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.

  • Presenters

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

  • Antionette Carroll
    Creative Reaction Lab
    Antionette Carroll is the President and CEO of Creative Reaction Lab, a social enterprise cultivating creative leadership to improve the human experience through immersive challenges. Throughout her career, Antionette has worked for social justice, human rights, and diversity and inclusion nonprofits - with her last position being head of communications for Diversity Awareness Partnership. Currently, Antionette is the Chair Emeritus of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force of AIGA: The Professional Association of Design. At the local level, she is also serving as the President of AIGA Saint Louis.
  • 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.
  • John Farrace
    Shared Studios
    John is the Design Director and a Co-Founder of Shared_Studios, a multidisciplinary arts, design and technology collective. John operates at the intersection of media and architecture, producing interventions at the borders between territories, both real and virtual. His work has won various awards including first place at USC's Innovators Showcase and has been featured in various print publications and design blogs. John holds a Master of Architecture from Yale University.
  • Jamer Hunt
    New School
    Jamer Hunt collaboratively designs open and flexible programs for participation that respond to emergent cultural conditions. He is the founding director (2009-2015) of the graduate program in Transdisciplinary Design at Parsons School of Design and Visiting Design Researcher in the Prototyping Practices project at the Institute of Design in Umeå, Sweden. With Paola Antonelli he was co-creator of the award-winning, curatorial experiment (2013-15) and book Design and Violence at the MoMA. He has written for Fast Company and the Huffington Post, and he is currently completing a book manuscript on scale, complex systems, and the unruliness of everyday experiences.
  • Ekene Ijeoma
    Studio 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.
  • Adam Sadowsky
    Synn Labs
    Adam Sadowsky has been involved in the early stages with companies in software, product design, video games, and genetics research. The common thread connecting all of these endeavors? His role has always been helping talented and creative people achieve extraordinary results. As President and CEO of Syyn Labs – a collection of extraordinarily talented technology artists trained in disciplines including robotics, physics, software engineering and design – Adam recently orchestrated the build of a massive Rube Goldberg machine for the OK GO music video “This Too Shall Pass”, the elegant machine to promote Google’s Online Science Fair initiative, and an “organ” built from 24 automobiles which was played by Gary Numan in an online commercial for DieHard Battery.
  • Amro Sallam
    Architects For Society
    Amro is a registered architect with over 19 years of experience with a wide range of projects with world class architecture firms like Herzog DeMeuron and SOM. He has extensive experience in the full scope of project development from initial concept to construction completion. He holds a Master of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture, and a Bachelor degree from University of Illinois. Amro uses his art background to research informal settlements of his home city, Cairo, Egypt. His belief that design must engage the disadvantaged, propelled him to found Architects For Society with experts in the field.
  • 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.
  • Kudo Tsunoda
    Kudo joined Microsoft Studios in 2008 and is currently a Corporate Vice President for all Windows 1st Party Experiences. In this role, Kudo is in a unique position to define innovative consumer experiences, and to work across hardware and software teams to bring them to life. Kudo is responsible for Edge, the Photos and Camera experience, Groove Music, Movies and TV, and other Windows 10 experiences that total over 300Million monthly active users. Kudo also helps drive the creative vision for Microsoft HoloLens, including the development of all experiences shipping with the device. Previously, Kudo was the Creative Director of Kinect for Xbox 360. Prior to working at Microsoft Studios, Kudo served as the General Manager and Executive Producer of Electronic Arts Chicago, and was responsible for establishing EA Chicago as a leading next-generation video game studio. Kudo majored in philosophy at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where he was Harrison Hall champion in “Tecmo Bowl,” “Double Dribble,” and “Racquet Attack.” He is a former lion tamer and also an avid collector of antique garden gnomes.
  • Chris Vasquez
    Hyperloop One
    Chris Vasquez is Director of Product Engineering at Hyperloop One. With degrees from Texas A&M and the University of Colorado, he is an aerospace engineer with 15 years of professional experience. Chris began his career as a mechanical engineer at Boeing. Prior to Hyperloop One, Chris worked for SpaceX where he developed new analytical methods, served as responsible engineer for the Dragon berthing mechanism and architected a custom materials database currently in use at SpaceX and Tesla Motors. As Director of Product Engineering, Chris is developing the Hyperloop product portfolio and is responsible for turning tech into customer solutions.
  • Alissa Walker
    Alissa Walker writes and speaks about design, architecture, cities, transportation, and walking. She is the urbanism editor at Curbed and her work has appeared regularly in Los Angeles Magazine, LA Weekly, Dwell, Fast Company, GOOD, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times, as well as on the KCRW public radio show DnA: Design and Architecture. She has been named a USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellow for her writing on design and urbanism, Journalist of the Year by Streetsblog Los Angeles, and in 2015 received the Design Advocate award from the LA chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Alissa lives in a 1912 Craftsman on the art alleys of LA’s Historic Filipinotown where she throws ice cream socials, tends to a drought-tolerant garden, and relishes life without a car. Read more at her blog, A Walker in LA, and follow her at @awalkerinLA on Instagram and Twitter.
  • 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.

