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Virtual Event - Sept 17-18, 2020

IDSA's annual IDC represents the perfect opportunity to bring together our global community of designers and top creative minds each year for a few days of connection, inspiration, and knowledge exchange. The 2020 event was originally planned to be in-person, as always, and in Seattle, WA. However, due to health concerns arising from the novel coronavirus pandemic, IDSA quickly realized that a pivot would be necessary. As a result, our biggest event of the year happened virtually for the first time ever. 

And if that wasn't enough of a challenge, we also tried something that had not previously been attempted by any international design conference, to our knowledge: a virtual event with attendees and presenters logging in from around the world for a continuous span of 24 hours.

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We wanted to build something that was truly unique.

"This format helped to separate us from other events and allowed us to address a truly global audience. It didn't try to replicate an in-person format in a digital environment, but rather leveraged the best of what a virtual experience can provide in order to create an entirely new attendee experience."

- Chris Livaudais, IDSA Executive Director

Emcees guide the way

A key element of the IDC experience is the Emcees who are responsible for guiding the audience through an incredibly expansive range of talks delivered by prominent industry thought leaders and provocateurs. They help navigate the transitions between speakers and craft a narrative that spans the entire event. This year was no different, with six tracks of top-tier design content guided by five spectacular Emcees:

  • Kristine Arth

     

    LobsterPhone

  • Verena Paepcke-Hjeltness, IDSA
    Iowa State University

  • Aziza Cyamani, IDSA


    Kansas State University

  • Jeevak Badve, FIDSA


    Sundberg-Ferar

  • Spencer Nugent


    Sketch-A-Day.com

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A global gathering

IDC 2020 was a success on multiple levels: the diversity of speakers, content, and perspectives; the ease with which the emcees, presenters, and attendees navigated the entirely virtual experience; and the IDSA Staff and volunteers' ability to convert an in-person gathering to an online event that still managed to bring the ID community together for learning, fun, and fellowship.

The conference featured nearly 80 speakers from 9 different countries, all diving into highly relevant topics that spanned a variety of design disciplines, such as industrial design, UX, service design, medical design, furniture design, graphic design, and more.

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2020 Presenters

  • Track 1

    Thurs, Sept 17

    12:00pm-4:00pm EDT

    EMCEE: 
    Kristine Arth (Lobster Phone)

     

    PRESENTERS & PANELISTS:
    Alain Sylvain (Sylvain Labs)
    Mia Cinelli (University of Kentucky)
    Demetrius Romanos (Ergobaby)
    Joel Delman, IDSA (Informed Innovation, Inc.)
    Spencer Nugent (Sketch-a-Day.com)
    Karim Merchant (Luxion)
    Jason Belaire, IDSA (Belworld Creative)
    Stephan Clambaneva, IDSA (iD8trs)
    Kevin Bethune (dreams • design + life)
    Dara Dotz (Worldchanging Ventures)

     

    GSMA WINNER PRESENTATION: 
    Jiani Zeng, S/IDSA

     

    KEYNOTE:
    Ralf Groene (Microsoft)

  • Track 2

    Thurs, Sept 17

    4:00pm-8:00pm EDT

    IDSA Education Syposium

    CO-EMCEES: 
    Verena Papecke-Hjeltness, IDSA
    Aziza Cyamani

    PRESENTERS & PANELISTS: 
    Başak Altan, IDSA (Strategist & Educator)
    James Rudolph (University of Notre-Dame)
    Raja Schaar, IDSA (Drexel University)
    Chris Baeza (Drexel University)
    Sheng-Hung Lee, IDSA (MIT)
    John Liu (MIT)
    Keith Instone (Dexterity User Experience)
    Louise R. Manfredi, PhD, IDSA (Syracuse University)
    Sarah McNabb (Doctor of Occupational Therapy)
    Michael Barrett (Thomas Jefferson University)
    Eric Schneider (Thomas Jefferson University)
    Carly Hagins, IDSA (Western Michigan University)
    Benjamin Bush, IDSA (Auburn University)
    Derek Cascio (Wentworth Insitute of Technology)
    Hector Silva (Advanced Design)
    Rebecca Ngola (USAA)
    Mekin Elcioglu, PhD (Kansas State University)
    Mike Elwell (Richmond Insitute for Design & Innovation)

