturers worldwide. These include B&B Italia, Boffi, Calvin Klein, Cappellini, Calligaris, Dedar, Dedon, Estée Lauder, Harry Winston, Missoni, Moroso, Roche Bobois, and Swarovski.

In 2011, Stephen had two museum exhibitions in New York. Stephen Burks | Man Made, his first solo New York museum show, opened at the Studio Museum in Harlem, and Stephen Burks | Are You a Hybrid, his first curatorial project, opened at the Museum of Arts & Design.

He has received the Illinois Institute of Technology Alumni Professional Achievement Award, the Brooklyn Museum Young Modernist Award, the Architektur & Wohnen Audi Mentor Prize, and the 2008 United States Artists Architecture & Design Target Fellowship Grant.

Stephen is the 2015 Cooper Hewitt National Design Award winner in product design.

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Stewart Butterfield
Co-founder and CEO, Slack
Stewart Butterfield

Stewart Butterfield is the co-founder and CEO of Slack, a platform for team communication, used by customers ranging from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to Deloitte, from Samsung to BuzzFeed.

Butterfield has built a distinguished career as a designer, an entrepreneur, and a technologist. He co-founded Flickr in the early 2000s and was named the Wall Street Journal’s 2015 Technology Innovator of the Year.

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Jane Chen
Co-founder and CEO, Embrace
Jane Chen

Jane Marie Chen is co-founder and CEO of Embrace, a social enterprise startup that aims to help the 20 million premature and low birth-weight babies born every year through a low-cost infant warmer. The Embrace warmer costs about 1% what a traditional incubator costs and is being distributed across clinics in India, with pilot programs being conducted in 10 countries. The warmer is estimated to have helped more than 150,000 babies to date.

Before Embrace, Chen worked with nonprofit organizations on health-care issues in developing countries. She spent several years as program director of Chi Heng Foundation, a startup HIV/AIDS nonprofit in China, and worked for the Clinton Foundation’s HIV/AIDS Initiative in Tanzania. She also worked at Monitor Group as a management consultant, advising Fortune 500 companies. Chen has been a TED speaker and was selected as one of Forbes’s Impact 30 in 2011.

In 2011, Chen was also recognized as the Inspirational Young Alumni of the Year by Pomona College and was keynote speaker at Stanford’s Women in Management event. She also speaks at various international conferences, including the Skoll World Forum. In 2012 she was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and was featured in Dove’s “Real Role Models” campaign for women and girls. In 2013, Chen and the other founders of Embrace were awarded the prestigious Economist Innovation Award, under the category of Social and Economic Innovation.

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James Corner
Founder and director, James Corner Field Operations
James Corner

James Corner is a leading-edge landscape architect and urban designer, and founding partner of James Corner Field Operations, based in New York City. Important public-realm design projects include New York’s much acclaimed High Line; Santa Monica’s Tongva Park; Philadelphia’s Race Street Pier; London’s South Park at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park; and Hong Kong’s Salisbury Gardens and Waterfront. He is currently leading the design for San Francisco’s New Presidio Parklands, a 14-acre park connecting the Main Post of the Presidio to Crissy Field and the Bay.

Corner is also a professor of landscape architecture and urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. His work has been recognized with the National Design Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Architecture, and the AA&D Black Pencil Award. Corner’s work has been published broadly and exhibited at the New York Museum of Modern Art, the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum, the Royal Academy of Arts, and the Venice Biennale. Books include The High Line (Phaidon, 2015); The Landscape Imagination (Princeton, 2014); and Taking Measures Across the American Landscape (Yale, 1996).

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Dominique Crenn
Chef and co-owner, Atelier Crenn
Dominique Crenn

Dominique Crenn, co-owner and chef at Atelier Crenn in San Francisco’s Cow Hollow district, focuses on cuisine as a craft and the community as an inspiration. Crenn’s highly distinctive French heritage, imaginative gastronomic flair, and proven originality behind the stove reflect her unique life story. From her beginnings in Versailles, to being named Esquire’s 2008 Chef of the Year, combined with her win on Food Network’s Iron Chef America, Crenn has built a solid reputation both nationally and internationally for her artisanal, seasonal, and modern cuisine.

