Tristan Harris, Design Philosopher and Co-Founder of Time Well Spent, San Francisco

Tristan is a design thinker, philosopher and entrepreneur. He co-founded the “Time Well Spent movement” that seeks to change the way technology is designed, so as to help people better spend their time and enjoy their lives. Previously, Tristan was Product Philosopher at Google, where he studied how technology influences users’ attention, well-being and behavior. At Google, he led design sprints with product teams, including a meeting between Google’s lead product designers and the international Mindfulness spokesperson, Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Tristan also served CEO and Co-Founder of Apture, which Google acquired in 2011. Apture enabled millions of users to get instant, on-the-fly explanations without leaving their place, across billions of pageviews per month on its publisher network. Tristan graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Computer Science, focused on Human Computer Interaction. His academic interests also include behavioral economics, social psychology, behavior change and habit formation under Professor BJ Fogg in the Stanford Persuasive Technology lab.