2014 Schedule
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Beyond Technology: Designing for People

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As we look at what’s ahead for technology leaders, it’s clear that we’ll need more than good ideas, products and experiences to stay at the forefront. If we want to continue to transform how people look at the world, simplifying complexities and tapping into genuine human desires will be core to how we innovate and drive tomorrow’s big ideas. Alexander Graham Bell once said “the day would come when the man at the telephone would be able to see the person to whom he was speaking.” And now, technology like Skype, brings live, face-to-face conversations to everyone, everywhere. Join Stephen Kim, VP at Microsoft, as he shares a few of Microsoft’s next-generation concepts, creatively bringing people what they want, and in turn, opening up dynamic ways for marketers to connect with audiences.



Stephen Kim

VP Global Agencies & Accounts


Stephen Kim is Vice President for Global Agencies & Accounts, which includes management of Microsoft’s relationships with leading media and creative agencies as well as top marketers. Stephen’s organization includes the award-winning Yarn team, which compbines design, strategy, engineering and client service expertise to build new advertising experiences with creative shops for global brands. In its ten-year history, the team has broken new ground in innovation areas ranging from social media advertising, streaming video marketing, in-game advertising and integrated multi-screen campaigns. Stephen currently serves on several industry boards, including the Center for the Digital Future at the University of Southern California Annenberg School and the Future of Advertising Project at the Wharton School of Business. Stephen also served as a Co-Chair of the US Interactive Advertising Bureau’s Research Council from 2004-2008 and was Chair of the Board of the Advertising Research Foundation from 2007-2009.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Stephen was Chief Research Officer at Media Metrix, a global provider of online audience panel measurement. During his six years with Media Metrix, Stephen was responsible for working with a wide range of clients in the publisher and advertising agency community to help those companies understand how to use online research to increase the effectiveness of their internet activities. More recently at Media Metrix, Stephen was also responsible for overall product development and strategy, focusing on the role of audience measurement in the rapidly changing online media marketplace. Before joining the online world, Stephen was an attorney with the law firm of Morrison & Foerster specializing in the regulation of new technologies and the use of statistics in complex litigation.

Stephen holds an M.A. in Communications Research from the Annenberg School at the University of Pennsylvania. At the Annenberg School, Stephen’s graduate work focused on media effects research. Stephen also holds an A.B. in Political Science from Brown University and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. At the Law School, Stephen was an Editor for the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, where he published an article examining the communications and regulatory issues surrounding television violence.

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