Tricia Wang

Not everything valuable is measurable.


I speak to a variety of audiences from C-Suite to data scientists and designers.

Here are some of the most popular topics that corporations, non-profits, and conferences like to bring me in for:

  • Hopes and pitfalls of Technology: Technology can be enabling or disempowering. Which side it falls on depends on the context and foresight of those controlling the technology.

  • Leading and managing multiple perspectives: You can have the best product and the most financially sound company, but if you don’t have a culture for multiple perspectives to surface, then it’s time to ask what could you gain by creating a culture for multiple perspective? This talk gets to questions of diversity in a  fun and open way, not an HR training kind of way.

  • Big Data and AI: How to avoid the financial pitfalls of data-driven decision and leading with purpose in a quantitatively data-rich world.

  • Business Growth is Customer Growth: Every corporation wants to avoid avoid missing something that could put them out of business. But why are some companies able to spot that “something” and some not? Organization that are making customer-responsive investments have a greater chance of growth.

  • China and the internet: how do the largest group of internet users actually go online? Moving beyond trends, what are they doing in this authoratarian society?

To book a talk, please contact my speaking bureau:

Wes Neff  


A look at some of my favorite keynotes

I give talks at corporations, universities, and non-proifts. Below is a selected list of talks.


The Cost of Something Missing
What happens when companies over-rely on big data while totally ignoring thick data-- at their peril?

The Conf

Don't Trust the Truth
What are the consequences of believing in absolute truth and not making room for multiple perspectives? 


Dancing with Handcuffs: The Geography of Trust
How does a student in China end up throwing shoes at the architect of China's internet censorship infrastructure and then become the hero for information freedom worldwide? 


Salon 16: Fluid States of America
I couldn’t resist Paola Antonelli’s idea of exploring new forms of fluid identity. I spoke about my research around the Elastic Self, how social networks creates spaces for us to explore more freely, and why this is potentially in danger. More about the salon series here.   

some of the places I’ve been lucky enough to speak at

List of my talks

Designing for Trust: How China's Free Lunch avoided The Curse of Kelvin; The Conference; Malmo, Sweden (2012)

Dancing with Handcuffs: The Geography of Trust in Social Networks; LIFT12; Geneva, Switzerland (2012) [中文版带着镣铐跳舞

Trust in China's Social Networksl; Microsoft Research, Beijing, China (2012)

Ethnography of the Telephone in Mexico. Mobile Human Computer Interaction; Stockholm, Sweden (2011)

The Great Device Divide: Internet Cafes and Mobile Use In China. Mobile Life Mobile Research Centre, Stockholm University; Stockholm, Sweden (2011)

Thinking About Disuptive Design for Non-Elite Users. The IDEO; Shanghai, China (2011)

Designing in Third Spaces. Microsoft Research; Beijing, China (2011)

Nokia Research; Beijing, China (2011)

Disuptive Design for the next 300 Million Internet Users in China. Designing Geopolitics: An Interdisciplinary Symposium on Computational Jurisdictions, Emergent Governance, Public Ecologies; San Diego, California, US (2011)

Sleeping at Internet Cafes: The Next 300 Million Chinese Users. Future 15 Series at South By South West (SXSW); Austin, Texas, US (2011)

Digital Urbanisms: Theories of Technology Change in China. New York University’s ITP Program; Professor Kristen Taylor (2010)

Ethnography with Digital Technologies and People. IT University of Copenhagen; Denmark, Professor Irina Shklovski (2010)

GOOGLIST REALISM: The Google-China saga and the free-information regimes as a new site of cultural imperialism and moral tensions. Keynote at New Directions in the Humanities Conference, Commonground Publishing. University of California Los Angeles; Los Angeles, California, US (2010)

Everyday mobile technologies: the future of cellphones and implications for Nokia. Nokia Research Labs; Palo Alto, California, US (2010)

Mexican Migrants and their Use of Digital Technology in a Social Context. Urban Sociology 101, UC San Diego, Professor Jeff Kidder (Spring 2009)

Abandoning the Cellphone: Changing Technology Usage in a Mexican Village. Nokia Research Labs; Palo Alto, California, US (2009)

Un Ecosistema de los usos de tecnología de communicación: prácticas emergentes de un pueblo de migrantes. Centro de Investigación Científica de Educación Superior de Ensenada (CICESE); Ensenada, Mexico (2009)