July 25-27, 2018 / Vancouver, BC

Kat Holmes / Founder, KATA

In 2017, Kat was named one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business

Talk / Mismatch: How inclusion shapes design, technology, and society

There are a growing number of inclusion experts in the world. What makes Kat unique is her level of hands-on experience applying it to mass-scale consumer technology. She is the founder of Kata and design.co. These complementary ventures form a platform of people and tools for advancing inclusion in product development and digital experiences. She also advises companies on inclusive design methods that she pioneered while in her role as Director of Inclusive Design at Microsoft. This product development approach emphasizes human diversity and results in adaptive experiences, inclusive growth, and reduced customer churn.

In 2017, Kat was named one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business. She led the development of Microsoft's award-winning Inclusive Design toolkit. This toolkit is widely recognized as a "radical" evolution of design thinking and practices, including honors from the Interaction Design Association (IxDA) and Fast Company's World Changing Ideas.

Kat's work stems from three core values: 1. There's no such thing as an average human being. 2. People should be in the lead, not just the center, of technology. 3. Work with people who you enjoy being around. Make something worth making. Have fun.

Learn more at LinkedIn about Kat Holmes. A full summary of experience and recognition is located at Kat Holmes Design.