The Core77 Conference returns to L.A.’s vibrant design community — same venue, more activity. This year, we’ve put together two days of panels and presentations, workshops and tours, catered meals, and fabulous evening receptions. Come join designers, scientists, entrepreneurs, and business leaders in exchanging innovative ideas on working and tools for cultivating exceptional interdisciplinary success.

  • Speakers

  • Additional Speakers and Panelists are being added regularly. Stay tuned for updates!

  • Dana Cho
    Dana Cho is a Partner and Managing Director of IDEO Palo Alto. She works with change makers and organizations who are committed to being human-centered in their endeavors - whether it's about commercializing a new-to-the-world technology or bringing a human lens to uncover new opportunities in unlikely places. She has worked with organizations such as the Mayo Clinic, Four Seasons, Virgin, and Nike. She has also served as Head of the Brand Studio and Healthcare practice.
  • Eames Demetrios
    Eames Demetrios wears many hats. His current large-scale project is his parallel universe, Kcymaerxthaere, a global artwork of multi-dimensional storytelling. For this he's so far installed 123 markers and historic sites in 26 countries on 6 continents. He's also made films on topics from the Modern Maya to Frank Gehry, from homelessness to legendary winemaker Peter Gago. Demetrios is best known in the design world as director of the Eames Office and authoring several design books--including An Eames Primer. He has given talks in 50 countries, including on the mainstage of the legendary TED conference. He lives with his family in Los Angeles, California.
  • Ekene Ijeoma
    Ekene Ijeoma is an interaction and information designer. He explores the artistic and humanistic properties of data, transforming them in poetic and pragmatic ways to change how we understand our world. He’s been featured in Good Magazine ‘Good 100’ 2016 for “tackling pressing global issues” and nominated for Design Museum ‘Designs of the Year’ 2015. He has been a lecturer at The New School and NYU, critic at Yale and SVA, a visiting artist at VCU and School for Poetic Computation and artist-in-residence at Fabrica and Ace Hotel. He is currently a designer-in-residence at Orbital. He has previously worked with Google Creative Lab, Bloomberg, Wolff Olins, Pentagram.
  • Alexis Lloyd
    Alexis Lloyd is an award-winning researcher and user experience designer whose work focuses on exploring the newly available possibilities of emerging technologies. She designs and builds compelling experiences that demonstrate innovative ways of engaging with information and with the world around us, most recently as the Creative Director of The New York Times R&D Lab. Her work has been covered in WIRED, Make Magazine, Le Monde, and other international publications, and has been exhibited at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and the Chelsea Art Museum. Alexis holds an MFA in Design and Technology from Parsons School of Design.
  • James Monsees
    James Monsees is cofounder of PAX Labs, a leading vaporization technology company in San Francisco that’s reinventing the smoking experience with its innovative, premium vaporizers, PAX and JUUL. Monsees has over a decade of experience developing consumer products. He was a founding fellow at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University, has served as a product designer for Metaphase Design Group, and as a product design consultant developed outdoor sports equipment for K2 Sports, among other products and companies. Monsees has a masters degree in product design from Stanford and a bachelor’s degree from Kenyon College.
  • Paul Sohi
    Paul Sohi is a technology evangelist and product designer at Autodesk. Paul started life as an architect working on conceptual design, competition architecture design, and installation pieces. He then moved into product design and started his own design practice, 2052, that specialized in 3D printing technologies, working on interior products, music videos, technology innovation and hardware design in the electronics field. Paul joined Autodesk in 2015 as an in-house product designer to share his skills and knowledge with the next generation of startups and designers.
  • Workshops & Tours

  • Interactive participation highlights the 2nd day of the Conference. Our Friday morning workshops, held at the Standard Hotel Downtown and led by outstanding professionals from the Core77 network, will transform ideas introduced during the conference into actionable strategy.

