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Posted Sep 15, 2015

Seattle Interactive Conference Announces 2015 Speakers

Seattle-based Tech Leaders from Disney, eBay, Facebook and Paypal Among Those Scheduled to Speak at Annual Two-Day Event 

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The Seattle Interactive Conference, the Northwest’s premier event celebrating the convergence of online technology, creativity, and emerging trends, today announced a partial lineup of speakers for its 2015 event, which will take place November 3–4 at the Washington State Convention Center. Now in its fifth year, Seattle Interactive is expected to attract more than 3,000 attendees to hear from technology leaders at small and large companies operating in Seattle, from influential national brands and digital agencies who make their home in Seattle, including Amazon, Expedia, T-Mobile and Moz and Wunderman, to industry-leading companies opening offices in the region, such as Facebook, GoDaddy and Disney, among dozens more.

“The digital industry in Seattle is exploding, with leading brands, marketers and technologists who are native to the Northwest and more moving here every day,” said Brian Rauschenbach, Seattle Interactive Co-founder. “These established, trusted companies who are native to Seattle have attracted top talent the region which serves as a magnet for other companies to set up shop here.” 

The conference comes at a time when the growing tech industry is top-of-mind for the region. Just last year, the New York Times wrote that Seattle is “the new center of the tech boom” and, according to JLL’s 2014 High-technology Office Outlook, it’s also the second biggest technology market in the U.S. behind San Francisco. There has been a lot of local debate about the influence of the tech boom on the community and Seattle Interactive represents the best snapshot of the people, companies and work driving this growth.

“What’s happening in Seattle now will influence technology everywhere,” Rauschenbach said. “Seattle Interactive is a great forum to gather digital technology leaders in one place for a few days’ worth of conversation about the future.”

Attendees attend presentations, panels and tactical working sessions that cover marketing, branding, communications, UX/UI design, and professional development, along with structured networking events.

Speakers this year include:
  • Amy Balliett, Killer Infographics
  • Benjamin Winters, WINTR
  • Brett Lovelady, ASTRO Studios
  • Brian Ladyman, Slalom
  • Carey Jenkins, Substantial
  • Charles Manning, Kochava
  • Chris Pirillo, Gnomies
  • Craig Evans, Wunderman
  • David Shing, AOL
  • Donte Parks, Substantial
  • Dr. Pete Meyers, Moz
  • Eddie Rehfeldt, Waggener Edstrom Communications
  • Florence Truong, Substantial
  • George Skaff, TouchCommerce
  • Jeff Hasen, Gotta Mobilize
  • Jen Travis, Slalom
  • Joanna Lord, Porch
  • Joe Hollier, The Light Phone
  • John Busby, Marchex
  • Jonathon Colman, Facebook
  • Julie Rezek, Wunderman
  • Justin Woo, PayPal/Braintree/Venmo
  • Karen Olson, Space Needle
  • Luis Antezana
  • Mark Kornblum, Substantial
  • Matthew Brown, Moz
  • Matthew Conlen, FiveThirtyEight/Rhizome
  • Michael Ellsworth, Civilization
  • Morgan O’Friel, RATIO
  • Paul Peterman, Facebook
  • Rand Fishkin, Moz
  • Randy Engstrom, City of Seattle
  • Renee Metty, With Pause
  • Rick Chandler, T-Mobile
  • Robert Veliz, Jr., Porter Novelli
  • Robin Avni, Cornish College of the Arts; University of Washington
  • Russell Ketchum, Google Analytics, Mobile Apps
  • Surya Vanka, Design Swarms
  • Tahmina Watson, Watson Immigration Law
  • Taryn Naidu, Rightside
  • Vicki Haberman, Slalom

Regular Rate, September 1 – November 2
Gold Conference Pass: $499
Student/Faculty/Non-profit/Gov: $99

Walkup Rate, November 3 – November 4
Gold Conference Pass: $599
Student/Faculty/Non-profit/Gov: $149


Seattle Interactive 2015 will be held at The Conference Center at WA State Convention Center. The Conference Center is located right in the heart of downtown with easy access to Interstate 5, convenient parking, the airport light rail link. The Conference Center is on the Northeast corner of Eighth & Pike across from the WSCC.


The annual Seattle Interactive Conference is a two-day event celebrating the convergence of online technology, creativity, and emerging trends in one of the world's most innovative cities. SIC brings together entrepreneurs, developers and online business professionals from throughout the US and beyond for a powerful combination of in-depth presentations, networking opportunities, and social events. Attendees have the rare opportunity to explore disruptive technologies and business models with visionary thinkers and peers in areas ranging from online commerce and social media to interactive advertising, marketing, entertainment, and much more.

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