2018 Keynote Speakers

VERONICA ERB | NPR

As a researcher and information architect at NPR, Veronica takes a long view on information structures, helps people communicate better, and gathers real stories from real humans to guide the products NPR builds. She is a recipient of the One NPR Award for her role as a “connector of people” and her work “spearheading and nurturing” communities of remote workers and of digital women at NPR.

Previously, Veronica co-organized the 2015 IA Summit; served as a user experience consultant for Cisco, Marriott, and Yahoo; facilitated UX research in Rwandan teacher training schools; and studied 17th-century Dutch maps at Chicago’s Newberry Library.

Veronica lives in St. Louis, where she delights in gardening with her husband and their dog.

Read more about Veronica veronicaerb.com

Follow Veronica @verbistheword


DEBANISH PAUL | Facebook

I am Debashish Paul, a product designer at Facebook, where I am helping to solve people problems of visual production and ephemeral sharing. In the earlier part of my career at Facebook, I spent a good amount of time in helping Live and Facebook videos solve some important problems.

I’ve had a fairly long career starting as an interactive developer in a small agency in Kolkata, India. Later, I spent a good amount of my work life helping and learning with some amazingly talented people at Adobe Systems and Yahoo!

I am originally from India, where I grew up and lived for a long time before moving to California few years back. I love solving problems using common sense, and use a dash of creative thinking to fine-tune that common sense. Other than work, I love to travel and do photography. I am generally interested in various mediums, surfaces and mechanisms to tell simple but impactful stories.

Follow Debanish @tweetsofdeb