Past Meetup

Build better products using Design Swarms with Surya Vanka

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Join us for a special event and Germany premiere and lots of great stories about the cutting Design. We have the great Surya Vanka, former Director User Experience at Microsoft and Founder of Authentic Design, joining us from Seattle who will be presenting his co-design method Design Swarms. He will share case studies and lessons from organizations around the world that have used this approach to design faster and better.
Also on Stage and sharing some of his insights we'll have Scott Weiss, VP Product Design at Babbel.
We’ll kick off the evening with some beer, soft drinks, and pizza, and then hear lessons and best practices from the design world.


18:30 Networking and Food

19:00 Official Start

19:10 Welcome and Introductions

19:15 Scott Weiss (VP Product Design at Babbel)

19:30 Surya Vanka about Design Swarms

20:00 Q&A

20:30 Wrap-up & More Networking

Surya Vanka

Inventor of Design Swarms, Founder of Authentic Design, fmr. Director UX at Microsoft ( | linkedin (

Surya Vanka is a designer, corporate leader, educator and author. He is best known for his creation of Design Swarms - a light-weight, agile and adaptable lean design technique - and his work as a Director UX & Leader of the Center of Design Excellence at Microsoft. Founder of Authentic Design, author of books on design, and has won several awards and industry recognition. His work has appeared in numerous publications and news programs, including TEDx, Form, I.D., Design Council, WIRED, Interactions & the BBC. Vanka has consulted and taught design in more than 20 countries and at companies like Amazon, Autodesk, Microsoft, REI and T-Mobile. He is President of the Seattle Design Festival 2018 and Chair of Interaction Week 2019.
Scott Weiss

VP of Product Design @ Babbel ( | linkedin (

Scott is a UX visionary who’s led teams in the US, UK and Germany for more than 20 years. He is currently VP Product Design at Babbel, the world’s leading language learning app. Previously he was VP of Design at SwiftKey, acquired by Microsoft in 2016. In 2001 he began work on his book Handheld Usability, an exploration of UX in handheld devices. He has worked with LG, Samsung and Vodafone, held career-level roles at Apple, Microsoft, Sybase and Autodesk, and his own UX agency in New York

Leon Mueller - Co-Founder & CEO of Meemo

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Babbel was the first language learning app of its kind. Ten years later we have well over 1,000,000 active paying subscribers, making us the world's top grossing language platform. Our team of over 600 people makes it easy to learn 14 different languages from 7 display languages. With no ads, and a transparent, subscription-based business model, our focus remains firmly on getting learners conversational fast - and it works. 73% of surveyed customers feel that they’d be able to hold a conversation within five hours of using the app.