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First round of 2017 speakers announced!

Meet 24 creative leaders who are shaping what’s next right now.

We’re thrilled to be welcoming these inspiring individuals to the stage this fall on Thursday, September 7th and Friday, September 8th, 2017 in Downtown Raleigh. They’re each improving the status quo in their own unique way across a variety of disciplines including architecture, urban design, UX design, industrial design, education, civic tech, experience design, storytelling, animation and more.

Dan Parham
Co-founder and CEO, Neighborland
Empowering civic organizations to collaborate with their stakeholders in an accessible, participatory, and equitable way

Michael Yap
UX Strategist, Etsy
Imagining the future of creative marketplaces and design learning

Lawrence J. Wheeler
Director, NCMA
Named “the godfather of the Triangle’s cultural boom” by the News & Observer

Sonja McKay
Teacher, The Exploris School & Founder, EDEx
Connecting students with our local and global community

Jacinda Walker
Founder, designExplorr and Chair, AIGA’s Diversity & Inclusion Task Force
Creating opportunities that expose youth to design

Michael Radparvar
Co-founder, Holstee
Helping individuals define what it means to live a successful life

Chad Pytel
Developer and CEO, thoughtbot
Pushing the edge of what it means to be a designer in an organization

Natalie Phillips
Creative Business Development Manager, Good Thing
Reimagining everyday objects
 
Mayela Mujica
Director of Operations, Good Thing
Reimagining everyday objects

Sadie Red Wing
Creating a Passion for Learning Native Student Coordinator, University of Redlands
Encouraging Native American graphic designers to express visual sovereignty

Lamar Heyward
Innovation Strategist, Local Government Federal Credit Union
Helping provide unique solutions in a crowded marketplace

Ryan Cocca
Creative Director, Nugget
Inspiring a world of play and possibility

Jo-Ann Tan
Director, +Acumen
Building the world’s school for social innovation

Leslie Mac
Design Activist, Safety Pin Box
Supporting organizers in the national racial justice movement

Ceara O’Leary
Senior Designer, Detroit Collaborative Design Center
Named a “Top Urban Innovator” by Next City Vanguard

Jonathan Lee
Design Manager, Google
Working at the intersection of brand and UX on the Google Assistant

Nathan Adkisson
Head of Strategy, Local Projects
Creating enduring, personal experiences by putting the audience in charge

Kristin Luekes
Strategist and Writer, Firebelly
Using design to inspire critical thought and positive action

Eric Johnson
VP of Sound and Engagement, Trailblazers Studio
Using film and TV to tell powerful stories about today’s world

Patrick McGowan
Founder, The Service Design Group
Pushing the edge on service and customer experience design

Mack Garrison and Cory Livengood
Co-founders, DASH
Connecting Raleigh, NC and the world with animation, motion, graphics, and film

David Baron
CEO, Nugget
Inspiring a world of play and possibility

Limited number of Early Bird tickets on-sale now for $175. Additional lineup announcements coming in late May!

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The energy, passion, and enthusiasm that I witnessed, has now been rekindled in me.
- 2016 Hopscotcher

Sept 7-8, 2017 | Raleigh, NC

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