Idean Holiday Party with special guest Matt Cutler from Cisco

Come celebrate the holiday season, and hear how Cisco is evolving with empathy

This holiday season, we’re excited to welcome Matt Cutler, Chair of the Cisco Founders Forum and Cisco Design Thinking Lead, who is tackling the challenge of establishing a better way to solve business problems.

In this fireside chat, he’ll share his experience kick-starting Cisco’s new Design Thinking initiative—a global effort to put users front and center to transform Cisco’s business practices—and the insights he’s gained along the way.

After the keynote presentation, please join us for a Holiday Happy Hour at the Idean Studio, with holiday drinks and tasty, Nordic hors d’oeuvres! The party will be on from 7pm–10pm.

We look forward to seeing you!


  • Matt Cutler

    Design Thinking Transformation Lead, Cisco

    Since January of 2017, Matt Cutler has been driving Cisco’s Design Thinking transformation. In the past year he secured internal funding (directly from Cisco Finance), and assembled a small, high functioning team that convened a cross-functional stakeholder group consisting of 30+ of the most senior design leaders from across all of Cisco. With this group, he developed a Cisco-specific Design Thinking framework, published and printed a 175-page guide to ‘Getting Started with Cisco Design Thinking,’ which so far have had more than 6,000 Cisco employees from every organization and geography opt-in to get more information about the Cisco program.


  1. 17:30

    Registration and holiday drinks

  2. 18:15

    Welcome words by Risto Lähdesmäki, Idean

  3. 18:30

    Matt Cutler, Director of Product Management and Lead Evangelist, Cisco

  4. 19:15

    Q&A with Matt Cutler

  5. 19:30

    Holiday drinks, networking, and dancing