She began her formal training as a chef when she moved to San Francisco in 1988 and fell in love with the Bay Area, working at the celebrated restaurant Stars and learning from local luminaries Jeremiah Tower and Mark Franz. In 1997, Crenn made culinary history as the first female executive chef in Indonesia, heading the kitchen at the InterContinental Hotel in Jakarta. Over the years she’s built an impressive résumé, cooking at such acclaimed San Francisco venues as Campton Place, 2223 Market, the Park Hyatt Grill, and Yoyo Bistro at the Miyako Hotel.

Crenn made her name at Luce in San Francisco, where she won her first Michelin star in 2009. Her passion to create a deeply personal project led her to open Atelier Crenn in January 2011. Less than a year later, the restaurant achieved its first Michelin star. In 2012 she became the first female chef in the U.S. to win two Michelin stars.

Crenn is also the founder of A Moveable Feast, a series of dinners honoring sustainable agriculture, which pairs prominent local chefs with produce from a single local farm In November 2015 she released her first book, Atelier Crenn: Metamorphosis of Taste. In February 2016, Atelier Crenn was named to the Diners Club 50 Best Discovery Series.

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Craig Dykers
Founding partner and executive director, Snøhetta
Craig Edward Dykers

Since 1989, Craig Dykers has established offices in Norway, Egypt, England, and the U.S. His interest in using design to promote social and physical well-being is supported by ongoing observation and development of an innovative design process.

As one of the founding partners of Snøhetta, Dykers has led many of its prominent projects, including the Alexandria Library in Egypt, the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet in Oslo, the National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion in New York, and the recently completed the Ryerson University Student Learning Centre in Toronto. Dykers is leading the design of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art expansion and the Times Square reconstruction in New York, both of which are currently under construction, as well as the French Laundry kitchen expansion and garden renovation under construction in Napa, Calif., and the James Beard Public Market planned for Portland, Ore.

Dykers’s work has led to numerous international awards and recognitions, including the Mies van der Rohe European Union Prize for Architecture, the World Architecture Award, and the Aga Kahn Award for Architecture, among others. Published internationally for more than 25 years, Dykers has most recently been the subject of an exposé in the New Yorker in January 2013; that same year, Fast Company magazine nominated Snøhetta as one of the 10 most innovative architecture companies in the world.

Dykers has served as a Diploma Adjudicator at the Architectural College in Oslo and in recent years has been a Visiting Professor at Syracuse University, Cornell University, Parsons, and Washington University in St. Louis. He’s lectured extensively throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas. He’s an honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Manufacturers, a LEED accredited professional, and a member of the American and Norwegian Institutes of Architects. A graduate of the University of Texas School of Architecture in Austin, Dykers was named a 2002 UT Outstanding Ex.

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Maria Giudice
Vice President, Autodesk
Maria Giudice

Innovator, artist, protagonist, and positive provocateur, Maria Giudice has pursued a vision of intelligent, elegant, people-centered design throughout her professional life. Her grasp of the pragmatic, the authentic, and the essential has kept her at the forefront of design and business for more than 25 years.

Under Giudice’s leadership, Hot Studio, the experience design firm she founded in 1997, grew into a full-service creative agency with an impressive list of Fortune 500 clients. In March 2013, Facebook acquired the talent behind Hot Studio. In 2015, Giudice joined Autodesk as vice president for experience design. Her latest book, Rise of the DEO: Leadership by Design, was published by New Riders. Giudice is an AIGA Design Fellow. She has spoken at conferences all over the world and currently serves as an adjunct professor and trustee at California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

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Rosanne Haggerty
President and chief executive officer, Community Solutions
Rosanne Haggerty

Rosanne Haggerty is the president and CEO of Community Solutions, an internationally recognized leader in developing innovative strategies to end homelessness and strengthen low-income communities. Community Solutions works throughout the U.S., using data and design insights to solve the complex problems facing some of the country’s most vulnerable residents. The organization is leading large-scale change initiatives, including the Zero: 2016 campaign to end chronic and veteran homelessness in the US, as well as neighborhood-based partnerships that bring together local residents and institutions to change the conditions that produce homelessness and perpetuate poverty. Earlier in her career, Haggerty founded Common Ground ­Community, a pioneer in the development of supportive housing and research-based practices that end ­homelessness.

