Joanna Peña-Bickley, is a true 21st century renaissance woman. Propelled by multidisciplinary acumen in design, data, media and technology, her insatiable curiosity moves design, beyond obvious ideas and products, towards enduring experiences for the cognitive era.
Joanna’s award-winning artist hand has helped the world’s most recognized companies and brands, such as Land Rover, Nokia, Sephora, NASA, American Express, MTV, Pepsi and Jay Z imagine and make innovative breakthroughs, with a philosophy of radical collaboration and remarkable digital craft. Whether creating one of the first streaming video players, that changed the delivery of live news events for ABC, designing the first banking app for the Apple Watch, that made banking personal again for Citi, or reinventing the connected car for General Motors as a cognitive mobility platform & assistant, Joanna’s tenacious creativity disrupts industry and makes new markets.
Named a Power Woman of New York, 2016 Juror at Cannes Lions, Legacy Board Member of The Female Quotient and one of Silicon Alley’s “Top 100 Rising Stars,” her creativity, leadership and activism is fueled by the belief that data and creativity are inextricably linked to designing innovations that matter for business and the world. Joanna stands as a powerful voice and advocate for women in the fields of tech and design. Her inspirational leadership and activism has helped to progress a S.T.E.A.M.D. education movement, putting a woman on the front of US currency, digital literacy for women and girls globally, as well as increased funding for public school music and arts programs, making her a sought after speaker at conferences such as IxDA, CES, The One Show, WNorth, AOL Data Summit, SxSW, TriBeCa Film Festival and C2 Montreal. Joanna is the former CCO at IBM and currently serves as the Global Chief Experience Officer at thinxmachine.
In addition to opening ad:tech as our keynote speaker, Joanna is also speaking in the Women in Tech Breakfast on 11/1.