Each year, we pack the Adobe 99U Conference with insightful talks and exclusive access to the most innovative organizations — all in the name of helping you build an incredible creative career. We’re thrilled to announce the first round of our 2017 speakers and Studio Session hosts. Don’t miss out; tickets are going fast!
Get inspired to bring your creative ideas to life with 99U’s empowering, action-oriented talks.
Host, Design Matters
Masters in Branding Chair, SVA
As host of the pioneering ‘Design Matters’ podcast, Millman has interviewed hundreds of the world’s most influential creative thinkers, and inspired the next generation of creatives, too
VP of Design, Airbnb
Schleifer is reshaping the traditional role of the designer as VP of Design for the world-conquering travel start-up.
Head of Design, Instagram
When former YouTube and Foursquare designer Spalter joined Instagram as head of design, he quickly made headlines with a fearless identity upgrade for the world’s top photo-sharing platform.
Jen boasts everyone from MIT to Chanel among her clients at leading design shop Pentagram.
Director, NEW INC at New Museum
Kaganskiy unites the worlds of art, technology, and business at NEW INC, the world’s first-ever museum-run incubator.
Co-founder, The Barbarian Group
Webb is an authority on the increasingly overlapping digital and marketing worlds, having co-founded the pioneering digital creative agency Barbarian Group, and in his work with Tumblr, Percolate, and Timehop.
Design Partner, Khosla Ventures
The prolific Au advises the CEOs of Khosla Ventures’ portfolio companies, and still finds time to achieve spiritual balance as a yoga teacher and mindfulness coach.
Founder & Chief Advocacy Officer, Inclusive Fashion & Design Collective
Jackson brings together brands, designers, and people with disabilities to remove the stigma from inclusive fashion and assistive products.
As a writer, Ford is beloved for his sharp perspective on technology and culture. As founder of digital shop Postlight, trusted by clients like Time Inc. and VICE to bring their products to life.
Author, The Episodic Career
Senior Writer, FiveThirtyEight
From NPR to NYU, Chideya has had an impressive and varied career — in her book The Episodic Career, she considers how we can all navigate our work lives in ‘the age of disruption’.
Creative Director, Mike Perry Studio
Perry’s colorful, dynamic artwork has appeared everywhere from television’s ‘Broad City’ to Brooklyn’s rooftops.
Author & Investor
As the entrepreneur behind Behance and 99U, and now an author and investor, Belsky has helped millions of creative and business leaders make their ideas happen.
BuzzFeed’s Cap Watkins speaking at the 2016 99U Conference
These intimate, informal sessions are opportunity to acquire a new career skill or creative skill, explore the inner workings of our host companies’ creative process and philosophy, and connect with like-minded attendees. Our 2017 hosts include:
Adobe Creative Residents
Made in NY Media Center by IFP
Parsons — the New School for Design
Upright Citizens Brigade
Work & Co
The 99U delegation at a 2016 Studio Session
Want to learn more? Head to the 99U Conference site for the full lowdown.