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WORKSHOP Unite & Rebel [clear filter]
Thursday, April 20


What newsrooms can learn from Pokemon Go
Before you could catch 'em all, developer Jeff "Bo" Boghosian had to code 'em all. In this session, one of Niantic Labs’ lead developers will discuss the evolution of the startup from Google spinoff to creators of the most-downloaded app of 2016. Boghosian will also talk about what it takes to innovate, how augmented reality is changing the game of gamification and what newsrooms can learn from Pokemon Go.

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Joey Marburger

Director of Product, The Washington Post
Joey Marburger was labeled as The Washington Post's punk rock star by Digiday for the work he's accomplished as Director of Product. During his time at The Post, there has been immense growth which Columbia Journalism Review called a 'revolution.'Marburger leads a team of product designers in the newsroom overseeing the development and design of digital products such as washingtonpost.com, Android and iOS apps, distributed news, and a variety of other platforms. He has been at The Post for more than six years, moving from Mobi... Read More →

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Bo Boghosian

Senior software engineer, Niantic
Boghosian is a software engineer in San Francisco. If you’ve not heard of Niantic, you probably have heard of its marquee product — Pokemon Go. Boghosian was one of the lead engineers on the most downloaded app of 2016, and jokes that it’s his job to place Pokemon throughout... Read More →

Thursday April 20, 2017 5:00pm - 5:45pm
Carolina A+C Sheraton Charlotte, 555 South McDowell St, S Tower, Charlotte, NC 28204
Friday, April 21


Creative Mornings Charlotte (off-site)
Join the regular monthly meeting of Creative Mornings Charlotte before Day 2 of SND Charlotte.

We've made special arrangements for your to join this great event to meet local creatives and hear an inspirational message -- and grab a quick coffee and breakfast all at once.

PRE-REGISTRATION is required; sign up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfX2THvPai5OomDGnuaapq39P1uf3VpEugueiGen2xAjIa2Yg/viewform

More details: http://www.snd.org/clt2017/2017/03/06/were-partnering-with-creative-mornings-on-april-21/

Location: Camp North End, 1776 Statesville Ave., Charlotte, North Carolina 28206 
(PLEASE NOTE: You are responsible for your own transportation to and from this event. SND Charlotte recommends you carpool or Uber. The location is less than three miles from the workshop hotel.)

Creative Mornings Charlotte gives Charlotte’s fast-growing creative set a place to call home – to gather each month to get inspired, support each other, forge relationships and collaborate. It is committed to showcasing Charlotte’s creative thinkers, makers and doers on a global level. SND Charlotte is proud to sponsor the April gathering with architect and former Mayor Harvey Gantt. Sessions typically “sell out” in minutes, but any Unite + Rebel attendee interested in visiting Creative Mornings Charlotte can do so by simply pre-registering with SND.

What is Creative Mornings? It started with a simple goal: breakfast and a short talk one Friday morning a month. Every event would be free of charge and open to anyone.

Today, attendees gather in cities around the world to enjoy fresh coffee, friendly people, and an international array of breakfast foods. Volunteer hosts and their team members organize local chapters that not only celebrate a city’s creative talent, but also promote an open space to connect with like-minded individuals. The sessions are held in different locations every month and are arranged around a theme topic that each of the 164 global chapters interprets locally.

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Harvey Gantt

Monthly Speaker, Creative Mornings
Harvey Gantt was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He went to the public schools of that city and graduated from Burke High School second in his class. He attended Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa from 1960-1962. In late 1961, he applied to Clemson University, and was admitted... Read More →

Friday April 21, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am
Creative Mornings Charlotte Camp North End, 1776 Statesville Ave., Charlotte, North Carolina 28206


Changing perspectives: A 360 view inside CNN VR
Design is all about perspective. Breaking the rules can be challenging and rewarding all at the same time. So, how did we do it? In this session, you'll get a behind the scenes look at the process of creating the CNNVR experience for web from the women who made it possible. Learn how to push through obstacles, compromise, and communicate effectively throughout a challenging project. Daniela Dewendt, Alexa Kaspar, Akoua Smith

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Daniela Dewendt

Designer, CNN Digital
Daniela Dewendt, a native of Venezuela, is a Designer at CNN Digital in Atlanta. She supports a variety of digital products such as CNN VR on the web, CNN Entertainment, and CNN Messenger. She also worked on projects like Election 2016, CNN Politics' app, among others. Throughout... Read More →
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Alexa Kaspar

