Talks & Workshops

Main Topics
  • Design, technology, and innovation - developing a point of view that guides design decision-making
  • Fostering innovation - lessons from education, research, and practice
  • How to design products and services that add delight and/or reduce stress
  • Human Centered Design (generally) and how it can be applied to specific domains
  • How technology might be designed to help us understand ourselves
  • Computational flavor discovery - about the Flavor Genome Project, developing recipe and Chef AIs, and gamifying culinary education.
  • The value of diversity in innovation teams and organizations
  • Custom workshops on innovation management, innovation under pressure, human-centered design, fostering a culture of decision-making that supports innovation, and more.

*NOTE* This page may not be up-to-date.

2019

Altringer, B. (September 2019). Masterclass immersive weekend workshop in Storytelling. Private two-day weekend workshop. Cambridge, MA.

Altringer, B. (September 2019). Human Centered Design. Guest lecture. Harvard Law School. Cambridge, MA. Invited lecture.

Altringer, B. (July 2019). "Harvard’s new MSMBA program." Hosted by Docusign. San Francisco, CA Invited talk.

Altringer, B. (July 2019). "Harvard’s new MSMBA program." Hosted by Rubicon. New York, NY. Invited talk.

Altringer, B. (May 2019). “Masterclass in Managing Innovation.” Irish Management Institute. Dublin, Ireland. Invited half-day masterclass.

Altringer, B. (April 2019). “Technology that helps us understand ourselves.” Digital Initiative Future Assembly. Cambridge, MA. Invited talk.

Altringer, B. (March 2019). “Pre-launch of Chef League – the iOS App Store’s only game to teach chef flavor improvisation skills.” Guest lecture. SXSW Interactive. Austin, TX.

Altringer, B. (March 2019). “Who’s your data? Harnessing tech to better understand ourselves. How can experimenting with your own data yield new and unexpected insights?” 2019 C2 Conference. Montreal, Canada. Invited custom workshop.

Altringer, B. (March 2019) "The science of desirability / gamification example." 2019 Game Developers Conference. San Francisco, CA. Invited vision talk.

 

2018

Altringer, B. (November 2018). “Human Centered Design.” Guest lecture. Harvard Law School. Cambridge, MA. Invited lecture.

Altringer, B. (September 2018) "Designing for Desirability in Product Design." Klai Juba Walk Lecture Series at UNLV. Las Vegas, NV. Invited vision talk.

Altringer, B. (July 2018) "Harvard’s new MSMBA program." Hosted by Rent the Runway. New York, NY. Invited talk.

Altringer, B. (July 2018) "Harvard’s new MSMBA program." Hosted by Threadless. San Francisco, CA. Invited talk.

Altringer, B. (May 2018). “AI and the future of marketing.” Vivatech CMO Forum. Paris, France. Invited MC.

Altringer, B. (May 2018). “Startup Academy.” Vivatech. Paris, France. Invited MC.

Altringer, B. (May 2018). “Developing a design point of view that guides your work.” Vivatech. Paris, France. Invited talk.

Altringer, B. (May 2018). “Understanding desirability.” Microsoft. Berlin, Germany. Invited keynote.

 

2017

Altringer, B. (October 2017). Technology that helps us understand ourselves. HUBWeek. Cambridge, MA. Invited lecture.

Altringer, B. (October 2017). “Human Centered Design.” Guest lecture. Harvard Law School. Cambridge, MA. Invited lecture.

Altringer, B. (July 2017). “Food for Thought: An Evening of Tasting, Talking, and Tapping Local Beers”, MIT Museum, Cambridge, MA. Invited custom workshop and talk.

Altringer, B. (May 2017). “Human Centered Design.” Hosted by ANZ. Auckland, New Zealand. Invited lecture.

Altringer, B. (May 2017). “Human Centered Design.” Hosted by ABS. Auckland, New Zealand. Invited lecture.

Altringer, B. (May 2017). “Human Centered Design Half-day Workshop.” Hosted by PWC and Chorus. Auckland, New Zealand. Invited custom workshop.

Altringer, B. (May 2017). “Innovation decision-making culture half-day organizational audit and workshop.” Hosted by PWC and Chorus. Auckland, New Zealand. Invited custom workshop.

Altringer, B. (May 2017). “Navigating change and innovation.” Hosted by PWC Non-Executive Director Group. Auckland, New Zealand. Invited custom workshop.

Altringer, B. (February 2018). “Desirability and Design”. Hosted by Rapid7. Belfast. Invited keynote.

