ABOUT THE EVENT
Get up close and personal with the story behind the innovation, design and development of the Surface device family. Learn from and meet Ralf Groene, the Head of Design and Pete Kyriacou, GM of Program Management for Microsoft Surface. Hear about the techniques and principles that drove Surface from concept to a portfolio for the most productive devices on the planet and get hands on and under the covers of the latest products.
After joining us for a behind the scenes look of Microsoft's Surface device family, stay to enjoy food and drinks and participate in hands on demos across the entire device family including the latest Surface Studio.
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RALF GROENE, General Manager, Devices Design
Ralf Groene directs the Industrial Design team for Microsoft's devices, such as Surface Products, Xbox and others. The team consists of industrial, digital, material, and interaction designers.
Ralf started out as a tool maker at Volkswagen AG in Wolfsburg, Germany. Soon after he expanded his interest from tool making to product making.
He studied industrial design at the Muthesius University in Kiel, Germany. Ralf moved to Silicon Valley in 1997, working for Hartmut Esslinger at frogdesign and co-led IDEO’s ID studio in Palo Alto. Ralf joined Microsoft in 2006.
PETE KYRIACOU, General Manger, Surface
Pete was the Lead PM for Surface Pro, where he was responsible for product concept, builds, and launch into production. Since then he has led the Surface Devices Program Management Team.
Prior to joining Microsoft Pete had over 10 years of accomplished Program Management. He was Director of Systems and Senior Program Manager at Pacific Charter School Development, managing development of facilities solutions for high quality charter schools. Pete was also a Senior Program Manager at Sonos, where he managed the development phase of new products with engineering and manufacturing. He has a BS Aerospace Engineering degree from UCLA and a Master of Engineering degree from the University of Michigan.
Pete has a passion to develop great products.