Happy it came, sad it went! That’s a wrap on our fantastic Festival of UX & Design Event for 2021.

We kicked off each day with a series of talks from our brilliant Industry Design Experts, rounding out each session with a lively Q&A panel – which received so many great questions!

There were plenty of networking opportunities afterwards to connect with our speakers and fellow UXers from around the world. Our highlight sponsors also provided some amazing giveaways to all attendees.

Missed out? Don’t worry, we have another festival in the works; mark your calendars for March 2022 – coming soon!

Until then, why not stick around. Stay updated on all events and training courses via our newsletter.


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What to Expect

Get Inspired

With the range of speakers sharing their knowledge and great ides, but also the Q&A opportunity

Advance your skills

Attend one of our interactive workshops held by experts in the UX industry 

Enjoy yourself!

Spend great time with experts and passionate about UX & Design from all around the world!

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Network with other professionals in the UX & Design Industry

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Meet Our Previous Speakers

Shabana Ahmed

Senior UX Designer

Shabana is an experience designer, working on transformative UX. She has worked across industries and designed experiences for clients such as giffgaff, Pfizer, J.P Morgan and Alfresco. Outside of UX she can be found mentoring, illustrating and playing in hackathons.

Gareth Young

Senior UX Designer

Gareth is a Senior UX designer at Compare the Market. He has been a UXer for 13 years across a wide range of different platforms including web, mobile, desktop OS, vehicle, TV and VR at tech start-ups and larger companies such as Accenture, Microsoft and TalkTalk. He is a strong believer in realistic design strategies that get things done and get results to make both the customers and the business stakeholders happy.

Paul van Oijen

Senior Product Designer

A multidisciplinary designer, writer, and public speaker, Paul leads the charge on unlocking new Revenue streams for Shopify’s merchants. Obsessed with why and how users interact with, and experience digital products, he strives to push UX beyond the boundaries of pixels

Alexander Genov

Head of Customer Experience Research

Alex is an experienced customer research professional who applies his Experimental Social Psychology background and his passion for research, design, and innovation to solving important customer and business problems. His professional goal is to help teams create remarkable products and services which make people’s lives easier and more enjoyable.

Julian Smida

Senior Product Designer

Julian is a senior product designer at Facebook. Over the years he has worked within various industries for the likes of The National Lottery, Deloitte, Orange and Barclays while keeping his entrepreneur spirit he acquired when he co-founded a startup. Julian believes in building efficient solutions that address user needs while being aligned with the business’s objectives without compromising design ethics.

Alexis Odysseos

Co-founder & CTO

Alexis Odysseos is a co-founder of Protoio Inc., the company behind the leading mobile app prototyping platform, Proto.io, and the user flow diagramming tool for product and design teams, Overflow. Alexis has an Economics & Accounting degree that has been collecting dust since he decided to pursue a career in developing digital products. Alexis is passionate about ways to improve work productivity and communication.

Pawel Lenart

Team Lead UX

Pawel is an experienced product designer / head of design and has been working for many industries,like gambling, aviation, sports and weather services.

Mina Bach

UX/UI Designer

Mina is a designer working in cross-functional product teams at IBM, facilitating the Design Thinking process and leading UX and UI with a collaborative user centric approach. Before joining IBM, Mina designed experiences for Toyota, Tesco and startups in the fintech and mobility space.

Rocio Martinez

UX/UI Designer

Rocio is a UX/UI designer working and collaborating with a diverse product team at IBM. She has a background in communication, digital and print design. Before IBM, she has been working as UX Designer for a variety of companies in the UK and Canada. Rocio is a UX/UI designer working and collaborating with a diverse product team at IBM. She has a background in communication, digital and print design. Before IBM, she has been working as UX Designer for a variety of companies in the UK and Canada. 

Ivan Bezerra

UX Designer

Ivan is a designer working at IBM, guiding ideation process across teams and user journeys and supporting teams to make a vision come true. He has an industrial and visual communication background, and before joining IBM has participated in a variety of projects in the cultural sector and museums for clients like the Municipal Theatre of Rio de Janeiro, the Imperial Palace and Cecília Meireles Music Hall.

Samantha Burden

Associate UX Product Manager

Sam Burden is an Associate UX Product Manager at Maru (a Market Research Company). During her spare time, she likes to write and do talks about personal development and learnings within the field of UX.

Nora Georne

ux designer& researcher

Nora is a UX designer and researcher currently working at Robo Wunderkind, building tools that change the way kids play, learn, and create with tech in school and at home. She has a background in Learning Experience Design and is also a trainer at UX Academy. Additionally, she has also been hosting various remote work events at We Are Online.

Matt Rae

Designer Advocate

Matt is a Designer Advocate, and XD Instructor for Adobe, based in Canada. Coming from a decade in product design, across industries including travel, autonomous vehicles, EdTech and advertising technology, he’s now focused on equipping designers with resources to design the best experiences using Adobe XD. He has a passion for user experience, and developing the design community.

Rachel Ilan Simpson

Design Lead

Rachel Ilan Simpson is a Senior Designer who has led over 30 Design Sprints with startups, NGOs, and in her roles on Chrome and Search at Google.

Eugenia Bertulis

Industrial designer and Assistant Professor

Eugenia Bertulis is an award-winning industrial designer and Assistant Professor of Interaction Design at Emily Carr University. Products she has designed sell in 140 countries around the world.

