We love a challenge.
Challenges ask us to think, work, and collaborate creatively. In curating this year’s Adobe 99U Conference (taking place May 9 – 11, 2018 in New York City), we considered what’s testing and motivating creatives most at this moment: the need for more inclusive work environments and online communities, the risks we take on the path to innovation, and the ambition to utilize our talent to affect real social good.
That’s why the theme for the 10th Annual 99U Conference is CHALLENGE EVERYTHING.
We’re pleased to announce the speakers and session hosts who’ll be joining us this May: a group of individuals and organizations finding their own creative solutions, and inspiring us to do the same. Challenge accepted.
Learn from top thinkers and doers in a series of main stage talks over two days. 99U speakers offer pragmatic, real-world insights that transcend creative sectors.
Global Head of Computational Design + Inclusion,
The prolific executive, author, and 99U alumnus returns to the main stage this year for a can’t-miss conversation on diversity and inclusion in creative industries. Following his tenure as design partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), John joined Automattic in 2016 as global head of computational design + inclusion.
TINA ROTH EISENBERG
Founder & CEO,
CreativeMornings & Tattly
One of our favorite creative doers and community galvanizers, Tina will again take the 99U Conference main stage following her 2014 talk that inspired thousands to ‘Create, Don’t Complain’. Among her many projects, businesses, and achievements, Tina is the founder of the global lecture series CreativeMornings, ubiquitous designer temporary tattoo brand Tattly, and beloved design blog Swissmiss.
Design Exponent & Head of Creative Studio,
After breaking ground in national government as the creative director and digital strategist for the Obama White House, Ashleigh now leads the creative studio at Automattic, a company with the mission to democratize publishing and commerce. She is a fervent advocate for design’s ability to break barriers and create positive social change.
Vice President, Product,
Few 99U speakers have a better window into your psyche than Todd. A former filmmaker, Todd joined Netflix almost 12 years ago, and in his current role as Vice President of Product, he leads the team that leverages vast amounts of data, sophisticated algorithms, and best-in-class user interfaces across numerous viewing devices to create easy, compelling ways for Netflix members to find something great to watch.
Vice President, Design,
Katie is a creative leader at the intersection of interaction and industrial design, business strategy, and user research. As VP of Design, she oversees products for Lyft’s driver and passenger community and was previously the Director of Experience Design at Airbnb and the Creative Director at frog design.
Drop the Ball
Tiffany is a catalyst-at-large in the world of women’s leadership and the author of Drop the Ball, a memoir and manifesto on how to cultivate the single skill you really need in order to thrive: the ability to let go. Tiffany helped launch Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In initiative, and recently served as Chief Leadership Officer to millennial professional network Levo. Tiffany serves on the board of Girls Who Code and Simmons College and has raised nearly $20 million toward for women and girls worldwide.
ADAM J. KURTZ
Artist & Author
The often humorous, sometimes dark work of the artist known as ‘adamjk’ can be seen everywhere from tote bags at New York’s iconic Strand Bookstore to enamel pins on the shelves of Urban Outfitters. Adam frequently speaks and writes about the realities of creative work, notably in his latest book, Things Are What You Make of Them: Life Advice for Creatives.
Experimental Person in Charge,
Google Creative Lab Sydney
Tea works on a range of projects with cultural organizations and practitioners to enable artists, writers, and performers to use digital tools to amplify or augment their artistic, theatrical, or musical practice. Her output includes seven books, 17 websites, six apps, a feature film, three plays, two concerts, four museum exhibits, and some teddy bears that talk. She is an AGI member, on the board of the Biennale of Sydney, D&AD’s 2018 Digital Jury President, and a mentor to young female creatives worldwide.
Vince is the visionary CEO behind Meow Wolf, the much-buzzed-about, hard-to-describe, immersive art installation in Santa Fe, New Mexico (and its new locations, coming soon to Denver, Colorado and Las Vegas, Nevada). Vince raised $7 million from investors including author George R.R. Martin to create what just might be the future of experiential art.
CEO & Co-Founder,
Jason is the creative CEO behind Super Heroic, a mission-driven business focused on providing quality play-performance footwear, apparel, and technology for children. An accomplished design leader, Jason previously oversaw products and innovations for the Jordan Brand as the Senior Global Design Director at Nike, and serves as an advisor to Stephen Curry’s Slyce platform, portfolio companies at venture firm Accel, and the College for Creative Studies.
Mona has attracted praise for her unique, illustrated presentations of data on everything from pay inequality to pet safety on airlines for the Guardian US. She previously worked with FiveThirtyEight and the Economist Intelligence Unit, hosted a regular data segment on NPR called The Number Of The Week, and co-created the Emmy-nominated video series Vagina Dispatches.
CHRISTINE SUN KIM
Christine harnesses the medium of sound in performance and drawing works to investigate her relationship with spoken languages and her aural environment as a deaf woman and artist. Through her practice, she challenges and deconstructs the politics of sound, and explores oral languages as social currency. She is a Directors Fellow at the MIT Media Lab, and her exhibitions and performances have been held at the Berlin Biennale, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Rubin Museum, PS1, and the Museum of Modern Art.
Co-Founder & CEO,
Marcelino J. Alvarez is the founder and CEO of Uncorked Studios, a product design studio that connects people, technology, and context to create meaningful change. Uncorked partners with the world’s top brands, including Google, Intel, Adidas, Diageo, Care.com, Samsung, Skype, the Bezos Family Foundation, Magnum Foundation, and more to build products with purpose. He’s a cofounder of Safecast, an open data initiative to help residents of Japan report and understand the levels of radiation following the Fukushima earthquake and nuclear disaster, and Incúbate, the first design-thinking workshop and incubator in Havana, Cuba.
Vice President, Design,
Jamie has led large-scale design efforts at Adobe for 13 years, leading the company’s development of the next generation of design tools. In her role, Jamie aims to inspire the next wave of design leaders, encouraging her teams to push boundaries and develop leadership skills. She is a key contributor to Adobe’s diversity and inclusion initiatives, leading the charge among creative businesses worldwide.
Spend time with some of our favorite creative individuals and organizations in a series of interactive sessions exploring creative methodologies, disciplines, and technologies that will supercharge your work:
Adobe Creative Residents
The Design Gym
Facebook Creative Shop
Good F***ing Design Advice
Man Made Music
Register now to join 1,000 fellow creatives at the 10th Annual 99U Conference.
Want to learn more? Head to the 99U Conference site for the full lowdown.