Meet The Speakers At The 2017 UX+DEV Summit

There are roughly two months left until the UX+DEV Summit of 2017 and we couldn’t be more excited. We know the same goes for a lot of you, so we thought we’d offer a little preview of our speakers for next year.

Don’t worry; we won’t spoil their talks for you – we’re just letting you know you’ll be in for a treat. This year’s speakers are thought leaders in UX and Dev, innovators who will be there to let you in on their trade secrets. Without further ado, let’s get to know them a little better.

Betty Pierce

When you want to talk UX/UI and front-end web development, not to mention the latest IoT trends, Betty should always be your go-to gal. She’s been in the field for more than 15 years, working as a developer, a lead developer and, most recently as a consultant. Plus, she’s been winning awards for her stellar work since 2007: Best of the Web Award Winner from Center for Digital Government in the City Portal category in Tampa and the 2015 Silver Addy Award, to name just two of them.

Throughout her career, the main constant was her constant strive for excellence. Besides an excellent coder, Betty is also an advocate for clean code and has been a mentor for a lot of people who want to follow in her footsteps. These are just a few of the reasons why Betty Pierce’s talk at the 2017 UX+DEV Summit is a must for anyone who wants to excel in this field.

Sarah Vesselov

Sarah is a seasoned UX/UI Developer with more than 120 years of experience under her belt. She loves creating modular, scalable, DRY UI architectures and has worked for clients like Aeropostale and Payless. Sarah is incredibly passionate about her field and she loves sharing her knowledge with others; when she’s not in front of a computer or delivering a talk, you can find her teaching web development and Internet marketing to students at various colleges in the Tampa area.

Last, but not least, as the Director of Women Who Code, Sarah has served as inspiration for countless girls who have been reluctant about approaching this field, but are now rocking it. Whether you already know that web design is your field or you’re still trying to figure it out, you should come listen to Sarah in February – you’re bound to learn a lot!

Andrew Schall

If you’re into UX, you must have already heard about Andrew Schall as the researcher who’s currently discovering new ways to revolutionize this field. He is the co-author of Eye Tracking in User Experience Design and, for the past 10 years, has been relentlessly working on creating user-centric solutions. He is currently the Principal Researcher and Director of Key Lime Research and, in the past, has held several leadership roles in the industry and has inspired the students at University of Baltimore where he has held classes for more than two years.

Andrew has not only inspired students, but also advised a lot of companies on how to leverage the power of client-centered UX in order to move their business ahead. If you’re searching for some inspiration or if you’re simply wondering where UX is heading in the future, then Andrew’s key note is something you shouldn’t miss!

Aaron Irizarry

Ron has been in the UX field for 10 years and is now the Director of User Experience for Nasdaq Product Design. Throughout his career, he has been building online products for both startups and large corporations, so he knows both sides of the story. Much of his expertise in this field has been poured into a book he co-authored, Discussing Design: Improving Communication and Collaboration Through Critique.

Ron’s talk will be engaging for senior UX developers, team leads and juniors alike, as he will speaking about what it’s like (and what it should be like) to manage UX teams. You’ll hear about managing the stakeholders’ expectations, as well as about motivating your team and driving excellence, so make sure you’re there in time!


Aside from these amazing four speakers, the UX+DEV Summit in February 2017 has plenty of surprises that we can’t spoil yet. Make sure to book your tickets in time for your yearly dose of inspiration and motivation