Our Schedule

A run-down of all the conference talks and events. This will be updated with more details on talk topics and speaker slots nearer the conference.

Wednesday 17th August

8pm – Late

Pre-Party

@ BRLO Brwhouse Biergarten

A casual get together to meet the awesome people you'll be spending the next two days with.

Sponsored by Multicolour

Thursday 18th August

9:30am

Registration

Pick up your name badge and goodie bag

10am

Opening Remarks

10:20am

Stewart Scott-Curran

Designing How We Design

11am

Dan Edwards

Creativity vs Efficiency

We’re always looking at new ways to become more efficient web designers, new tools and generators appear nearly every day. But as our process becomes more efficient what price must we pay and where will it lead us? Dan will discuss the impact efficiency has on creativity and how to avoid working a production line.

11:20am

Pocket Talk - Alex Jegtnes

11.30am

Coffee break

Four fantastic types of coffee from the awesome Brewbox Berlin

Sponsored by Travis CI

12pm

Cameron Daigle

Our Jobs Are Weird

In the 15-ish years since I made my first website, the technology, techniques, and even job titles that define Making Websites have been re-defined (and re-re-defined). Though everything I built in 2001 is offline (and everything I've built today will be toast by 2030), there are enduring skills I've learned never become obsolete, and none of them involve CSS or Photoshop. Join me in my quest to embrace both the ever-changing and never-changing aspects of what it means to design software.

12:40pm

Pocket Talk - Pete Thomas

12:50pm

Pocket Talk - Mary Tao

1pm

Lunch

Delicious catered lunch with options for all diets

Sponsored by Github

2pm

Joel Califa

Full Stack Anxiety

I’m a designer, so I should probably learn responsive patterns, Sketch, motion graphics, Framer, and a million other things. I’m a developer, so I should probably learn SVG animations, Node or React or Ember, BEM principles, and a million other things. I’m also a human being, so I can’t possibly learn all these things.

So… what do I choose? Full Stack Anxiety is that creeping doubt, when you just don’t know what the right choice is. Do I grow as a designer or do I grow as a developer? As a manager, a teacher, a business-person? In this talk, we’ll explore the feeling, the current state of the industry, and how to figure out where to grow.

2:40pm

Pocket Talk - Casey Hunt

2:50pm

Justine Arreche & Lisa Passing

The Remotiest Workflow

The Designer and developer relationship dynamic comes in many flavors and can be the source of many headaches. Miscommunication and limited understanding of each other’s disciplines can create tensions and hold up productivity.

Understanding one other is already difficult, but when you add different cultural backgrounds, native languages, and work experiences to the mix, things get interesting. On top of that there is a product that needs to be worked on and shipped. How do you even teamwork when you’re 6 or 10 timezones apart?! These are our experiences and how we’ve made it work.

3.30pm

Afternoon break

Take a quick break from talks with some fun activities and a tasty snack

Sponsorship still available! Get in touch.

4pm

Ashley Baxter

Idea to Launch in 11 Years

Ashley tells the story of why it took her 11 years to launch her business. Bridging the (very wide) gap between creativity and insurance hasn’t been an easy journey. Ashley shares 3 reasons why it took so long, and the subsequent lessons learned.

4:20pm

Keynote: Stevyn Colgan

Why Did The Policeman Cross The Road?

Stevyn Colgan is a writer, artist and one of the ‘elves’ that research and write the multi award-winning BBC TV show QI. But, for 30 years, he was a police officer in London during which time he was a founder member of Scotland Yard’s pioneering and experimental Problem Solving Unit that used creative thinking, behavioural economics, crime science and lessons learned from other work arenas – such as marketing and advertising – to design bespoke solutions to real-life problems of crime, disorder and public safety.

5:10pm – 5.30pm

Closing Remarks

8pm – 11pm

Bowling Tournament

@ Strike Lanes

Form a crack team and thrash the opposition in our annual bowling tournament, complete with prizes, drinks, and entertainment.

Sponsorship still available! Get in touch.

Friday 19th August

10am

Opening Remarks

10:10am

Jess Brown

"The Creative" and Other Design Myths

“The Creative” is a master of their craft who, struck by inspiration, comes up with brilliant ideas on their own, right? By sharing her own journey to “become creative,” Jess will reveal ways to transcend the dizzying flurry of platforms, tools, and design styles that distract the modern product designer.

10:50am

Robert Stulle

Inspect, adapt, enjoy: About work and life, how it is and how it should be

A job is nothing but work. That's OK. We love our work. We all enjoy our professional lives in the happy, creative bubble that is a well running design and development project. But how about the friction between our project and the rest of the world? Why can't things just run smoothly? Why is it that so often we feel like we are surrounded by idiots?

Robert shares some stories and anecdotes from the agile agency. He talks about what he finds useful, desirable and necessary to survive, stay sane and stay happy.

11.30am

Coffee break

Four fantastic types of coffee from the awesome Brewbox Berlin

Sponsored by Travis CI

12pm

Bowling Prize Announcement

12:10pm

Jojo Hedaya

The Entrepreneur, or There and Back Again

Jojo started his first tech company at 22 and sold it three years later. He'll tell the story of how a Philosophy major living at home in Brooklyn created a beloved tech product with millions of users.

Our unlikely protagonist will take you on a journey of the highs and lows of building a start-up, from transforming an idea into a product, to building a successful company that was acquired, but not without rejection, failure, and near-(corporate) death experiences along the way. Jojo will share the lessons he learned - the most important of which is choosing the best traveling companions for your adventure.

12:50pm

Pocket Talk - Laura Laugwitz

1pm

Lunch

Delicious catered lunch with options for all diets

Sponsorship still available! Get in touch.

2pm

Trent Kusters

2:40pm

Pocket Talk - Matthew Oliphant

2:50pm

Helena Price

Making The Work You Want

In 2013, Helena quit her desk job to try and make photos for a living. Within two years, she was named “Silicon Valley’s Most Wanted Photographer,” working on projects with Airbnb, Facebook, Fitbit, Google, Microsoft, Nike, Pinterest, Twitter, Uber, Square and more.

In this talk, Helena will talk about the strategies she used to grow quickly as a creative, from finding focus to building your reputation to making the work you want to be hired for. She’ll share tips for making the work you want with minimal resources, sharing what she learned from making her most recent personal project, Techies.

3.30pm

Afternoon break

Take a quick break from talks with some fun activities and a tasty snack

Sponsorship still available! Get in touch.

4pm

Luke Ngakane

They Promised Us Robots!

A talk about trying and failing to build robots, the problems with black holes and tips on building S&M robots.

4:20pm

Keynote: Doc Waller

In The Feels

An approach to remaining soundly emotional in an ever-hardening world, and allowing that to radiate through our work & personal lives.

5:10pm – 5.30pm

Thank Yous

8pm – Late

After Party

@ Raumklang

Unwind with all your new friends at our fun-filled after party featuring games, music, and drinks.

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