Beyond the Button, Design for Conversational User Interfaces at Cooper

In our homes, our cars, and on our phones, conversational user interfaces have quickly moved from the fringes of design to mainstream consumer use. Apple broke new ground by loading their Siri app onto nearly every compatible Apple device. Amazon and Google responded with IoT voice activated devices like Echo and Home. Chatbots are now proliferating across a number of platforms.

Will conversation finally replace the mouse and keyboard as a primary method of computer interaction? Or is it just an ephemeral trend that will go the way of the stylus? On this panel, our experts share their thoughts on conversational user interfaces and the future of computer-human interaction design.

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Nate Clinton, Managing Director at Cooper

Nate is the Managing Director at the San Francisco office. In his role, he blends the decisiveness and collaborative skills of a product manager with the acumen of an economist to build bridges with people and organizations. Equal parts teacher and student, Nate leads initiatives in content creation, business development, and creative leadership. At Cooper, he helped United Airlines find new ways to reward loyal customers, led an effort at GE Healthcare to create a strategy for the international expansion of a key product line, and designed solutions for workplace collaboration, delivering technology to schools, and the future of the connected kitchen. Before Cooper, Nate led design and product management at BuildZoom, and was a Director of Product Management at Thomson Reuters. In his spare time, Nate plays piano, searches for amazing meals, and knows how to bake a mean english muffin.

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Stefan Kojouharov, Founder and Editor of Chatbot's Life

Stefan Kojouharov is the Founder and Editor of Chatbot's Life. He has a background in business and psychology with a focus on Entrepreneurship. He started his first company in 2010 with $300 and grew it to over $1M within 18mo. Most recently, Stefan founded Chatbot's Life; a Bot media and consulting firm. Within 4 months, Chatbot's Life has grown to over 100k views per month and has become the premium place to learn about Bots online. Chatbot's Life has also consulted many of the top Bot companies like Swelly, Instavest, OutBrain, NearGroup and a number of enterprises.

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Yujin Chung, Managing Director & Head of Platform, SignalFire

Yujin is Managing Director & Head of Platform at SignalFire. He joined from Andreessen Horowitz, where he was first Partner in the Market Development Group. He advised portfolio companies on go-to-market and business development strategy and helped build the Executive Briefing Center, where he developed relationships with C-level executives of Fortune 500 & Global 2000. Prior to Andreessen Horowitz, Yujin was Associate Director of Digital Strategy and Business Development at Warner Music, where he advised on digital partnerships spanning iTunes, YouTube, and evaluated key strategic investments. Prior to Warner Music Yujin was an Associate Consultant at Bain & Co. He received an MBA from the Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania, and graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. and MEng in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

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Carrie Whitehead Vice President, Design at Westfield Retail Solutions

Carrie is the Vice President of Design at Westfield Retail Solutions. She and her team are focused on transforming commerce by enhancing digital and physical shopping experiences for retailers, brands and venues. Prior to joining Westfield Retail Solutions, Carrie was the Director of Design at Fanatics, the largest online retailer of officially licensed sports merchandise in North America and led Product Strategy and User Experience at Zappos Labs. When she’s not working, you can find her tangled up in a yoga pose, hiking in the Sierras, or wandering in far-off countries.

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Gregory Kennedy - Co-Founder, Uncharted Minds (@IamGkennedy)

Gregory Kennedy is the Co-Founder of the highly regarded Uncharted Minds Thought Leadership Series. The series has featured speakers from top Silicon Valley companies such as Airbnb, Lyft, Medium, PayPal, Coinbase, BoostVC, Misfit Wearables and more. Gregory is a sought after thought leader, speaker and author whose writing has been featured on The BBC, VentureBeat, YahooFinance,,, and Marketing Profs. A former creative director and user interface designer, he has held marketing roles at InMobi, TapSense, and AdRoll. Born in New York City, he now calls Berkeley, California his home.

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6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Networking and refreshments

6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Panel discussion

7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wrap up and meet the speakers

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