India’s go-to conference for Design in Tech
November 10-11, 2017
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inspiring keynotes from dreamers and doers


panels, debates & talks on focused tracks


stimulating workshops to choose from


speakers, workshop leaders & panelists

Sponsors & Partners

Who's Speaking?

Our stellar speaker LineUp includes Dreamers and Doers - defining products, services and experiences of today and tomorrow...

Khoi Vinh

Principal Designer @Adobe | Former Design Director @NYTimes | DesignChair @Wildcard

Alysha Naples

Coach, Consultant, #AR #VR | Former Sr Director of UX @MagicLeap @AKQA | Adjunct Professor @CCA

Akshay Kothari

Co-Founder, CEO of Pulse | Country Manager & Head of Product @LinkedIn India

Ashwini Asokan

CoFounder & CEO of MadStreetDen | #AI | Formerly #Ux Leader, Researcher @Intel

Justin Bolognino

Founder/CEO at META | Designer/Curator LAB @ Panorama #SynchronicityArchitect

Silka Miesnieks

Head of Design Lab @Adobe | #FutureInterfaces | Former Design Director AR/VR @Samsung

Ninad Raval

VP of Product & Design at Flock | Mentor @Directi brands: @BigRock @Media.Net & More

Meeta Malhotra

Marketing maven | Advisor Kaalari’s K-Start | Angel investor, mentor

Jayawant Tewari

Principal Design Manager at Microsoft | Former Design Lead @Myntra @Google @SAP India

Sajith Ansar

Founder-CEO, IdeaSpice Design | Forbes #Top100 Indian Entrepreneurs in ArabWorld

Katja Forbes

Founder/Director, Syfte | Mentor, visiting faculty Univ of Sydney

Suresh Venkat

Moderator, Producer, Designer | Former Editor, Tech & Special Features CNBC TV18

Vikram Sridhar

Techie turned Storyteller | Narratographer, Researcher

Naresh Narasimhan

Architect, Urban Planner | Design Activist

Aditya Jalan

VP Products, MechMocha | Former Product Leader @Cleartrip @Zomato @Myntra
For a complete list of speakers and more…
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Networking Dinner

Friday, 10th Nov – Join fellow attendees, speakers, panelists and workshops leaders for an evening of socialising, dinner and drinks.

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invest in 2 Inspiring Days

We pack a lot in 2 short days: a mix of inspiring talks and hands-on workshops. As always, our focus remains on depth, sharp curation, and actionable takeaways!

SpeakerMeet + Afterparty

There’ll be plenty of excuses to connect: unwind and network over coffee or beer, lunch or dinner—connect with designer pros, students, speakers, peers and media!

2017 Workshops

The DesignUp format of talks+workshops continues in 2017—with an expanded range to choose from:


A series aimed at making you a reflective Ux Design practitioner – through best practices, prototyping, sharper processes, stakeholder management, storytelling and more!

Emergent Tech

A selection of workshops around emerging new tech and interaction design opportunities: Augmented & Virtual reality to Chatbots, leveraging on Machine Learning or AI and more…

Analog Learning

Hands-on, minds-on workshops bring you back to basics and build on top of it. From tensile structures in Origami to Toy-making, Lettering and much more – plenty of non-digital distractions!

Limited Seats

Super Early Birds and Early Birds are now sold out. Few student passes remain. Grab your All-Star tickets for Talks+Workshops and Premium Passes for this inspiring 2 day event.

Participate in the critical conversations around humanizing Tech & Business, by Design

Jay Dutta - Curator, Volunteer DesignUp | AsiaPac Regional Lead @IxDA

The whole conference has been a great lesson for me in experience design. Reliving it acts as a shot in the arm, to go out and do more, do better!

Mayukhini Pandey - CEO & Co-Founder, Greenopia

I should mention that this is one of the most immaculately managed events that I have ever attended and kudos to the team on that.

V Shivakumar - Executive Creative Director, Ogilvy Digital & MD, The Brand Union

DesignUp set a high benchmark for design events in India, which was much needed!

Somya Hastekar - Principal Designer , ThoughtWorks

The 2017 Venue

DesignUp returns to Bangalore - to a larger venue: The eco-friendly ITC Gardenia. Located in the heart of India's Tech heartland, Gardenia is a short walk away from central Bangalore landmarks!