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Haiyan Zhang

Innovation Director @ Microsoft Research

Innovation Leader @ Microsoft Research / Xbox, IDEO / Designer / Inventor

London, United Kingdom

Ranked #1,073 out of 21,460 for Innovation Director in United States

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Haiyan Zhang's Work Experience

Microsoft Research

Innovation Director

March 2015 to Present

Cambridge, United Kingdom

Lift London, Microsoft Xbox Studios

Innovation Director

March 2013 to March 2015


Design & Development Lead, Co-Founder for OpenIDEO

February 2010 to March 2013

London, United Kingdom

Haiyan Zhang's Education

Interaction Design Institute Ivrea

MA Interaction Design

2004 to 2006

Sheridan College

Post Graduate Diploma Interactive Multimedia

2002 to 2003

Monash University

Honors Degree of Bachelor of Computer Science Computer Science Film Studies

1995 to 1998

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Exploring new "Connected Play" experiences enabled by cutting-edge technology.

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Haiyan Zhang is an interaction designer, technologist and maker of things. She is Innovation Director at Microsoft Research Cambridge. Exploring new "Connected Play" experiences enabled by cutting-edge technology. Haiyan was formerly Innovation Director at Lift London, a Microsoft Game Studio; Co-Founder and Design Lead for the innovation platform, OpenIDEO. With over 50,000 users worldwide solving challenges for social good and used as the enterprise innovation engine for organisations such as British Airways, DeutscheBank, Harvard Business School. Working at the design consultancy, IDEO, she has created innovative tech experiences for community building, entertainment, and financial services. She has also worked with leading videogame makers on research and game ideas for new play experiences. Clients Haiyan has worked with include Mattel, Electronic Arts, HBO, France Telecom, Alcatel, Cisco, and AT&T. Haiyan believes in a holistic approach to design. Starting from user research and insights, she leverages her design skills to create prototypes, interfaces, sketches, scenarios, advertisements to reflect the user鈥檚 experience as a journey beyond a single product moment. Haiyan鈥檚 work is informed by her previous profession as a software engineer and user interface designer creating applications for the biomedical and data-mining industries. As part of a team of software developers from Excel Tech in Canada, she created an electroencephalograph (EEG) visualization tool for intra-operative monitoring which is currently being used in hospitals across North America. Haiyan graduated in 2006 with distinction in a Masters degree in Interaction Design from the renowned Interaction Design Institute in Ivrea, and has a Bachelor of Computer Science (First-Class Honours) from Monash University, Australia. She has lived and worked in Australia, Toronto, China, Italy, San Francisco and now resides in London.Innovation Director @ Exploring new "Connected Play" experiences enabled by cutting-edge technology. From March 2015 to Present (10 months) Cambridge, United KingdomInnovation Director @ From March 2013 to March 2015 (2 years 1 month) Design & Development Lead, Co-Founder for OpenIDEO @ From February 2010 to March 2013 (3 years 2 months) London, United KingdomPrincipal Interaction Designer @ From August 2006 to March 2013 (6 years 8 months) External Examiner @ From 2013 to 2013 (less than a year) Copenhagen Area, DenmarkPrototyping workshop lead @ From July 2008 to July 2008 (1 month) Interaction Designer @ From July 2005 to September 2005 (3 months) Web Designer & Developer @ From May 2003 to July 2005 (2 years 3 months) Web & Flash Developer @ From April 2003 to November 2003 (8 months) Software Engineer @ From August 2000 to July 2002 (2 years) Software Engineer @ From February 1999 to May 2000 (1 year 4 months) Research Assistant - Computer Science Masters @ From November 1998 to January 1999 (3 months) Teaching Assistant - Computer Science @ From January 1998 to December 1998 (1 year) Channel op @ From 1993 to 1996 (3 years) MA, Interaction Design @ Interaction Design Institute Ivrea From 2004 to 2006 Post Graduate Diploma, Interactive Multimedia @ Sheridan College From 2002 to 2003 Honors Degree of Bachelor of Computer Science, Computer Science, Film Studies @ Monash University From 1995 to 1998 Haiyan Zhang is skilled in: Prototyping, Interaction Design, Service Design, Flash, Social Design, Design Management, User Experience, User-centered Design, User Interface Design, Electronics, User Interface, Experience Design, Toy Design, Design Strategy, Human-computer Interaction

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Haiyan Zhang's Achievements

Digital Maverick

Issued by Marketing Magazine 路 June 2015

Webby Award for Best Community Website -

Issued by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences 路 2011

D&AD Bronze, Product Design - Self-Service Banking for BBVA

Issued by D&AD 路 2011

European Lovie Silver Award for Best Social & Community -

Issued by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences 路 2011

Core77 Design Award for Service Design -

Issued by Core77 路 2011

IDEA Silver Design Award for Design for the Majority -

Issued by IDSA 路 2012

AIGA Making the Case Design Award -

Issued by AIGA 路 2012

IDEA Silver, Commercial & Industrial Products - Self-Service Banking for BBVA

Issued by IDSA 路 2011

IF Communication Design Award, 2011 - Self-Service Banking for BBVA

Issued by iF Industrie Forum Design 路 2011

Innovation in Banking Technology Award - Self-Service Banking for BBVA

Issued by - 路 2010

INDEX Award for Design to Improve Life Runner Up -

Issued by INDEX 路 2011

Internet of Things Award - Best Environmental Implementation, Runner Up - Japan Geigermap

Issued by Postscapes 路 2012

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