Los Angeles, California, United States

Buildings illuminate the Los Angeles skyline at dusk; photo by Chris Hepburn

Saturday, February 24, 2018

This year's theme: IA for Good

The world may be full of big profit-focused businesses, but here in LA, there are several for-profit companies with a conscience. We're going to hear how they're trying to make life better for people, and we'll explore ways we can all help people in LA live healthier, happier, more productive lives.


1615 16th St, Santa Monica, CA 90404

LA Metro: 17th Street + SMC Station (Expo Line) is right next door, so we encourage everyone to use Metro and/or carpool.

Expo Line Info
Park + Ride Info

On-street parking is metered** ($1 per hour; 3-hour max) on 16th Street.

Program Schedule
8am - 9am
Check-in + Registration

Once checked in, grab some coffee and a muffin, and then chat with our gracious sponsors to see how they might be able to help you with something!

9am - 12:25pm
Morning Program

Speaker presentations and then attendees will be divided into teams. (Includes one 15min break)

12:25pm - 1:25pm

The India Jones food truck will be offering up their tasty bits! (Attendees are responsible for their own lunch.)


1:25pm - 4:45pm
Afternoon Program

Teams will collaborate on solving their chosen design problem before everyone reconvenes for closing discussion. (Includes one 15min break)

4:45pm - 6:30pm
Mentoring + Post-event Social

Food, drinks, games, music and mentoring by LA's most engaged designers.

Speakers & Presenters
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Arturo Perez
Founder + CEO
Kluge Interactive

Arturo describes himself as a web, philosophy and music nerd, but he's much more than that. As the Founder and CEO of @heykluge—a firm that specializes in unified brand, product, and design strategy—he has developed quite an understanding of how ethics plays into the practice of design. His talk, The Unintended Consequences of Being is sure to illuminate.

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Sarah Tsunehara
Sr. Product Manager
Patient Pop

Sarah's talk, The (Small) Business of Healthcare, will focus on the work PatientPop is doing to help small medical practices connect with the patients who need their services. These businesses are a vital part of our healthcare system, and in an age when shopping online to find affordable healthcare is almost as important as getting it, these small businesses need solutions designed specifically to address business and patient needs.

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Matthew Manos
Founder + Managing Director

Matthew Manos is the Founder/Managing Director of verynice, and Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California. Books include How to Give Half of Your Work Away for Free, and Toward a Preemptive Social Enterprise. He is also the Creative Director behind Models of Impact.

Called “crazy or genius” by Forbes, named one of seven millennials changing the world by The Huffington Post, and recognized by LinkedIn as a top millennial influencer to follow, Matthew’s pioneering work in the fields of design and social enterprise has inspired thousands of practitioners to engage in socially and environmentally responsible business.

Local Sponsors & Partners

Local Team

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Scot Angus
Location Organizer

This is Scot's third year helping bring World IA Day to LA. In 2014, he was Director of Venue for Lara Fedoroff, and then last year he assisted Grace Lau as Director of AV. When he's not solving design problems, he's often volunteering with the Sierra Club.

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Grace Lau
Director, Sponsorship + Finance

This is Grace's third year helping bring World IA Day to LA. In 2016, she assisted Weston Thompson, and then last year she was the Location Organizer for LA. This year, she's also on the Global team, as manager of this website. When she's not designing on her laptop, sometimes she goes camping with her laptop, and sometimes she takes time off from organizing WIAD to watch her favorite Asian dramas (you guessed it: on her laptop).

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Catherine Flournoy
Director, Communications + Registration

This is Catherine's second year helping bring World IA Day to LA. Last year she managed Marketing and Social Media for Grace Lau. In addition to creating communications for WIADLA events, Catherine works in development, fundraising, and visibility for social impact organizations. 

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Alexis Mendoza
Director, Venue + Hospitality

This is Alexis's second year helping bring World IA Day to LA. Last year she wore many hats assisting Grace Lau. When she's not designing, she can be found befriending cute dogs in the neighborhood, exploring local eateries, or chilling with a book at the local library/bookstore.

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Geno Sanchez
Director, Technology + Stage

This is Geno's second year helping bring World IA Day to LA. Last year he too wore many hats assisting Grace Lau. When he's not designing he's usually playing video games or reading graphic novels.

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Jennifer Du
Director, Volunteer Recruiting

This is Jennifer's first year helping bring World IA Day to LA. When she's not designing, she's promoting healthy lifestyles through yoga, attempting to hit 10K steps per day and running her Etsy shop.

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Ace Angara
Signage Manager

This is Ace's first year helping bring World IA Day to LA.

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Danielli Marzouca
Social Media Manager

This is Danielli's first year helping bring World IA Day to LA. After four years in non-profit marketing and management, she's eager to solve design problems for good. When she's not designing, Danielli can be found backpacking the Angeles National Forest, listening to podcasts, or throwing 'adopt'-aversary parties for her dog (yep, you read that right). 

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Sean Dillingham
Live Sound + Video Manager

This is Sean's second year helping bring World IA Day to LA. When he's not designing, Sean is probably running guitars and synths through loop pedals or watching black and white movies. He loves exploring the neighborhoods and hidden histories of Los Angeles, as well as walking along the LA River.

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Paul Lumsdaine
Stage Manager

This is Paul's first year helping bring World IA Day to LA. When he's not designing he’s teaching in the Informatics department at UC Irvine, running Axure training sessions, and singing silly made-up songs to his newborn son. He can typically be found ranting on Medium, heckling brands on Twitter or stalking nature photographers on Instagram.

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Bernadette Irizarry

This is Bern's second year being a World IA Day LA photographer. When she's not capturing sights through her camera, she's fully engaged in running Velvet Hammer, a design agency in El Segundo.