Keynote host & storyteller

Roman Mars

Roman Mars is the host and creator of 99% Invisible, one of the most popular architecture and design podcasts in the world. As our keynote host, Roman will create unforgettable on-stage experiences to introduce our extraordinary keynote lineup.


Roman Mars
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About Roman Mars

Roman Mars is a masterful storyteller. His award-winning podcast, 99% Invisible, is one of the most popular podcasts in the world, and it has more than 330 million downloads. And he’s the co-founder of Radiotopia, a collective of groundbreaking independent podcasts.

He also unapologetically loves Las Vegas. In a recent interview, he said, “If you’re not interested in Las Vegas, you’re not interested in America.”

It’s a bold statement that he finishes by saying, “There’s plenty not to like about Vegas, but it has endless capacity. It responds to the desires of the population and turns on a dime. It doesn’t exist anywhere else.”

Roman’s 2015 TED Talk is currently the most popular TED Talk about design. His crowdfunding campaigns have raised more than $4 million, making him the highest-funded journalist in Kickstarter history. He’s also one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People.

“People think of design as the way something looks, and we really want to think about design as the way something functions and solves problems, not a representation of choices about who we are.”

Through monologues and storytelling, Roman will introduce the big ideas our keynote speakers will explore on the keynote stage. He’ll also do live, on-stage interviews as part of that experience. You’ll hear stories with big impact—stories that ask us to consider themes, vestiges, and topics in a new way. Stories that consider our past to create a better future.

It’s going to be unlike any keynote experience you’ve had before.


Event details

Roman is hosting our Day 1 and Day 2 keynote events. Register to reserve your seat!

Day 1: Reshma Saujani
Thursday, June 6, 5pm
Las Vegas Convention Center

Use program code GS100 to register >

Day 2: Ryan Coogler
Saturday, June 8, 8am
Las Vegas Convention Center

Use program code GS200 to register >