Judges


Alex Faaborg

Alex is a user experience designer with a focus in interactive design and art direction. He has a BA from Cornell University and a MS from the MIT Media Lab. His background is in cognitive science, human-computer interaction, and user interface design and implementation. He's currently a Staff Designer at Google performing interface design for Android, and was previously a Principal Designer at Mozilla.


Chris Noessel

Christopher Noessel, in his day job as managing director at the pioneering interaction design firm Cooper, designs products, services, and strategy for the health, financial, and consumer domains, among others. In his role as practice lead, he helps manage the “generator” type of interaction designers, helping them build their skills and lead client projects to greatness. He has been doing interaction design for more than 20 years and is the co-author of Make it So: Interaction Design Lessons from Science Fiction.


Debra Levin Gelman

Debra Gelman is a researcher, designer and strategist in the field of interactive children's media. She creates sites, apps and virtual worlds for clients including PBS Kids Sprout, Scholastic, Crayola, Pepperidge Farm, Campbell's Soup and Georgia Public Television. Deb led the research and design of Planet Orange—a site designed to teach 1st through 6th graders financial literacy—which won a USA Today Education "Best Bet" award. Deb holds undergraduate degrees in Visual Media and Psychology from American University, and a Masters in Information Design and Technology from Georgia Tech.                   


Donna Spencer

Donna designs websites, web applications, and mobile apps as a user experience consultant, working with a wide range of clients in government, telecommunications, insurance, retail, not-for-profit, and higher education. She is the author of books about information architecture, card sorting, and writing for the web. Donna also teaches workshops, mentors startups, writes for online magazines, and is a technical editor for Smashing Magazine. Recognized internationally as a leading UX practitioner, she runs UX Australia, a conference that started in 2009. Despite all this success, what she really wants to do is work with fabric. She's been sewing since she was a child, and weaving for about 16 years. Donna recently decided to study fashion design and see where this takes her—it’s going to be an interesting journey, and she’ll finally learn to draw!


Indi Young

Indi Young was afflicted with the "problem solving" disease at an early age. Her parents are both inveterate problem solvers. At her father's side, she watched him figure out how to build an airplane with folding wings so it could be stored in a garage instead of housed in an expensive hangar. With her mother, she learned about growing wheat and grinding it for flour to make bread, since there were no good whole wheat loaves available at the supermarket. A founding partner of Adaptive Path in 2001, she has worked with an impressive collection of clients, including Visa, Charles Schwab, Sybase, Agilent, Dow Corning, Microsoft, and PeopleSoft. Since 1993, Indi has constructed over 35 mental model research projects. She considers this methodology she has developed another good way to be a "problem solver."


James Torio

James Torio is a solution manager for a leading global management consultancy. He has consulted for Fortune 500 companies in financial services, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and insurance. He designs products that support the goals and behaviors of the people who use them.                   


Jan Jursa

Jan is an information architect who was born in Prague but is living in Berlin. He is a co-founder of the German IA Summit, MobX, and MEDlove. He is also part of the European Centre for UX, hosts the podcast IATV Radio, and co-organizes the Berlin IA Cocktail Hour. Jan is the Editor-in-Chief of U X Storytellers: Connecting the dots , in which 42 UX masterminds share their stories as experience design professionals.


Jason Cranford Teague

Jason combines creative and technical know-how to help people communicate online. He has worked with businesses and organizations, including USA TODAY, Marriott International, AOL, Virgin, Bank of America, The Aspen Institute, and The Solar Energy Industry Association. Jason is well known for being able to explain complex technical concepts to non-technical audiences. His most recent book is CSS3 Visual Quickstart Guide available in finer bookstores everywhere. Jason blogs regularly for GeekDad, Edutopia and tweets @JasonSpeaking.


Jonathan Anderson

Jonathan is a tech-focused jack of all trades involved in many tech companies and startups. He helped found EffectiveUI, a leading UX strategy, design, and development agency, and wrote the book Effective UI: The Art of Building Great User Experience in Software before moving on to edit UX Magazine. Jonathan is also Sr. Advisor to Didus, a staffing & career development agency focused on user-centered jobs in research, design, technology, and strategy. Jonathan has also kickstarted several community-based initiatives to improve opportunities and knowledge in UX and related fields, and contribute to the overall maturation and improvement of user-centered research, practices, and education.


Josh Tyson

Josh Tyson is the Managing Editor of UX Magazine. He has over 15 yeas of experience covering the arts, fashion, gastronomy, and technology. He's written several articles on various aspects of experience design and has an idea for a killer app.


Kerry Bodine

Kerry Bodine is a customer experience expert and the co-author of Outside In: The Power of Putting Customers at the Center of Your Business. She taps into her past work as both a design practitioner and manager—as well as her master's degree in human-computer interaction from Carnegie Mellon University—to help clients envision and define broad, end-to-end customer experiences. Bodine was formerly the vice president and principal analyst in Forrester's customer experience research practice where she was instrumental in the development of many evaluation methodologies, including the Website Review, Phone Agent Review, Kiosk Review, Blog Review, and Persona Review.


