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Mobile UX London is preparing for its 2017 annual conference in November

Oct 9th, 2017

Mobile UX London is preparing for its 2017 annual conference in November. Technological predictions to biggest fears; here are some highlights about a few of the thought leaders speaking at the event.

Mobile UX London Straits Valachis

Straits Valachis

Stratis has conducted various talks with Mobile UX London in the past. Stratis has led a very interesting UX career, starting out in the field working on a Universal UX reasoning, better ways to solve problems in people’s lives.

He has led a very successful career, in and out of some big UX names such as Hackajob and HM Revenue. Straits is currently a senior UX designer for Aviva where he has encountered one of his personal favourite projects — Designing the Aviva skill set for Alexa, in particular, working around the usability constraints of voice.

Underneath the professional layer of Stratis, it turns out that he is also an aspiring Jedi! The force is strong with the wise one, Stratis thoroughly understands the true power and limitless capability of the force although when it comes to wasps, Straits confidently admits he runs screaming due to their vicious nature. I guess every super hero has his weakness no matter how big or small.

Stratis will be speaking about Conversational User Experience; where it is at, and where it is heading. Based on a practical and educated prediction Stratis believes that within the next ten years we may be facing a conversational user experience that is tightly integrated with other types of interfaces of various modalities (visual, touch, gesture and voice) to allow users to communicate with machines in different ways depending on the needs of each use-case, making for a far more personalised experience.

Christophe Mallet

Christophe Mallet

Christophe Mallet will be conducting a fascinating talk around VR, specifically, the transition from author-directed linear narratives into the realm of world-building, ultimately allowing the spectator to become the visitor.

Christophe started out within the music industry and started to slowly move towards design in 2015, primarily due to encountering a VR experience that has stuck with him throughout his life.

Christophe found himself completely immersed and able to move freely inside the world of a Van Gogh painting; The Night Café. VR is redesigning the way we see, learn and teach within society; Christophe describes VR as a dream for designers.

Christophe encountered his personal favourite emerging technological project whilst working at Exzeb where he took part in developing a VR game. The game involved the investigation of the tortured mind of an abused victim, and Christophe got to explore how to build one narrative across multiple dimensions (VR & IRL, past & present, the real & the unconscious).

Christophe has a very common fear that we can all greatly appreciate; becoming Donald Trump or becoming blind, and he found it pretty difficult to choose which was the most terrifying of the two. Mallets fascinating super power is the ability to become multiple versions of oneself whilst sharing the same mind, the idea is to prevent outgrowing friends and loved ones whilst enhancing knowledge from various angles at the same time.

Julian Caraulani

Julian Caraulani

Last but certainly not least in the speaker lineup for Mobile UX London is Julian Caraulani who chose to enter the design industry for two reasons: the instinct to take things apart, and the relentless questioning of things around him. Graduating from Coventry in 2012, Julian has worked his way into the likes of Orange and is currently designing the user experience for Samsung.

Julian takes a lot of pride in the backbone development of IOT which create meaningful use-cases, applications and behaviours. Joy through applying design at the highest level possible in an organization is what Julian thrives off of.

Julian Struggles the most with understanding how to boil down complex concepts that are difficult to simplify, and to allow a digestible understanding thereof. Along the way, Julian has found that words only have power when they individually represent thousands of others which could be, at any time, unpacked back from within each one.

Julian is also a strong believer in knowing a little about a lot of different areas; He wisely quotes “There are far too many opportunities to waste time, energy, creativity and ultimately, life, on meaningless tasks that keep people busy, with little to no outcome".

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