I’m excited to announce the speakers of our upcoming Gel 2015 conference (April 23-24 in New York):
• Lou Shapiro – CEO, Hospital for Special Surgery (creating top-rated patient experiences)
• Nancy Lublin – CEO, DoSomething (innovating how to help teens in crisis – via text message)
• Andy Baio – writer, entrepreneur, and cofounder of XOXO Festival (uniquely smart perspective on digital experiences)
• Jonathan Wegener – CEO, Timehop (wildly successful mobile app & community)
• Jordyn Lexton – founder, Drive Change (creating change with food trucks run by formerly incarcerated youth)
• David Segal – “The Haggler” columnist, New York Times (tracking how companies address customer problems – or not)
• Nikki Sylianteng – founder, To Park Or Not To Park (sharing a redesigned parking sign with the world)
• Paul Murphy – CEO, Dots (insanely popular mobile game – how they did it)
• Jason Saenz – writer and comedian (adding surprise to the cityscape)
• Mark Hurst – yours truly, hosting the event
Details: Gel 2015 speaker list.
Our theme this year is “impact”: we’ll be exploring people, projects, and teams that go beyond the intent or idea of creating a good experience – they actually do it. What are the aspects of good experience that make for real-world success? We’ll learn from the brilliant speakers above (and more to be announced).
Companies attending Gel 2015 include Google, Dropbox, Cisco, Fidelity Investments, Kaiser Permanente, Citi, Wells Fargo, Nordstrom, MTV, GE Capital, Consumer Reports, and dozens more. These are VPs, SVPs, some CEOs, and some managers & directors – managing products and experiences around the world. Meet them at Gel.
Partners hosting breakout sessions include betaworks, Centre for Social Innovation, Hired Guns, and more on the way (see agenda). If you care about customer experience, don’t miss out on this community.
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NEXT STEPS: I’d love it if you would…
1. Sign up to attend. Earlier is better, so that I have a sense of who’s coming (and what other cool things I can afford to put into the Gel experience). Drop a line if the whole team wants to come; we can offer a discount.
2. Share this on Twitter, Facebook, etc. – you could say something like:
Excited to see the Gel speaker list – great conference on customer experience & experience design: http://gelconference.com
I’m excited, and I feel some urgency about Gel this year. This is the event, this is the community, these are the conversations that we need to create good experience – in companies, in social innovation, in startups and hospitals and schools and cities. Don’t miss Gel this year.
Hope to see you there.