Ride The Lightning

We organize a meetup in Tokyo for designers and developers to share insights on building digital products.

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Speaking history


  • Intro to Research Operations

    Tomomi organized a 2hr workshop about Research Operations for Design Research Tokyo.

    Design Research Tokyo
  • Learning as a social practice

    Tomomi gave a talk about ideas to increase our range for growth.

    Namahn’s Lectures
  • IxDA Interaction 20

    Tomomi gave a talk about the journey of the Researcher Skills Framework project with Dave Hora.

    IxDA Interaction 20


  • Google Design Sprint Conference

    Tomomi ran a deep dive session with collaborator Milan Guenther about scaling enterprise impact with the design sprint methodology.

    Google Design Sprint Conference
  • Design Research Tokyo #2

    Tomomi organized this event and also gave a talk about building research capabilities in organizations.

    Design Research Tokyo #2
  • "Scaling CX: A Story About Building Bridges Together" at Intersection 2019

    Tomomi delivered a case study talk about a customer experience initative for Eurotunnel, the Channel operator between Britain and Europe, with collaborator Mael Inizan.

    Intersection Conference
  • Google Design Sprint Conference - Paris Chapter

    Tomomi gave a talk about how to orchestrate multiple design sprints.

    Google Design Sprint Conference - Paris Chapter
  • World Information Architecture Day 2019

    Tomomi took participants through an introductory workshop about design sprints.

    World IA Day Hong Kong


  • "Google Design Sprint Conference

    Tomomi shared her experiences with design sprints across cultures and languages.

    Google Design Sprint Conference
  • "Design to Ignite — Design sprints for transformation at scale" at IxDA Oslo

    Tomomi talked about how interaction designers can use design sprints to ignite change in organizations, with collaborator Milan Guenther.

    IxDA Oslo
  • At Innovation, Business Change and Transformation Conference Europe 2018

    Tomomi talked about how interaction designers can use design sprints to ignite change in organizations, with collaborator Milan Guenther.

    IRM UK
  • "Design to Ignite — Design sprints for transformation at scale" at Interaction 2018

    Tomomi talked about how interaction designers can use design sprints to ignite change in organizations, with collaborator Milan Guenther.

    Interaction 2018


  • Intercultural Innovation Meetup

    Tomomi talked about her journey of working across cultures, and the role that intercultural exchange plays in innovation.

    Lean Kanban France
  • Design Sprints at Scale at Lean Kanban France

    Tomomi talked about how design sprints can be utilized to tackle challenges in different contexts.

    Intercultural Innovation Meetup
  • User Experience Research at Ride the Lightning

    Eiko spoke about how to make the most of user experience research findings.

    Ride the Lightning
  • Design Sprints at Scale at UX Paris & IxDA Paris

    Tomomi talked about how design sprints can be utilized to tackle challenges in different contexts.

    UX Paris & IxDA Paris
  • Designing Deliverables at UX Talk Tokyo

    Ryan shared tips on how to design deliverables that will proliferate within the client's organization.

    UX Talk Tokyo
  • Interactive prototypes at Osaka Web designers & developers meetup

    Mathieu showed real world examples of how to build interactive prototypes with Principle.

    Osaka Web designers & developers meetup


  • A Short History of Personal Communication at SPAN Tokyo by Google

    Eiko explored how medium influences what we say to one another and how we express it, drawing a line from letter writing through fax machines to Snapchat.

    SPAN Tokyo hosted by Google
  • A Language of Haptics at Temple University

    Chris investigated the challenges of designing haptic feedback into technology products, and the unique importance of touch to physical and mental health.

    Supplement: Tokyo at Temple University
  • UI Copy at Ride the Lightning

    Eiko shared some pointers about how to write and test UI copy, including a few special considerations for Japanese copy.

    Ride the Lightning
  • Learning from your Users at Intrepreneurship 2016

    Tomomi showed how qualitative research can create powerful stories and drive decisions within organizations.

    Intrepreneurship 2016
  • CSS Animations and Transitions at CSS Kyoto

    Mathieu led a workshop on CSS animations – why they are useful and how to design them at Cowaki in Kyoto

  • Three Curveballs for the new year at UX Jam

    Tomomi shared her thoughts on distributed, multilingual collaboration, design sprints, and facilitation

    UX Jam


  • Contextual Inquiry research at UX Talks Tokyo

    Chris Palmieri gave an introduction to the contextual inquiry interview method, along with some tips on how to conduct home visits in Japan.