Altringer, B. (February 2018). “Human Centered Design.” Guest lecture. Harvard Law School. Cambridge, MA. Invited lecture.

Altringer, B.; Dern, L. (January 2018) "Emerging Technology of Storytelling" CES, hosted by Omnicom. Las Vegas, NV. Invited panelist.

 

2016

Altringer, B. (November 2016). “Human Centered Design Half Day Workshop.” Hosted by Knight Foundation. Cambridge, MA. Invited custom workshop.

Altringer, B. (August 2016). Designing More Desirable Educational Systems. Kinnerlat. Antigua, Guatemala. Invited keynote.

Altringer, B. (August 2016). Design for Desirability: Designing for others without losing yourself. OCAD University. Toronto, Canada. Invited keynote.

Altringer, B. (July 2016). Research-based Design that Delights Users or Reduces Anxiety for them. PRISE Distinguished Speaker Series. Harvard University. Cambridge, MA. Invited keynote.

Altringer, B. (July 2016). Design Research for Decision-Making Strategy. Digital Initiative. Harvard University. Cambridge, MA. Invited lecture.

Altringer, B.; Friedman, J. (Freight Farms); Knight, K. (HubSpot); Lombardo, C.T. (Fresh Tilled Soil). (June 2016). Tech in Motion Panel. Boston, MA. Invited panelist.

Altringer, B. (May 2016). Evolution of understanding how technology can help us learn to design for desirability – examples from my work. C2 Conference. Montreal, Canada. Invited keynote.

Altringer, B. (April 2016). Design Research for Innovation Strategy. User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA) Annual Conference. Boston, MA. Invited keynote.

Altringer, B. (April 2016). MIT 100K Entrepreneurship Competition Semi-Finals. Cambridge, MA. Invited judge panelist.

Altringer, B. (Mar 2016). Design, Innovation and Understanding your Customer. MIT Creative Arts Competition. Cambridge, MA. Invited talk and custom workshop.

Altringer, B. (Feb 2016). Designing for Desirability in healthcare contexts. Center for Technology and Behavioral Health at Dartmouth University. Hanover, New Hampshire. Invited keynote.

Altringer, B. (as professor, guiding student winter course work). (Jan 2016). “Desirability in Wearable Form: What will it take to create wearable tech that everyday people and luxury markets really want?” Parsons School of Design. New York City, NY. Invited talk.

 

2015

Altringer, B. (Nov 2015). Thinking about Content Creation Like a Designer. Invited talk and custom designed workshop. Nieman Foundation for Journalism. Cambridge, MA.

Altringer, B. (Nov 2015). Human Centered Design for Lawyers. Guest lecture. Harvard Law School. Cambridge, MA.

Altringer, B. (October 2015). Designing for Desirability. Invited keynote. <a href="&quot;http://www.theshapeofthingstocome.net/">The Shape of Things to Come</a>. Milan, Italy.

Altringer, B. (September 2015). The Design Behind Design Survivor. Invited talk at <a href="&quot;https://hatchexperience.org/">The Hatch Conference</a>. Big Sky, Montana.

Altringer, B. (August 2015). Teaching All Students Tech. Invited talk at the Tech Summit at Harvard. Cambridge, MA.

Altringer, B. (July 2015). Using Software to Enhance Creativity in Culinary Design and Pairing. Special experiential event hosted at Study Restaurant. Cambridge, MA.

Altringer, B. (June 2015). Minimum Viable Products. Invited panelist at Northside Innovation Festival (with Lara Crystal of Minibar, Adam Leibsohn of Giphy, and Peter Rojas of Engadget, moderated by Josh Wexler of Originate). New York City, NY.

Altringer, B. (June 2015). Fostering Innovation. Invited subject matter expert to lead the Fostering Innovation Task Force for the <a href="http://cfonetwork.wsj.com/">Wall Street Journal CFO Network Annual Conference</a>. Washington, DC.

Altringer, B. (May 2015). De-Coding Style: Applying art history and computer science to fashion. Lecture, Harvard University. Cambridge, MA.

Altringer, B. (Mar 2015). Harvard Tech in New York City. Invited panelist (with Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, Co-Founder of Gilt Groupe, and Co-Founder and CEO of Glamsquad; Jason Perri , Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Glamsquad; and Dave Goldweitz, COO of Glamsquad; moderated by Perry Hewitt, Harvard Head of Digital). New York City, NY.

