Judges


Abby Covert

Abby Covert is an independent information architect living and working in New York City. She specializes in delivering a collaborative information architecture process and teaching those that she works with along the way. She speaks and writes under the pseudonym Abby the IA, focusing on sharing information architecture content with those working within the design and technology communities. She is the author of How to Make Sense of Any Mess, a book about information architecture for everybody. She teaches information architecture at The School of Visual Arts and General Assembly NYC. She is the current president of the Information Architecture Institute, a global non-profit membership organization focused on empowering IA leadership, currently serving members in 73 countries.

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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.                   


James Torio

James Torio is a solution manager for McKinsey & Company's Digital Labs. He has consulted for startups and fortune 500 companies in financial services, healthcare, pharmaceuticals and insurance. He designs products that people want to use and delivers business impact. He leads product development transformations helping organizations improve quality, reduce development costs and shrink time to market by leveraging LEAN and Agile methodologies. 

 


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 is a designer, writer and teacher with two decades of experience combining creative and technical know-how to help people communicate online. He has worked with businesses and organizations, including USA TODAY, Marriott International, AOL, Virgin, The Aspen Institute, and The Solar Energy Industry Association. His is currently hard at work on a book about web typography which will be out in 2014. Jason is also a highly sought after speaker, presenting regularly at WebVisions, Voices That Matter, SXSW, edUI, MoDev, and HOW.
 

Joseph Dickerson

Joseph Dickerson is a writer, technologist, and user experience lead who has designed multiple mobile and Internet applications—working to make technology easier and better for users for over a decade. He is the author of several books, including UX 101 and Experience Matters. Dickerson is a regular contributor to many websites and serves as the editor of This Week in UX, This Week in Geek, and The Twin Peaks Gazette.


Mark Baskinger

Mark Baskinger is an associate professor in the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University who teaches courses in industrial design with an emphasis on form and interaction. His interests include exploring new paradigms for interactive objects and interpretive environments, and methodologies of design drawing and visual thinking to promote collaboration. He has published papers and articles on the language of designed artifacts, inclusive/universal design, visual “noise” in product design, tangible interaction, and methodologies of visualization. He is also the co-author of Drawing Ideas: A hand-drawn approach for better design.


Peter Morville

Peter is a pioneer of the fields of information architecture and user experience. His bestselling books include Information Architecture for the World Wide WebIntertwingledSearch Patterns, and Ambient Findability. He advises such clients as AT&T, Cisco, Harvard, IBM, Macy’s, Vodafone, the Library of Congress, and the National Cancer Institute. He has delivered conference keynotes and workshops in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. His work has been covered by Business Week, NPR, The Economist, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. Peter lives in Ann Arbor with his wife, two daughters, and a dog named Knowsy. He blogs at intertwingled.org.


Richard Anderson

Richard Anderson is a UX 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. Through numerous consulting, advisory—and employment roles, and his workshops, courses, conference programs—he has helped move experience design' into a position of greater influence in numerous companies.


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.


Steven Hoober

Steven Hoober is a mobile strategist, architect, and interaction designer whose 4ourth Mobile helps large companies, mobile service providers, and startups understand how to exploit mobile technology to meet the needs of their users. He has been doing mobile and multi-channel design since 1999, working on everything from the earliest app stores, to browser design, to pretty much everything but games. Steven wrote the patterns and technical appendices for the book Designing Mobile Interfaces, maintains a repository of mobile design and development information at the 4ourth Mobile Patterns Wiki, and publishes a regular column on mobile in UX Matters.


Tyler Wells

Tyler Wells co-founded the Los Angeles Arts District-based roasting works and coffee bar, Handsome Coffee Roasters, which was recently acquired by Blue Bottle. Tyler is now on to consulting, most recently with Blacktop Coffee. He's spent a lifetime working in just about every aspect of the service industry and has distilled his accrued expertise into a powerful vision for what superb customer experience looks and feels like. He also co-owns Buenos Buenos catering because he really enjoys cooking for people.
 

Vidya Drego

Vidya is a user research and experience strategy consultant based in San Francisco. She currently consults with early stage startups helping define their initial product offering and establish a culture of user-focused innovation. Prior to consulting, she ran Experience Strategy for the Salesforce professional services organization and was a Principal Analyst at Forrester in the customer experience space. There she spearheaded research on mobile user experience and user research. When she's not at work, Vidya can be found running after her dog, Manny, at a San Francisco beach.