    SMA WINNER PRESENTATION:
    Sawyer Alcazar-Hagen, IDSA

    KEYNOTE:
    Owen Foster (Aether Global Learning)
    John McCabe (Aether Global Learning)

  • Track 3

    Thurs, Sept 17

    8:00pm-12:00pm EDT

    EMCEE: 
    Spencer Nugent

    PRESENTERS & PANELISTS:
    Ayana Patterson, IDSA (Luxury CMF + Form Specialist)
    Ali Murtaza (IDEATE Innovation)
    Lada Gorlenko (Smartsheet)
    Michael DiTullo, IDSA (Michael DiTullo, LLC)
    Cia Mooney, IDSA (Independent Designer)
    Howard Nuk (Palm)
    Jason Mayden (Trillicon Valley)
    Jayeon Kim (Google)
    Kate Lockhart (Google)
    Kristine Arth (Lobster Phone)

    SMA WINNER PRESENTATION: 
    Anne McDonald, S/IDSA

    KEYNOTE:
    Arielle Assouline-Lichten (Slash Objects)

  • Track 4

    Fri, Sept 18

    12:00am-4:00am EDT

    EMCEE: 
    Kristine Arth (Lobster Phone)

    PRESENTERS & PANELISTS:
    Tim Allen (AirBnB)
    Javeria Masood (UNDP Pakistan)
    Felix Heck (Samsung Design Europe)
    Chandrashekhar Wyawashare (Futuring Design)
    Chris Hosmer, IDSA (Tipping Point)
    Dylan Ren, I/IDSA (Tipping Point)
    Kirk Morris (Bradshaw International)
    Le'Spencer Walker (Target)

    SMA WINNER PRESENTATION: 
    Jessica Monteleone, S/IDSA

    KEYNOTE:
    Charles Johnson, IDSA (Puma

  • Track 5

    Fri, Sept 18

    4:00am-8:00am EDT

    EMCEE: 
    Jeevak Badve, FIDSA

    PRESENTERS & PANELISTS:
    Lani Adeoye (Studio Lani)
    Alisan Atvur (Novo Nordisk)
    Maurice Cherry (Revision Path)
    Jomo Tariku (Jomo Furniture)
    BOA (OI Studio)
    Marie Burgos (Marie Burgos Design)
    Marlon Darbeau (By Making)
    Yogesh Dandekar (Sarg Design Studio)
    Hector Silva (Advanced Design)
    Dominic Montante (Advanced Design)

    SMA WINNER PRESENTATION: 
    Ellen Posch, S/IDSA

    KEYNOTE:
    Lesley-Ann Noel, PhD (Tulane University)

  • Track 6

    Fri, Sept 18

    8:00am-12:00am EDT

    EMCEE: 
    Spencer Nugent

    PRESENTERS & PANELISTS:
    Jeanette Numbers, IDSA (Loft)
    Mark Prommel (Pensa)
    Nicole McLaughlin (Nicole McLaughlin, LLC)
    Mitzi Okou (Where Are the Black Designers)
    Forest Young (Wolf Ollins)
    Raja Schaar, IDSA (Drexel University)
    Roshannah Bagley (Something Inc.)
    Zariah Cameron (NC AT&T State University)
    Brielle Nickoloff (Botmock)
    Surya Vanka (Authentic Design)
    Brad Abelman (KeyShot)
    Steve Seager (KeyShot)
    Tony Guard (Kinetic Vision/Stratasys)

    SMA WINNER PRESENTATION: 
    Avery Saylor, S/IDSA

    KEYNOTE:
    Jan Griffiths (Gravitas Detroit)

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For over 50 years, the Industrial Designers Society of America has worked to advance the practice of industrial design through education, information, community and advocacy.  Our roots stretch to the beginning of the profession and our members are, and have been, some of the most celebrated industrial designers of all time. Today, we exist as a global voice for industrial design within a broad ecosystem of design disciplines and we celebrate the cross-functional overlap of many creative fields.

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