Discovery is a mindset.

It transforms questions into decisions, data into stories, and insights into direction. Join us at Disco Conf 2023, a virtual conference, to explore the creative power of discovery.

SPEAKERS
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Jonathan Widawski
CEO & Co-Founder
Maze
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Linus Lee
Research Engineer
Notion
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Kyle Osborne
Design Researcher
Royal Bank of Canada
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Avatar of Jelayna Da Sliva JD
Jelayna Da Sliva
Yoga Teacher
Cloudstudios
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Avatar of Sara Gallant SG
Sara Gallant
Design Researcher
League
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Avatar of Hayley Evans HE
Hayley Evans
Design Research Lead
League
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Aiden Hirshfield
Research Leader & Consultant
Independent
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Christopher Nash
Research Leader
ex-Dropbox, ex-Airtable
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Avatar of Renu Zunjarwad, Ph.D. RZ
Renu Zunjarwad, Ph.D.
Senior UX Researcher
Truckstop
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Christa Simon
Rapid Research Lead
Figma
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Anna Cook
Senior Inclusive Designer
Microsoft
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Brent Palmer
Product Design Manager
Mixpanel
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Lanre Jerry-Ijishakin
User Experience Researcher
Emids
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Paige Bennett
Leading User Research
Affirm
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Avatar of Zoë Glas ZG
Zoë Glas
Senior UX Researcher
Google
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Vanessa Arango
Director UX Research
Delivery Hero
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Avatar of Lauren Stern LS
Lauren Stern
Director of Global Insights
iRobot
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Tim Herbig
Product Management Coach
Independent
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Jonathan McFadden
Senior Content Designer
Shopify
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Sharanya Ravichandran
VP Design
JPMorgan Chase
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Dalia El-Shimy
Director of UX Research
Wise
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Behzod Sirjani
Founder
Yet Another Studio
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DJ Prudence
DJ
Club ChUrch
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Christina Goldschmidt
VP & Head of Product Design
Etsy
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Andres Grunbaum
Strategic Account Executive
Maze Design Inc
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Netali Jakubovitz
Director of Product
Maze
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AGENDA
  • All Tracks
  • Opening Keynotes
  • Democratization & Continuous Learning
  • Methods
  • Leadership & Collaboration
  • Decision-Making
  • Closing Keynotes
  • Demo
2:03 PM - 2:20 PM UTC
Opening keynote

In this opening keynote, Jonathan Widawski, Founder & CEO of Maze, will launch the second annual Disco Conf with a discussion on the importance of adopting discovery as a mindset, plus some exciting...

  • Jonathan Widawski
  • Netali Jakubovitz
2:20 PM - 2:40 PM UTC
Building with AI, for humans

Since Linus and his team started building Notion AI nearly a year ago, they’ve learned and iterated through many lessons about building with this new, sometimes unpredictable, and often surprising, technology....

  • Linus Lee
2:40 PM - 3:00 PM UTC
Empathy: The importance of how we speak about ourselves

In the ever-evolving world of building digital products, the concept of empathy has been a foundational pillar for understanding users and their needs. But can empathy be truly achieved, and to what extent...

  • Kyle Osborne
3:00 PM - 3:15 PM UTC
Break: Mindfulness session

Join a short mindfulness session led by Jelayna to rest your eyes, bring gentle movement to your muscles, and find your center. No experience needed—this session is designed for all levels.

  • Jelayna Da Sliva
3:15 PM - 3:35 PM UTC
Accelerate, iterate, succeed: Unleashing the power of rapid research

Rapid research is about creating an agile learning loop between teams and customers, so they can iterate confidently and ship more successful products and features. Technical usability and detailed interaction...

  • Christa Simon
3:15 PM - 3:40 PM UTC
Workshopping your way to impactful products

Building the right product and matching it to the right set of customers is no small feat. Workshops are a powerful tool that can help on this journey, giving you a one-on-one conversation track with...

  • Paige Bennett
3:15 PM - 3:45 PM UTC
Decision-making in a time of uncertainty

We continue to be faced with compounding uncertain times. As Design Leaders, we are looked to for the answers. In these periods of unknown, normal business frameworks don’t necessarily lead to an obvious...

  • Christina Goldschmidt
3:15 PM - 3:40 PM UTC
Leveling up your research democratization strategy

To successfully create and scale a culture of learning, companies need to develop a clear strategy for democratizing UX research. As two UX researchers who have embarked on this venture, Hayley and Sara...

