Yena Lukac is a UX designer and researcher based in New York City. She came to DSI with many years of experience working as a graphic and web designer.
At DSI, she found a passion for health care innovation, particularly in solving problems for young children and families. This led her to create Sunny (a wearable thermometer for children with chronic conditions) and HeyMama (an app to combat postpartum depression). Her thesis project, HeyMama, achieved recognition as a finalist in the Interaction Awards (IxDA).
After DSI, Yena co-founded an ed-tech startup called Kidhoo, creating a digital platform to change how parents, teachers, and therapists can better collaborate in supporting children with special needs. Currently, Yena works as the UX lead for Nanit, where she helps develop smart technologies, such as IoT device, mobile app, and wearable for babies and parents. With computer vision and AI, Nanit provides sleep training tips, analytics, and real-time readings of baby’s breathing. Such innovations led Nanit to earn 2019 recognitions by TIME (50 Best Inventions) and Fast Company (Most Innovative Companies).