Valio Con 2016

A Conference for Designers & Makers

May 19th - 22nd Catamaran Resort  •  San Diego, California
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Learn From These Great Folks

Ash Huang

Ash is an independent designer, illustrator and writer. She's worked with Pinterest, Dropbox, Twitter and more. She recently published her first novel, The Firesteel, a time-bending fable about memory, creativity, love of all kinds and everyday magic.

Luisa Mancera

Luisa is an illustrator of maps, designer of digital things, diver of seas and climber of rocks. She cut her teeth as a designer in Mexico City before joining a travel startup in Cincinnati. She’s currently a designer at UENO in San Francisco.

Alex Cornell

Alex is currently a product designer at Facebook, working on Live Video. Prior to Facebook, he cofounded Moonbase (production company), UberConference (business comms), and worked for ISO50/Tycho.

Alex Medina

Alex currently works as the Creative Director for Reach Records and their lifestyle brand 116. He's also an award-winning music producer for Lecrae, Andy Mineo, and other artists. He and his wife, Elidaysi, were born and raised in New York City and currently live in Atlanta with their son, Luca.

Allison House

Allison is a designer, visual artist, and educator known for her tenacity and upbeat, make-it-happen attitude. Her recent 3D work includes Tweedy’s “Summer Noon” music video and a series exploring childhood fixations through a computer-made aesthetic. Previously, she was at Dropbox and the lead designer on Codecademy and Treehouse.

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Blake Thomas

Blake is a multidisciplinary designer and illustrator based in sunny Los Angeles. Her work began in the realm of flat illustration recently evolving to a three dimensional approach. Her clients include Macy's, Microsoft Outlook, Upwork and more.

Zac Keeler

Zac is an Ecommerce UX / Design Manager at Stance. Previously he was at Oakley designing and developing digital experiences. He's a family man and a musician, who enjoys running, surfing and skateboarding.

Sarah Drasner

Sarah is an award-winning Senior UX Engineer at Trulia and staff writer at CSS-Tricks. She has worked for 15 years as a web developer and designer, and at points worked as a Scientific Illustrator and a Undergraduate Professor.

Greyson MacAlpine

Greyson is a product designer and when she’s not designing she spends her free time working hard towards building her brand, exploring photography, blogging on lifestyle and creativity, and traveling nomad-style because why the heck not?

David Keegan

David is currently the VP of Design at Acorns. He joined the team before launch and has focused on designing their award winning apps, developing the brand, and growing the design and creative team. He also created one of the first 500 apps in the Apple App Store.

Jesse Genet

Jesse is the founder and CEO of Lumi. An entrepreneur since age 16 and an industrial designer by trade. She's a Y Combinator Alum, has done two successful Kickstarters, been on Shark Tank and lives in an aistream full time in Los Angeles.

Jeremy Goldberg

Jeremy is a Product Designer at Facebook, building M and Businesses on Messenger.

Rocky Roark

Rocky is a designer, illustrator, entrepreneur and overall geek. He is the founder of Slap! Stickers and designer at Digital Telepathy based in San Diego, CA.

Sarah Pease

Sarah designs physical and screen-based products and experiences. She studied furniture design at RISD, where she also worked on a national education policy reform movement. She is now creating better design tools as the founding designer of Figma.

Gabriel Valdivia

Gabriel is a Product Designer currently working on VR experiences for Facebook. Previously, he served as the Head of Design for Automatic. Born in Cuba and raised in Costa Rica, he currently lives in San Francisco.

Learn to brew your own beer at home in our

Brew Crash Course

Presented by Derek Gallanosa, Head Brewer at Abnormal Beer Co.

Tyler Galpin

Tyler is the Co-founder of RadPad, and previously co-founded the Lost Type Co-op. Canadian living in Los Angeles, California.

Corinne Alexandra

Corinne is the photographer, designer, illustrator, creative-of-many-talents behind the San Diego based design studio, Stuck with Pins.

Ben Cline

Ben is a designer and co-founder of Rally Interactive, a small design and technology studio based in Salt Lake City. They have built products used by millions and won numerous industry awards including an Apple Design Award in 2012.

Jason Markow

Jason is the founder of TEKSTartist. Back in 2012 he built a site to sell his work online and since then has shipped over 5,000 prints to fans across all 50 US states and 27 countries around the globe. Last year he launched Derbby, a new way to buy art online.

GoPro Design

GoPro makes the world's most versatile cameras. The design team focuses on creating digital experiences that eliminate the pain points associated with capturing, managing, creating, sharing and enjoying life's most meaningful moments.

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The conference will be held at the

Catamaran Resort

On the beach in San Diego, California

What To Expect

Valio Con is the FUN conference. This is our fifth annual conference, and each year it gets better and better. Our goal is to inspire you to create and build amazing things.

The conference is on the beach in San Diego, California. We can't think of a better place to connect with friends, old and new, than in a relaxed beach environment with sunny walks on the warm sand, and inspiring talks from people doing amazing things.

You'll hear talks from people who are 'doers' and risk-takers. They'll be sharing their inspiring stories on how they've built their own products, services and projects.

What's Included

Your ticket comes with a lot more than just entrance to the conference. You'll also get free breakfast and lunch each day! The official Valio Con 2016 t-shirt. A chance to win some cool stuff multiple times each day. Tickets do NOT include a hotel stay, you must book that separately. We highly suggest the Catamaran.

We'll also be doing a bunch of fun activities, like: a Bonfire, our annual 'Drink Night' with custom brewed beers and wines just for Valio Con, a nightly cruise boat and a ton more!

Tiki Torches & Great People

Drink Night

Custom brews & wine made just for Valio Con


Subject to Change

The 'Kickoff Bonfire' will be happening at 8pm on Wednesday, May 18th. Be there!

Don't miss the

Kickoff Bonfire

May 18th at 8:00 PM on the beach at the Catamaran

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