Tech in Motion + Verizon Present: Data and Design Tech Talk

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Join us for our next tech talk presented by Verizon.

We’re going to explore --What’s more important (Data v. Design)? How are Designers + Data Scientists working together to create more consumer friendly products? How does data help/hinder design? How does design aid in the collection of data?

The event is hosted by Autodesk in their high tech Gallery location right on One Market Street. Please take a moment to confirm your RSVP to this event.

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Program for the Evening:

6:00 - 6:30 pm | Check In

7:00 - 8:00 pm | Panel Discussion - Including Q&A

8:00 - 9:00 pm | Wrap Up Networking


Nellie Bowles | Reporter at Guardian News & Media

@NellieBowles ( | @guardian (

I'm a reporter for The Guardian covering Silicon Valley. I'm writing a book for Hachette and working on a show ( for Fox TV that's based on my startup coverage. Some of my favorite clips are stories on: Startup culture (, teenagers (,Burning Man (, local parks (, local characters (, and major lawsuits ( My background is in science. I coordinated research for a UCSF study on telomere length and stress (, published peer-reviewed papers onneuroscience ( and hypnosis ( during a fellowship at McGill, and worked at a mental health clinic in Peru. I have a BA from Columbia University and was the 2011 Fulbright Fellow to Swaziland ( I live in the Castro with two stray kittens (Lovely and Egg). I'm always looking for good stories. email me: nellie.bowles at theguardian dot com


John Walker | Director of Operations Technology | Verizon Wireless

@verizon (

John Walker serves as the Director of Operations Technology for Verizon Wireless. With a diverse background leading teams across Network Engineering, Strategic Planning, IT and Operations, he is currently responsible for Performance Management and Design Execution of Verizon’s retail stores, agent locations and telesales channels. John and his team are specifically focused evolving the customer experience. Whether it be developing innovative new sales systems or injecting new technology into existing processes and interfaces, his focus is ensuring the simple and fun experience for the customer. John is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with Master’s Degrees in both Strategic Planning and Finance.

Vicki Tan | Product Designer at Lyft

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Vicki Tan is a product designer at Lyft. With nearly 2 years under her belt at the rapidly growing rideshare company, she is focused on the in-app passenger experience. Prior to Lyft, Vicki worked in hiring experiments at Google and oncology research at Stanford. She received her degree in behavioral psychology at UCSD. When not designing, you can find Vicki rock climbing and riding motorcycles.

Amir Mirzaee | Waze Global Business Development at Google

@amirzaee ( | @waze (

As a Growth for APAC, EU and the USA, Amir oversees B2B partnerships and in particular the Waze SDK program to drive growth through partnerships. Before joining Waze in January 2014, he was a 3 year Googler in Hamburg, Germany, where he oversaw Commerce, Shopping and Ads business development for the DACH region. An entrepreneur at heart, Amir founded a VC funded startup age 24 in Berlin, followed by Skillnet, a Hamburg, Germany based business consulting firm leading in online strategy, media convergence and corporate finance consulting. Amir holds a German Diplom degree at the University of Applied Sciences Hamburg

Jane You | Product Manager | Autodesk

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Jane You is an experienced programmer, manager and digital analyst of world-class high-tech products. At Autodesk, Jane is a Product Manager for Analytics where she drives data-driven practices across divisions throughout 20 office locations worldwide. Jane leads a product intelligence team and works closely with designers and UX developers to provide a better data experience internally and help product teams build better for the customer. Jane also shares her knowledge and analytics tips at Autodesk DataCamps.

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