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  • 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
    • Workshops
      • 9:00AM — 12:00PM
        Conceptual Design with solidThinking
        Learn how the latest advances in technology can impact the design process. Explore how solidThinking Inspire and Evolve are radically changing the way we approach designing products for both additive and traditional manufacturing.
        Arjun Ajjampur, Product Specialist & Darren Chilton, Program Manager
      • How to License Your Product Ideas in 10 Simple Steps
        Licensing is a fantastic avenue for designers who want to become an entrepreneur, but are uninterested in starting and running their own small business. Learn how to harness the power of this model of product development to bring your innovations to market more quickly and with significantly less risk.
        Stephen Key
      • KeyShot. Amazing Rendering and Animation. In Real-time.
        KeyShot is a real-time rendering application that breaks down the complexity of creating photographic images from 3D data. Catering to anyone from rendering novices to visualization experts, KeyShot is the only visualization product that can be used seamlessly throughout the entire product development process, including sales and marketing.
        In this workshop we will show you how the easy to use interface simplifies and speeds up the rendering process, letting you focus on design. Features like Viewsets and Scene Sets allow you to organize an entire virtual product photo-shoot in one scene, while real-time ray-tracing and a drag and drop based workflow provides amazing results instantly. Live Linking and Update Geometry make visualization of model changes and variations smooth and efficient.
      • Between the thought and the thing is a sketch
        A look at the importance of visual communication through sketching for designers. Topics covered will include basic understanding of how to see the objects in the world around us, and how to sketch them effectively using simple tools of rapid visualization.
        Spencer Nugent
      • Additional Workshop Topics TBD
        Are you interested in leading a workshop? We're looking for community members with skills to share their knowledge with our audience. Contact us if you are interested in participating.
      • 12:30PM — 2:00PM
        Outdoor lunch in the courtyard of the Architecture & Design Museum. Visit the museum while chatting with your colleagues.
    • Tours
      • 2:00PM — 4:00PM
        Downtown L.A. Walking Tour
        Downtown Los Angeles has a unique character; the architectural styles, influences and trends cover a wide, eclectic range. Join Alissa Walker, a self-described "writer, gelato-eater and walker", as she guides us on a curated two-hour tour through the landscape of downtown. Alissa is urbanism editor at Gizmodo, as well as a writer and speaker about design, architecture, cities, transportation and walking for numerous publications, including Core77 — in other words, she knows her stuff.
      • L.A. SkySlide Tour
        Thrill seekers, join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the SkySlide, a glass chute suspended on the outside of the U.S. Bank Tower that takes you from the 70th floor down to the 69th — at 1,000 feet above the ground. The folks from Gensler, the firm behind the design, will give us the inside scoop on the slide, which is made to withstand hurricane-force winds and supposedly able to suspend two blue whales from it with no problem. And, of course, everyone gets a ticket to ride, complete with a view looking down on some of the cities tallest skyscrapers, the San Gabriel Valley in the distance, and the tiny taxis below, plus the feeling that you’re on top of the world.
      • Hyperloop Tech Tour
        Visit the studio that’s making Elon Musk’s Hyperloop concept a reality. The Hyperloop is a high speed, intercity transportation system that uses passenger and cargo capsules inside a network of tubes to get people and materials where they need to go, fast. You’d be traveling as fast as the speed of sound — that means going from L.A. to San Francisco in 34 minutes. The system is also completely self-sufficient, generating enough renewable energy to power itself. This brilliant team is bringing the future into the present!
      • 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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