6-8 September 2017, McGrath Centre, St. Catharine's College

Lightning Talks

Our Lightning Talks session is packed with small but perfectly formed talks and experience reports, delivered rapid-fire by a mix of experienced and brand new speakers alike.

The power of prototyping

A 10 minute Lightning Talk by:

Kasia Brzoska

Cambridge University Press

About this Lightning Talk

Many modern companies are challenged with complex governance structures and long product development cycles that take years before products hit the market. In a shift toward a more iterative product development cycle, prototypes, however simple, have the power to secure internal buy-ins and accelerate what are otherwise very time-consuming processes.

In her 10-minute talk, Kasia will share insights into using prototypes to foster internal communications and inspire innovation.

About Kasia Brzoska

Kasia has worked in the ELT Consumer and Digital Strategy departments of Cambridge University Press since January 2016. Previous to that, she held digital management roles at Sainsbury’s and Booking.com.

In her current role as Senior Digital Product Marketing Manager, Kasia provides strategic marketing support to the Consumer Business Unit and has product ownership responsibilities for eCommerce and customer relationship management initiatives. She’s also a member of the Digital Products Board.

Mistakes I'm fed-up seeing when I'm recruiting for UX designers

A 10 minute Lightning Talk by:

Marine Barbaroux

Cambridge Consultants

About this Lightning Talk

I've been hiring designers for 15 years, and I'm surprised to see that shoemakers children are the worst shod with regards to UX job applications... So, this session will be a refresher of do's and "don'ts for landing a new job.

About Marine Barbaroux

With an education in product and industrial design, Marine was amazed how applicable the concepts of ergonomy, shape and functions translate from this field to software design. She has designed and managed UX teams both in France and in the UK, and mentored at Springboard (now TechStars London). Redgate gave her the business acumen to not only design products right, but also build the right products.

Marine is used to testing ideas, concepts and prototypes to validate them as soon and frequently as possible… and she'd like to think this is why Cambridge Consultants hired her almost 2 years ago.

For Marine, design is about problem-solving more than anything. The role of a designer is to come up with novel concepts where required, but also make sure they are realistic and achievable. Cooperation is key - with teammates and clients.

In her spare time, Marine works with acrylics, Photoshop and Illustrator to keep the creative juices flowing.

About Lightning Talks

Our Lightning Talk session is packed with small but perfectly formed talks and experience reports, delivered rapid-fire by a mix of experienced and brand new speakers alike.

Between 5 and 10 minutes long, they're a great way to learn quickly, and an even better way to test the water for a full talk or topic you're thinking of speaking about.

Could it be you?

If you're interested in giving a Lightning Talk at UX Cambridge, please contact us, or talk to a member of our team on the day!

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