In just over two weeks, a very interesting group of people will gather in Brooklyn to talk about what they do best in life: solve problems and generate transformative ideas for our benefit. Perhaps you've seen the line up of speakers for the Core77 Conference, but have you checked out the schedule yet? If not, here's a quick summary of what you'll get when you register for this June 19th, one-day event in the best borough of New York City. Get your tickets now so you don't miss out.
8:30am - When You Arrive and First Block of Presenters
Yes, it's early, but don't worry. We have coffee and snacks on deck to perk you up for the day. While you're settling in, shaking hands and getting to know your fellow conference-goers, Stuart Constantine, Co-founder of Core77, will welcome everyone with some opening remarks about the day. He'll then open the floor for our first presenter, Dong-Ping Wong of Family and +POOL. His work installing a floating, water-filtering swimming pool in the East River, which is also the world's largest crowd-funded civic project, should inspire you to consider what kind of "rad shit" you could accomplish where no one asked you to.
Following Wong, Jordan Brandt, Technology Futurist at Autodesk, will present on what cloud-based data can teach us about teaching machines to design, which may lead you to examine your own learning process. Carla Diana, author of Leo the Maker Prince, is up next to share her theory about the meaningful stories that usher new technologies into existence by presenting them in a human context. The break that follows will give you a chance to discuss these presentations with fellow attendees and the presenters themselves.
11:15am - Second Block of Presenters
If you're a cyclist or just admire the bicycle as an enduring example of successful design, the day's first panel, Cult of Bike, is for you. Moderated by Core77's own Ray Hu, panelists Michel Dallaire, Ethan Frier and Edward Albert, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Hofstra University, will discuss how the humble bicycle influenced the urban landscape, personal expression and, of course, personal travel. Michael DiTullo, Chief Design Officer of Sound United, and Heather Flemming, CEO of Catapult Design, round out the second block of presenters with their presentations on creating and implementing a design strategy in the marketplace, and carving a role for design in the global development, respectively. These talks will leave you motivated to work smarter for the greater good.
12:45pm - Lunch & Core77 Design Awards Announcements
While you're eating lunch and chatting with everyone about your favorite bike story or what you found most inspiring about the morning, we'll announce the winners of the Consumer Product category from the Core77 Design Awards program. Jury captain Johan Liden, along with jurors Brett Tom, Josh Morenstein, Isabelle Olsson and Wyatt Cline will be there to announce the winners, the runners up and the notable submissions in the category.
2:15pm - Third Block of Presenters
The afternoon kicks off with Colin McSwiggen, a Technologist and Writer from Boston whose interests are all over the place, from design to math research and music. He'll be discussing the intersection of design and work, and what responsibilities we have as designers to those who create and use our designs. Then we have Marta Salas-Porras, Creative Director at Obscura Digital, whose 25+ years of experience in entrepreneurial startups, product development, branding and design innovations will make her presentation on Neomaterialism eye-opening, to say the least.
After Marta, the Integrated Technology Panel will begin, moderated by Mason Curry, Senior Editor at Core77, with Ricardo Prada of Google X and Becky Stern, Director of Wearable Electronics at Adafruit. From the global scale to the personal level, Mason, Becky and Ricardo will discuss the impact technology has on our daily lives as the integration becomes more seamless and more saturated. At around 3:35pm, we'll break to stretch our legs and chat some more about everything from the third block of presenters.
3:50pm - Fourth Block of Presenters
Jessica Charlesworth and Tim Parsons of Parsons & Charlesworth are great at offering fresh perspectives through their speculative and experimental designs, and that's exactly what their presentation, Spectacular Vernacular, will do. Through their talk, you'll begin to wonder about the fiction behind your accepted realities and the uniqueness holding up the most common and familiar objects.
Following Jessica and Tim is Core77's very own Allan Chochinov. Allan will challenge us all to consider the manner in which we identify something as valuable or not, especially how that something is introduced to us. His presentation, The Order of Things, will explore the blurry line that separates good from evil in the world of design and show us how demonstrating the value of design may be a positive or negative practice. Famed filmmaker Casey Neistat will finish up the day with his presentation "Ideas are Easy. Execution is What Matters." Based on his experiences making viral Youtube videos, directing movies, TV shows and commercials, his talk is bound to leave you inspired and motivated to execute on your own ideas, no matter what they are.
5:15pm - Conclusion and Party!
Stuart Constantine will take the stage again quickly to wrap up the day and invite you all to enjoy a night of good food, drinks and the exciting sounds of New Orleans based band, Bonerama! This is a great way to fortify the connections you've made during the day and continue the conversations you've had.
The Next Day
On June 20th (and every day thereafter), you'll have the opportunity to apply everything you've learned during the conference to your work, relationships and life. You can also share the ideas and information you gained with friends, colleagues and, heck, even strangers, if you want. The purpose of this conference is to put into practice and expand upon what was discussed on stage, because great ideas aren't created in a vacuum, and they certainly don't flourish there either.
Get your tickets for the 2014 Core77 Conference today!