Do You Know the Way to San Jose?

WDDC Shines in the Golden State

Apr 10 2015 - 2:08pm

IDSA’s West Design District Conference runs April 10-11 in San Jose. The schedule is packed with opportunities for design professionals and students to learn how to build a tribe and sharpen the craft.

The fun begins at 9am, as Whipsaw hosts an Open House with breakfast goodies and a surprise design giveaway for all attendees, while supplies last, at 434 South First Street, San Jose, CA 95113.

Back at the San Jose Marriott, 301 S. Market St., conference registration opens Friday at 12:30 followed by opening remarks at 1:15pm. And we’re not wasting any time. The first session, “What Tribe are you Designing For?” kicks off at 1:30pm, moderated by Western Design District Vice President Jason Belaire, features Kenji Haroutunian of Kenji Consultants and Ben McCosh of Chrome Industries.

"You asked, we delivered!," says Belaire. "This conference is addressing many relevant and skill based items to help you sharpen your CRAFT! Attending WDDC will prove advantageous as you will walk away with knowledge and skill that will directly translate into your work."

Afternoon breakout panel discussions include a student seminar on “Finding your Way in the Tribe” with moderator Sylvia Bargellini and a round table discussion with TRIBE professionals. That’s followed by professional seminars on Customer Intelligent Design and Measurable ROI with Design.

The Portfolio Review, sponsored by Eastman Innovation Lab, is set for 4:30-6pm, followed by an Autodesk presentation and Team Build Design Swarm.

Wake up Saturday, April 11 with coffee and networking. A morning panel focuses on Sustainable Measures to Creating a Long Lasting Career.

Afternoon activities include a panel on Failing Fast, Learning Fast moderated by 2015 IDSA International Conference Chair Surya Vanka and Tradition and Disruption, moderated by Professor Jose Rivera-Chang of Cal State.

Check out some of the brightest young minds in design in the Student Merit Awards sponsored by Dassault Systemes Solidworks, set for 10:45am and 3:15pm.

The conference wraps up with closing remarks by Belaire and Vanka at 5pm, and a closing party at 7pm.

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