Riccardo Giraldi

Riccardo focuses on the relationship between humans and technology to invent and design innovative solutions that help improve our lives.
He is the Principal Creative Director at Microsoft leading the New Experiences and Technologies incubation team, a multidisciplinary team with the goal to inspire, prove, and enable transformative experiences that push and define new platforms and devices. At Microsoft, Riccardo worked on the incubation of Microsoft HoloLens, the first fully untethered Holographic Computing device and is now working on the future devices and plaftorms.

As a manager and creative leader, Riccardo strives to build inclusive environments that foster creativity and enable individuals to express their full potential. He champions design thinking and leads creative teams through strategy, research, ideation, prototyping, validation, and storytelling.

Riccardo grew up in a small city in Tuscany (Italy), called Pistoia. He is a self-thought programmer who studied electronics before falling in love with design, which he studied at the University of Florence. Following his passions, he lived in Florence, Stockholm, London, New York, and Seattle. Over the years he had the opportunity to work in some of the very best digital companies, such as Unit9 and B-Reel. First as a developer, then as a designer and creative director, Riccardo worked on digital campaigns for clients like Google, Honda, Nike, Rolex, Lipton, Sprint and many others.

Riccardo explored the future of HCI and new ways to go beyond the margins of the screens to bring digital experiences back to the good old tangible world, from Mind Controlled cars to 360 interactive projection mapping. For Google, he created Chrome Web Lab, the first global exhibition of its kind that connected visitors online with those at the Science Museum of London. In NYC, he invented and incubated Escape Flight, a project that inspired a more human-centered approach to booking flights and planning vacations online.

He is a speaker at conferences like FITC, KIKK, GLUG, DDD, and Cannes Lions, and is an adviser for the Museum of Science and Industry of Chicago.