A conference about design and technology

June 4-6, 2018San Jose, CA

Layers is a 3-day conference during WWDC to talk about design, technology, and eat snacks.

Seriously, look at these people.

  • Josh
    Brewer

    CEO / Co-Founder Abstract

    Josh is a vocal advocate for Design Leadership, writing and speaking about the challenges of building Design-led companies and products. In his current role as CEO of Abstract, as an Advisor to several start-ups, and an Advisor & Mentor to the Designer Fund, and previously as Principal Designer at Twitter, Josh continues to influence the centrality of Design in early and late-stage companies.

  • Busra
    Demirci

    Modernizing Medicine

    Busra Demirci is an award-winning UX leader who solves systemic complexity to increase the quality of patient care and productivity of healthcare professionals. As an active facilitator for the HIMSS EHRA, she sets national patient safety and clinician experience standards for the health-IT community. Passionate about shaping software, she helps people focus on what they do best: be human.

  • Jessica
    Hische

    Jessica Hische

    Jessica Hische is a lettering artist and author. Her clients include Wes Anderson, Starbucks, Tiffany & Co., the New York Times, and the United States Postal Service. She’s been named a Forbes 30 under 30, an ADC Young Gun, and a Print Magazine New Visual Artist, and her work has been featured again and again in design and illustration publications across the globe.

  • Akil
    King

    Akil King

    Brooklyn Raised. HBCU Educated. Former Apple Developer Relations mage. Currently Start-up Advisory & Independent App Consultant.

  • Tom K
    Morris

    Tom K Morris

    Tom K Morris is a former creative development executive at Walt Disney Imagineering who guided groundbreaking projects for over 30 years. Highlight projects include the conceptualization of DisneyQuest and the Rock ’n’ Roller Coaster attraction at Walt Disney World, the design of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Paris and creative direction for Cars Land at Disneyland, CA.

  • Katie
    Mullen

    Black Paint Studios

    Katie Mullen is a brand strategist, artist and writer. She’s also one half of BlackPaint Studios, a Milwaukee-based independent art and design studio whose biggest clients are Planned Parenthood state affiliates across the country. Also a longtime art activist and general troublemaker, Katie leads BlackPaint’s covert mission to challenge the creative industry’s ancient power structure by working to increase the number of women and people of color in leadership roles.

  • Ryan
    McLeod

    Blackbox

    Ryan McLeod is a puzzle maker and self-taught designer with a masters in Computer Science. He designs and develops the infamous and infuriating game Blackbox, which won an Apple Design Award in 2017. In addition to being a game, Blackbox has also become a testbed for interaction design and accessibility innovation. Off the computer, he cooks a lot and once accidentally bartended the Nobel Prize after-party.

  • Majd
    Taby

    Darkroom

    Majd Taby is the co-founder of Darkroom, a photo editing app focused on ease of use and creative freedom. He is also the author of Displaced, a comprehensive record of the Syrian Refugee Crisis. Prior, he worked at Lyft, Instagram, Facebook, and Apple shipping iOS and Web apps with a focus on product experience and usability.

  • Pieter
    Omvlee

    Sketch

    Pieter Omvlee is the founder and creator of Sketch, the definitive tool for digital designers. From its humble beginnings back in 2010, the team behind Sketch now boasts over 30 members, in seven different countries. Pieter lives in the Hague, NL and, when he’s not working on Sketch, he plays reasonably good piano and bakes excellent pizza.

  • Jordan
    Pintar

    Black Paint Studios

    Jordan Pintar is the other half of BlackPaint Studios. A few short ad agency stints into her career, Jordan knew she couldn’t abide by the industry’s old school office cultures and lack of women in creative leadership. So she quit and co-founded BlackPaint, whose mission from day one was to help change this shit. As BlackPaint’s art director and designer, Jordan’s hallmark is vibrant work rooted in human connection and cultural commentary from a feminist perspective.

