Consumer Technology

A consumer software or hardware product for the home or personal use that is screen-based, tech-enabled, or Internet-connected.

2021 Consumer Technology Jury

  • Jury Captain

    Kevin Bethune

    Founder and Chief Creative Officer, dreams • design + life

    Kevin began his career as a mechanical engineer in the nuclear power industry. This chapter gave him deep product experience working with high performing teams across 14 nuclear reactor upgrade campaigns. After his MBA, Kevin joined Nike, Inc. in a business capacity, but quickly navigated to the Global Footwear product engine to drive advanced digital product creation capabilities, discovering the world of design in the process. After solidifying his creative foundation through further studies at ArtCenter College of Design, Kevin co-founded distinct design & innovation capabilities at two Tier 1 management consulting firms in Booz & Co. and the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). As Vice President of Strategic Design at BCG Digital Ventures, he led a large cohort of designers that would influence and shape every corporate venture spun out from the incubator. Kevin left BCG Digital Ventures to carve his own path under the banner of dreams • design + life, focusing on unlocking human potential through strategic design, industrial design and the building of new ecologies.

  • Jury Member

    Folake Knudsen

    Product Designer, Bang & Olufsen

    Folake Knudsen is a Product Designer at Bang & Olufsen in Copenhagen where she is responsible for the consumer-facing mobile app and hardware interactions. She is passionate about making smart home devices easier for everyone.

    Previously, Knudsen has worked at BMW, helping to build its connected mobile app for automobiles, and The Dow Chemical Company, focused on developing internal tools for its Research and Development.

    Knudsen previously earned a Master’s degree in Human-computer interaction from DePaul University.

  • Jury Member

    Liliana Becerra

    Founder, STUDIO LILIANA BECERRA

    Liliana is the founder of STUDIO LILIANA BECERRA Inc. a firm advising global companies on strategic design foresight and advanced CMF Design. Clients include AT&T, Simple Human, Sonos, Nestle & Lenovo. Her latest book, CMF Design is the first publication about the professional discipline of color material and finish design. She also an editorial contributor to design publications including Viewpoint Design and Viewpoint Color. She is an adjunct professor at Art Center College of Design and formerly, she served as the Head of Design Insights at Nokia where she led global, multi-disciplinary teams, trend research initiatives and key design strategies.

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