Haggerty is a MacArthur Foundation Fellow, an Ashoka Senior Fellow and a Hunt Alternative Fund Prime Mover. In 2015 she was honored with the National Design Award for Design Mind from Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

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George Hotz
Founder, Comma.ai
George Hotz

George Hotz first rose to prominence at age 17 by being the first person to unlock an iPhone, enabling it to be used on different carriers and outside of the U.S. He continued to make a name for himself by developing jailbreak software for the iPhone and the most popular Android rooting program, Towelroot, which has been used by more than 50 million people around the world. At 21, Hotz again achieved notoriety when he cracked the encryption schema on the Playstation 3, which led to a lawsuit and settlement against Sony. Hotz recently founded comma.ai, an autonomous-driving software company.

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Cory Johnson
Radio and TV anchor, Bloomberg
Cory Johnson

Cory Johnson covers technology, innovation, and the future of business throughout the day on Bloomberg Television. He also anchors The Bloomberg Advantage with Carol Massar, airing weekdays on Bloomberg Radio from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. PT, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET.

Johnson provides in-depth coverage of Internet companies, social media, cloud computing, and other developments in technology, media, and entertainment.

Before joining Bloomberg in October 2010, Johnson was a hedge fund manager and private investor. As a portfolio manager at Kingsford Capital Management and an analyst at Cannell Capital, he focused on value investing, short selling, forensic accounting, and covering neglected equities in technology, industrials, oil and gas, and other sectors.

Prior to his work in finance, Johnson served as CNBC’s first Silicon Valley correspondent, reporting on the HP-Compaq merger, Google’s IPO, and fraud investigations at Global Crossing, Tenet Healthcare, and WorldCom. Before joining CNBC in 2001, he worked for more than 10 years as a magazine writer and editor, covering business, crime, and sports. He was a founding reporter for TheStreet.com and founded the site’s West Coast bureau. Additionally, Johnson served as a writer/reporter at Time Inc., a senior editor at Vibe magazine, and was the founding editor-in-chief of the hip-hop basketball magazine Slam. He was also featured in Houghton Mifflin’s The Best American Sports Writing.

Johnson received his undergraduate degree from New York University and is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors.

Daniel Libeskind
Principal design architect, Studio Libeskind
Daniel Libeskind

An international figure in architecture and urban design, the architect Daniel Libeskind (B.Arch., M.A., BDA, AIA) is renowned for his ability to evoke cultural memory in buildings of equilibrium-defying contemporaneity. Informed by a deep commitment to music, philosophy, and literature, Libeskind aims to create architecture that is resonant, original, and sustainable.

Born in Lódź, Poland, in 1946, Libeskind immigrated to the United States as a teenager. He established his architectural studio in Berlin in 1989 after winning the competition to build the city’s Jewish Museum. In February 2003, Studio Libeskind moved its headquarters from Berlin to New York City when Libeskind was selected as the master planner for the World Trade Center redevelopment. The studio is involved in designing and realizing a diverse array of urban, cultural, and commercial projects internationally. It has completed buildings that range from museums and concert halls to convention centers, university buildings, hotels, shopping centers, and residential towers.

As principal design architect for the studio, Libeskind speaks widely on the art of architecture at universities and professional summits. His designs and ideas have been the subject of many articles and exhibitions, influencing the field of architecture and the development of cities and culture. Libeskind lives in New York with his wife and business partner, Nina Libeskind.