UX designer, CNN Digital
Alexa Kaspar is a UX designer at CNN Digital. Based in Atlanta, she primarily works on CNNVR products and is the lead designer for the CNN app on Google Daydream. Her work is focused on integrating brand consistency and user interaction into emerging tech.  She especially enjoys... Read More →
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Akoua Smith

Designer, CNN Digital
Akoua Smith is a designer at CNN Digital. Based in Atlanta, she supports a variety of digital products such as CNNVR, CNN Entertainment, and CNN’s Snapchat.  Her work is focused on establishing brand development and applying that throughout different projects.  She is a brand... Read More →

Friday April 21, 2017 9:00am - 9:45am
Mecklenburg 1 Sheraton Charlotte, 555 South McDowell St, S Tower, Charlotte, NC 28204


Confessions of serial job-hopping designers
We have changed jobs a few times in our journalism careers. Okay, if you must know, between the two of us we have held exactly 28 different jobs in journalism. What were we thinking? Here's your chance to find out. We'll sort through all our hopping in search of lessons that might be helpful as you make your own future career choices.
  • How do you know when it's the right time to change jobs — and how do you assess if an offer is right (or wrong) for you?
  • How many jobs are too many? (Twenty-eight. Twenty-eight is too many jobs to have.)
  • How can you acclimate quickly to a new environment and start making a difference right off the bat?
  • Should you worry about staying in one place too long?
We'll tackle all the tough career questions you've always wanted to ask a couple of serial job hoppers.

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Tim Ball

Creative Director, Politico Europe
Tim Ball is Creative Director for Politico Europe. He joined Politico's team in Brussels a few months after its launch in 2015, and is responsible for establishing its identity on the Continent as well as for visuals on all platforms. For the last three years, Politico's print edition has been a finalist for World's Best Designed News... Read More →
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Paul Wallen

Print Architect, Advance Media
Paul Wallen is Print Architect at Advance Digital Inc. Paul began his career as a U.S. Navy journalist and served aboard the USS America during the Persian Gulf War. Before starting at Advance Digital last spring, he was a Senior Designer at ESPN The Magazine. Over the years Paul... Read More →

Friday April 21, 2017 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Mecklenburg 1 Sheraton Charlotte, 555 South McDowell St, S Tower, Charlotte, NC 28204


A field guide to in-browser design
The best way to design a web page is to build a web page. In this session, design and technology leaders from Alley Interactive will give real-world examples of the in-browser process used to design, prototype, test, and release complex, high-traffic sites for clients like Digital First Media and The Brookings Institution.

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Christa Field

Creative Director, Alley Interactive
Christa Field is the Creative Director at Alley Interactive, specializing in brand development, design systems, and user-centered design methodologies. Prior to joining Alley, Christa led UX and Design for Viacom's MTV and VH1's Shows Platform.
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Josh Kadis

Director of Product Development, Alley Interactive
Josh leads Alley’s publisher tools and analytics practice, bringing internally developed products to market and leading projects for major news publishers. He also oversees Alley’s Javascript development practices and has represented the agency as a speaker and panelist at events... Read More →

Friday April 21, 2017 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Mecklenburg 3 Sheraton Charlotte, 555 South McDowell St, S Tower, Charlotte, NC 28204


Reset, remake, restart your career
Every year, thousands of designers graduate from our educational institutions and countless current professionals go through fits of reinvention in hopes of propelling themselves to the next opportunity — yet many will never make the cut while the positions they were seeking go unfilled.

I'll break apart what an ideal design candidate looks like from the perspective of industry professionals who are hiring today and then we’ll investigate how you can position yourself to have a successful career in this ever-changing environment.

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Chris Courtney

Director // Design Program, Bloc
Hi, I'm Chris Courtney.Currently, I am Director of the Design Program at Bloc.io, an online education startup based in San Francisco, California. At Bloc, I draw upon 20 years of design experience building brands and products to prepare the next wave of designers how to push beyond how something looks and focus on why it matters. Previously, I was a print and... Read More →

Friday April 21, 2017 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Mecklenburg 1 Sheraton Charlotte, 555 South McDowell St, S Tower, Charlotte, NC 28204