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The Seventh Annual Tom Tom Founders Festival is a week-long celebration of innovators, visionaries, and artists who are shaping small cities. The Festival occurs at dozens of venues throughout downtown Charlottesville. 

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Wednesday, April 11
 

12:00pm

Youth Summit: Makerville
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After a morning of sharing ideas and concepts at The Paramount Theater for the Youth Summit, students will showcase various projects at the IX Art Park for the Youth Summit’s first-ever Makerville! This will be a space for musical performances, art creation at interactive booths, trade-skilled showcases and services, pop-up dialogues, and much more.

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avatar for ReinventED Lab

ReinventED Lab

We want Charlottesville to be the shining example of what the future of school can look like for everyone.How we're getting thereWe're working towards this mission by empowering students and designing custom curricula for educators and clients.We're also training education innovators... Read More →
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UVA Curry School of Education

Advancing Society. Together. As the 18th Ranked School of Education we create a positive and lasting change - in the classroom, in the lab, in the community, and in the world at large.


Wednesday April 11, 2018 12:00pm - 2:15pm
IX Art Park 521 2nd St SE, Charlottesville, VA 22902
 
Thursday, April 12
 

10:30am

Master Class: Discover Your Positioning DNA and Dominate Your Competition
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Too many business leaders fail to ask the most basic questions about their company―Who are we? And why do we matter?―before they leap right into branding. Henry Hwong takes you through the process of performing “genetic testing” on your company―a branding and marketing strategy that will build market momentum and crush the competition.

Speakers
avatar for Henry Hwong

Henry Hwong

Principal, Cunningham Collective
Henry Hwong has over 24 years of experience in technology and consulting for venture-backed startups and public companies. He is an expert in product strategy, pricing, corporate innovation and marketplaces. While at Cunningham Collective, Henry has led a number of marketing and brand... Read More →

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avatar for StoryWare

StoryWare

We are a team of experienced, creative, and hard-working designers, developers, and strategists who are passionate about our craft.
avatar for Willowtree

Willowtree

Creating beautiful digital products engineered to drive growth for the world’s leading brands.


Thursday April 12, 2018 10:30am - 11:40am
Old Metropolitan Hall 101 E Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

3:30pm

Roundtable: Revitalizing Main Street
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As Americans seek increasingly urban, walkable environments, downtown has returned to center stage for economic opportunity and social vibrancy. What makes these places work? Join this roundtable for a lively conversation about design, policy, and placemaking.

Moderators
avatar for Winona Dimeo-Edgar

Winona Dimeo-Edgar

Managing Editor, Livability.com
Winona Dimeo-Ediger’s articles have appeared in Rolling Stone, National Geographic, Country Living, NPR and Buzzfeed. She currently serves as the managing editor of Livability.com, a site that highlights the "unsung awesomeness" of small to mid-size cities in voice-driven articles... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ric Cavender

Ric Cavender

Executive Director, Charleston Main Streets
Ric is the Executive Director of Charleston Main Streets, the city’s community & economic development agency focused on the East End and West Side Urban business districts. Since the programs' inceptions, the districts have experienced public and private investments totaling over... Read More →
avatar for Becky Ceperley

Becky Ceperley

Consultant, Member of Charleston, WV City Council, Appalachia Funders Network, City of Charleston, WV
Becky Cain Ceperley is an at-large member of the Charleston, West Virginia City Council. Ms. Ceperley is employed as a consultant for the Philanthropy Engagement Project of Appalachia Funders Network.
avatar for Juanita Hardy

Juanita Hardy

Senior Visiting Fellow for Creative Placemaking, Urban Land Institute
Juanita Hardy is the ULI Senior Visiting Fellow for Creative Placemaking. Her work will support the Institute’s Building Healthy Places Initiative by deepening and broadening ULI’s focus on creative placemaking in its content and program areas, and through its District Council... Read More →
avatar for Mona El Khafif

Mona El Khafif

Associate Professor, UVA School of Architecture
Mona El Khafif is an Associate Professor at UVA School of Architecture, co-author of ‘URBANbuild: Local/Global’ (with Ila Berman) and author of ‘Staged Urbanism: Urban Spaces for Art, Culture and Consumption in the Age of Leisure Society’ (German edition). She received her... Read More →

Scholars
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Johnny Magdaleno

Communications Manager, Urban Manufacturing Alliance
Johnny Magdaleno is the communications manager for the Urban Manufacturing Alliance. He writes policy reports, leads grant applications, writes and distributes press releases, and works with UMA's partners on a variety of writing and research projects. Johnny also works as a journalist... Read More →
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Hana Passen

Associate Director, New America National Network, New America
Hana Passen is the Associate Director for New America’s National Network. Her responsibilities include project management for the Reinventing the Think Tank Initiative and coordinating New America’s growth into a nationally networked organization.
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Melody Warnick

Freelance Journalist
Melody Warnick is the author of This Is Where You Belong: Finding Home Wherever You Are (Viking, 2016), an exploration of the groundbreaking concept of place attachment. Described by Richard Florida as “an important book for so many people who are choosing their place to live,” This... Read More →


3:30pm

Tour: The Evolution of Industry at Woolen Mills
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Shuttle will pick up at the bus pull-off lane on Water Street on the west end of the Downtown Mall: past the ice rink, Omni entrance, and Federal Courthouse. Staff will be at the Whiskey Jar to spot and direct participants.

