Transcend boundaries with Delight 2016 speakers

Delight has always lived at the intersection of design, business and technology, but the lines at that intersection get blurrier every day. Creating experiences that people love often means working outside the borders of neatly defined disciplines, departments—and comfort zones. When you attend the Delight Conference you become part of a community of possibility, interacting with people and ideas that inspire you to transcend boundaries. That’s why we’re especially excited for you to meet our first round of 2016 main stage speakers.

Meet our Delight 2016 speakers

David Rose

David Rose, author of Enchanted Objects

David is an award-winning entrepreneur, author, and instructor at the MIT Media Lab. His new book, Enchanted Objects, focuses on the future of the internet of things, and how these technologies will impact the ways we live and work. Imagine a pill bottle that tells you when you’ve skipped your medication or an umbrella that indicates whether it will rain today. “I simply believe that the most promising and pleasing future is one where technology infuses ordinary things with a bit of magic to create a more satisfying interaction and evoke an emotional response.” David’s work has been featured at the MoMA, covered in The New York Times, WIRED, and The Economist, and parodied on the Colbert Report

Evelyn Huang

Evelyn Huang, VP design and strategy at Capital One

Evelyn Huang catalyzes organizational change by bringing human-centered design into the DNA of business and creativity into the heart of company culture. Her team engages in strategic projects across organizations, connecting the dots to create experiences customers love, and designing scalable learning experiences to empower all employees to use design thinking mindsets in daily work. After beginning her career in private equity and later running a microfinance nonprofit program for immigrants and refugees, she now brings a hybrid approach to Change Banking for Good at Capital One. “Creativity and analytics go hand in hand,” she says. “Let’s work to bring them together.”

Sara Wachter-Boettcher Delight speaker

Sara Wachter-Boettcher, author of Design for Real Life

Sara Wachter-Boettcher (pronounced Wahk-ter-Bett-cher) is a consultant, author and editor focused on bringing compassion to content strategy and design. In Design for Real Life Sara advocates for considering a broader range of human experience and making design decisions through the lens of kindness. “Our digital world is full of products that fall apart in ways large and small when met with the complexities of real people,” she says. Sara’s company provides strategic consulting and training to in-house teams for large financial services, software and pharmaceutical companies, as well as nonprofit associations and institutes.

Scott Brinker

Scott Brinker, “Chief Martec” and CEO at Ion Interactive

You really can’t talk about marketing technology without mentioning Scott Brinker, aka Chief MarTec. Chair of the hugely successful MarTech Conference, co-founder/CTO of Ion Interactive, and author of the newly released book Hacking Marketing, Scott leads industry thinking on the evolving role of technology in marketing—and brings a much-needed technologist’s perspective to discussions about digital customer experience. As digital dynamics infiltrate the space between us and our customers, Scott says marketers can learn from the proven practices of software development and bring a “little bit of that inventive hacker spirit” to marketing management. “In a digital world, that proves to be a very good thing.”

Other main stage speakers include:

  • Nondini Naqui, CEO, Society of Grownups
  • Maggie Lang, Senior Director of Consumer Marketing and Engagement, Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants
  • Tom Bennett, experience strategist, Connective DX
  • Jasmine Probst, content strategy manager, Facebook

We seek out speakers who bring an honest perspective to the real-world challenges behind design and technology-led initiatives. As conference founder Jeff Cram puts it, “We want to give the audience a peek under the hood of the glossy case studies and “seamless customer experience” narratives.”

We hope you’ll join these and other speakers at Delight 2016, September 26-28 in Portland, Oregon. Register now to reserve your seat!