Announcing our second keynote speaker for IAC21: Kathy Sierra
We are thrilled to announce programmer and game developer Kathy Sierra will deliver the closing keynote at the 2021 Information Architecture conference.
Kathy created the award-winning Head First book series that sold over one million copies. Published by O’Reilly Media, these instructional guides employ an unorthodox combination of visuals, puzzles, jokes, and an engaging conversational style to help people develop skills in programming, software engineering, and user experience design.
Kathy developed education games and software for the motion picture industry, and created the first interaction design courses for UCLA Entertainment Studies. For more than 15 years, Kathy has helped large companies, small startups, nonprofits, and educators rethink their approach to user experience, and build sustainable, genuine customer loyalty.
In 2007, after being subjected to a sustained campaign of harassment that included public disclosure of personal documents (aka doxxing) and death threats, Kathy made a high-profile exit from the technology industry.
Since then, Kathy has emerged as a hero for horses by pioneering better ways to rehabilitate and motivate horses and by cultivating an international community of people who love learning more gentle ways to teach horses with her ground-breaking online classes and conversations.
Through an illustrious career, Kathy has reinvented herself time and again, while nurturing a lifelong passion for teaching and learning. In all sorts of wonderful ways, Kathy is the personification of our conference theme of emergence.