Speaker Series, Vol. 1

Hosted by IDF New York City
Feb 19th, 2020
6:00pm - 9:00pm (UTC -04:00)
TEKSystems, 757 3rd Ave, #1202, New York City, NY
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This is Local Group meet-up

  • Attendance is free
  • You do not have to be a member of the IDF to attend

What are Local Groups?

IDF Local Groups will expand your local career network - whether you are interested in learning new skills, looking for new job opportunities, new clients for your company, or a great new dedicated employee.

An IDF Local Group is a group of people who are just as passionate about design as you are. Each Local Group holds physical meetings and the agenda is to get inspired, discuss, have fun, learn and improve your career. Meetings take place in a relaxed and fun atmosphere at a local cafe, an office building, or an auditorium depending on the agenda for the meeting. For each Local Group there is also an online Local Group so you can stay in touch and help update each other on local events.

Meet-Up Details


Hello everyone!

We are very excited to invite all IDF/NYC members [and non-members] to this inaugural Speaker Series event. This will be a more formalized event than we've had in the recent past, complete with great talks from knowledgeable UX practitioners in the industry with a chance to ask questions & network with others.

To end the night, TEKSystems will provide FREE portfolio reviews for event attendees! So bring your laptops, resumes, portfolios and get ready to have a wonderful night. See below for full details:

Attendance Checklist:

  1. Review the details below
  2. RSVP to confirm attendance
  3. Bring laptop for portfolio reviews

Full Agenda:

  • Arrival & lite refreshments (15 min)
  • Introduction, IDF & TEK systems (10 mins)
  • Guest Speakers (60 mins)
  • Speaker Q&A (10 mins)
  • Networking & portfolio reviews (60 mins)

Guest Speakers:

  • Melissa Sanchez, UX Research Manager, Verizon
  • Nefeli Stavrinidi, Lead UX Designer, Morgan Stanley
  • Joe Formica, Lead UX Design Instructor, General Assembly. Founder, Bitesize UX.

Our Host:

TEKSystems is an industry leader in digital transformation, talent acquisition & team building. They help thousands of talented individuals land great careers in reputable companies. They boast:

  • Deep, local knowledge in more than 400 metropolitan markets worldwide
  • Proprietary research of market trends and analysis of industry employment
  • 100+ locations throughout North America, Europe and Asia
100 IDF members (and some non-members) are attending

Meet-up discussion

Hi all! Please use this discussion thread to discuss Speaker Series, Vol. 1 held on Feb 19, 2020. Feel free to ask questions about the place, date and time, agenda of the meeting, or anything else.

Joe Formica is an excellent UX teacher! Glad to see his name here

Hello Everyone, I am Kris working as a Front-End Developer, i am pretty new to UX Design Course and looking forward to meet you all. Please let me know if the Beginners are good to join in this meeting. If so, please share address and timing

Hello Krishna. Yes, in fact, beginners are the target audience! The address and timing is located just above this thread—at the top of this event page. Hope to see you there.


I'm in South Carolina, and NYC was the closest "local" meet-up to me. I won't be able to make the trip, but was wondering whether there will be any sort of virtual/online/recorded components by which I could participate from here.


Hello Natalie,
We will definitely look into this possibility! I will have to get back to you on that.

Hi Natalie! There is actually a local group in Columbia, South Carolina. And also groups in Charlotte, NC and Atlanta, GA depending on where you are in SC. Hope you can connect with them too, but you're always welcome to the information in our group.

Thanks! How do I get in touch with the Columbia group?

Never mind. I've joined and introduced myself. Thank you, Tenaya!

I'm new to UX, and looking forward to the meetup and hearing the speakers and meeting members!

Hello, creative people! my name is Mido from Japan. I'm a graphic and brand designer. I'd love to bounce ideas around with you guys! Looking forward to meeting you!

Hello all, My name is Twinkle Desai I am taking beginner courses and I’m wondering, is there a cost to attend this event? And also can non idf members who are studying UI/UX at my institution join me

Hey there Twinkle, there is no cost! And yes, anybody else outside of IDF is more than welcome to join—they may need to fully sign in with the front desk staff at the building but it's pretty quick and painless.

Hope to see you there!

Hi, everybody! My name is Beatriz and I'm attending the meet-up. But there are two times in the description, 13:00 - 16:00 and 6 - 9 PM. Which is the right one?

Hello Beatriz, I am so sorry for any confusion — the IDF site is not letting me change it to the original times and I'm not sure what's going on... it is 6-9pm EST tonight. Hope to see you there!

Great! Thank you, Devin.

See you there!

Please what is the exact time for the meeting, Iam in New York. That’s the Eastern Time.

I am so sorry for any confusion — the IDF site is not letting me change it to the original times and I'm not sure what's going on... it is 6-9pm EST tonight. Hope to see you there!

I got the exact same question..!

I am so sorry for any confusion — the IDF site is not letting me change it to the original times and I'm not sure what's going on... it is 6-9pm EST tonight. Hope to see you there!

HELLO EVERYONE. For whatever reason, the IDF site has changed the original time and will not let me change it here... The event is 6-9pm EST tonight. Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions!

Thank you. I ll be there

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