Charged 2019

The Charged Conference features insights from prominent industry leaders with unique and engaging perspectives on technology and design. The conference consists of a day-time workshop, an evening featuring two speakers, followed by drinks and conversation.



Overlap Associates

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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


Frank Bach

Lead Product Designer at Headspace

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  • 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.

  • 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.

Andréa Crofts

Director of Design, League

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  • Designing for Digital Health

    The “restore connection” alert isn’t just for devices– it applies to people too. And it’s more important now than ever before.

    We have a responsibility as creators of digital products to enable others to disconnect, and re-connect with themselves– physically, mentally and socially. This intersection is an emerging category Andréa likes to call digital health, and it’s something we can create together. In this talk, I shared actionable strategies, principles and considerations for designing with digital health top of mind. We got into some #realtalk about how we can collectively create more balance and presence for the humans using our products.

  • Andréa Crofts is a product designer, community builder, and lover of expletives. She is the director of product design at League, a digital-first health benefits platform focused on preventative health and lifestyle. 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 also has a penchant for drawing expletives in elegant hand lettering.

Our Partners

Community Partner

NORCAT Innovation is Sudbury’s Regional Innovation Centre and a member of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs, and Canadian Digital Media Network. They work with early-stage tech entrepreneurs, and innovative businesses, providing them with the resources they need to help them start, grow and scale their venture right here in Sudbury.

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Design Partner

Fuel Media is a Sudbury-based UI/UX agency with a diverse team of programmers, designers and strategists that develop beautiful user experiences that solve complex business problems.

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Education Partner

The Interaction Design Foundation is an independent nonprofit initiative with an objective that sounds like a paradox—to raise the level of global design education to an Ivy League standard, while at the same time reducing costs to as low as we can possibly take them.

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