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Friday, April 21 • 2:45pm - 3:30pm
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Lauren Leto and Sam Williams both build conversational products, but they come at it from completely different ways.

Leto is an author, entrepreneur and product nerd best known for co-founding the viral website, “Texts From Last Night.” Her latest product, “Listen,” could fundamentally change how we use mobile devices by treating phone numbers as usernames and prioritizing conversation like a social feed. Williams is a software engineer for the Quartz bot studio, where he helped build the organization’s first news app and tinkers with experimental projects.

In this session, Leto and Williams will share tips, tricks, and lessons learned from their efforts to build conversational products inside and outside the newsroom.

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Kyle Ellis

Senior Product Manager, American City Business Journals
Visual journalist turned product owner with a penchant for producing collaborative innovation events for media and civic technology communities. Energized by blue-sky ideation and fulfilled by collaborative execution, Kyle believes that data-driven decision making, a deep understanding... Read More →

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Lauren Leto

CEO, Listen Inc. (Texts From Last Night)
Leto is co-founder of Texts From Last Night. Her latest project, Listen, is an app that helps users manage their texts and calls. In 2012 she wrote Judging a Book by its Lover, published by an imprint of HarperCollins. Read the SND CLT interview with Leto... Read More →
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Sam Williams

Senior Software Engineer, Quartz
Sam Williams is obsessed with rethinking journalism, working with data and making cool things at Quartz. He worked previously at Macmillan Publishers where he worked on various digital products, primarily focused on higher ed learning. He also has an unhealthy obsession with bitcoin... Read More →

Friday April 21, 2017 2:45pm - 3:30pm EDT
Mecklenburg 3 Sheraton Charlotte, 555 South McDowell St, S Tower, Charlotte, NC 28204