Canvas started off life as a small event in Birmingham, attended by the local front-end developer community. Fast forward seven years and that small gathering has grown into an award-winning digital product conference that welcomes hundreds of people to the city each year to hear insider stories from some of the world’s most disruptive businesses.
Last year, over 500 people came to the Birmingham Town Hall to hear insider stories from product people doing disruptive work with Google Assistant, digital-first bank Monzo, health tech startup Thriva, and more. You can recap all the talks from 2017 (and before) here.
We’re extremely excited to start sharing our plans for Canvas Conference 2018, which is taking place at the Birmingham Rep Theatre on 4th October.
We think our theme of ‘insider stories from product people’ is one that still stands strong; there’s so much to be learned from hearing the candid accounts of how teams have built the products/services that are changing the way we live and work. We encourage the warts and all approach – it’s not just about hearing the successes, it’s as much about what didn’t work and what was learned from it.
This year, we’ll be hearing from 8 speakers rather than our usual 10, to allow for some different formats throughout the day and ample time for networking with our 300+ attendees.
We’re back in our old venue (2015, 2016), the Birmingham Rep. Ideally situated next to the Library of Birmingham in the heart of the city, the Rep Theatre is the perfect location for a day of inspiration and learning.
The first speakers
We’re very excited to share the first three speakers in our lineup:
Joe Macleod’s career has spanned the leading web, telecoms and App companies. Most recently as Head of Design at the award-winning studio Ustwo. He now works on the Closure Experiences project where he consults, writes and talks about this important issue.
At Dropbox, Ruth designs research & experiences for people/teams that are inclusive, collaborative & generative. She has worked at companies like Atlassian and SurveyMonkey.
Martin leads on the design of digital products for customers and, most latterly, colleagues. In this role he has helped grow the Digital Experience Team, influenced the adoption of design thinking and defined their design system, Luna.