Come hang out with us for a kickoff event and an after party at Roadmap 2014!

Our two-day design conference Roadmap is fast approaching on November 18th and 19th (grab one of the remaining tickets here), and we’re excited to announce some really fun side events this year that we’ve organized for attendees of Roadmap to hang out, have a drink together and chew on the themes of the days.

First off, we’re very happy to include a new kick-off event on November 17th, the night before the first day of Roadmap. We’ll be holding the kickoff event at the gorgeous Auttomatic offices in SOMA, and it starts from 6pm and runs until about 9pm. We’ll have drinks, appetizers and some really cool content.

Automattic's office in San Francisco
Automattic’s office in San Francisco

At the kickoff event (which is only for Roadmap attendees), you’ll get to hear a talk from the awesome Reza Ali, a media artist and researcher whose work is centered around computational design, dynamical systems, new interfaces, software studios, and product design. He recently designed and produced six generative music videos for OK Go’s 2014-2015 World Tour, and is currently an artist and residence with Instructables, and Autodesk at Pier 9.

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At the kick-off event, we’ll also feature an interview with designer Gadi Amit, who founded studio NewDealDesign, and whose work has included Google’s Project Ara, the Fitbit Force and wellness tracker, the Sproutling baby wearable, Whistle’s dog wearable, and more. Gadi will be interviewed by Om Malik. For current Roadmap ticket holders, we’ll be sending out your invites to the kick off event shortly. Attendance is limited to the first 250 people that sign up.

Project Ara
Project Ara

In addition to the kick-off event, we’re excited to announce we’re holding another after party this year after Day 1 of Roadmap. The after party will take place at the Noir Lounge in Hayes Valley (near the SF Jazz Center) and our very special theme for this year is that we’ll be showing episodes of Knight Rider featuring the amazing episode 6 of season 3, “KITT vs KARR,” where David Hasselhoff’s original self-driving car KITT meets the disgruntled evil twin car KARR.

Image courtesy of Biz Carson.
Image courtesy of Biz Carson, and original photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Hey, with all the talk of Google and Tesla’s automatic cars, KITT — or will it be KARR! — might be the future sooner than we know it.

Heck, maybe the Hoff will even show up (see Biz Carson’s excellent rendition of what that would look like below). Come hang out with us at the Roadmap kick off and after party and for the rest of the event. Roadmap promises to be two days of design product inspiration and fun!

David Hasselhoff and KITT, creation by Biz Carson.
David Hasselhoff and KITT, creation by Biz Carson, original image courtesy of Getty Images.