We've carefully curated a programme that will educate & inspire, featuring some of the industry's leading designers, as well as some of the best speakers yet to be discovered. Meet our lineup so far:

Gerry McGovern

Author, founder and CEO of Customer Carewords

Gerry helps large organizations become more customer centric on the Web. His commercial clients include Microsoft, Cisco, NetApp, VMware, and IBM. He has also consulted with the US, UK, Dutch, Canadian, Norwegian and Irish governments. He is the founder and CEO of Customer Carewords, a company that has developed a set of tools and methods to help large organizations identify and optimize their customers' top online tasks.


Kara Pecknold

Associate Creative Director, frog

As a designer and researcher, Kara is interested in the dynamic insights found at the intersection of people, products and systems and has worked on projects with organisations that are focused on consumer products and services, international development, health care, energy management, transportation and education. She is also the lead for frog’s Collective Action Toolkit, a collaboration and creativity tool for group problem solving that is being used worldwide.


Emmet Connolly

Director of Product Design, Intercom

Emmet is Director of Product Design at Intercom where he helps the fast-growing team to design and ship the best work they possibly can. Before joining Intercom Emmet worked at Google where he co-founded and designed Android Wear and designed Google Flight Search. Emmet has lived in San Francisco, Zurich, Vancouver, and Dublin and holds an MA in Digital Art.


Sarah Drummond

Co-founder & director of design, Snook

Glasgow native Sarah is a true design visionary, redefining the role design plays within the public sector. When she's not designing, she's running initiatives such as Cycle Hack, a global initiative aiming to reduce the barriers to cycling.


Cennydd Bowles

Digital product designer

Cennydd Bowles is a digital product designer and writer. He has a decade of experience helping companies realise the benefits of good design, most recently as design lead at Twitter. He writes for A List Apart and is author of the book Undercover User Experience Design.

Workshop – Visual Essentials for Product Design

Claire Rowland

UX designer

Claire is an independent UX and product strategy consultant, and one of the leading figures in designing for the Internet of Things. Her background as Director of Service Design at, a connected home platform provider, and Head of Research at Fjord, gives her a unique insight into how computing and the consumer world collide.


Ian Fenn

UX designer

Ian is something of a legend in the UX community, having worked as an independent UX consultant for almost 20 years, for clients such as BT, Virgin Media & the BBC. He's an experienced writer and teacher on designing effective portfolios, helping designers land the jobs they've always wanted.

Workshop – Designing your UX portfolio

Elizabeth McGuane

Content strategist

Elizabeth is an independent content strategist, empowering companies all over the world to get the most out of their content. A seasoned writer and speaker, Elizabeth brings a personal and honest perspective to the topics of collaboration and storytelling.


Christopher Murphy

Writer, designer and educator

Christopher Murphy is a writer, designer and educator based in Belfast. He organised one of our favourite events of last year, Break Conf, and continues to delight us with his writing over at Monographic.

Workshop – Idea Factories, Talk

Henry Poskitt

Director, Frontend

Henry is a director at Frontend, an award-winning User Experience and Interface Design consultancy that was the first of its kind in Ireland. Henry believes in the revolutionary potential of user centred design and, with 15 years of experience using research and the design method to dissolve knotty issues in financial services, data analytics and most recently healthcare, he’s seen first-hand the power of the principle applied across diverse systems.


Lynsey Duncan

Service designer, Ryanair

Lynsey is one of Ireland's leading authorities on service design, and is currently bringing service design to new heights with Ryanair. We were lucky enough to see her at last year's Service Design Masterclass, and it proved to be one of the highlights of last year.

Workshop – Designing and Delivering a Service

Ré Dubhthaigh

Service designer

Ré is one of the most experienced service designers in Ireland, having led projects for the BBC, Dublin City Council & St James’s Hospital. A Design Associate at the UK Design Council, Ré's an expert on designing effective civic services.

Workshop – Designing and Delivering a Service

Paul Donnan

Product Manager, Each & Other

Paul is a Product Manager with Each & Other and a true hardware & electronics fanatic. He's one of the driving forces behind the IOT community in Dublin, mentoring hackathons and hosting workshops.

Workshop – Design for a Connected World

Ciarán Harris

Head of Innovation, Each & Other

Ciarán is Head of Innovation at Each & Other, Ireland's leading experience design agency. He runs E&O Labs – an internal innovation space for design, experimentation and prototyping for everything related to ubiquitous computing.

Workshop – Design for a Connected World

Lynsey Thornton

Director, UX research at Shopify

Lynsey is the Director of UX Research at Shopify, aligning the company's customer feedback with its product strategy. Before Shopify, Lynsey established the first ever UX Research team at Paddy Power. With a career spanning interaction design to content strategy, we're very excited to welcome her back to Dublin.

Fringe Talk

Goran Peuc

Principal UX Designer at SAP Dublin

Goran has been working in the digital design industry for well over a decade now. He was working in top digital agencies in Croatia, catering to majority of big brands in the region, and about two years ago moved to Ireland to work in SAP as a Principal UX Designer. He is zooming around SAP locations, Dublin, Waldorf, Palo Alto, working on exciting projects all the time.

Fringe Talk

Kate O'Daly

Co-founder Love & Robots

Kate is a co-founder of Love & Robots, an interactive design brand for personalised jewellery and men's accessories. Love & Robots combines design with online tools and 3d printing to form a new type of personalised buying experience.

Fringe Talk


Des Traynor

Co-founder, Intercom

Due to unforeseen travel commitments, Des Traynor will unfortunately be unable to attend Rebase.

Mark Boulton

Design director, Monotype

Due to unforeseen professional commitments, Mark Boulton will unfortunately be unable to attend Rebase.