Insider stories from
product people
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canvas 2016

Canvas Conference brings curious product-makers together to hear the insider stories from the very people who are building the products and services the world loves to use.

Our international lineup of speakers from across the globe will give task-focused talks on the problems they’re solving and their insights into creating exceptional digital experiences.

With a blend of practical lessons and inspirations, Canvas is a conference for those working in design, UX and engineering looking to learn new things and meet new people. Watch all of last year's talks.


Jane Austin

Jane is Head of UX at The Telegraph, leading the team working on the new website and apps, specialising in data and news.

Brian Donohue

Brian is a Senior Product Manager with Intercom, leading teams that change the way businesses communicate with their customers.

Ryan Noonan

Ryan is the Director of Product Design at Strava, creating products for the most engaged community of athletes in the world.

Colin McFarland

Colin is Head of Experimentation at Skyscanner. He believes our intuition is often wrong, but experiments can help.

Merci Victoria Grace

Merci is Head of Growth Products at Slack, helping to make your working life simpler, more pleasant, and more productive.

More speakers announced soon


We’ve collaborated with a range of amazing sponsors over our 5 years to make Canvas happen. This year, we’re thrilled to be supported by these organisations:

After Party sponsored by Breakthrough Funding: BritPong is the game of geeks. It’s the British version of beer pong. Do you like beer and have you seen a ping pong ball before? If you have, chances are you’ll love this game. It involves chucking, bouncing or skimming ping pong balls over a table at a rival’s triangular formation of cups of beer. Get one in and sink the drink. Sink them all first and win the game. Enter our beer pong challenge at Canvas’ after party and show off your talents! You provide the skill, we provide the beer.

Interested in hearing more about our 2016 opportunities? Get in touch


celebrating 5 years

2016 marks our 5th anniversary. With each passing year, we’ve grown in size, raised our bar for speakers - and sold out each time. We’ve been lucky enough to be joined by fantastic individuals from the likes of Airbnb, Spotify, Urthecast, NASA, Graze, Etsy, TED, BBC iPlayer and Google. Thank you to everyone who’s been a part of it!

5 years of talks


The Library of Birmingham, Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham, UK, B1 2ND

The Studio Theatre in Birmingham’s most iconic landmark will be our home for the second year running. Drawing almost 3 million visitors per year, this cultural destination is the perfect space for a day of inspiration and learning.


There’s loads of city centre parking nearby. Parkopedia has all the best options.


The library is little more than a 10 minute walk from New St, Moor St and Snow Hill.


You’re spoilt for choice in Birmingham for great hotels, and great value Airbnb properties.