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Lineup for DIBI Conference announced

The programme for the 2016 DIBI Conference has been announced, with speakers from Facebook, Tinder, BBC and BuzzFeed set to take the stage.

The conference that will take place in Edinburgh on March 17 - 18, will kick off with an opening keynote from Cap Watkins. Cap in the VP of Design at BuzzFeed, a newly created role, which aims to make the company as smart about design as it is about social. Cap will talk about winning hearts and minds in the battle to create a design-driven organisation.

This keynote will be followed by presentations by speakers from both sides of the Atlantic. Yesenia Perez-Cruz from VOX Media will talk about designing with performance budgets, Ryan O'Connor from BBC News will share the story behind their new app and Anna Debenham will talk about the growing trend of using games consoles as browsers.

Prominent British arts institutions, the V&A and Royal Shakespeare Company will follow with presentations from Kati Price and Richard Adams.

Kati will show the new V&A website and talk about the journey that her organisation took to get this online, while Richard will draw on his 25 years working in digital to talk about future practice.

Day one will close with Jack Shephard from Manchester based digital agency Eighteen and Nick Finck from Facebook.Jack will talk about the role that empathy plays in UX design, while Nick will talk about the power that designers have to change the world.

On the evening of the first day, the conference will be holding a special St. Patrick's Night party in Edinburgh's Old Town.

Day two of the conference starts with a keynote by Scott Hurff a Product Manager and Lead Designer at Tinder. Scott will be followed by Patrick Hamann, Senior Engineer, Financial Times who will be speaking about delivering high-performance websites.

Scottish tech success stories Skyscanner and FanDuel will follow, with Colin McFarland talking about the A/B testing and share insights from experimentation at Skyscanner. Rob Jones, Creative Director and Co-Founder of FanDuel sharing how design has impacted on the growth of the Edinburgh-based company to a £1 billion valuation.

Following lunch, Alison Coward the founder of London-based consultancy Brackett will share ten tips for running an effective UX workshop and Chris Davey, Creative Director of Edinburgh-based digital agency Whitespace will share insight from his work with blue chip clients.

The day will finish with Chris Compston, Lead UX Designer at Sky pitching a controversial 'the UX designer is dead' argument and Danny Hearn, UX Manager (projects), John Lewis talking about putting the user at the centre of the design process.

Design it; Build It takes place in Edinburgh, March 17 - 18 2016. The full programme and tickets can be found on

DIBI is sponsored by MailChimp, InvIsion, Sharpe Recruitment, Komodo, Sumo, Hoefler & Co and Enigma.