    Following the workshops, lunch will be hosted outside the A+D Architecture and Design Museum. After lunch, a series of guided tours, offering exclusive insight into downtown LA’s most innovative design studios and public projects, will leave from the museum and return in the late afternoon. The day will be capped off by a rooftop party at the Standard Hotel Downtown.

  • Tickets

  • Designing Here/Now is a two day event:

    All tickets include an invitation to Wednesday night's informal kickoff party.

    Thursday September 29 — Conference

    Spend the day immersed in provocative presentations and engaging conversations and end with a festive cocktail reception in the courtyard. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks provided throughout the day.

    Friday September 30 — Workshops & Tours

    Kick off the morning with professionally led workshops, followed by a catered outdoor lunch, and guided afternoon tours across LA. Wrap up the day at our closing rooftop party.

    Early Bird Ticket


    Ends July 31st

    Student Ticket


    Limited Quantity

    Regular Ticket


    Workshops & Tours


    Limited Quantity

  • 2015 Conference Recap

  • Where to stay

  • This year we're setting up at The Standard Hotel Downtown. Use the code CORE77 when making your reservation to get a 15% discount off the regular room rate. Conference workshops will take place here, and we'll wrap day two at the swanky rooftop bar.

  • Venue

  • Once again, we'll see you at the stunning Vibiana, the city's first Cathedral, in downtown L.A. Between the gorgeous interior, the reverberating acoustics, the sunny outdoor patio, and the delicious food prepared by their in-house chef, we can't wait to get back to this place.

  • Schedule

  • Join us for two full days of presentations, excursions, workshops and gatherings throughout multiple locations in downtown Los Angeles. We'll start with an opening party at the Redwood Bar on Wednesday night, where you can meet and chat with fellow attendees and speakers. A full day of main stage presentations, along with a fabulous closing reception round out day one. Hands-on workshops and site visits complete day two, with a closing gathering on the rooftop of the Standard Hotel.

  • Thursday, September 29th
      • 9:30AM — 1:00PM
        Morning Sessions
        Start the day with speakers and panelists from the worlds of transportation, public policy, science and business in our two morning sessions focused on storytelling and human-centered design in the age of technology.
      • 1:00PM — 2:00PM
        Share a lunch with your new friends in the courtyard while soaking in that California sunshine.
      • 2:00PM — 5:00PM
        Afternoon Sessions
        Explore the promise of the future with speakers presenting new ideas in technology, robotics, media and performance with two afternoon sessions focused on strategies from the worlds of lean startups and storytelling.
      • 5:00PM — 8:30PM
        Reception — Presented by IBM
        Cocktails, passed hors d'oeuvres, music and interactive installations in the courtyard
  • Friday, September 30th
      • 9:00AM — 12:00PM
        Six workshops over three hours, covering software, sketching, branding and more.
      • 12:30PM — 2:00PM
        Outdoor lunch in the courtyard of the Architecture & Design Museum. Visit the museum while chatting with your colleagues.
      • 2:00PM — 4:00PM
        Tours of local architecture, technology studios and installations, hosted by local leaders from the Los Angeles design and architecture community.
      • 4:00PM till later
        Gather on the rooftop of the Standard Hotel to wrap up the event in style.

Thanks for registering for the Core77 Conference 2016.

We'll keep working on making this year's conference rock. In the meantime watch your email for details and updates. See you in Los Angeles on September 29th. You can't miss it!

Conference Code of Conduct

All attendees, speakers, sponsors, and volunteers at our conference are required to agree with the following code of conduct. Organizers will enforce this code throughout the event. We are expecting cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everyone.

The Quick Version

Our conference is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, parties, Twitter, and other online media. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organizers.

The Less Quick Version

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion, technology choices, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

Sponsors are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, sponsors should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material. Booth staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualized clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualized environment.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the conference staff immediately.

Conference staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance.

We expect participants to follow these rules at conference and workshop venues and conference-related social events.

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