Jury Captain
  • Dan Harden

    President, CEO & Principal Designer, Whipsaw

    Dan is President, CEO, Principal Designer and cofounder of Whipsaw Inc., a highly acclaimed design firm in Silicon Valley, California. Whipsaw designs products and experiences for companies around the world including Google, Cisco, Clorox, GE, Haier, Intel, Leitz, Merck, Motorola, Nike, Olympus, Samsung and TP-Link, plus many exciting startups including Apnicure, Dropcam, Highfive, Livescribe, Nod Labs, and Yubo. Dan is a hands-on designer and directs the strategic and conceptual direction of most client accounts.Throughout his prolific career Dan has designed hundreds of highly successful products ranging from baby bottles to supercomputers. Some of these include the Google Chromecast, Dell's Precision line, Nod Labs ring, Dropcam cameras, Cisco Telepresence systems, Livescribe smart pens, Eton emergency radios, Adiri baby bottles, Yubo lunch boxes, Highfive teleconferencing, Intel healthcare tablets, the Kaleidescape Cinema One, IGT slot machines, Leapfrog LeapPads, Roku TV devices, the Pano Logic computer, TP-Link networking devices, Topcon survey equipment, the Braun Thermoscan thermometer, Motorola phones, the Gateway PC line, Sony headsets, the original Acer Aspire PC line, NeXT computers, Oracle Network Computers, Logitech mice, and the first digital answering machine for AT&T.Fast Company magazine selected Dan as one of ôThe 100 Most Creative People in Business 2014ö, calling him ôdesign's secret weaponö. Fast Company also ranked Whipsaw among the ôTop 5 design firms in the worldö in 2009 and they featured Dan as a ôMaster of Designö in 2005. Dan's views and work have also been featured in Abitare, Axis, Business Week, CNN, Domus, Form, Fortune, Metropolis, Newsweek, Time, Wired, and several design books.Dan has won over 200 design awards (many IDEA, Red Dot, iF, MDEA, D&AD, G-Mark Good Design) and has been granted over 250 design and utility patents. His work is in the Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt Museum, the Chicago Athenaeum, and the Pasadena Museum of California Art. Dan was inducted into the World Technology Network in 2013. WTN is a curated membership community in association with TIME, Fortune and CNN that is comprised of the world's most innovative individuals in science, technology and design. The WTN honors those individuals that are doing ôthe most innovative work of the greatest likely long term significanceö.Dan frequently lectures on design topics at universities and conferences, including being keynote at the Australia Design Forum; keynote at the Wuxi Design Conference ; keynote and Chairman of the IDSA National Conference Collideoscope ('02), and he was a United Nations Design Delegate to China in '98.Prior to cofounding Whipsaw in 1999, Dan was the President of Frogdesign where he designed many notable products and led the company for ten years. Before joining Frogdesign in 1989 he was a lead designer at Henry Dreyfuss Associates. In the early eighties Dan interned with design master George Nelson. He also interned at Hewlett Packard and Richardson Smith (later became Fitch). Dan graduated from the University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Architecture and Art in 1982.)

Jury Team
  • Bill Evans

    Principal and Founder, Bridge Design

    Bill Evans founded and leads Bridge Design which has focused for more than two decades on designing medical and life sciences products from handheld to the purely virtual. His broad and deep industry perspective has resulted in powerful cross-pollination of ideas that often anticipate consumer and medical trends. He is a sought-after speaker on design and innovation at conferences and has written extensively for industry media. He has also been a guest lecturer and student mentor at UC Berkeley's and Stanford University's industrial and product design programs. Bill has served on a number of boards, including the Venture Advisory Board for Kimberly-Clark, and the Editorial Advisory Board of industry leading publication Medical Device & Diagnostic Industry (MD&DI). He has also been named among the '100 Notable People' in the medical device industry by that same organization. Bill owns multiple patents and holds two masters level degrees, awarded jointly: an MDes in Industrial Design Engineering from the UK's Royal College of Art, and a DIC in Engineering from its sister, Imperial College.)

  • Mike Gallagher

    Vice President of Design, Crown Equipment Corporation

    Mike Gallagher is VP of Design for Crown Equipment Corporation; a manufacturer of lift trucks and related products and services. Mike oversees the global multi-disciplined Design operations and leverages his competent staff to provide strategic innovation influence to an expanding and evolving company. Before his 20 years at Crown he held various corporate design and management positions. Mike graduated from the University of Cincinnati in Design and has juried several international design competitions. Crown Design has won over 50 major international design awards and was recognized by Fast Company Magazine as Thirty Companies that Get Design.)

  • Sam Lucente

    CDO and Co-Founder, Cookbrite

    Sam Lucente works as the CDO and Co-Founder of Cookbrite, a food business in the technology industry. As a designer, he focuses on bringing world class design approaches to bear on complex problems for society, organizations and the design profession at large. Sam is also Principal of Lucente Design. He previously worked as VP of Design for HP Worldwide, Netscape's UX Director and head of IBM's Strategic Design where he led many ThinkPad design efforts.Selected as one of Fast Company's Masters of Design and BusinessWeek's Champions of Innovation, Sam has judged design competitions worldwide. His work has been recognized with major design awards and is in permanent collection at the SFMOMA, the NY MoMA, the Smithsonian National Design Museum and other collections. Sam studied computer science extensively. Prior to that, he graduated magna cum laude from the College of Design, Architecture and Art at the University of Cincinnati.)

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