Conference Focus

    2019 Conference Keynote Speakers Announced

    The NAGW Board of Directors is pleased to announce our 2019 National Conference keynote speakers:

    Chris Roberts, Chief Security Strategist for Attivo Networks
    Jared Spool is the founder of User Interface Engineering (UIE)
    Jon Yablonski, Digital Experience Director, AIGA Detroit

    Register now.Chris Roberts

    Attivo Networks Chief Security Strategist Chris Roberts is working on a number of projects within the deception and services space. Over the years, he's founded or worked with a number of companies specializing in DarkNet research, intelligence gathering, cryptography, deception technologies, and providers of security services and threat intelligence. Since the late 90s Chris has been deeply involved with security R&D, consulting, and advisory services in his quest to protect and defend businesses and individuals against cyber attack.

    Prior to that he jumped out of planes for a living, visiting all sorts of interesting countries and cultures while doing his best to avoid getting shot at too often. (Before that he managed to get various computers confiscated by a number of European entities.) Roberts is considered one of the world’s foremost experts on counter threat intelligence and vulnerability research within the Information Security industry.

    Jared SpoolJared Spool is the founder of User Interface Engineering (UIE), the largest usability research organization of its kind in the world. If you’ve ever seen Jared speak about usability, you know that he’s probably the most effective and knowledgeable communicator on the subject today. He’s been working in the field of usability and design since 1978, before the term “usability” was ever associated with computers.

    Jon YablonskiJon Yablonski is an award-winning digital designer living in Detroit. His passion lies in exploring the intersection of interaction design and development, and he often merges these two disciplines into a hybrid approach for digital problem-solving. He’s currently working on the in-vehicle design systems team at General Motors and orchestrating design events as Director of Digital Experiences for AIGA Detroit. When he’s not building wireframes, prototypes, or stylesheets, Jon is writing about his design experiences for outlets such as A List Apart, Smashing Magazine and CSS Tricks. His work has been featured in outlets such as FastCo Design, Adobe Blog, The State of UX in 2019 from UX Collective, and he’s received awards from CSS Design Awards and The FWA.

    Make a Memorable Conference a Memorable Stay in SLC

    Joining us at the National Conference in Salt Lake City? Tacking on a few days for some sightseeing? Below are a few attractions you shouldn’t miss during your SLC stay.

    Nestled high in the Wasatch Range of the Rocky Mountains, just south-east of the Great Salt Lake, Salt Lake City offers plenty for visitors to see and do.

    SLC was laid out on a grid system, so all roads lead to Temple Square – a breath-taking 35-acre complex in the heart of the city. Owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it is home to the magnificent, 19th-century Salt Lake Temple and the neo-gothic Assembly Hall. The world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir performs in the domed Tabernacle. The Family History Library houses millions of genealogical records profiling more than three billion deceased ancestors from around the globe, making it the largest library of its kind in the world. For information on everything to see and do at Temple Square, visit:

    Head out to the Utah State Capitol building for a free guided tour of this prominent SLC landmark. Information is available here:

    If you’re into the arts scene, visit the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art. The museum’s six gallery spaces exhibit work by local, national and international contemporary artists. The Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) is a university and state art museum. Its permanent collections include over 17,000 works of art representing many different cultures, including African, Oceanic and the New World, Asian, European, American, and the Ancient and Classical World.

    Other SLC museums include The Leonardo, a science and art museum where you can explore the many ways that science, technology, art, and creativity connect. There’s also the Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Arts which features works made by artists from Utah’s Native American, rural, occupational and ethnic communities.

    If you enjoy the outdoors, explore 80-acre Liberty Park in central SLC. Be sure not to miss the park’s aviary and greenhouse. Red Butte Garden is a terrific spot if you’re looking to spend a bit of time doing a nice long walk. The Garden is housed on the University of Utah campus in northeast SLC. It’s divided into sections, each devoted to a specific type of plant or ecosystem.

    Hogle Zoo is located just east of the University of Utah campus. It’s home to more than 800 animals. Visitors can feed the zoo's rhinos and birds and meet Zuri, an African elephant born at the zoo in 2009.

    Outside of city limits, the 1,700 square-mile Great Salt Lake is the largest natural lake west of the Mississippi River. Or take a guided tour Utah Olympic Park, located 28 miles east of SLC. Need to simply get away from it all? The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest has 2.1 million acres of Mother Nature on offer.

    These are just a few suggestions for your SLC visit. There’s plenty more to see and do when you get there, so start planning for a terrific conference and a great Utah experience.