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Speaking history


  • From hand to screen: cross disciplinary design and connected objects at DDays

    Chris joined Elodie Bongrain (FaberNovel) and Matthieu Savary (User Studio) in a roundtable discussion of interaction design in the age of connected objects.

    Report & Video (EN & FR)


  • Critical Studio 2013-2014 : City Tales : Workshop at Shibaura House

    Chris and Hi co-founder Craig Mod gave a talk and workshop on the power of digital publishing tools to drive conversations about the city, how we shape it and use it.

  • Hi launch event at Designer Fund

    Chris and Hi co-founder Craig Mod shared the inspiration and design process behind Hi at Designer Fund in San Francisco.

    Designer Fund Website
  • Echelon 2013

    Chris joined entrepreneurs from San Francisco to Singapore in a panel discussion on product development for startups.



  • Onlab [DATA] Conference

    Qualitative Data and UX Design: Chris gave an overview of common qualitative research methods used by user experience designers to drive product decisions.

    Official Site + Registration (JA)
  • SwapSkills Doubbble #05 - One Web

    Tomomi gave a 40 minute presentation about content strategy to a 200+ audience of digital practitioners.

    Official Site (JA)
  • UXcamp Europe 2012

    Paul and Tomomi participated in the third annual European Barcamp for UX design, held in Berlin. We organized a session about the first run experience while soaking in the experience of an enormous two day UX event.

    Official Site
  • MuseumNext 2012

    Paul and Tomomi traveled to Barcelona for ’Europe’s big conference on the digital side of museums’, where we talked about the museum coupon app MuPon, designed by AQ.

    Official Site Tomomi's Blog post
  • UX workshop for in-house training program

    Chris, Tomomi, and Paul conducted a hands-on 3hr workshop designed to help startups improve the first run experience of their products.


  • nikkeiBP conference “Smartphone & Tablet 2011 Winter”

    Chris gave a 1hr talk about the first run experiences for smartphone apps, and how to prioritize features when making the jump from web apps to smartphone apps.

    Official Site Nikkei BP article (JA)
  • The New Context Conference 2011 Fall

    Chris joined a panel session in this two day conference to share insight on being Lean for design, development, and team building.

    Official Site Event Report
  • PechaKucha Night Tokyo #83

    Tomomi took the stage with Tokyo Art Beat to give Tokyo’s creative community a status update on the art scene after the triple disasters.

  • PARTYstream for JAPAN

    Tomomi gave a 20 minute presentation with Tokyo Art Beat on the role of art in Japan, post 311.

    Event Report (JA)
  • SimpleHonestTalks with AQ Tokyo

    Chris and Ryan brought a taste of Tokyo to Chicago’s Post Family community, with a talk on design and digital communication for arts and culture.

  • AQ event: Presenting Design

    We organized a game-like workshop with some of our friends for a fun evening working out our presentation muscles.


  • AQ event: Re-thinking Museums

    We had an internal event with Tokyo Art Beat and museum research Tomoki Hirano to explore the future of museums and the web in an era of user participation.

    Event Report
  • AQ Presents Adam Greenfield: Becoming Real – The Art of Making Things Happen

    We welcomed Adam for our biggest event in 2010, where he shed insight on how to improve a project’s chances of launching.

    Annoucement Event Report & Videos
  • TAB Talk #17: Twitter x Art Promotion

    Tomomi shared what went on behind the scenes for Setouchi Art Festival’s social media promotion.

    Annoucement Event Report & Slides