Javier Bargas

Principal UX Researcher

Javier is User Experience (Research) manager with almost 20 years of experience in the field. Passionate about building effective research organizations that scale and deliver critical user insights that help teams develop successful products that delight users. He is currently leading a UX Research organization for Google Cloud Platform that focuses on developing processes, programs, methods and tools that help researchers conduct high quality research.

Niamh Harman

Lead UX/UI Designer

Niamh’s main focus is design for positive social impact. Her work has been centred around specialising in innovative solutions for employees in the workplace. This has been explored through fitness & nutrition innovation through digital products, mental health & wellbeing design solutions for large corporate companies and working closely with charities to initiate awareness using design for corporate social responsibility. Impact Lead and mentor for ADPlist, and leading a team of designers at Salesforce for the Business Technology team based in Ireland.

Federico Burch

Senior Product Designer

Federico is a creative technologist turned senior product designer bridging the gap between experiential and enterprise design. His past experience blend industries leaders such as Fake Love, EA, IBM, 3LD, and AT&T. Currently he supports world-class IT and employee experiences for Salesforce’s Business Technology Design team.


Mariana Morris

Founder & Managing Director

Mariana Morris is the Managing Director of Fruto, a UX Design studio based in Oxford. Fruto provides User Experience and User Interface consultancy, research and design for healthcare and education and a variety of sectors. Mariana has over 18 years of experience designing digital products. She holds a MA in Interactive Media and a BA in Graphic Design. She is a sessional lecturer at the University of Reading, and an experienced trainer and public speaker. She co-founded the popular monthly event UX Oxford.

Paweł Zmysłowski


Serial entrepreneur in the IT industry. Former coder, graduated from Silesian University of Technology. His strong technical background coming from the former programming career, combined with business analysis skills and real-life business development experience, based on an 18-years track record as an entrepreneur, blends into a mixture of competences extremely helpful on a leadership position he holds in WLC.

Martin Chorzewski

Front-end Developer

I am a front-end developer at White Label Coders with over 5 years of experience in various technologies. Passionate new solutions researcher, after-work designer with strong presentation skills. My knowledge comes from times at university when I led a student’s science club focused on new space technologies, from working as a programming trainer and from everyday life, as each project is a new challenge. Due to my episode in the automation and optimization field, my goal is to provide the industry with best solutions and practices for mutual benefits of the company and our clients.

Daria Lanz

Principal experience consultant

Hi, I’m Daria! I’m a Principal Experience Designer at digital experience agency, Inviqa. I believe design is fundamental to creating a better future – whether through products and services that enhance the lives of their users, or exhilarating experiences that push the boundaries of possibility. At Inviqa I lead the design of products, processes, services, and omni-channel journeys to create relevant solutions for brands like Tesco, Natwest, British Horseracing Association (BHA), and Virgin Trains.

Doug Eakin


After a successful career in electronic sales in Silicon Valley, I decided to start up a company with a unique product. That product is a tool designed to facilitate the creative process used to design apps, websites, and games. In addition to founding that company, I have interests in performing magic, sports cars, wine, skiing, travel, and spending down time with my wife.

Our Previous Workshops

John Bevan

Creative & Strategy Director

John is Creative & Strategy Director at design consultancy Bejo, and brings 15 years experience partnering top tier global brands to supercharge growth through design, digital and innovation. He is also a Postgrad Guest Lecturer in Design and has been recently awarded by DXA, UX Awards, D&AD and the Webby’s

Alice Sabokbar

Lead UI Designer

Alice is a user interface designer driven by curiosity. Her recent experiences include a 48h hackathon, designing a low impact website and creative coding.“It’s important to conduct research so that we know we’re building the right thing, but more importantly whatever you’re doing, have fun with it.”

Joe Allan

UX Team Lead

Joe currently works as UX Team Lead for Harrods where he’s been for the past 3 years. Before this he worked for a digital agency working on brands including Hendricks Gin & Shakespeare’s Globe. He has a UX Certification from NN/g & previously took part in the UX Academy Design Course. Prior to entering the world of UX, Joe worked as a theatre director, swapping his focus from in-person theatre audience experiences to digital user experiences. He enjoys bringing learnings from his psychology education to help explore how we can create better user experiences which cater for everyone.

Stacey Seronick

Design manager, patterns program

Obsessed with humans and how they communicate and interact with each other and their environments, Stacey has spent over 22 years in the industry, creating for and strategizing with people of all sorts. Curiosity has driven her to explore patterns and anomalies she comes across in her professional people-watching and eavesdropping, looking for ways to use these observations in pursuit of making life better and more comfortable – whatever that may mean in a given situation. Stacey received her B.A. from Bennington College and MHCID from the University of California, Irvine, and is currently a Design Manager, Patterns Program at IBM, in San Jose, California.

Matt Rae

Designer Advocate

Matt is a Designer Advocate, and XD Instructor for Adobe, based in Canada. Coming from a decade in product design, across industries including travel, autonomous vehicles, EdTech and advertising technology, he’s now focused on equipping designers with resources to design the best experiences using Adobe XD. He has a passion for user experience, and developing the design community.

Natalia Veretenyk

Senior Digital Product Designer

Natalia is a digital product designer with software and hardware background. Natalia is extremely passionate about UX/UI design. She works on a bunch of different things, from user research to interaction design. Also, as UX designer, she is curious about human behaviours and how people’s minds work. Natalia has been honoured with the Adobe XD London award. In her free time, she writes about design in her social media and mentoring young talents.

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