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Chicago 2019

Illinois United States


North America

Hello, Chicago!

We are now sold out and on a waitlist. If spots open up you'll be emailed with a ticket. 

We look forward to seeing you on February 23rd!


Event date
Sat, 23 February 2019

Venue, parking and transit


The Chicago event with take place at the Nerdery office (Google Maps directions):

1033 W Van Buren St #700
Chicago, IL 60607

When you arrive, take the elevator to the 7th floor and we'll be there to get you checked in. We have gender neutral restrooms. Please contact us if you have other questions about the space, we want everyone to feel welcome and comfortable. 


There is limited free street parking available around Nerdery and paid garages within a 10 minute walk. 


We recommend taking public transportation if possible. Nerdery is a short walk from the CTA Blue Line UIC-Halsted stop. 



9:00 - 10:00 AM

Check in & light breakfast

Oatmeal bar with toppings, fresh fruit, and coffee will be provided for breakfast. 

10:00 - 10:15 AM

Introduction & Kick Off

Your WIAD Chicago co-planners with kick off the day with an introduction video from global, event details, and a review of our code of conduct. 

10:15 - 10:45 AM

What's in a Name (Validation)?

Speaker: Carly Ho, Senior Engineer - Clique Studios

Valid names: Steve Smith, Lisa Baumgarden, Jennifer Miller. Invalid Names: Carly Ho, Kaspars Bērziņš, Dharmavarapu Subramanyam, Manuel Pellegrini Ripamonti? In this talk, I will share my experience as a person with a name uncommon in dominant American culture,  discuss how I've had to deal with forms that think my name is invalid, and how we can collect and handle data in inclusive ways.

10:45 - 11:25 AM

Designing for the Elephant: Effective design for a variety of mental models

Speaker: Anna Zulma McFadden VP Lead UX Designer - JPMorgan Chase and Co. 

While we develop many products to help people improve their daily habits and lives, many are left without the bare minimum needed to have the opportunity as a contributing member of society. We will explore what it means to help people find their way in the context of financial literacy being attainable by all Chicago communities, and what we can do to close the gap one MVP at a time.

11:25 - 11:40 AM

Break & Sponsor Intro

We'll take a short break and then gather again to learn more about Brooksource, one of our event sponsors. 

11:40 AM - 12:10 PM

UX - Influencing Factor for Healthcare

Speaker: Niketa Jhaveri, Director of User Experience - GE Healthcare

Design and Healthcare are joining forces like never done before. Doctors, nurses, user experience professionals and even patients are combining their efforts to ensure there is a better experience for doctors and more importantly for the patients. Learn how UX is helping healthcare make a difference through design.

12:10 - 1:10 PM


We'll serve sandwiches, salad, chips, and cookies from Potbelly for lunch. 

1:10 - 1:30 PM

Building a smarter nav in 3 steps

Speaker: Jon Allen - UX Manager, The Catch Co./Mystery Tackle Box

Did you know that Almost 40% of all eCommerce purchases during the 2018 holiday season were made on a smartphone? Ecommerce is becoming increasingly mobile and managing your experience on a 5" screen is no easy challenge. Jon will walk designers and developers through 3 main principles for how to structure your site navigation and assortment to fit the unique needs to customers with limited screen real-estate, time, and attention.

1:30 - 2:10 PM

Designing for a City

Speaker: Eric Vazquez, Chief Technology Officer - The Office of the City Clerk of Chicago

Local government, at its most challenging, can be complex and difficult to navigate. Government services does not have to start off this way but a badly designed service that is also poorly executed will lead to a frustrating experience for constituents. At its best, local government is effective and can positively impact quality of life. The Office of the City Clerk of Chicago forms its services to be just that: it designs for access, change and most importantly the City and its residents. This presentation will focus on the challenges of designing for a city and the methodologies employed by our team. It will also explain why adaptability plays a key role in setting the Office of the City Clerk apart from the way local government designs and executes city services.


2:10 - 2:30 PM

Afternoon Break

2:30 - 3:10 PM

Designing Against Domestic Violence

Speaker: Eva PenzeyMoog, Lead Designer - 8th Light

In a country where 3 women are murdered every day by their male partners, thinking about domestic safety isn’t an edge case. How can keeping people safe be built into our products? This talk will cover real-world situations, their digital solutions, and how to prioritize safety.

3:10 - 3:55 PM

How to Ask About Gender and Sex

Speaker: Fen Slattery, Accessibility Lead - Clique Studios

Many websites overwhelm, confuse, and sometimes even endanger their users by asking about gender incorrectly. Transgender, intersex, and nonbinary people are often discluded from online spaces or forced to remain anonymous due to these practices. I'll share my expertise as a web engineer and my experience as a transgender person to help you better gather the data you actually need while making the world a more inclusive place. 

3:55 - 4:30 PM

Raffle & Closing Remarks

We'll end the day with raffles from our global sponsors. 

4:30 - 6:00 PM

Happy Hour

We'll end the day with a happy hour at Nerdery. We'll have non-alcoholic drinks, beer, and wine. You'll receive two drink tickets at check in.