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With Thaisa Fernandes (Program Mgr, Twitter), Guidione Machava (Founder, WCD School), Joe Welinske (Dir. Accessibility, Blink UX), Jane Vita (Designer Lead, VTT).
Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 02:00 PM   Absolutely Free   Online

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Decolonizing Design from a Latinx Perspective
How can we create more inclusive environments? Why do we have only 3% of Latinxs working in tech in the United States? How do we know some solutions might be experienced differently by marginalized groups or groups outside your own?

Diversity has the goal to bring more people to the table, & decolonizing is more about proposing an exercise to influence the way we think. Latinxs account for a large percentage of the Silicon Valley population (26%). The Latinx community will double in population in the next 30 years, & yet, less than 3% of them are in the high-tech industry according to the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley.

Thaisa Fernandes, Jane Vita, & Guidione Machava will explore colonialism's effect on design standards in regards to the influence of ideas perception & also representation in different industries, especially tech.

You will learn:

How solutions might be experienced in someone else's shoes in a different way.
How we all should be an active agent of change & help to foster a more inclusive environment.

Thaisa Fernandes
Host & Producer at Latinx in Power Podcast | Program Manager at Twitter
San Francisco, California, United States

Thaisa Fernandes is currently a Program Manager at Twitter part of the Platform Solutions team working with the Twitter Ads API.

Thaisa is also a host & producer at Latinx in Power which is a podcast dedicated to demystify tech, interviewing Latinx leaders all over the world to get their perspective, encouragement & insights.

Jane Vita
Designer Lead at VTT
Helsinki, Finland

Jane Vita is currently a Designer Lead at VTT (Technical Research Centre of Finland).

With over 20 years of career, Jane has experienced various design fields, such as Visual, Interaction, Service Innovation & Digital Strategy Design, within multiple projects in different industries & countries. She taught courses on Service Design in the Digital Context at Laurea University & teaches the course Designing Services with New Technologies at Aalto University & Design Thinking in the Gamification Applied to Digital Platforms program at Post PUC Digital. She regularly shares her work in publications, workshops & conferences.

Guidione Machava
Entrepreneur, Designer & Author
Johannesburg, South Africa

Guidione is an Entrepreneur, Designer & Author. He has experience leading teams, coaching designers, & creating together products & services that positively impact people's lives. He works across various industries & sectors, bringing early ideas & concepts to life for World Bank projects, scrappy startups & non-profits in Africa.

Guidione is the author of Design Sutra, a collection of design principles for designers in the early stages of their careers & founded the World-class Designer School, the home of brightest design minds in Africa, supported by companies such as Webflow, Framer, Shopify & others. Guidione holds a degree in Economics from St. Thomas University in Mozambique & a not concluded Honours in Interaction Design by Open Window in South Africa.

He recently organized World-class Designer Conference - Africa most diverse & inclusive design conference. Speakers include Debbie Millman, Marty Cagan, Randy Hunts & designers from Google, Facebook, Boeing, Visa & 40+ more. In the past, he was named one of the best community builders in Africa by Google (2018).


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