Leah Buley

Leah is a design strategist for Intuit, where she works on the future of business and personal finance. She speaks and writes about techniques for spreading the reach of UX inside of organizations. Her work spans a variety of industries, including media, mobile, financial services, education, and non-profit. She is also the author of The User Experience Team of One . Leah has a master's degree in library and information science from San Jose State University and a bachelor's in American studies from Barnard College. When she's not working, you can find her at the dog park with Roku, the cutest dog ever.


Mark Baskinger

Mark Baskinger is an Associate Professor and Area Head of the First Year program in the School of Design who teaches courses in interaction and industrial design. His interests include exploring new paradigms for interactive objects and interpretive environments, and methodologies of design drawing and visual thinking to promote collaboration. Baskinger is currently a fellow in The Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University, a laboratory for atypical, anti-disciplinary, and inter-institutional research at the intersections of arts, science, technology and culture.


Nathan Shedroff

Nathan is a seasoned, professional experience strategist and serial entrepreneur as well as a pioneer in the fields of experience design, interaction design, and information design. He speaks and teaches internationally, and his many books include Experience Design 1.1 , Making Meaning , Design Is the Problem , Design Strategy in Action , and Make It So . Nathan is currently Associate Professor and Chair for the MBA in Design Strategy at California College of the Arts, and a board member at AIGA and Teague.


Richard Anderson

Richard Anderson is a "user/customer experience" practice, management, and organizational strategy consultant with international management, cross-organizational development, and more than 20 years of experience. He started and directed the Experience Center at Viant, as well as the User Research & Experience Strategy discipline at Studio Archetype and Sapient, and has held and supported other management roles in an assortment of companies. At CHI 2007, Richard received SIGCHI's Lifetime Service Award for extensively facilitating and spreading the development of the field via his leadership contributions to BayCHI and to other chapters of SIGCHI around the world. He was Co-Editor-in-Chief of interactions magazine from 2008 through 2010, and he currently teaches UX to graduate students at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He also speaks and writes about transforming healthcare and the patient experience and is co-founding Optimal Experience Strategy.


Sam Kuhlmann

Sam is a digital marketing professional with an extensive background in the planning, design and development of innovative technical solutions for high profile, global brands. 


Sarah Doody

Sarah Doody is a user experience designer, consultant, and writer based in New York City. Sarah works with early stage start-ups and entrepreneurs to help establish their initial product and helps companies already in market evolve their existing user experience. Sarah is passionate about helping companies use the power of storytelling to help teams shift their focus from products to people.


Scott Stroud

Scott is an independent UX consultant in Washington, D.C. He is currently the lead architect for the responsive redesign of NPR.org. Scott helps organizations implement lean UX practices including frequent, effective user testing in agile development environments. He's the former Director of User Experience at LivingSocial and was the Lead Experience Architect at NPR responsible for designing the NPR iPad app and NPR Music iPhone app. Scott is also an RYT-500 certified yoga instructor.


Stephen P. Anderson

Stephen P. Anderson is an internationally recognized speaker and consultant based out of Dallas, Texas. He created the Mental Notes card deck, a tool that's widely used by product teams to apply psychology to interaction design. He’s also of the author of the book Seductive Interaction Design, which answers the question: "How do we get people to fall in love with our applications?”


Steve Portigal

In his role at Portigal Consulting, a bite-sized firm that helps clients to discover and act on new insights about themselves and their customers, Steve has interviewed hundreds of people, including families eating breakfast, hotel maintenance staff, architects, rock musicians, home-automation enthusiasts, credit-default swap traders, and radiologists. His work has informed the development of mobile devices, medical information systems, music gear, wine packaging, financial services, corporate intranets, videoconferencing systems, and iPod accessories. Steve speaks regularly at corporate events and conferences such as CHI, IxDA, Lift, SXSW, UIE, UPA, UX Australia, UX Hong Kong, UX Lisbon, and WebVisions. His articles about culture, design, innovation, and interviewing users have been published in interactions, Core77, Ambidextrous, and Johnny Holland.


Susan Weinschenk

Susan Weinschenk is the person to go to when you need to know how to persuade and motivate people to take action. She has a Ph.D. in Psychology and over 30 years of experience as a behavioral psychologist. Her clients call her “The Brain Lady” because she applies research on brain science to predict, understand, and explain what motivates people and how they behave. Dr. Weinschenk is the author of several books, including How To Get People To Do Stuff , 100 Things Every Presenter Needs To Know About People , 100 Things Every Designer Needs To Know About People , and Neuro Web Design: What makes them click? Susan is the founder of the Weinschenk Institute, LLC.


Suzanne Ginsburg

Suzanne Ginsburg is a user experience consultant based in San Francisco, California, working with many different kinds of organizations, from established technology companies to small iPhone start-ups. Suzanne also maintains a UX blog, Touchy Talk , where she provides advice on touchscreen app design.


Theresa Neil

Theresa Neil is an international design expert based in Austin Texas. She's passionate about making products that look good and work well. Her top selling O'Reilly books, Designing Web Interfaces , co-authored with Bill Scott, and the Mobile Design Pattern Gallery have helped thousands of IT professionals advance their design skills and create better experiences. Theresa and her team of experts work closely with clients to define and deliver UX solutions for complex problems.

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