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Helen Marriage
Co-founder and artistic director, Artichoke
Helen Marriage

Helen Marriage is artistic director of Artichoke, which she founded with Nicky Webb in 2005. Artichoke is one of the U.K.’s leading independent production companies, working to transform landscapes and expectations through its unique way of realizing the ambitions of artists and the dreams of the public.

Over the last nine years, Artichoke has produced some of the U.K.’s most talked about large-scale art events, ranging from the Sultan’s Elephant, by Royal de Luxe, which saw central London come to a standstill with over 1,000,000 spectators; to Antony Gormley’s Fourth Plinth project One & Other; to Peace Camp, made by international theater director Deborah Warner and actor Fiona Shaw for the London 2012 Olympic Festival. Lumiere, Artichoke’s biennial festival celebrating the power of light, has become an international sensation, drawing visitors from across the globe to the wintry darkness of Northern England.

Artichoke’s interests lie at the conjunction of art, politics, communication, and transformation. Creating a platform for an artist’s most impossible ideas and inserting their work into everyday experience, Artichoke achieves a high impact with massive, unexpected disruptions of daily life. The work has taken the com­pany into an examination of the nature of control over the public domain, as well as the ways our cities and landscapes can be re-imagined, if only temporarily. It’s the company’s belief that, while its transformation of the landscape is ephemeral, the transformation of the individual witness leaves a permanent legacy.

Marriage was granted a prestigious Loeb Fellowship at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design from 2012 to 2013. Her previous work has included a seven-year stint as director of the Salisbury Festival, which she transformed from a local event into what the Times described as a “miracle of modern British culture.” She was previously director of arts & events at Canary Wharf for property developers Olympia & York, and an associate director for both the London International Festival of Theatre and Artsadmin.

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Miguel McKelvey
Co-founder and chief creative officer, WeWork
Miguel McKelvey

Miguel McKelvey is the co-founder and chief creative officer of WeWork, where he directs all architectural, design, and construction activities.

McKelvey is a multidisciplinary designer and an entrepreneur with diverse experience in architectural design, construction management, and Web development. Prior to WeWork, he created the design framework and led the national retail rollout for American Apparel (170 stores). He’s also been involved in the early-stage development of several companies, including Green Desk, Barre3, Versation, and English, Baby!

McKelvey earned a B.A. in architecture from the University of Oregon.

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Ignazio Moresco
Head of design, TV platforms, Ericsson
Ignazio Moresco

Ignazio Moresco has been focused on the intersection of design and product management for more than 15 years in the U.S. and Europe. He’s the head of design for the TV platforms business at Ericsson, overseeing design and user experience across the product portfolio, including Ericsson MediaFirst TV Platform, Mediaroom, Mediaroom Reach, and Multiscreen TV.

Moresco joined Ericsson as part of the Mediaroom acquisition from Microsoft, where he led various design initiatives at Bing mobile and in the over-the-top R&D group. Prior to Microsoft, Moresco held design roles at companies including Frog Design, Smart Design, Interval Research, and Organic.com. His industry experience includes working with an extensive range of clients, from the American Museum of Natural History in New York to JPMorgan Chase, HP, Toyota, Alcatel-Lucent, and AT&T.

Moresco has been an adjunct professor in New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program and at the Interaction Design Institute in Ivrea, Italy. He holds numerous patents in streaming innovations.

Moresco earned a degree in philosophy (summa cum laude) from the University of Milan, as well as a Master of Professional Studies from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

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Chee Pearlman
Director, Chee Co.
Chee Pearlman

Chee Pearlman is the director of Chee Co., a New York-based consultant that creates books, conferences, and exhibitions on design topics. Her career began in publishing as editor-in-chief of I.D. magazine, where she was honored with five National Magazine Awards. As a journalist, she has written on design for the New York Times, Newsweek, Domus, Wired, Travel + Leisure, and the Architect’s Newspaper.

