Attendees choose 2 (1 morning, 1 afternoon) of the following 4 breakout sessions to attend on Day 1 of the conference (May 22).

Breakout Session: Integrating Dispersed Networks

Experts in food systems, urban development, and public health will discuss key infrastructures for integrating dispersed networks and leading sustainability- and equity-oriented interventions.

Sarah Coulter, Executive Director, Calumet Collaborative
Jeff Gershune, Research and Design Strategy Group Director, IA Collaborative
Anthena Gore, Project Coordinator, Public Sector Programs, Elevate Energy (morning only)
Bill Hartman, Partner, Innovation Strategy, Essential Design (part of PA Consulting)
Mo Sook Park, Founder, i-D Leadership Consulting (morning only)
Marco Ugarte, Sustainability Consultant at Antea Group (afternoon only)

Breakout Session: Achieving Equitable Solutions

Government, healthcare, and tech experts will discuss case studies about how they used participatory practices to shift innovation methods and design practices towards achieving more equitable solutions.

Josh Lucas-Falk (Moderator), CEO, Grand Studio
Melissa Gilliam, MD, Vice Provost and the Ellen H. Block Professor of Health Justice, The University of Chicago (morning only)
Tiana Pyer-Pereira, Associate Director for Advancement and Diversity, University of Chicago (afternoon only)
Marquis Miller, Chief Diversity Officer, City of Chicago
Elise Zelechowski, Director of Social Impact, ThoughtWorks

Breakout Session: Activating Innovation Networks

Experts in finance, insurance, and mobility who are leading initiatives that incorporate emerging technologies will present case studies on how they used design to activate innovation networks and create value.

Alissa Ampezzan, Senior Director, Head of Customer Experience, Tempus, Inc.
Kristi Dula, Deputy Director, Office of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology, DCEO at State of Illinois
Fred Hoch, Founder and General Partner, TechNexus Venture Collaborative
Nik Rokop (Moderator), Coleman Foundation Clinical Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship, Stuart School of Business

Breakout Session: Navigating the Future Mobility

Ride-sharing systems and autonomous vehicles promise novel opportunities for large-scale systemic change towards new modes of connectivity. But implementation requires bringing together diverse public and private actors. Experts and leaders will present case studies about how they navigated the complex and dynamic challenges surrounding mobility by activating networks.

Sergio Gutiérrez Montero (Moderator), Design Manager, Allstate
Nico Probst, Midwest Government Relations and Strategic Development, Lime
Ryan Powell, Head of UX Research and Design, Waymo