John Maeda is an American executive, designer, technologist and a product manager-in-training. He recently joined Automattic as Global Head of Computational Design + Inclusion, and previously served as Partner at Kleiner Perkins. An internationally recognized speaker and author, his books include The Laws of Simplicity, Creative Code and Redesigning Leadership. Maeda’s work explores the area where business, design and technology merge—with his findings shared annually in the Design in Tech Report at SXSW. He serves on the Board of Directors for Sonos and the global advertising firm Wieden+Kennedy.
Named “one of the most creative people in business” by Fast Company, and “one of the most influential designers working today” by Graphic Design USA, Debbie Millman is also an author, educator and curator. As the founder and host of Design Matters, one of the world’s first and longest-running podcasts, Millman has interviewed over 400 artists, designers and cultural commentators, including Marina Abramovic, Thomas Kail, Laurie Anderson, Milton Glaser, Malcolm Gladwell, Shepard Fairey, Barbara Kruger, Amanda Palmer, Alain de Botton and many more. In the 13 years since its inception, the show has garnered over a five-million-downloads per year.
RAJA SCHAAR, MAAE, IDSA
Raja Schar is is an industrial designer, museum exhibition designer and STEAM education evangelist in addition to being an assistant professor of product design at Drexel University. She is an active museum exhibition designer working with community organizations, National Parks, and museums all over the country. As an educator, Schaar works to infuse her teaching with human-centered design methodologies that address real-world problems. Schaar pushes her students to apply design thinking, making and life cycle analysis to the development of devices and products that positively and sustainably impact the lives of users. She also coordinates industry partnerships and sponsored studios with companies like Devialet and Hubbell