    UX Talks Tokyo
  • Creating modern layouts with Flexbox

    Mathieu led a workshop on designing website layouts with Flexbox at Cowaki in Kyoto.

  • Anatomy of a Workshop at Laptop

    Tomomi gave a talk about how to design, prepare for and facilitate workshops at Laptop, AQ's shared studio in Paris.

  • Data Analysis at Ride the Lightning

    Marion reflected on a data analysis experiment she ran on AQ's Slack channel, how she got started and what we learned.

    Ride the Lightning


  • From hand to screen: cross disciplinary design and connected objects at DDays

    Chris joined Elodie Bongrain (FaberNovel) and Matthieu Savary (User Studio) in a roundtable discussion of interaction design in the age of connected objects.

    Report & Video (EN & FR)


  • Critical Studio 2013-2014 : City Tales : Workshop at Shibaura House

    Chris and Hi co-founder Craig Mod gave a talk and workshop on the power of digital publishing tools to drive conversations about the city, how we shape it and use it.

  • Hi launch event at Designer Fund

    Chris and Hi co-founder Craig Mod shared the inspiration and design process behind Hi at Designer Fund in San Francisco.

    Designer Fund Website
  • Echelon 2013

    Chris joined entrepreneurs from San Francisco to Singapore in a panel discussion on product development for startups.



  • Onlab [DATA] Conference

    Qualitative Data and UX Design: Chris gave an overview of common qualitative research methods used by user experience designers to drive product decisions.

    Official Site + Registration (JA)
  • SwapSkills Doubbble #05 - One Web

    Tomomi gave a 40 minute presentation about content strategy to a 200+ audience of digital practitioners.

    Official Site (JA)
  • UXcamp Europe 2012

    Paul and Tomomi participated in the third annual European Barcamp for UX design, held in Berlin. We organized a session about the first run experience while soaking in the experience of an enormous two day UX event.

    Official Site
  • MuseumNext 2012

    Paul and Tomomi traveled to Barcelona for ’Europe’s big conference on the digital side of museums’, where we talked about the museum coupon app MuPon, designed by AQ.

    Official Site Tomomi's Blog post
  • UX workshop for in-house training program

    Chris, Tomomi, and Paul conducted a hands-on 3hr workshop designed to help startups improve the first run experience of their products.


  • nikkeiBP conference “Smartphone & Tablet 2011 Winter”

    Chris gave a 1hr talk about the first run experiences for smartphone apps, and how to prioritize features when making the jump from web apps to smartphone apps.

    Official Site Nikkei BP article (JA)
  • The New Context Conference 2011 Fall

    Chris joined a panel session in this two day conference to share insight on being Lean for design, development, and team building.

    Official Site Event Report
  • PechaKucha Night Tokyo #83

    Tomomi took the stage with Tokyo Art Beat to give Tokyo’s creative community a status update on the art scene after the triple disasters.

  • PARTYstream for JAPAN

    Tomomi gave a 20 minute presentation with Tokyo Art Beat on the role of art in Japan, post 311.

    Event Report (JA)
  • SimpleHonestTalks with AQ Tokyo

    Chris and Ryan brought a taste of Tokyo to Chicago’s Post Family community, with a talk on design and digital communication for arts and culture.

  • AQ event: Presenting Design

    We organized a game-like workshop with some of our friends for a fun evening working out our presentation muscles.


  • AQ event: Re-thinking Museums

    We had an internal event with Tokyo Art Beat and museum research Tomoki Hirano to explore the future of museums and the web in an era of user participation.

    Event Report
  • AQ Presents Adam Greenfield: Becoming Real – The Art of Making Things Happen

    We welcomed Adam for our biggest event in 2010, where he shed insight on how to improve a project’s chances of launching.

    Annoucement Event Report & Videos
  • TAB Talk #17: Twitter x Art Promotion

    Tomomi shared what went on behind the scenes for Setouchi Art Festival’s social media promotion.

    Annoucement Event Report & Slides