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WIAD 2020 The IA Element

Atlanta 2020

Georgia United States


North America

This year, WIAD Atlanta will be held at Emory University on February 22, 2020!

Help us with our sustainability efforts by bringing your own water bottle! There are water fountains at the venue for your use.


Saturday, February 22 - 11:30am to 5:00pm
Please note that registration takes place from 11:30am-12:30pm, with the program starting promptly at 12:30pm.

Snacks and beverages will be provided by Synergis, but lunch will not be served! Please plan accordingly.

Emory University, Goodrich C. White Hall building
301 Dowman Drive, Atlanta, GA 30322
(more information below)

Admission Price:
General Admission: $12 + $1.36 fee
Register by clicking here!



The IA Element - A Celebration of Information Architecture

This year’s theme celebrates one of the most important components of User Experience Design, the art and science of organizing and labelling data. 

Join us as we look at the past, present, and future role of Information Architecture in helping users to navigate information and to make decisions by answering the questions:  

  • Where am I?
  • What’s here?
  • Where else can I go?



Join us as we bring together passionate professionals, new students, and curious seekers in a safe and welcoming environment where learning is encouraged.

You can expect a diverse group of speakers presenting Lighting Talks, a Panel Discussion, as well as opportunities to meet and talk with a wide variety of Atlanta’s User Experience community.


Proudly Sponsored by:
Synergis, 3Ci, Honeywell, and User Experience Helpers Atlanta


Event date
Sat, 22 February 2020

Venue, parking and transit

  • Location
    • Emory University, Goodrich C. White Hall building
    • 301 Dowman Drive, Atlanta, GA 30322


  • Parking Options

    Please follow the links below to Emory's parking web pages for the most detailed information. On the day of the event, bright balloons and volunteers will help guide you to the various parking lots and to the White Hall venue.

    ***Parking at Emory on the weekends is free***

    • Oxford Road Parking Deck
      • 1390 Oxford Rd Atlanta, GA 30322
      • This is the closest parking lot to White Hall, and also the smallest. If this lot fills up, there are two other parking lot options that are still close, as well as street parking.
    • Fishburne Parking Deck
      • 1672 North Decatur Rd Atlanta, GA 30322
    • Peavine Parking Deck
      • 29 Eagle Row Atlanta, GA 30322


  • Public Transit

    Please be sure to confirm the Saturday schedule for public transit!

    • MARTA operates a coordinated system of bus and train lines for access to Atlanta and the metro area. Exact change ($2.50 each way) or breeze card/ticket are required. More information about MARTA.

      The Emory campus is accessible from the Lindbergh MARTA station and the Edgewood/Candler Park station on the #6 Emory bus. Details on the #6 Emory Bus.

    • Take Bus #6 to the corner of Dowman Drive and North Decatur Road.  Walk west down North Decatur Road toward Emory Village, then turn right onto Dowman Drive, which is at the main Emory gate. Continue along Dowman Drive, past the Administration Building. White Hall will be on your right.


  • Map
    • For an interactive map of Emory's campus, please see this link
    • For a printable map, please see this link
      • Map legend:
        • 10 = White Hall building
        • P-3 = Oxford Road parking deck
        • P-1 = Fishburne parking deck
        • P-6 = Peavine parking deck



  • 11:30am - 12:30pm
    • Registration


  • 12:30pm - 12:35pm
    • Opening Remarks


  • 12:35pm - 1:15pm
    • Keynote speaker: Andrew Hinton
      • This year we are thrilled to feature one of the founders of the IA Institute. Author of Understanding Context: Environment, Language, and Information Architecture, Andrew Hinton (Honeywell) has been an IA practitioner since the early 90’s consulting for companies like American Express, Sealy, Wachovia, Shaw, and Kimberly-Clark. 


  • 1:15pm – 3:00pm
    • Lightning Talks

Order of talks subject to change!

    Matt Hales

    • Empowering Speakers through Structured Listening
  • Anjali Devakumar
    • Incorporating Accessibility In Your Research Process
  • Jasmine Hentschel
    • A Quick Introduction to Behavior-Based Design
  • Niharika Mathur, Shelby Reilly, Yiming Lyu
    • Improving IA to Increase the Usability of a Mobile App

--- Quick bio break ---

  • Sakshi Dubey
    • A Beginner's Guide to Artificial Intelligence
  • Jasmine Orange
    • Celebrate the Ancients: How Archetypes Have Informed Our Modern Design Experiences
  • Amanda Worthington
    • Designing Your Career
  • Elizabeth Teffner
    • IA at Scale
  • Julie Hadden
    • Out of Time: Success Tips for IA in API Ecosystems


  • 3:00pm – 3:10pm
    • Open Mic for Open Jobs


  • 3:10pm – 3:50pm
    • Poster Networking session
      • Hannan Abdi, Nandita Gupta
      • Kimberly Bliesener
      • Anjali Devakumar
      • Sakshi Dubey
      • Mijin Han (Hahn)
      • Eddie James
      • Siran Liao
      • Niharika Mathur, Shelby Reilly, Yiming Lyu
      • Lachelle Robotham


  • 3:50pm - 4:45pm
    • Panel, Information Architecture: Past, Present, and Future Perspectives
      • Moderator: Kaarin Hoff
        • Information Architect, Honeywell Connected Enterprise
      • Sally Cohen
        • Senior Director of UX, ADP
      • Julie Hadden
        • EUX Leadership, The Home Depot
      • Andrew Hinton
        • Senior Manager of Product Design, Honeywell Connected Enterprise
      • Stokes Jones
        • VP of User Research, BlackRock
      • Danny Muller
        • Professor, The Savannah College of Art and Design


  • 4:45pm - 5:00pm
    • Raffle


  • 5:00pm - 5:10pm
    • Closing Remarks


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