Pearlman is the curator of the current exhibition Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History, at the Jewish Museum, and author of the accompanying publication (Yale University Press). She’s the editor of Spectacle (Phaidon), with David Rockwell and Bruce Mau, among many other books, and curated the acclaimed exhibition The Voting Booth Project: Where Design and Democracy Collide, at the New School in 2004. Pearlman is a guest curator and adviser for the TED Conference, bringing designers and architects to the TED stage. She is the founding curator of the Curry Stone Design Prize, an international $100,000 award that recognizes designers creating social impact solutions, and was the founder and co-director of the Chrysler Design Award for its 10-year duration, from 1993 through 2002. Pearlman also received a 2011 Loeb Fellowship at Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Ellen Pollock
Editor, Bloomberg Businessweek
Ellen Pollock

Ellen Joan Pollock was named editor of Bloomberg Businessweek in October 2015 after serving as deputy editor. Pollock, who came to Businessweek in 2007, was an integral part of the team that directed the redesign of the magazine after its purchase by Bloomberg in 2009.

Before joining Businessweek, Pollock was at the Wall Street Journal for nearly 18 years. As deputy Page One editor, she managed the section’s senior group of staff writers and edited many prominent pieces, including much of the series on corporate scandals that won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting.

Previously, Pollock was a senior writer at the Wall Street Journal—reporting on such topics as corporate fraud, shareholder activism, and the Whitewater scandal—and an editor specializing in legal issues. Prior to joining the Journal in 1989, she was a reporter at the American Lawyer magazine and editor of Manhattan Lawyer, a weekly.

Pollock is the author of The Pretender: How Martin Frankel Fooled the Financial World and Led the Feds on One of the Most Publicized Manhunts in History (2002; Wall Street Journal Books/Simon & Schuster) and Turks and Brahmins (1991; Simon & Schuster), about a revolution inside a Wall Street law firm.

Michael Rock
Founding partner, creative director, 2x4
Michael Rock

Michael Rock, a founding partner and the creative director at 2x4, is the director of the Graphic Architecture Project at Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. At 2x4, he’s led a wide range of projects for Prada, Nike, Kanye West, Barneys New York, Harvard, and CCTV. Before starting 2x4, he was co-founder of Information Inc. in Boston.

From 1984 to 1991, Rock was an adjunct professor of Graphic Design at the Rhode Island School of Design; since 1991 he’s been a member of the design faculty at the Yale School of Art. In addition, Rock has been a fellow at the Jan Van Eyck Akademie in Maastricht, The Netherlands, and a contributing editor and graphic design journalist at I.D. Magazine in New York. His writing on design has appeared in publications worldwide. He holds an A.B. in Humanities from Union College, in Schenectady, N.Y., and a M.F.A from the Rhode Island School of Design. He received the 1999/2000 Rome Prize in Design from the American Academy in Rome and currently serves on the board of the Academy.

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Brad Sewell
Founder and CEO, Campaign
Brad Sewell

Brad Sewell is the founder and chief executive officer of Campaign, where he oversees product development and growth. He has extensive experience in product manufacturing, spanning industries from automotive to consumer electronics. In his work he focuses on clever functionality, developing features that might not be visible to the eye but make a huge impact on the consumer experience.

Sewell was previously a supply base engineer at Apple, where he worked on the iPhone and iPod and focused heavily on manufacturing operations with foreign teams across international borders. He then pursued an MBA from Harvard but left in 2012 to begin raising funds and building Campaign.

Prior to his work at Apple, Sewell spent time as a mechanical engineer for Munro & Associates; as a manufacturing engineer for Humanetics Innovative Solutions (formerly FTSS); as a vehicle research engineer and an exterior design engineer for Honda; and as a design engineer for Nifco America. Sewell holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Kettering University.

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Oskar Smolokowski
CEO, Impossible Project
Oskar Smolokowski

Oskar Smolokowski is chief executive officer of the Impossible Project, a European company that saved the last Polaroid factory making analog instant film. Having studied both mechanical engineering and liberal arts, he worked in the music industry before joining Impossible in 2012 as assistant to CEO Florian Kaps. Smolokowski’s multidisciplinary approach proved invaluable for Impossible, a company that’s at the intersection of art and technology.

