SPAKL, August 10–12th

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Semi Permanent returns to Auckland’s Aotea Centre in August.

“This year’s speaker line-up is a roll-call of names, featuring some of the best minds from today’s biggest global companies – Dantley Davis, Director of Product AI at Facebook; Ethan Eismann, Director of Product at Uber; Katie Dill, Head of Experience at Airbnb and Hector Ouilhet, Head of Design at Google Search.

Cult leaders, who are rock stars in their communities include world renowned book designer Irma Boon, the world’s leading scent artist and designer Sissel Tolass, HaydenShapes surfboard designer, Hayden Cox; world renowned typeface designer, Tobias Frere Jones; New Zealand’s leading contemporary artist, Michael Parekowhai …. and the list goes on.”

Speakers to date include:

Amber Cartwright / Design Manager, Airbnb

Dantley Davis / Director of Product AI, AR and Camera Experience, Facebook

Ethan Eismann / Uber, Director of Product Design

Hayden Cox / Haydenshapes Surfboards, founder and surfboard designer

Hector Ouilhet / Google Search, Head of Design

Irma Boom / Graphic Designer

John Brown / Technical Director, Instrument

Kara Place / Executive Director, Instrument

Katie Dill / Director of Experience Design, Airbnb

Lucy McCrae / Science fiction artist, Body Architect

Michael Parekowhai / Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries, University of Auckland

Natasha Jen / Partner & Designer, Pentagram

Nicholas Kamuda / Sensory Design Director, Windows Mixed Reality

Sascha Lobe / Founder, Stuttgart

Sissel Tolaas / Smell researcher & artist

Steve Denekas / Executive Creative Director, Instrument

Tobias Frere-Jones / Founder and Design Director

Everything you need to know about tickets, panel discussions, schedules, speakers and artists can be found at:




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