Join 300 of our friendly, passionate, brilliant People Nerd friends for a day of curiosity fuel. Engage with exhilarating talks, connect with inspiring peers, and head back to work thinking: "wow, do I love what I do."
Our People Nerds lineup is filled with experts on what makes people tick, what makes a story stick, what makes technology more “human,” and what makes human insights so valuable.
Keep an eye out—we’ll be announcing more participating People Nerds as we get closer to May 1st.
Danielle Krettek Founder · Google Empathy Lab
The leader of Google's Empathy Lab, Danielle Krettek seeks to make technology better for humans. Her work at the tech titan focuses on making technology's EQ match its IQ so humans using artificial intelligence feel not only productive but good.
Lance Weiler Founder · Columbia Digital Storytelling Lab
It's hard to think of someone who understands innovative storytelling better than Lance Weiler. Finding his footing in screenwriting and bootstrapped movie-making, then co-founding and leading the Digital Storytelling Lab at Columbia University, Lance believes stories are central to how we understand and explain the world around us. Read his People Nerd profile on the power of a story.
Aryel Cianflone Founder Mixed Methods, UX Research · LinkedIn
Host of the Mixed Methods podcast Aryel Cianflone says her role as a podcast host and interviewer isn't different than her role as a researcher. Learn how she sparks human connection in research and beyond.
Martha Cotton Managing Director · Fjord
As design research goes mainstream, Martha Cotton leads Fjord's practice. Read the People Nerds profile about how research helps designers make meaningful decisions based on empathy for users, and what principles a good designer and good researcher share.
Katy Mogal UX Research Lead · Google
Katy Mogal combines a love of science and measurability to understand people. Read about her experience transforming user insights into business value at the intersection of qual research and data.
Susan Kresnicka Founder & President · Kresnicka Research and Insights
Not only does anthropology have a place in business, but Susan Kresnicka would tell you every company needs anthropologists to help them better understand people. Read Susan's People Nerd profile as she explains how and why entertainment resonates throughout culture.
Starting at 9am
Join our featured speakers as they break down the beating heart of qual research. In this series of talks they’ll discuss how storytelling creates context, how empathy accelerates insight—and how, by harnessing the power of both, we arrive at product shifting, world-changing, research outcomes.
Ending at 5:30pm
Dive into cases and panels with industry leaders, and hear the methods behind their most exciting research. Leave the day filled with actionable insights, tactical opportunities, and a better understanding of the “how”s that make up groundbreaking work
Bespoke Westfield San Francisco Centre
Join us at the beautiful Bespoke event space. It’s central, easily accessible, and close to the food, shopping, and culture that makes up the pulse of SF.