DesignFirst is the first design-centric international conference for startups and enterprises from all sectors to CONNECT, INSPIRE, and SUCCEED with design first. DesignFirst is created and designed to bring the culture of design centric innovation to our bustling startup and business community.
Product Managers, Business Owners and Leaders are invited to be part of this one day conference packed with engaging sessions consisting of expert talks, case studies, and workshops to help you with design first strategies and execution.
Komal has over seven years of experience in the field of design and User Experience. Having finished her bachelor’s in Architecture in one of the preeminent universities in Hyderabad (JNFAU), she opted to pursue her masters in Interactive Media at one of most highly rated design college in the world (London College of Communication).
After gaining considerable amount of knowledge and experience in UK, she has also worked in India with the likes of Microsoft, Cognizant etc. She has been an instrumental part of UsabilityMatters.Org, TechEase from a functional perspective and a core team member of Instill Design and UX India.
She is an architect by vision, a designer at heart, poet by thought, pianist in soul, performer for jest and an explorer by self. As a passionate mentor, she wants to inculcate design education in India; especially for women, to push them and transfer their field of dreams to reality.
Founder & COO at T-Hub
Mr. Srinivas has over 20 years of international experience in product strategy, product management and business development, but my true passion is helping startups succeed and building thriving communities.
My dream is to turn Hyderabad into one of the leading startup cities in the world, and that vision led to the creation of the T-Hub Foundation in partnership with the Government of Telangana. I have a strong knowledge of and connection to the startup landscape in India, including incubators, accelerators, seed funds, angel networks, VCs, and other startup ecosystem players.
I am an angel investor, and Hyderabad Director for the Founder Institute, the world’s largest entrepreneur training & startup launch program. I sit on the Executive Council of the IIIT-H Foundation, the Industry Advisory Board for the Centre for Management Studies, NALSAR University of Law, and serve as Mentor and Advisor to many other organizations and startups.
I love getting to know what makes people tick, and encourage everyone to live their dreams!
VP Product Design & UX
Nitin has 16 years of work experience in Product Design & User Experience. Currently, he is heading Quikr.com which includes all the group companies – Quikr, Commonfloor, Hiree, AtHomeDiva at Bangalore, India. Nitin was Head UED at Yatra and VP UED at Info Edge (Naukri.com Group) in NCR prior to heading Quikr in Bangalore. He specializes in leading multi-functional teams and establishing best user experience practices and processes in the organizations. He has built robust monetizable products for the biggest Internet companies in India. He has great experience in handling the large accounts and clients across the globe. He loves making seamless experience across devices and digital platforms with effective communication for the customers. He is an expert in crafting lovable experience for the consumers through simple and usable products.
Some of the key areas Nitin specializes in:
Customer Experience Leadership
User Experience & Design
Business Strategy & Project Management
Mobile/ Digital/ New Media Design
Build/ Lead teams in different verticals
Project Conceptualization and Execution
Chair & Strategy - UXINDIA
Bapu Kaladhar is a Strategic Design Thinker and Information Architect. He is most interested in incubating new business models that deliver social impact, that are environmental friendly and that drive economic growth while strengthening the ‘Good Design for Better Living’ value proposition.
He has established a reputation for building innovative, easy and pleasurable to use products and applications for Goldman Sachs, Met Life, Fannie Mae, Fidelity, Microsoft, Sapient, Cordys, BaaN and numerous startups. He is one of the very firsts to bring User Experience Design to India.
His relentless commitment to social impact has led him to contribute to several non- profit boards.He founded UXINDIA and UsabilityMatters.Org (UMO) – a not for profit organization to create design awareness and make a positive difference in how we educate our next generation through strategic, technological and sustainable innovations. He always believes that spreading awareness is the best form of education.
Programs like Industry + Academia Fusion, UX Clinic, UX Talent Fair, Instill Design – Design Education for a Social Change, TechEase, iINNOVATE, Boycott Bad Designs and World Usability Day have been the most participated and appreciated initiatives.
He graduated from the prestigious Pratt Institute, New York in Design Management and from the Industrial Design Center, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay(IITB) in Design .
Co- Chair, UX Clinic & Partnerships
Ranjeet Tayi is a passionate product User Experience designer & design thinker with over 13 years of experience designing world class UX for large scale data products with user centric approach. Most products which he designed ranked top in category by Gartner, Forrester & other Analyst firms. Currently he leads the UX Team for Informatica’s data security products and recently designed UX for the world’s first data security intelligence product.
He started his career as design entrepreneur, co-founded Mind Visions (a leading VFX company) and later worked with companies like SumTotal, Cognizant & Pure IT Usability Research.
His commitment to drive social impact through design thinking, photography & sharing ideas has led him to contribute to several nonprofit boards and also co-founded Ignite – Hyderabad. He is one of the core team members for UX India & Usability Matters.Org, a platform to build & sustain the implementation of design thinking for social change. Ranjeet holds a research master’s degree of philosophy (M.Phil) in Mass Communication; master’s degree of arts in Advertising and Advanced diploma in Multimedia.
Co-Chair, Strategy & Content - UXINDIA
Mr. Duriseti is a customer experience manager at Citrix Systems Inc. He’s worked with enterprises, online start-ups, and non-profit organizations across various industries to help them grow by adapting to the changing needs and behaviors of users. He is passionate about creating consumer experiences for technology driven products and services. He has master’s
degree in Visual Communication Design from the Industrial Design Center, IIT Bombay and is also a graduate of Interaction Design from Interaction Design Institute Ivrea, Italy.
His commitment to drive design awareness and education in India for sustained social impact and business development has led to cofounding the platform UX India and launching host of programs like Instill Design, iINNOVATE, TechEase, and Industry + Academia Fusion. He has co-authored ‘Expanding User Experience in India’ an invited article by UXPA.