Altringer, B. (Mar 2015). Designing for desirability: Internal and external users. Invited keynote speaker for Digital Science annual conference. Boston, MA.

Altringer, B. &; Habbal, F. (Mar 2015). <a href="http://venturewell.org/open/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/ALTRINGER.pdf">Embedding design thinking in a multidisciplinary engineering curriculum. </a>Venturewell Open, 2015. Invited presentation (of our peer-reviewed paper of the same title). Washington, DC.

Altringer, B. (Mar 2015). Human-Centered Design. Guest lecture, Harvard Law School. Cambridge, MA.

Altringer, B. (Feb 2015). Making Entrepreneurship Ubiquitous. Harvard Junior Parents Weekend. Sanders Theater, Cambridge, MA. Invited speaker.

Altringer, B. (as professor, guiding student winter course work). (Jan 2015). Challenges and Opportunities for Entrepreneurship and Sustainability in Bali: Digital nomads and sustainability-minded entrepreneurs. Hubud, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. Invited lecture.

 

2014

Altringer, B. (Oct 2014). Using Behavioral Science to Identify Innovation Opportunities. NYU. Invited lecture.

Altringer, B. (Oct 2014). Managing Ongoing Creative Problem Solving in Business. US-China International Business Network. Invited lecture series.

Altringer, B. (Nov 2014). Design Thinking and Systems Thinking. UTEC Workshop (collaboration with UTEC and several North American universities to help a new university model for teaching engineering in Lima, Peru). Invited series of custom-designed workshops.

Altringer, B. (Nov 2014). Embedding Active Learning in Curriculum. Faculty of Arts and Sciences Talking About Teaching Series. Invited lecture.

Habbal, F.; Altringer, B. (Nov 2014). Embedding Design in Engineering Sciences. UTEC Workshop (collaboration with UTEC and several North American universities to help a new university model for teaching engineering in Lima, Peru). Invited lecture and series of custom-designed workshops.

Altringer, B. (Oct 2014). The Future of Publishing. Esquire Magazine. Invited consultant.

Altringer, B. (June 2014). Organizing for Innovation. National Institutes for Health Fogarty Award. Invited lecture (as a consultant on Harvard/Partners in Health NIH/Fogarty grant).

Altringer, B.; Benoit, R.; Kankainen, E.; Pangaro, G. (May 2014). Generosity (in the workplace) panel with Harvard, IDEO, Payette and Steelcase, hosted by The Design Museum Boston. Invited panelist.

Altringer, B. (April 2014). Intro to Design Thinking. Springboard Design, Harvard University. Invited lecture.

Altringer, B. (April 2014). Creative Culture(s). MIT D-Lab. Invited lecture.

Altringer, B. (April 2014). Critique of Smarter Cities Final Work. Harvard Graduate School of Design. Invited critic.

Altringer, B. (April 2014). Design ethnography and creating better mobile applications for health care. MIT. Invited lecture.

Altringer, B. (March 2014). Behavior for Better Innovation: What it means and why it matters. University of San Diego. Invited presentation.

Altringer, B. (March 2014). The Innovators' Practice: behind the creation and evolution of the course. Harvard Re-connect. Invited presentation.

Altringer, B. (moderator); Brillhart, J.; DeHuff, J.; Gairard, C.; Leon, S.; Shuurmans, N. (February 2014). "New Media Communication Panel." Harvard xDesign Conference.

 

2013

Altringer, B. (November 2013). Challenges of Big Data. Stir NYC, Inc/Fast Company headquarters. Invited presentation.

Altringer, B. (October 2013). Extreme by Design Panel, Harvard University. Invited panelist.

Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, Center for Public Leadership, "Mastering Teamwork: Capstone experience." (with Professor B. Mandell and Loren Gary of the Center for Public Leadership), Feb 2013). Invited design workshop.

Altringer, B. (May 2013). “Collaborative Innovation: Science and Practice.” 2013 International Design Symposium on Collaborative Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Shanghai, China. Invited keynote presentation.

Delivered by Daniel Jackson on our group's behalf. MITx Task Force on Learning Environments. (May 2013) "Report of MITx Task Force on Learning Environments" MIT Office of Digital Learning Task Force Retreat. Invited presentation.

Altringer, B. Gonsher, I. &; Zinter, J. (April 2013) "Light as Material" Yale Center for Engineering Innovation and Design. Invited design workshop.

