2019 Radical Research Summit

Research. Share. Repeat.

September 27th, 2019 // Emily Carr University of Art + Design

Vancouver, British Columbia

Radical Research Summit 2019

The Radical Research Summit is a one-day event that brings together over 250 researchers, UX practitioners, ethnographers, product managers and businesses. The day will focus on issues and topics that directly impact user research practice today.


Attendees will connect and learn from thought leaders in user experience research, emerging technology practitioners and world-class academic researchers. The day will provoke and inspire your team with new ideas while gaining practical and actionable insights to be more effective influencers and deliver research that has impact.


9:00 AM

Introduction to the day by Venue Sponsor ECUAD

To become a Research Leader, you have to stop being a Researcher

Judd Antin

MacGyvering your research: When conventional approaches need to be adapted

Rock Leung

Research and the liminal spaces

Ernesto Peña

10:35 AM

Coffee break / Networking

Human Impact Research: Putting ethics into action

Elynn Lorimer

Acting on insight: Innovation-based trend reporting as a tool of transformation

Lillian Pontius-Goldblatt & Kate Watson

When a journey map is not enough: Creating interactive stories to share nonlinear user journeys

Mandeep Basi

Inclusive research

Lauren Isaacson

12:25 PM

Lunch / Networking

A note from sponsor

Conversational cars and helpful homes: Emerging tech and context-driven design

Christopher Geison

Who's NOT in the room: Build better products by engaging hard-to-reach users

Ariba Jahan

Global women's mobility: Commute and transportation barriers faced by women globally

Komal Faiz

2:50 PM

Coffee break / Networking

More than words: Facilitating visual, kinetic and tactile feedback

Anna Macaranas

What really happens when agile meets user experience

Shayna Atkins

Practical ethics for designers 101

Eugenia Bertulis & Morten Rand-Hendriksen

Panel: Collaborative research approaches

Leigh Allen-Arredondo

5:10 PM

Closing address and thank yous

Summit Sponsors

We are very grateful for the support of our confirmed sponsors whose contributions make this event possible.

Founding Sponsors

Principle Sponsors

Major Sponsors

Community Sponsors

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship is an excellent opportunity for companies to connect with leaders in user experience research, engage with potential new talent and share your work in the fast changing space of user experience research, design and strategy.

The Reliance Theatre - Emily Carr University of Art + Design
The Reliance Theatre - Emily Carr University of Art + Design


Emily Carr University of Art + Design is a learning community devoted to excellence and innovation in visual arts, media arts, and design. Its vision is to be a worldwide centre of excellence in art, design, and media education and research.

Summit Organizers

This summit is organized by research practitioners from Spatial Research & Design, Samsung, and other UX-focused technology companies. The organizers are passionate about research that inspires new ideas and improves product design/strategy.


Our goal for the summit is to strengthen the Pacific Northwest research community by sharing research approaches, methods and ideas for contributing to better human-centred product/service design.

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