Gabor Vida


He has worked with clients across North America, helping them reshape their business strategies & digital footprint - Adobe, WalMart, Becks Beer, Burton, Hewlett Packard, Fujitsu, Texas Instruments, IBM, Sony, Panasonic, Blackberry, Cannon, Motorola, Salesforce, Visa, Sega, Namco, Intel, Honda, Cisco, iControl, QNX


VP, Mobile, Synacor (2014-present)

Responsible for the overall mobile strategy across product lines as well as developing new products and identifying new markets.

VP Design and GM Android Products, Synacor Inc. (2013-2014)

Responsible for the overall UX strategy across products lines as well as lead an international team of user experience designers. Also responsible for bringing to market Android based consumer products focusing on major CE brands in North America and Asia.

President and CEO, Teknision Inc. (2003 - 2013) - Acquired by Synacor

Lead a world class mobile product design and development consultancy, managing overall company strategy, sales and marketing as well as lead UX strategy on key clients.


Best Mobile Application, Exploriem Bootstrap Awards 2013: Chameleon Launcher

Gold, Digital Signage, Apex Awards 2012: Experience Station

Music and Streaming Audio (finalist), SXSW Interactive 2009: Finetune

Technical Merit, Flash Forward Film Festival 2007: Finetune

Top 10 Websites of 2006, Time Magazine: Finetune

Technical Excellence (finalist), FITC 2006: SNL Merger Model

FWA Site of the Day, March 22, 2006: Update Hollywood

FWA Site of the Day, September 10, 2004: Sony Walkman

FWA Site of the Day, February 14, 2003: Teknision

Technical Excellence (finalist), FITC 2003: Teknision

Most Promising New Company (finalist), Canadian New Media Awards 2003: Teknision


Teknision Showcase

Project Chameleon Home Automation Demo

Project Chameleon Tech Demo

Chameleon on Kickstarter

Chameleon 2.0

Permission TV Case Story

Walmart CD Station Case Story

SNL Financial Case Story

Finetune Case Story

Host, We Are Embedded and The Take (2011-2012)

Host and producer of an award winning blog and video series focused on how devices and the user experiences they create will touch all aspects of our lives.


The Take is a series of short video clips providing commentary about current events in mobile application design and development.


Car Audio User Experiences


Intra Apps and the Value of Design

Building Upon Expectations

Where are the UX Designers?

Experience VS Environment

Apple VS Samsung

Path to Privacy

Blackberry’s B-Team


We Are Embedded is an award winning interview series focused on user experience innovation across industries.


The Embedded Layer

Inwindow Outdoor

Networked Vehicle Association

Barnes and Noble Nook Apps

Motorola Part 1

Motorola Part 2

Bump Technologies

Mark Coleran

Rob Woodbridge


Gold, Video Editing, W3 Awards 2012: We Are Embedded

Outstanding Achievement, Community, IMA 2012: We Are Embedded

Electronic and Interactive Communication, IABC Excel Awards, 2012: We Are Embedded

Speaker and Lecturer

Sample Speaking Engagements

CanUX, Ottawa, November 5, 2011: Device User Experience Design

App Developers Conference, Santa Clara, CA, October 26, 2011: Building a 10 Foot UI

CanUX, Ottawa, October 13, 2011: Project Chameleon

Adobe Max, Chicago, IL, February 2, 2010: Branded Experiences

Computex 2011, Taipei, June 1, 2011: Era of the Intimate User Interface

Radian6 Social 2011, Boston MA, April 7, 2011: Engagement Console

Adobe Max, San Francisco, November 17, 2008: Building a Multi-screen Application

Adobe Industry Analyst Days, New York, NY, March 30, 2007: Adobe AIR Case Study - Finetune

Apollo Camp, Adobe HQ, San Francisco, CA, March 7, 2007: Finetune Desktop

Ottawa Carleton Research Institute, Ottawa, March 9, 2006: Rich Internet Applications in a Web 2.0 World


CreativeBloq, July 12, 2013

Android Authority, August 3, 2012

AndroidPit, July 18, 2012

Untether TV, May 31, 2012

BerryReview, April 18, 2011

BlackBerry Cool, April 18, 2011

Untether TV, April 8, 2011

Subvert, July 23, 2009

Adobe TV, February 12, 2009

PSFK, December 6, 2006

FWA, April 10, 2006

The Brief

Professor, Algonquin College (1999 - 2012)

Deliver various courses for the Graphic Design, Mobile Development and Marketing Communications programs.

UX Design Lead, Mitel Inc. (2001 - 2003)

Responsible for the UX and UI strategy and design of the end user tools for the 3300 and 6600 line of IP/SIP telephones.

Creative Director, Co-Founder, Creative Shack Inc. (1997 - 2001) - Acquired by Mitel

Responsible for the creative direction of all projects as well as leading a team of web and mobile UI designers.



Gandalf Technologies

Tundra Semiconductor