Eisenmann, T, Altringer, B &; Harvard Innovation Lab. (Jan 2013) "Cultural Entrepreneurship in New York City" (winter term program) Harvard Innovation Lab and startup network in New York City. Invited design workshop.

Altringer, B. (April 2013). “Experiments in Innovation and Innovation Education.” Brown University Creative Minds Lecture Series. Invited talk.

Altringer, B. (February 2013). “Women in STEM.” Arizona State University. Invited talk.

Altringer, B. (Feb 2013) "Alternative Design Careers Panel" Harvard Graduate School of Design. Invited talk.

Altringer, B (w/Center for Public Leadership). (Feb 2013) "Externalizing the Internal." Harvard Kennedy School. Invited lecture with accompanying design workshop.

Altringer, B. (Jan 2013) "Project Runway Comes to Engineering Sciences Capstone Course." Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Invited design workshop.

Altringer, B. (Jan 2013) "Design In and Out" (opening panel of xDesign) Harvard Graduate School of Design and Harvard Business School Design Club. Invited talk.

Altringer, B. (Jan 2013) "Imagining Innovative Solutions" Harvard Social Innovation Collaborative. Invited talk.

 

2012

Altringer, B. (Oct 2012) "Fostering innovation inside the university." University of Alabama. Invited talk.

Altringer, B. (Oct 2012) "Figuring it out through meandering experience." University of Alabama. Invited talk.

Altringer, B. (July 2012) "Figuring it out to figure it out." Harvard Global Health Institute. Invited talk.

Altringer, B. &; Schlesinger, L. (Feb 2012) “Empowering faculty creativity in and outside of the classroom.” Ashoka Global Exchange, Arizona State University. Invited design workshop.

Altringer, B. (Apr 2012) “Designing for radical time saving.” Harvard Innovation Lab. Invited design workshop.

Altringer, B. (Jan 2012) “Project runway comes to Harvard.” Harvard Business School Innovation Lab. Invited design workshop.

Altringer, B. (Jan 2012) “Fostering creativity across diverse contexts." Acceptance of New York University Innovation Award. New York University. Invited talk.

 

2011 and before

Altringer, B. (Dec 2011) “Researching creativity across diverse contexts." MIT. Invited talk.

Hennessey, B., Altringer, B., and Moran, S. (2011) “Measuring, researching and fostering creativity." MIT. Invited talk.

Altringer, B. &; Chen, S. (Aug 2011) "Team Design Challenge: Public exhibition of your ideas." Artscience Labs Annual Innovation Workshop. Le Laboratoire, Paris. Invited design workshop.

Collaboration with Stanford colleagues (May 2011). "Prototyping Dynamics." Computer Human Interaction, CHI, Vancouver. Invited talk.

Altringer, B. (Multiple 2011) Team Design workshops for the Idea Translation Lab program for Saudi Arabia. Invited design workshops.

Altringer, B. (Multiple 2010-11) Team Design workshops for the Artscience Prize Program for Boston and Singapore. Invited design workshops.

Altringer, B. (Mar 2011) Harvard Business School, Brainstorm for the new HBS Field Course (lead facilitator). Invited design workshop.

Altringer, B. (2010) “Creativity and innovation at work.” Oxford University Said Business School, UK. Invited talk.

Altringer, B. (Aug 2010) Stanford Design School, Design thinking and the art of innovation team dynamics module. Invited design workshops.

Altringer, B. (Jul 2010) "Team creative problem solving in a multi-national context." Stanford University, Human Computer Interaction. Invited talk.

Altringer, B. (2009) “The effect of different types of client behavior on the innovation process.” IDEO &; JWT Corporate. Invited talk.

Altringer, B. (2009) “Different strokes for different folks: an analysis of team member perceptions of the creative process in advertising and product design teams in the USA and China.” EGOS Colloquium, 2-4 July 2009: Barcelona, Span.

Altringer, B. (2009) “The expectation gap: the relationship between individual perception, intrinsic motivation and innovative teamwork.” Spring Doctoral Conference, Said Business School, University of Oxford, 17 April 2009. Invited talk.

Altringer, B. (2008) "Individual perceptions and creative teamwork across different country offices of multinational companies." Workshop on Open Innovation, 10-11 December 2008, The Cambridge–MIT Institute, Cambridge, England. Invited talk.

Altringer, B. and Liu, C. (2008) "Creative problem stalling: exploring efficiency in team-based creative problem solving with agent based models." Winter Doctoral Conference, 8-9 December 2008, Judge Business School, Cambridge, England. Invited talk.