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Real Web 2014 Mid-Year Review

Jeff Whitfield, Chirag Gupta, Elisa Miller, Roger Belveal, Will Kehler

Join us for a "Mid-Year in Review" panel discussion where we'll be talking about the hottest topics that have impacted the web industry as well as a look at what's in store for the rest of the year. A lot has happened just within the last six months within the tech and web industries. As such, we figured this would be a good time to review what's been going on and how it impacts our lives and careers.

We'll be posting information about the panelists but, in the meantime, if you have a topic you'd like us to discuss, feel free to forward over your ideas. As always with any panel discussion, we want the audience to participate and take part in the discussion.

About the Host

Jeff Whitfield

Jeff's career as a web developer has focused on helping people build cutting-edge, custom websites using emerging standards, modern design, and the latest development techniques and frameworks. He works as a freelance developer and contractor, currently focused on building up Soulcraft Group.

Meet the Panelists

Chirag Gupta

Chirag Gupta is the Director of Code Collective, Founder of North Dallas Coworking and has a degree in Industrial Engineering and Management Science from Northwestern University. When he is not tweeting, you can find him helping others learn how to code. Learn more.

Elisa K. Miller

Ellisa K. Miller is an enterprise UX thought-leader with focus on agile integration and other issues in the enterprise software development domain. She is long-time user advocate and audience detective. A passionate user-experience architect / user research specialist with broad experience in user experience research, content strategy, information architecture, and technical training across variety of disciplines including banking/finance, healthcare, energy, semiconductors and high tech. Her professional toolbox contains many techniques for conducting quantitative and qualitative research for better understanding users. For last 18 years, she has focused integrating her strategic focus and business perspective. Since moving from journalism to user experience, she has provided the strategic link between business, marketing and technology.

Roger Belveal

Many of you know Roger Belveal as the guy who makes those crazy giant smart phones out of steel and concrete. But wait. He is also a seasoned UX designer with twenty plus years of experience in fortune companies, working in industries from aerospace, to banking, to travel, to commercial software, to ecommerce, and currently- cyber security.

He helped build the first usability lab at the Boeing Company in Seattle and then led their design consulting team. He pioneered some of the first on-line ecommerce apps in insurance and financial services. He has worn all of the popular UX titles: Usability analyst, Human Factors Engineer, yada yada.... These days, he is fascinated by visualization of big data and health care technology. With roots in both Industrial Design and Sculpture, he is naturally interested in the Internet of Things.

The unique brand of art he has named TechXpressionism is both a celebration of our love for technology design as well as a rebellion against the limitations of the virtual experience. Roger contends that in spite of all the rich media we enjoy, we geeks are sensory deprived and it is now spreading to the rest of our culture. We need some solid sensory nourishment to maintain our sanity. The relevance of his art to our contemporary culture has resulted in Roger being called ‘the Andy Warhol of the digital age’.

From the green forests of Oregon: Roger Belveal.

Will Kehler

Will is the UX Designer at Heritage Auctions currently focusing on internal application, web, and mobile solutions. He is both the design and agile evangelist, integrating user centered design and scrum development.



This Meeting Happened in the Past

It was held on to at Improving Enterprises. This meeting was graciously sponsored by Improving Enterprises.