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About Our Judges
About Our Judges
Helen Hye Kim
Director, Platform Design Research & Strategy, Capital One
Helen empowers businesses and organizations to grow and scale by helping them collect and use insights gained from their customers and partners to deliver better services more effectively. She is particularly passionate about finding ways to have greater impact through building stronger communities using face-to-face interactions that complement online social media strategies. The methods and tools she uses and teaches draw on her design research, financial and business customer expertise gained through more than 20+ years of experience working with Fortune 500 clients like Capital One, Facebook, and Wells Fargo, nonprofits, small businesses, and her Master's degree in Information Management from UC Berkeley's School of Information (the "I-school") and other extensive training.
Product & Design Leader | Advisor
Seanita is a product and design leader with over 13 years in the tech industry. She is passionate about creating high-functioning team environments that are responsible for building products that delight customers and drive business results. She has held senior leadership roles in product and design at consumer and enterprise companies such as Medidata, Sapient, Originate, and Teach For America. She is also an advisor and member of Astia, a global angel network and co-organizes the NY Product Conference.
Head of Entertainment, Events & Creative, National Indigenous Television at SBS Australia
Adam Manovic was raised on Latji Latji country in Mildura, Victoria, Australia. His bloodlines are connected to the Indigenous Gurang Gurang nation in Central Queensland. Adam is an experienced creative producer, director, television executive, and people leader, working with teams on developing and producing Indigenous content across multiple platforms. The higher profile programs that Adam currently leads are: a weekly Australian Football League program ‘Yokayi Footy’, a weekly National Rugby League program ‘Over The Black Dot’, ‘Going Places with Ernie Dingo’, ‘The National NAIDOC Awards’, ‘Sunrise Ceremony’, and ‘The Koori Knockout’. Adam currently lives in the bayside of Brisbane (Quandamooka Country), with his daughter Rosie (4), son Tully (1), and his partner, Cherry. He is a self-professed proud “nerd.”
Head of Creative at Patreon
Amil started his career at the United Nations working on a global anti-poverty campaign. One of the initiatives that he helped conceive and implement, Stand UP Against Poverty, engaged over 100 million people worldwide in a symbolic gesture against poverty. Amil was with Weber Shandwick for almost a decade, building a creative studio and working on clients like Holiday Inn, Nike, Verizon Wireless, Bank of America, and Chevy. He is currently the Head of Creative at Patreon, leading a team that's working on helping creators earn a sustainable income from their art.
Change Management for Marketing and Creative Teams
Hal trained as a graphic designer at the University of Cincinnati. While working alongside product designers, superior design solutions arose when he took the time to understand and listen to individual people who engage with the things we design. Hal soon opened his own design and branding office, creating interactive products for children and parents visiting the Getty Museum, and worked alongside a fast-growing start-up company, Skechers, who became a long-term client that retained his office to design nearly everything with a Skechers logo on it. Over time, Hal has been fortunate to lead creative and marketing teams for other rapidly growing international companies including Disney, Amgen, and Herbalife Nutrition. Now more than ever, listening to customers on the deepest level is of utmost importance. Hal now helps organizations improve efficiencies in their workflow and processes. More recently, he collaborates with his wife, a doctor and author who writes about medicine and life meeting God. 100% of her royalties go to local nonprofits.
Creative Lead at Wellcome
Marianne leads creative and brand execution at Wellcome Trust, a London-based foundation aiming to solve the world's greatest health challenges with science. Her current focus is on the creation of digital content, advocacy, brand-building campaigns, and public initiatives that center people with lived experience of mental health issues, climate-related health problems, and infectious diseases. Of particular interest is how creative people can develop inclusive principles into their design and communications practice to include underrepresented voices, varied visual representations, and best practice accessibility.