Gel 2015 was Thur-Fri, April 23-24, 2015 in New York.
Our theme for Gel 2015 was "impact": we explored people, projects, and teams that go beyond the intent or idea of creating a good experience - they actually do it. What are the aspects of good experience that make for real-world success? We learned from the brilliant speakers below.
Creator of a wildly successful mobile app and community.
CEO, Crisis Text Line
Leading and growing a vital program that counsels teens through crisis - via text message.
Writer, entrepreneur, host of XOXO Festival
An acute observer (and creator) of technology with a unique perspective on digital experience.
CEO, Hospital for Special Surgery
Leading one of the top-rated hospitals in the world - and creating a world-class patient experience.
Founder, Drive Change
Building and running food trucks with formerly incarcerated youth.
"The Haggler" columnist, New York Times
Exploring how companies treat customers well, or not - and what to do about it.
Founder, To Park Or Not To Park
Sharing her vastly improved design of parking signs with cities worldwide.
Leading the team that created one of the most successful iPhone games in history.
writer and comedian
Adding surprise and delight to the urban landscape.
Radiation Oncologist, NYU
Bringing the patient experience into better focus.
Leland Maschmeyer and Brett Renfer,
Founder and Director of Experience Design, Collins
Reinventing how brands are built in an experience-driven era.
composer, musician, and author
Writing music to cure the fear of flying, spotlight unusual creatures, and improve the ice cream truck.
Gel conference founder and host; Creative Good founder and CEO
Curating Gel since 2003.
On Friday at Gel 2015, attendees participated in the experiences below, hosted at venues around New York City.
Impact at work: A discussion about applying Gel learnings when you get back to work, hosted by Allison Hemming, founder and president of The Hired Guns.
Problem-solving workshop: Harvard Business Press author Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg taught participants a powerful new problem-solving tool and gave them the chance to apply it to one of their own current business (or personal) challenges.
Creativity workshop hosted in Etsy Labs, and led by Noah Scalin. Past attendees called this workshop "compelling and eye-opening" and said, "I learned how to get my team on a mission to discover their creativity daily."
Unlocking the potential of a network: This interactive exercise showed participants how to identify and empower the potential within a community or network. Presented by Eli Malinsky, Executive Director of the Centre for Social Innovation NYC.
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