Once a classic example of a river “mill town” industrial site, Woolen Mills is on the cusp of a major redevelopment. Get an insider’s sneak peek at its future as an adaptive reuse, mixed-use project restoring the Rivanna/Moore’s Creek as a recreational asset.

Speakers
avatar for Lee Catlin

Lee Catlin

Economic Development Project Manager, Albemarle County
Lee has 25 years of experience in local government in Albemarle County, beginning in community relations in the Police Department and moving into areas including communications, community engagement, media relations, economic development and tourism among others. Her last position... Read More →
avatar for Brian Roy

Brian Roy

Student, Monticello HS
Historic Renovation, Adaptive Re-use, Real Estate Development

Sponsors
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Albemarle County

Albemarle County is one of the most attractive and desirable locations in Virginia, with excellent school systems, low crime and unemployment rates, and a wide range of cultural, historic and recreational activities which offer unique advantages for thriving businesses and for gracious... Read More →


Thursday April 12, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Woolen Mills
 
Friday, April 13
 

10:30am

Designing Products with Purpose
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Can design transform objects and systems into vessels for social impact? Learn how these designers responded to crises in the world around them, from police brutality to hunger and homelessness.

Moderators
avatar for Peter Jackson

Peter Jackson

Portfolio Director, IDEO
Peter Jackson is a portfolio director at IDEO San Francisco, where he is focused on the intersection of consumer experience and organizational design. Prior to joining IDEO, Peter served as senior counselor to now U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren and as the first Assistant Director for... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Brandon Anderson

Brandon Anderson

Founder & CEO, Raheem AI
Brandon D. Anderson is the Founder of Raheem AI, a secure and anonymous tool to report and review police interactions. The tech nonprofit builds feedback loops for cities to help identify where policing works well and where it can be improved. Raheem AI is sponsored by My Brother's Keeper Alliance, an initiative of the Obama Foun... Read More →
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Kris Cody

Founder, PAKA
Kris Cody is the founder of PAKA, an alpaca wool sweater company that empowers Peruvian women. PAKA currently employs 17 women weavers and knitters full-time. The funds that Cody has raised will also pay the tuition for one Peruvian woman to attend college.
avatar for Hannah Dehradunwala

Hannah Dehradunwala

Cofounder and CEO, Transfernation
Hannah is the co-founder and CEO of Transfernation, New York City’s first tech-based, on-demand food donation service. Founded while she was still an undergrad, in the last two years, the organization has redistributed over 52,000 pounds of food to countless shelters in Manhattan... Read More →
avatar for Tina Hovsepian

Tina Hovsepian

Founder, Cardborigami
Hovsepian is the Design Director at one of the largest developments under construction in downtown LA: Oceanwide Plaza, with the role to oversee the Design of the project and bring Oceanwide’s vision to life. She is also the founder and board chair of Cardborigami, a non-profit... Read More →
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Tim Scott

Co-Founder, Mitscoots Outfitters
Tim Scott is the Co-Founder of Mitscoots Outfitters, a social enterprise on a mission to outfit and employ individuals transitioning out of homelessness. Leveraging his past military and ad world experience, Tim has has bootstrapped his company into 200+ retail partnerships with a... Read More →

Sponsors
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StoryWare

We are a team of experienced, creative, and hard-working designers, developers, and strategists who are passionate about our craft.
avatar for Willowtree

Willowtree

Creating beautiful digital products engineered to drive growth for the world’s leading brands.


Friday April 13, 2018 10:30am - 11:40am
Welcome Gallery 114 3rd Street NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902

2:00pm

Solving Design Problems with Prototyping
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UX and UI designers work with many other professionals from marketers to C-level executives to front and back-end engineers. Learn how to successfully solve design problems and efficiently collaborate with others to produce the best designs for your product or your client. 

