Keynote Speakers

OPENING KEYNOTE  | BRAD FROST

Monday, March 4th 9:30am

Brad Frost is a web designer, speaker, trainer, consultant, writer, and musician located in Pittsburgh, PA. He recently published Atomic Design, a book that introduces a methodology for thinking of our UIs as thoughtful hierarchies, discusses the qualities of effective pattern libraries, and showcases techniques to transform team’s design and development workflow.


CLOSING KEYNOTE  | CHRISTOPHER LAROCHE

Wednesday, March 6th 11:30am

Christopher S. LaRoche works as a user experience consultant at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His works focuses on researching and evaluating the accessibility & usability of Web sites and software. His interest also includes promoting inclusive design.  Christopher S. LaRoche works as a user experience consultant at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His works focuses on researching and evaluating the accessibility & usability of Web sites and software. His interest also includes promoting inclusive design.

He has worked as a technical writer, information designer, user researcher, and consultant in his career. Chris has worked at Autodesk, Sun Microsystems, Genuity/BBN, Domain Pharma, Fidelity Investments, Paragon Imaging, HR Block, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Additionally, Chris is a Senior Lecturer at the College of Professional Studies (CPS) at Northeastern University, where he has taught for several decades. He teaches a wide range of graduate courses in user experience. He has taught at Harvard University, University of Wisconsin, Bentley University, and Emerson College. Chris also teaches undergraduate courses in modern Irish history.

Chris has been a long-term member of the User Experience Professionals’ Association (UXPA), including previously serving on Board of Directors of the Boston and International Chapter(s). He presents regularly at professional conferences.  Chris has an MA in Irish history from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and an MS in Human Factors from Bentley University.


INVITED SPEAKER  | S. CRAIG WATKINS

Tuesday, March 5th 1:20pm

S. Craig Watkins studies young people’s social and digital media behaviors. He is a Professor at the University of Texas, Austin, in the department of Radio-Television-Film. Craig is also a Faculty Fellow for the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his PhD from the University of Michigan.S. Craig Watkins studies young people’s social and digital media behaviors. He is a Professor at the University of Texas, Austin, in the department of Radio-Television-Film. Craig is also a Faculty Fellow for the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his PhD from the University of Michigan.

His recently published book The Digital Edge: How Black and Latino Youth Navigate Digital Inequality examines how the digital and social-media lives of low-income youth, especially youth of color, have evolved amidst rapid social and technological change. Relying on nearly three hundred in-depth interviews with students, teachers, and parents, and hundreds of hours of observation in technology classes and after school programs, The Digital Edge carefully documents some of the emergent challenges for creating a more equitable digital and educational future. Focusing on the complex interactions between race, class, gender, geography and social inequality, the book explores the educational perils and possibilities of the expansion of digital media into the lives and learning environments of low-income youth. Ultimately, the book addresses how schools can support the ability of students to develop the social, technological, and educational skills required to navigate twenty-first century life.