OCT 10 2019

Charged 2019


Save the date and be ready to #GetCharged2019! Join us on October 10th for another great conference!


Educate & Inspire



Participate in our hands-on collaborative workshop lead by an expert instructor to learn new skills or polish existing ones. 



Join us for an evening of networking along with two engaging, inspiring and educational talks from expert speakers. 

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Hang out with Sudbury's design and technology community, have a drink, enjoy some delicious food, and have a great time.


Building a Community

Charged is an annual design and technology event with a mission to educate and inspire. Our goal is to bring together the design and technology communities to encourage collaboration and education that will cultivate long term relationships and a more vibrant community.




Frank Bach is a Lead Product Designer at Headspace in LA. Prior to this, he worked at Edenspiekermann on Red Bull TV. His work spans product, growth and brand design. He's interested in the relationship between mindfulness and creativity: how meditation can empower you to be a stronger designer and more engaged contributor. 

FastCo named Headspace one of the most innovative companies in the world, and Forbes listed them as one of the top 10 game changing apps.

He and the projects he's been involved in have won numerous awards, including the Distinguished Alumni Award from Laurentian University, Premier’s Award nomination from the Government of Ontario, Canadian Marketing Award, RGD’s So(cial) Good Award, and Design Edge Canada’s Legacy Award.

Talk: Designing for Joy

Learn how to go beyond functionality, and add joy to digital products by adding an element of delight to experiences. In this talk, Frank will share strategies and lessons learned in how to create apps that break down barriers between humans and technology. By adding an organic and tangible touch with design, interactions, and going beyond user expectations, you can create long-lasting and engaging products that people connect with on an emotional level.

More about Frank




Andréa Crofts is a design leader and community builder. She is the Director of Product Design at League, a digital-first health benefits platform focused on preventative health.

With a deep love for creating exceptional and accessible human-centered experiences, Andréa’s work lives at the intersection of inclusivity, accessibility and design ethics. She has applied this mindset to her work for companies like Wealthsimple, RBC, and World Vision.

Andréa is also an award-winning designer of many mediums (mostly digital). Her work has been recognized by the W3 awards and nominated for Awwwards and CSS Design Awards respectively – for design work spanning digital marketing, e-commerce and product design.

She also has a penchant for drawing expletives in elegant hand lettering.

Talk: Designing for Digital Health

As creators of digital products, we have a responsibility to enable others to disconnect… and re-connect with themselves– physically and mentally. In this talk, Andréa will share the broad definition of digital health, as well as tips on how we can co-design it.

The rise in mental health as a result of situational stress is a prevailing theme in today’s society, and some of the products we’re building are the root cause. But we have the power to change this.

As creators of digital products, how might we enable our users to be more present in their lives? How might we invest in features like Instagram’s activity timer, despite the fact that they’re fundamentally counterintuitive to the usage metrics most behemoth tech companies are driving towards? And finally, how might we design for disconnection?

More about Andréa

Overlap Associates is a creative consulting firm using human-centred design to help make headway on tough problems.

Human Centred Design
Looking to learn more about human-centred design? Interested in discovering how to apply design thinking to your toughest problems? This workshop will begin with the basics of human-centred design. From there, you'll apply the information you've learned to a hands-on exercise. This course is for people who want to learn the basics of human-centred design and how to apply it to their work. Each participant receives a human-centred design activity workbook, card deck, and set of process cards.

What you’ll learn:

  • Learn new ways to work together

  • Build your team’s skills and enhance their problem solving skills

  • Learn how to be customer-centric and make decisions with the end-user in mind

More about Overlap Associates


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Sponsor Opportunities

Charged wouldn't possible without the support of the community. If you're interested in helping out, take a look at our 2019 sponsorship options.


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