Speakers

Joro Penchev
Technology Expert at Vision Sofia
With many years of development experience, Joro is also an active participant in numerous citizen activism initiatives. He is of the staunch opinion that it is the job of any institution to proactively provide the best possible communication with people. He has devoted considerable efforts to consulting e-government UX and sits on the management board of Obshtestvo.bg, a non-profit that developed the National Open Data portal and the Open source in government initiative, as well as other e-projects targeting our life as active citizens. He has participated in various international partnerships on open data, smart cities and e-government, including the Digital Transition partnership on the current EU Urban Agenda. As a part of the Vision Sofia team, Joro is keen to help everybody have their say in how the city should look like.
Ram Almog
Ram Almog is a founder at Red-Interactive, a digital agency that creates products and services from concept to implementation. He consults start-ups on business strategies, marketing, digital products, and technology. Ram's main focus is on Ed-Tech, and he has created educational products that are used all over the world. In 2014, he took on another role as CEO of ToBe Education, a company that turns lessons into exciting role playing games. Ram's work can be seen at red-id.com, and to-be-education.com. Ram speaks and runs workshops all over the world.
In 2016 he spoke at webexpo in Prague and ran a workshop at produtized in Lisbon.
Sophia Voychehovski
Founder of Rewired
@sophiavux
Rewired consults to clients that are innovating in education, health, and the Atlanta community. She's often traveling across the United States or around the world, teaching her object-oriented UX methodologies, which have steadily gathered steam since her first talk in 2013. When at home, she's mentoring, leading the Atlanta chapter of Ladies that UX, or working on designing new life-hacking frameworks.
Before founding Rewired to focus on the little guys, Sophia led UX efforts for goliath clients such as AT&T, Napa Auto Parts, the Internal Revenue Service, the Australian Tax Office, and Blue Cross Blue Shield. She also served as a leader on the CNN.com UX team, most notably architecting the responsive design that presented results for the 2012 presidential elections. In 2016, Sophia returned to CNN.com as a consultant, leading the UX for the 2016 election results.
Jeroen Van Geel
Creative director and partner at Oak & Morrow
@jeroenvangeel

He has many years of experience in the field as an interaction designer, strategist and agile scrum master. Jeroen is an international speaker and writer on the field of interaction design and has a great interest in the world of product personality. He has pushed forward many design projects, ranging from the award winning products and services for Dutch public transport authority 9292 to the innovative automated border control systems at Schiphol Airport. His goal is to return a bit of wonder into the world, even if it is just for himself.
Martina Mitz
UX Designer and Psychologist
@MartinaMitz
Martina started as a self-taught Web Designer in 2001. From the very beginning her approach was user-centered despite not being familiar with the now-common phrase of 'user experience'. In 2007 she finalized her study in Psychology and started working in the field of clinical Psychology. It was at this point that Martina's academic background and her passion joined and she started a career as UX Designer, being called "Conceptioner" at first. Since then Martina has contributed to the digital and service ecosystems of many recognizable companies such as eBay, PayPal, Emirates Airlines, Volkswagen, Telekom and many more. Finally, discovering a growing UX community in her birth-town Sofia and hosting the conference UX Sofia for the past few years has inspired her into giving something back by taking a more active role as a speaker and workshop facilitator.
Mariana Ivanova
Interaction Designer at SAP
@olive_pro
I am a fairy. An experience junkie. Acro yoga monkey. Sound crazy, yes definately I admit I am crazy. Crazy about design thinking, passionate to spread it. Why? Because it's a simple tool for solving problems. But not just that, its a process in which people rediscover their creativity. And thats my mission to aspire creativity so that every human being has the confidence to create experiences in the world we live in.
Dobrian Dobrev
UX Designer at OSI
@DobrianDobrev
I've been working in the field of UX Design for the last 5 years and previously I worked as an Infographic Designer & Information Architect. I've been a speaker at UX conferences - UXify 2016 & Lunch&Learn UX seminars to name a few. I am teaching a course in UX Design for 5 Bachelor Programs at the New Bulgarian University. I also write articles regarding UX Design and Information Architecture for prototypr and other digital medias.
Bilyana Vacheva
Product and Developer Experience Manager in Coherent LabsDesigner
@BilyanaVacheva
Bilyana graduated with BA in Marketing with a focus on digital marketing. For the last three years, she has been working as a Product and Developer Experience Manager in Coherent Labs, championing the use of modern UI technologies in the video game industry. While working with game studios as a Product Manager she started researching UX and UI design. She discovered Virtual Reality when the first Oculus Rift DK1 arrived and still can't get enough of it. She's deeply interested in VR and how it can connect people. Now, Bilyana leads the developer outreach for the Coherent Labs Virtual Reality browser and likes to experiment and discover how the UX of the future will look like. She is a co-founder and main person behind Coherent Labs WebVR Incubator, an initiative focusing on introducing developers to VR and providing them with tools to get started in the industry. She is the creator and host of Sofia GameDev Meetup, a local monthly developer gathering focusing on games, programming, and emerging technologies. In her spare time, she is a VR and AR creator. She lives in Sofia, Bulgaria and travels frequently to the Bay Area.
Dimiter Simov (Jimmy)
Usability believer, Product experience expert at SAP
@dsimov
I am a usability consultant, interaction designer, technical writer, and a series of other things. In 1991, I started translating technical documents telling people how to use things made by companies. In 1997 I started writing technical documents telling people how they were supposed to use software made by companies. In 2000 I started testing with users software and documentation made by companies. In 2003 I started designing interfaces and interactions for software made by companies. In 2010 I started consulting companies on processes likely to guarantee products that users can understand and use. Now I keep helping companies build software that people can use without instructions. It's hard.
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