Design Jam Amsterdam #2
Friday, 29 November 2013 at 18:30 - Saturday, 30 November 2013 at 19:00 (CET)
Join 40 designers, researchers, developers and others for an evening and a day of tackling engaging design challenges.
Design Jam Amsterdam 2013 will be the second event in the Netherlands, after an inspiring and successful first edition, done in February 2012.
2 days?!? Well, almost. We are going to kick off at 6.30 pm on Friday the 29th of November. Drinks will be consumed, the brief will be revealed, and teams will be formed. There will be no program for the rest of the evening (you can go back home and rest, or have a chat with your teammates, up to you really), so that we are all ready on Saturday (the 30th of November) morning for 9 hours of research-concept-design.
What is a Design Jam?
Design Jams are one-or-two-day design sessions, during which people team up to tackle engaging User Experience and design challenges. Similar to developer ‘hackdays’, they aim to get designers together to learn and collaborate with each other while working on actual problems. For more information on Design Jams, visit: http://www.designjams.org/about/
Peter Boersma is Interaction Design Director and Process Design Consultant.
He has over 15 years of experience with designing for complex, interactive, digital systems. He can perform user research and usability evaluations, will identify business opportunities based on stakeholder interviews and competitive research, develops appropriate high-level concepts, and documents the resulting designs for user interfaces. At most of his former employers, he made himself responsible for documenting the design processes, optimizing and promoting them, both inside and outside the organization. Peter has given presentations and taught workshops at many national and international User Experience conferences, some of which he helped organize. Since 2001, he is the host of the Amsterdam UX Cocktail Hours.
Lauren Valbert helps start-ups transition from subject matter experts to customer-ready organizations through customer development, marketing and business development strategies.
Maarten den Braber
Maarten den Braber is a Digital Health Strategist, working on applying and researching new business models in technology and health. He runs digital health strategy company SQRD with clients such as medical-clinical labs, hospital organizations and healthcare marketing agencies. He also co-founded the global Quantified Self Europe conference, QS Amsterdam and Nexthealth (organizing the first ever European Health 2.0 event). Maarten graduated as Master of Science from University of Twente on the subject of Rethinking the Hospital (applying business model theory to the strategic management of hospitals). He is currently also co-organizer of Singularity University NL, founded by NASA and Google.
Since 2009 Maarten was co-organizer of the largest worldwide Mobile Monday meetup: MoMo Amsterdam (4,500+ members). He has also served as Chief Operation Officer of Skylines, a Big Data startup in Amterdam, which was Techcrunch Disrupt finalist in 2012. He is interested in building sustainable business models which leverage new insights and technology to improve health and well-being for both individuals and society at large.
Anastasia Gritsenko is a Interaction Director at UNITiD, Amsterdam.
Anastasia believes in a higher humanising role of design while she also enjoys daily flux of the UX design profession. As a user experience designer she focuses on a dialogue of interaction looking beyond the screens.
Recently she wraps her head around developing and motivating teams and individual designers at UNITiD while keeping her hands on a pen or a mouse, sketching and prototyping.
As a mentor she brings 10 years of design experience from TomTom, info.nl, Vodafone, UNITiD as well as her endless energy, critical mind and Russian soul.
Mairead Van Gils
Mairead van Gils is a digital marketeer, working for the past 6 years at ASICS in Europe.
During that time, she has managed a range of digital campaigns and developed content to bind runners closer to the brand. She helped research, design and launch the global running service MY ASICS. Currently she manages the activation MY ASICS in Europe and other digital services from ASICS.
Birgit is Director Digital Strategy at Osudio (Amsterdam) and a freelance Creative Director UX. She has 16 years of professional experience as a designer in the US & Europe, working for clients such as Olympus, Shell, Monster (Monsterboard) & Toyota.
With her strong passion for design and people, she develops communication and design strategies that lead to useful and meaningful products. She is enthusiastic about creating harmony between functionality and aesthetics, finding the perfect balance between business and user goals.
Birgit supports the UX community by being IxDA's Regional Coordinator for Europe and by founding & leading the IxDA chapter in Hamburg. She was also a founding team member for the inaugural Interaction Design awards. She presented at national and international conferences, and taught many workshops on UX and communication topics.
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