After creating the Impossible Project app, he was soon heading the company’s hardware division, overseeing development and production of the Instant Lab, a device that lets you turn digital images from your smartphone into analog instant photos. His work on Impossible’s products and brand led to his appointment as CEO of the company in 2015, at the age of 25. During this time, Smolokowski presented a unique and innovative vision for the Impossible product offering to be launched in 2016.

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Brad Stone
Senior executive editor of global tech, Bloomberg
Brad Stone

Brad Stone heads Bloomberg’s global tech operation. He joined Bloomberg Businessweek in August 2010 as a senior technology writer and has written more than 20 cover stories on leading tech companies including Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon.com, Twitter, and Yahoo!, as well as profiles of business luminaries such as Google CEO Larry Page, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, and Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun. He’s also the author of the New York Times best-seller The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon, published by Little, Brown in October 2013. The book won the Business Book of the Year Award, presented by the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs.

Stone came to Businessweek from the New York Times, where he’d been a reporter since December 2006. He covered Internet trends and technology companies including Google, Amazon, and Apple from the newspaper’s San Francisco bureau. He also contributed regularly to the Times’ technology blog, Bits, and wrote a column, Ping, for the Sunday business section.

From 1998 to November 2006, Stone served as the Silicon Valley correspondent for Newsweek, writing for the technology and business sections of the magazine and authoring a regular online column. He’s also the author of the 2003 book Gearheads: The Turbulent Rise of Robotic Sports, published by Simon & Schuster.

Stone graduated from Columbia University in 1993 and is originally from Cleveland. He is a twin and the father of twins.

Paul Tazewell
Costume designer
Paul Tazewell

Paul Tazewell recently designed the costumes for NBC’s The Wiz Live! His Broadway credits ­include: ­Hamilton, Doctor Zhivago, Side Show, A Streetcar Named Desire (for which he received a Tony nomination), Magic/Bird, Jesus Christ ­Superstar, Lombardi, Memphis (Tony nom.), Guys and Dolls, In the Heights (Tony nom.), The ­Color Purple (Tony nom.), Hot Feet, Caroline, or Change, A Raisin in the Sun, Drowning Crow, Bring in 'da Noise … (Tony nom.), Elaine Stritch at Liberty, On the Town, Fascinating Rhythm, and Def Poetry Jam. Regionally he’s designed Side Show at La ­Jolla Playhouse, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? at Arena Stage. Tazewell’s Off-Broadway ­credits ­include Ruined, In the Heights, McReele, Flesh and Blood, Fame, Boston Marriage, and Harlem Song. His work in opera includes: Faust at the Metropolitan Opera and the English National ­Opera; Porgy and Bess at the Washington National Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Los Angeles Opera, and the San Francisco Opera; Little Women at the New York City Opera; Margaret Garner at the Michigan Opera Theatre; and Show Boat at Lyric Opera of Chicago. Tazewell has won three Helen Hayes awards, as well as Lucille Lortel, Joseph Jefferson, Princess Grace, and Irene Sharaff awards.

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Ashlee Vance
Technology writer, Bloomberg Businessweek
Ashlee Vance

Ashlee Vance joined Bloomberg Businessweek in 2011 and has written feature stories for the magazine on topics ranging from cyber espionage and “the Singularity” to DNA sequencing and space exploration. Previously, Vance was a Silicon Valley technology reporter for the New York Times. He also spent five years as editor of the Register, the U.K. technology website, and worked as a freelancer for the Economist.

Vance is the author of Geek Silicon Valley (2007), a historical guidebook to the epicenter of the technology industry; and the best-seller Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future (2015). He will host the upcoming Bloomberg digital and TV program Hello World.

Vance graduated from Pomona College with a degree in philosophy.

Brad Wieners
Deputy editor, Bloomberg Businessweek
Brad Wieners

Bradford (Brad) Wieners was named deputy editor of Bloomberg Businessweek in October 2015. He joined Businessweek as executive editor in February 2011.

