Douglas is an entrepreneur and human-centered technologist with over 20 years of experience. He is president of Voltage Control, an Austin-based workshop agency that specializes in Design Sprints and innovation workshops. Prior to Voltage Control, Douglas held CTO positions at numerous Austin startups where he led product and engineering teams using agile, lean, and human-centered design principles. While CTO at Twyla, Douglas worked directly with Google Ventures running Design Sprints and now brings this experience and process to companies everywhere. He recently published his first book, Beyond the Prototype, which offers a six-step plan for companies struggling with the shift from discovery to launch. Douglas is active in the Austin startup community where he serves on the board of several non-profits, mentors startups, and advises early-stage ventures. He spends his free time patching up modular synthesizers, playing guitar, and taking photographs. He graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Design Sprints: Innovate Fast
Gold pass access only
In this interactive session you will learn about the Design Sprint methodology that helps to reduce the time, money and risk associated with new development. Audience members will participate in exercises to learn about some of the liberating structures that can extract divergent ideas from a large number of people and quickly converge on the ones that are the most meaningful to the group. Participants will work individually and together to try and identify some of the biggest challenges they face in innovation today and then, as a group, will attempt to begin solving them. Don’t miss what promises to be one of the most fun and meaningful sessions you will attend this year.