July 17-19, 2017 / Vancouver, BC

Kat Holmes / Founder, KATA

Kat Holmes is best known for her thought leadership in reexamining disability and diversity as a source of innovation.

Talk / Design for 7 Billion. Design for One.

Holmes recently left Microsoft to found a startup dedicated to building equitable digital experiences through inclusive design. She is extending the work she led as Director of Inclusive Design into new ways to accelerate this approach across the technology industry. She currently consults with companies on how to apply inclusive methods to grow their customer base and transform culture.

With over 15 years of experience in technology, she interweaves design, engineering, and business methods to create breakthrough products and processes. She leads organizations in identifying simple, transformative human insights that result in differentiated customer experiences. Her work centers around 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.