As executive editor, Wieners supervised the magazine’s features and Etc. (lifestyle) sections. He has also contributed several features, including a European edition cover story on a migrant rescue operation in the Mediterranean; a profile of Harvard’s Clay Christensen; and, taking a cue from his school-age kids, a cover story on Lego. Wieners will continue to oversee Bloomberg Businessweek’s annual Design Issue.

A magazine writer and editor for 20 years, Wieners previously served as executive editor of Men’s Journal from 2005 to 2007 and editor from 2007 to 2010. Before Men’s Journal he was executive editor at both National Geographic Adventure and CIO Insight, and held senior editorial positions at Outside and Wired, where he covered the venture capital community during the dot-com boom.

Wieners has competed in New Zealand’s Coast to Coast adventure race, was along when Robert Ballard discovered the remains of John F. Kennedy’s PT-109 in the Solomon Islands, and in 1997 co-created Burning Man, the first book of photographs and essays documenting the desert carnival. He lives with his family in Nyack, N.Y.

Ken Wong
Lead designer, ustwo
Ken Wong

Ken Wong is a lead designer at ustwo. He was the lead designer on the acclaimed mobile game ­Monument Valley, winner of two Bafta Game Awards and Apple’s iPad Game of the Year. He’s also a co-designer of ustwo’s latest game, Land’s End, which is their first foray into virtual reality. Originally hailing from Australia, Wong developed games in Hong Kong and Shanghai before joining ustwo’s London studio in 2013.

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Schedule

April 11, Conference
Check in:
8:00-9:00AM
Session One:
9:00-10:45AM
Michael Rock, Founding partner and creative director, 2x4
Oskar Smolokowski, CEO, Impossible Project
Baiju Bhatt, Co-founder, Robinhood, & Brad Sewell, Founder and CEO, Campaign, in conversation with Bloomberg Television’s Cory Johnson
Ignazio Moresco, Head of design, TV platforms, Ericsson
Maria Giudice, Vice President, Autodesk
Stewart Butterfield, Co-founder and CEO, Slack, in conversation with Bloomberg’s Brad Stone
Break:
10:45-11:00AM
Session Two:
11:00AM-12:45PM
Neal Benezra, Director, SFMOMA, & Craig Dykers, Founding partner and executive director, Snøhetta, in conversation with Bloomberg Businessweek’s Ellen Pollock
Ida C. Benedetto, Co-founder, Sextantworks
James Corner, Founder and director, James Corner Field Operations
Helen Marriage, Co-founder and artistic director, Artichoke
Daniel Libeskind, Principal design architect, Studio Libeskind
Lunch:
12:45-2:00PM
Session Three:
2:00-3:45PM
Janine Benyus, Co-founder, Biomimicry 3.8
Rosanne Haggerty, President and CEO, Community Solutions, in conversation with Chee Company’s Chee Pearlman
Jane Chen, Co-founder and CEO, Embrace
Stephen Burks, Principal and creative director, Stephen Burks Man Made, in conversation with Bloomberg Businessweek’s Ellen Pollock
Dominique Crenn, Chef and co-owner, Atelier Crenn
Break:
3:45-4:00PM
Session Four:
4:00-5:30PM
Miguel McKelvey, Co-founder and chief creative officer, WeWork, in conversation with Bloomberg Businessweek’s Brad Wieners
Yves Béhar, CEO, fuseproject and Co-founder, August, David Belo, Simulation lead, McLaren Applied Technologies, & George Hotz, Founder, Comma.ai, in conversation with Bloomberg Businessweek’s Ashlee Vance
Ken Wong, Lead designer, ustwo
Paul Tazewell, Hamilton costume designer
Vicki Dobbs Beck, Executive in charge, ILMxLAB at Industrial Light & Magic
Party:
5:30-7:00PM
April 12, Studio Tours:
10:00AM-3:00PM
Ammunition (PDF)
Autodesk Workshop at Pier 9 (PDF)
Bloomberg R&D office (PDF)
NewDealDesign (PDF)
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Location

Conference Venue

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
700 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Preferred Hotel

W San Francisco
181 3rd Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Reservations
Website
+ 1 800 325 3589

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