Conference & Workshops

Madison, WI | August 23 - 24 | 2018

Join us Aug 23-24, 2018

Memorial Union // Madison, WI

Get inspired by practitioners using thoughtful design to make things better for projects, people, and our world. Join us in pushing the boundaries of design while soaking up sparkling lake views, local microbrews and cheese, and the vibrant collegiate traditions of Madison, Wisconsin.

Register by July 23, 2018 to get the early bird registration – and we’ll cover ticket fees, too.

Early bird conference ticket: $349
(The conference ticket does not include workshops. Workshop tickets are sold separately.)

Early bird non-profit conference ticket: $299*
*When you register, please use your work email address so we can verify your organization’s non-profit status–think .gov, .edu email address. (The conference ticket does not include workshops. Workshop tickets are sold separately.)

Non-profit workshop tickets: $149

Regular workshop tickets: $199

Speakers

Portrait of Celeste Headlee

Celeste Headlee

Keynote, Author, National Public Radio

Celeste Headlee
Portrait of Lou Downe

Lou Downe

Keynote, Director of Design, GOV.UK

Lou Downe
Portrait of Paige Bennett

Paige Bennett

Senior Design Researcher, Dropbox

Paige Bennett
Portrait of Jorel Dray

Jorel Dray

Faculty, Design & Illustration, Madison College

Jorel Dray
Portrait of Sarah Drummond

Sarah Drummond

CEO, Design Strategist, We Are Snook

Sarah Drummond
Portrait of Lainey Feingold

Lainey Feingold

Author, Negotiator, Disability Rights Lawyer

Lainey Feingold
Portrait of Shawn Henry

Shawn Henry

Accessibility Evangelist, W3C Web Accessibility Intiative

Shawn Henry
Portrait of Kelly Rauwerdink

Kelly Rauwerdink

Design & Software Crafter, 8th Light

Kelly Rauwerdink
Portrait of Molly Wright Steenson

Molly Wright Steenson

UX Designer, Faculty, Carnegie Mellon University

Molly Wright Steenson
Portrait of Natalie Patrice Tucker

Natalie Patrice Tucker

Accessibility Evangelist & Web Developer

Natalie Patrice Tucker
Portrait of Tom Tullis

Tom Tullis

Adjunct Professor, Bentley University

Tom Tullis

Quotes From Past Attendees

“Meeting people was so easy. It was incredibly natural (yes, I am an introvert so I do appreciate this a lot–it can be stifling sometimes otherwise–and I would come back!). It seemed to draw in creative people who are building things for people and this is where working with technology needs to be.”

– Attendee, Better by Design 2016

“The strength of the presenters, and the great food – you make it easy for people who are looking for specific less common options. In general, this is a very well-run conference. It amazes me that this is what it looks like already in only its second year.”

– Attendee, Better by Design 2017

“This is an easy-access conference that brings in great speakers/facilitators. Because it is local and relatively inexpensive it’s easy for my supervisor to say yes to. In addition to giving me new ways to think about my work, it also gives me connections to others that I don’t find in other ways.”

– Attendee, Better by Design 2017

Memorial Union

This year Better By Design is at the historic Memorial Union Terrace overlooking University Bay. Drink a brew and soak up the sun, listen to free music or catch a film by the water, and enjoy some Babcock Dairy ice cream. What’s not to love?

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