A Design School that doesn’t teach Design?

Here’s what makes DesignUp.School different. And special. But not for the sake of being different or special. And meet the people who make it special.
Our mission is to help creators and makers - who constantly interface with the demanding and dizzying worlds of business and tech - to find fullfilling careers and meaningful work-life. Our focus isn’t instant hacks or quick wins. It isn’t chasing the mercurial, evaporating thing called influence. It’s not to get you a foot in the Design-door. Or Product for the matter!

A school of life -
Work-life. By design.

Our focus is simply to help you identify growth paths that help you avoid burn-out, find authenticity and meaning in your work. To that effect - we blend age old wisdom with new age ideas - Philosophy and Product, Management and Psychology, Business and Design. Our Teachers are practitioners with vast experiences and unique vantage points on the product-tech-design paths across the world. And the generosity to share their learnings.

People shaping the DesignUp.School

Our Advisors

Daniel Burka

director of product & design, resolve to save lives

Anshuman Bapna

Terra.do / Ex-CPO,

Julie Zhuo

Co-Founder, Sundial
Author – Making Of A Manager

Core Team

Jay Dutta

Design Head, Udaan, FOunder DesignUP Conference, Ex- MMT, FLipkart, Adobe

Shiva Viswanathan

CMO + Design Head, Catenate

Baisampayan Saha
Sr. Design Manager microsoft, india
Rasagy Sharma

Product Designer, Sundial

Anshumani Ruddra

PM Lead, Google Pay

Mohana Das

Writer & content strategist

Aghosh Babu

Director, Matsio

Narayan Gopalan

director, ixdeas
co-founder, designup

“Not just a world class design conference, but a global caring community” Dr Madanmohan Rao, YourStory

Teachers, guides and mentors

Shirish Andhare

head of product
twitter india

Alysha Naples

Founder, Tin Drum

Suresh Venkat


Jody Rodgers

Ux Director,
Avalara, USA

Thomas Küber

Founding partner
Futur2studio, berlin

Katja Forbes

Head of Client experience, CCIB, Formerly MD, Designit australia

Param Venkatraman

chief design officer
fractal.ai, india

Amy Huang

EVP, UX Design
Lazada, Singapore

Ellie Kemery
SR Researcher sap, usa
Sandeep Karmarkar
design leader, google india
Ruchi Mahajan
Design principal thoughtworks Canada
Dharmesh Ba

D91 Labs,

Abhinav Mittal
principal manager, design systems, makemytrip india
Soo Basu
experience design manager, atlassian india
Ripul Kumar
head of design & research, sixt india

The DesignUp Edge

Leverage on and learn from, DesignUp Conference’s extensive community and speaker network - founded on the shared principles of actionable insights and continuous learning.

Since 2016, DesignUp’s offline conferences have been attended by 5000+ in 6 editions - covering 24+ countries, earning us a spot in the “World’s most exciting design events” (Quartz.com)

Some of the most influential global Design, Product, Business and Tech doers, change-makers and thought-leaders have generously shared their insights and journey at DesignUp.

  • “The Gold standard of Design events in India”


  • “A shot in the arm to go out, do more & do better”

    CO-FOUNDER/CEO greenopia

  • “World class content+ a global caring community”

    Dr madan rao,

  • “DUp is taking the industry where it needs to go”

    lauren celenza,
    google maps

  • “Leaving inspired, to create a story of my own”

    divya ramesh,

  • “High quality, seriously impressive! Need more”

    kiat lim,
    EPAm continuum / ixda

What’s DesignUp? Community, conversation and celebration...

DesignUp is an open, inclusive and ongoing conversation around the theory & practice of Design-in-Tech encompassing UX, Product, Data. DesignUp celebrates Design at the intersection of Tech and Business. DesignUp is SE Asia’s largest community-led and volunteer-driven Design-In-tech event
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