  • Sara Gallant
  • Hayley Evans
3:35 PM - 4:00 PM UTC
Quick tips for establishing accessibility programs

Struggling with implementing an effective accessibility program? Join our session with Anna for practical strategies for improving accessibility, tailored to anyone in product development. Learn to integrate...

  • Anna Cook
3:40 PM - 4:10 PM UTC
Escaping ‘research island’

In this session—part philosophical thought experiment, and part tactical advice—Aiden will share a story about shifting your research from an isolated model to an embedded one. We'll talk about what ‘Research...

  • Aiden Hirshfield
3:40 PM - 4:15 PM UTC
Lessons from ecosystem management: Techniques for UX impact

In the early 1990s, conservationists shifted from managing specific species or outcomes, to holistically managing ecosystems as a whole. So why, in 2023, has this approach not yet made its way to UX research?...

  • Zoë Glas
3:45 PM - 4:05 PM UTC
From anecdotes to evidence: Making product discovery decisions

While product discovery is about gathering evidence to reduce uncertainty, there is such a thing as chasing too much research and data. But how do you know when you’ve collected enough evidence to make...

  • Tim Herbig
4:00 PM - 4:15 PM UTC
How concept testing at scale powers refinement and design quality

In the fast-paced market of today, product teams face the challenge of staying agile and attuned to user needs. Continuous learning becomes the key to creating successful products that exceed user expectations....

  • Brent Palmer
4:05 PM - 4:40 PM UTC
Dear Designers, it's okay to be inflexible sometimes

As product professionals, we do some of our best work when we collaborate with business leaders to solve big problems and ship better solutions. But many of us get saddled with the push and pull of demands...

  • Jonathan McFadden
4:10 PM - 4:30 PM UTC
Lessons learned from scaling research

Research democratization doesn’t have to mean anarchy. Responsible democratization can be achieved with a robust, intentional program providing guidance, guardrails, and oversight. For this presentation,...

  • Christopher Nash
4:15 PM - 4:50 PM UTC
Elevating user experience: How leaders supercharge UX research for success

UX leaders play a pivotal role in maturing UX research programs, and are instrumental in helping their teams achieve positive outcomes for the business. Through first-hand experience from leading various...

  • Vanessa Arango
4:15 PM - 4:40 PM UTC
Rethinking user research: A roadmap for inclusive design

Inclusive design plays an integrative role in the field of user research. In order to challenge traditional design paradigms, a move beyond the ‘average user’ concept is needed to instead emphasize on...

  • Lanre Jerry-Ijishakin
4:30 PM - 4:55 PM UTC
Democratizing user research: Bridging the gap between one and many

With real-life examples to illustrate the art and science of democratization, Renu’s presentation explores the power of democratization—and its potential to maximize impact at your organization. Uncover...

  • Renu Zunjarwad, Ph.D.
4:40 PM - 5:15 PM UTC
Digital transformation in consumer banking

Digitalization has become an imperative for financial services. The banking sector, once characterized by its traditional brick-and-mortar operations, now finds itself at the forefront of digital innovation....

  • Sharanya Ravichandran
4:50 PM - 5:15 PM UTC
Discovery sessions for autonomous experiences

Interactions with autonomy are becoming a common part of everyday life, from creating a grocery list with your voice to ordering a cocktail from a robot bartender. In Discovery work, we identify the challenges...

  • Lauren Stern
5:15 PM - 5:45 PM UTC
Live Demo: Meet Maze

Join a live demo to get a high-level overview of how Maze can revolutionize how your team builds products, followed by a live Q+A with Maze Account Executive, Andrés.

  • Andres Grunbaum
5:15 PM - 5:45 PM UTC
Intermission: DJ entertainment

DJ Pru is back! For this intermission, enjoy a fusion of disco classics and modern hits before we conclude with our final keynotes of the day. See you on the dance floor! 💃

  • DJ Prudence
5:45 PM - 6:15 PM UTC
Behind Maze’s Research Maturity Model

Maturity frameworks have long existed for Design and UX teams. But none that are specifically dedicated to research have, to the best of our knowledge, been developed. To address this, Maze collaborated...

  • Dalia El-Shimy
6:15 PM - 6:40 PM UTC
Closing keynote: A conversation with Jo & Behzod about the state of research

Join Jonathan Widawski, Founder and CEO of Maze and Behzod Sirjani, Founder of Yet Another Studio, as they team up for a look at the past and future of building a product research platform—what this unveils...

  • Jonathan Widawski
  • Behzod Sirjani
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