  • Litha
    Soyizwapi

    GauRider

    Litha Soyizwapi is a graphic designer and a self-taught iOS developer based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is a creator of the GauRider app, an iOS app for Gautrain, a rapid rail service that connects Johannesburg, Pretoria & OR Tambo International Airport in South Africa. Litha was also a speaker at TEDxSoweto 2014, TEDxJohannesburg 2015 and Release Notes 2016.

  • Daren
    Ulmer

    Mousetrappe

    Daren Ulmer is a Media Designer and Creative Director who owns Mousetrappe, a creative studio and media producer that creates complex and immersive experiences for the world's leading theme parks, museums, and exhibits. Specialists in projection mapping, immersive theater and immerging mixed-reality environments, Mousetrappe and Daren do concept, design, production, and installation at locations around the world. Daren previously worked in creative and production for Disney theme parks.

  • More
    To Come

Some of our past presenters include wonderful people such as May-Li Khoe, Susan Kare, John Hodgman, Linda Dong, Jesse Genet, Neven Mrgan, James Buckhouse, and Ashley Nelson-Hornstein.

Can't wait? Check out these awesome videos of our past talks.

The Details

Layers is a 3-day conference in San Jose about design, technology, and all the tasks that lie between. Join us to hear industry champions, push yourself beyond conventional thinking, and eat great snacks.

At Layers, you'll learn about:

  • Building successful products
  • Getting more value from your work
  • New design tools and features
  • Approachable methods for staying motivated
  • Facing project challenges

Jun.04-.06

Across the street from the McEnery Convention Center and right in the middle of the WWDC festivities and community events.

We've reserved rooms at a nearby hotel for $189/night; email staying@layers.is for booking information. Rooms are limited and on a first-come basis.

Montgomery Theater
271 S Market St.
San Jose, CA 95113
United States

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Code of Conduct • Important

Hi, this is Jessie Char and Elaine Pow and we're the organizers of this conference. You may be asking, "Jessie and Elaine, what are you doing in the code of conduct?" and that's a great question. We're here to explain our behavior policies at Layers.

🎤👸👸Ahem:

Layers is committed to providing a harassment-free event for everyone. Harassment doesn't only take place as a result of intention; it can also happen when we don't stop to think about how our choices may make others uncomfortable. Let's go over some common forms of harassment:

🚫 Verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion, etc.
🚫 Bullying of any kind
🚫 Sexual images in public spaces
🚫 Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following
🚫 Sustained disruption of talks or other events
🚫 Uninvited and/or inappropriate physical contact
🚫 Unwelcome sexual attention
🚫 Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behaviour

If any Layers attendee engages in one or more of the inappropriate behaviors listed above, we reserve the right to take any action we deem necessary. This includes, but is not limited to: issuing a warning, complete removal from the conference without refund, and contacting the appropriate authorities.

In the unfortunate case that anyone is made to feel uncomfortable at our event, notify us or one of our volunteers directly (we'll be highly visible at the conference). Whether it's a full-fledged complaint, or a "hey, that person could have handled this better" comment, we are dedicated to providing a safe space for everyone to discuss their experience. If you are uncomfortable approaching us in person, email us at info@layers.is or submit an anonymous form.

You may be thinking "This isn't as much code of conduct writing as I'm used to seeing. How are these two princess emoji really going to handle a broken conduct situation?" As working women who've experienced all sorts of behaviors directed toward us in professional situations and environments, harassment will not be taken lightly.

💗Jessie & Elaine 💗
👸OFFICIAL princesses and rulers with iron fists of LAYERS👸

Thanks to Geek Feminism for the list of what qualifies as harassment. We welcome feedback on our code of conduct; if you believe we have missed an important qualifier of harassment, please let us know at info@layers.is.

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Opening Night was founded in 2015 by Jessie Char and Elaine Pow. Together they produce thoughtful events that draw from their combined backgrounds in design, technology, and retail.

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