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Lightning Talks



General Assembly The Relay Building 114 Whitechapel High St E1 7PT

This month we are giving some of you the chance to give a go at speaking, with a number of lightning talks covering such themes as “Designing for edge cases”, “Adventures in agile research” and “Be more shark”.

We also have a keynote from Helene Sears looking at her journey from architecture to UX and the differences between physical spaces and UI.

This evening is being curated by James Eyke, who looks after Professional Development for UXPA UK.


18:30 – 19:00 – Networking with drinks and nibbles
19:00 – 19:40 – Lightning Speakers
19:40 – 20:00 – Break with drinks and nibbles
20:00 – 20:30 – Keynote with Helene Sears
20:30 – 21:00 – Networking
21:00 – late – drinks at The Hoop & Grapes

We thank our hosts General Assembly, and sponsors Futureheads for supporting this event.

See you on the night!

Lightning Talk Speakers:

Oliver Sutton, Zedko
George Hoyland, News UK
Megan Kurtenbach, Experience-Lab
Sarah Fox, Trainline
Alexander Baxevanis, Webcredible
Lisa Perez, FutureLearn

Keynote: Helene Sears - UX of Architecture


Helene Sears, Senior Interaction Designer at Google – @MateerS

Helene will share her journey from architecture to UX, and how we can look at the built world for best practice. Key audience takeaways will be:

– Understanding empathy in physical space and UI
– Why making models matters
– The impact of aligned engineering and design

Helene is a senior designer at Google, previously a design manager for Amazon Video, UX Architect for the Guardian and lead Editorial Designer with BBC News. Her projects have ranged from launching Amazon Video on living room devices around the world to helping redesign BBC News to be mobile first. Her expertise is in interaction design, information architecture, creative facilitation and getting stakeholders onboard with ambitious visions.




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