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8Knorks

8Knorks is an invite-only dinner series for product-minded people who are founders, or who lead a design challenge for a product team. 

It happened on 12 July 2019. As if yesterday.

We are all set to announce the calendar for the year 2020, watch out this space.
8Knorks by Outcome, a design driven dinner series in Chandigarh, by Vinish Garg
8Knorks by Outcome, a design driven dinner series in Chandigarh, by Vinish Garg

“Products are so much a people-issue and not a skills-issue. Internal team politics, conflicts, insecurity among leaders which means weak leadership – all these fail the product much more than the product market.” – says a guest.

“I never had the confidence to discuss my work issues by naming people. Vinish ensured that I could question my work, the people with whom I work or plan to work, and how relevant it is for anyone. I feel as if I had a dip in holy Ganga.” – says another guest.

8Knorks by Outcome, a design driven dinner series in Chandigarh, by Vinish Garg

Sumit Rampal, of ExpressKCS is a Creative Director, Pixel Pusher, UX Evangelist, Coffee lover, and an Overall Nice Guy. Sumit has around 17 years of creative industry experience working with agencies and startups in B2C and B2B clients.

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8Knorks by Outcome, a design driven dinner series in Chandigarh, by Vinish Garg

Abhay Vohra, of Net Solutions has 20+ years of experience in digital design. Since 2002, at Net Solutions, he’s creating, leading and mentoring multi-skilled, cross-functional teams that design and develop digital experiences, through product and service design.
 

8Knorks by Outcome, a design driven dinner series in Chandigarh, by Vinish Garg

Shena, of Hoolime has 10+ years of experience in designing and engineering technology products. She has worked with startups in B2B, B2C, and B2B2C to scope, design, and deliver products for clients worldwide, and she has led product teams for complex enterprise B2B system.

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8Knorks by Outcome, a design driven dinner series in Chandigarh, by Vinish Garg

A UX Psychologist who is closely complying with the Chatham House Rule that 8Knorks is committed to. He/him is a forever student and the goto reference for all things UX.

8Knorks by Outcome, a design driven dinner series in Chandigarh, by Vinish Garg

Sumit Kumar, of Soti India. is the UI/UX Creative Designer with the product team.

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8Knorks by Outcome, a design driven dinner series in Chandigarh, by Vinish Garg

Iqbal Singh of Immanent Solutions is the Chief Blockchain Architect, and is the Founder of Immanent Solutions.

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Why 8Knorks

The series helps us share a dinner table to discuss the future of design, and its impact on the people for whom we design, around their stories, their success, and their constraints.

Design is on an interesting intersection of leadership, ethics, and outcome. 8Knorks gives you a chance to admit your vulnerabilities, clearly and loudly because you are never quoted anywhere

How? The names of participants are not made public at any stage of the activity, before, during, or after the dinner. The participants can discuss their vulnerabilities, constraints, the blindfolds, and what stops them to invest better in their learnings and in their work. We, the organizers never quote the participant name while sharing the takeaways of the dinner.

So, you got to choice to be as loud as you want. As clear as you want to be. As critical of anything inside or around you.

The goal is to find directions for a more mature design leadership culture in Chandigarh region, and this design awareness transcends across our teams and network and organizations, and to everyone. The following references comes into play while applying for 8Knorks.

Design’s lost generation, by Mike Monteiro on Medium (article)

The end of navel gazing, by Paul Adams of Intercom (article)

The role of story in experience design, by James Buckhouse of Sequoia (article)

Design in interesting times, Emmet Connolly of Intercom (article)

Storytelling in product design, by Sarah Doody (video)

Storytelling. Narrative. UX. Experience Design, by Michael Margolis (video)

How it works

Group size: Eight guests at most.

Protocol: The series will have a basic protocol so that we make the best use of the time, and we make focused efforts to make it relevant and memorable for all the participants.

Venue: The Lalit Hotel, Chandigarh (see hotel website).

8Knorks by Outcome, a design driven dinner series in Chandigarh, by Vinish Garg

Outcome is committed to make more sense in the world.

Write to me at vinishjg (at) gmail (dot) com for any questions, thoughts, or for your interest in Outcome programs.

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