The program for #push17

2 conference days

18 speakers on stage
interactive exhibition

insights & networking

We're constantly updating this page with fresh speakers and details!

Conference Oct. 20–21

Registration opens Friday 10AM, talks start Friday 11AM. Day 2 talks start Saturday 10AM, program ends Saturday 7PM. The final schedule will be released in September.

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UX Workshops Thursday Oct 19

Join us for hands-on knowledge exchange with seasoned trainers!

Speculative Design: Futures Prototyping for Research and Strategy with J. Paul Neeley Oct. 19th

In our world where technologies are increasingly a source of significant disruption in people’s lives, emerging methods from speculative and critical design practice are finding their way into the designer’s and researcher’s toolkit as powerful ways to create new kinds of meaning and perspective that create new value for organizations.

In this tutorial, you’ll get up to speed on the latest speculative design practice, explore its value as a research tool and for the development of strategy, and participate in an exercise to experience the workings of these approaches.

Participants will leave this workshop with

  • - A foundational understanding of Speculative & Critical Design (SCD) principles and methods
  • - Examples of SCD in practice and experience of an SCD exercise
  • - An understanding of the value of SCD methods for research and strategy development and the ability to identify when to apply SCD methods in your work

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Articulating Design Decisions with Tom Greever Oct. 19th

Talking to people about your designs might seem like a basic skill, but it can be difficult to do efficiently and well. And, in many cases, how you communicate about your work with stakeholders, clients, and other non-designers is more critical than the designs themselves--simply because the most articulate person usually wins.

This practical and fun workshop focuses on principles, tactics, and actionable methods for presenting your designs. Whether you design websites, apps or other products, you'll learn how to win over anyone who has influence over the project--with the goal of creating the best experience for the end user. Using techniques from improvisational theatre, we’ll laugh our way through the process of explaining design to the people around us.

  • - Walk through the process of preparing for and presenting your designs
  • - Understand stakeholder perspectives, and learn how to empathize with them
  • - Cultivate both implicit and explicit listening skills
  • - Learn tactics and formulas for expressing the most effective response to feedback
  • - Discover why the way you follow through is just as crucial as the meeting itself

What we will achieve:
The appropriate approach to engaging your users depends on where they are in your product's lifecycle. We will examine all stages of your user-relationship:

  • - Get in the right frame of mind for discussing design
  • - Identify stakeholder values and needs
  • - Manage design meetings and conversations
  • - Listen to design feedback effectively
  • - Document design decisions for the future
  • - Effectively respond to design feedback
  • - Apply common strategies and tactics for making your case

Exercises include:
  • - Discussing common challenges with explaining design
  • - Writing stakeholder stories to better see their perspective
  • - Evaluating your own skill at articulating design decisions
  • - Practicing tactics for responding with other participants
  • - Applying techniques from improvisational comedy
  • - Simulating design conversations and scenarios
  • - Discussing common challenges with explaining design

At the end of this workshop, you’ll be more confident in your ability to help stakeholders understand your work. Articulating Design Decisions will equip you to communicate with stakeholders, keep your sanity, and still deliver the best user experience.

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Interactive Exhibition

We love this format as a tangible addition to the great presentations on stage! That's why as a bonus we bring you not only talks but also an exciting selection of interactive installations, creative technology experiments and well executed projects to try out and discuss with their creators live on site.