Moderators
avatar for Kate Hofstra

Kate Hofstra

Creative Services Director, Storyware
Kate Hofstra is a Brooklyn based digital strategist, designer and copywriter with a decade of experience in writing, research and creative strategy. With a knack for storytelling and an instinct for organization, she helps brands and nonprofits deliver smart and engaging online e... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Emily Flannery

Emily Flannery

Team Lead, Marketing Engineering, InVision
Emily Flannery is the Team Lead on the Marketing Engineering team at InVision. Cross-functional collaboration is what she loves most about her work — delivering solutions that meet and exceed their teams' goals and customers' expectations.
avatar for Kristen Keiser

Kristen Keiser

Designer, Pentagram
Kristen is a graphic designer based in Austin, TX. She joined the international design firm Pentagram in 2012, and her clients include Bumble, World Wildlife Fund, University of Southern California, The Contemporary Austin, Texas Society of Architects, CU Boulder, Santa Clara University... Read More →
avatar for Todd Wickersty

Todd Wickersty

President, Storyware
As President of Storyware, Todd oversees business development, marketing, operations, and finance. In addition, Todd helps clients with digital strategy, user research, wireframes, and front-end development.Todd co-founded Storyware in 2013 after years of running his own consulting... Read More →

Sponsors
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StoryWare

We are a team of experienced, creative, and hard-working designers, developers, and strategists who are passionate about our craft.
avatar for Willowtree

Willowtree

Creating beautiful digital products engineered to drive growth for the world’s leading brands.


Friday April 13, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Welcome Gallery 114 3rd Street NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902

3:00pm

A Universal Language: Inclusive Design
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Industry leaders and designers discuss techniques for keeping design culturally-relevant, inclusive, and accessible through basic design principles, maintaining reliable user-experience, ultimately working to create better user-experiences.

Moderators
avatar for Lance Barrera

Lance Barrera

Product Designer, WillowTree
Lance Barrera creates innovative digital products for the world's leading brands. Outside of work, Lance hosts and organizes the CreativeMornings Charlottesville chapter. He is on the Programming Committee for The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative and also contributes to Charlottesville... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jordan Devries

Jordan Devries

Director of UX, Brave UX
Jordan DeVries is the Director of UX at Brave UX, a UX agency that designs complex application interfaces. Jordan has been writing, architecting, designing, developing and animating interfaces for the past 15 years. His work has been featured in multiple publications, including Fast... Read More →
avatar for Shauna Keating

Shauna Keating

Product Designer, TurnTo Networks
Shauna is an inclusive designer on the front end team at Moonfarmer, a creative digital studio based in the city of Kingston, NY. She currently serves on the board of directors for AIGA Upstate NY, and co-organizes the Hudson Valley Tech Meetup & Catskills Conf.
avatar for Julia Swenson

Julia Swenson

Director of Product Design, WillowTree
Julia Jamieson Swenson is Director of Product Design at WillowTree. Julia previously served on the board of AIGA West Michigan and as founding host of Creative Mornings Grand Rapids. 

Sponsors
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StoryWare

We are a team of experienced, creative, and hard-working designers, developers, and strategists who are passionate about our craft.
avatar for Willowtree

Willowtree

Creating beautiful digital products engineered to drive growth for the world’s leading brands.


Friday April 13, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Welcome Gallery 114 3rd Street NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902

4:00pm

Case Study: Citizen-Centered Design in Gainesville, FL
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Invisible, tenacious, and pervasive, organizational dysfunction underlies many of our most pressing challenges in the social sector. But it can be beat. Get inspired by the story of how some determined city administrators in Gainesville partnered up with IDEO to reorient their entire local government around citizens.

Moderators
avatar for Peter Jackson

Peter Jackson

Portfolio Director, IDEO
Peter Jackson is a portfolio director at IDEO San Francisco, where he is focused on the intersection of consumer experience and organizational design. Prior to joining IDEO, Peter served as senior counselor to now U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren and as the first Assistant Director for... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Anthony Lyons

Anthony Lyons

City Manager, City of Gainesville
Anthony was appointed Gainesville City Manager by the City Commission in April 2016. He is responsible for a team of more than 1500 city employees. He has also served as Gainesville’s Interim City Manager, Interim Planning and Service Director as well as two tenures as the City’s... Read More →
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Wendy Thomas

Director, Department of Doing, City of Gainesville, FL
Wendy Thomas is the City of Gainesville’s first Director of the Department of Doing where her responsibilities include overseeing the Planning and Building Divisions. Her experience in planning and development spans both the public and private sectors.

Sponsors
avatar for StoryWare

StoryWare

We are a team of experienced, creative, and hard-working designers, developers, and strategists who are passionate about our craft.
avatar for Willowtree

Willowtree

Creating beautiful digital products engineered to drive growth for the world’s leading brands.


Friday April 13, 2018 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Welcome Gallery 114 3rd Street NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902
 


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