I've given talks for small intimate audiences that fit into large conference rooms, as well as 5000-person developer events to 70,000 attendee festivals.

My talks cover the gamut from product design, UX, startups, technology & society, culture, media, the future, behavior, and more.

I've put together workshops and other consulting programs for startups, small companies & enterprises, banks (including the Federal Reserve and American Express).

Photo credit:  Christian Heilmann

Photo credit: Christian Heilmann


Upcoming speaking events


Better tech, Better humans

July 18 • Montréal

The Factry offers a discussion with Chris Messina, the inventor of the hashtag. The event will focus on technology, corporate culture and the place of the human in all of this. The conversation will be moderated by journalist Thomas Leblanc.


Turing Fest

August 27-29 • Edinburgh

Turing Fest brings the best minds in European tech to Scotland's iconic capital, to forge new connections and gain new insight into how to build remarkable technology businesses...

Workshop: Becoming an emotionally fit entrepreneur

August 27 • Sheraton Grand, Edinburgh

In collaboration with Dr. Emily Anhalt

In this half-day workshop, we’ll offer insights into what’s broken about entrepreneur culture, how things got to be this way, and why things like struggle porn create the delusion that this is fine. We will then help you take concrete steps towards a healthier and more aspirational future. 


Front Conference

August 29-30 • Alte Papierfabrik, Zurich

To build a kick-ass frontend, we rely on each other: Designers on developers, and developers on designers. But it’s often difficult to work together; we need to learn each other's language, understand each other’s priorities and have to be willing to make compromises that serve both. That’s why in 2011 the organizers came up with a conference for everyone involved from concept to implementation of a frontend, and they gave it the tagline “Where design meets technology”. The goal was to bring both sides together in talks and workshops ranging from Angular to Zapier and from Affordance to Zeplin.


Joint Futures

September 3-5 • Helsinki, Finland

Joint Futures is inspired by the pressing needs of our profession to become more mature, inclusive & business-minded. It aims to view design holistically through different macro and micro lenses. All of us strongly strive to create a community and a safe space to learn, get inspired, meet like-minded people, and gather actionable insights to create change in your own teams.



Sep 5-7 • Copenhagen

Techfestival seeks to find human answers to tech progress. Explore the new leadership, tools, technologies, movements and mindsets for a new direction in tech.


Past Events

I have been speaking publicly since 2004. My first talk was on open source and citizen activism, but I’ve come a long way since then. I’ve participated in over 100 speaking engagements (presentations, panels, workshops, and live Q&A) in dozens of cities over the world, including two TEDx events, SXSW, Google I/O, Microsoft’s Future Decoded, and more.

You can see some of my past presentations on SpeakerDeck, Colliq, and Slideshare.


watch my talks

The Unlikely Lesson from Inventing the Hashtag

Nov 2018 • TEDxIzhevsk

Lessons from the death of the PC

Lessons from the Death of the PC

September 2017 • Web Directions Summit



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