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Ryan Unger - Punchkick Interactive. Chicago, IL, US

Ryan Unger

Co-Founder & CTO | Punchkick Interactive


Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer, Punchkick Interactive




Creating an unfair competitive advantage with test driven product design - mRec 2013 How to Build Happiness, Not Apps If You Like Big Data & Getting Caught in the Rain... -- Techweek 2013 Chicago Maximizing Your Talent Acquisition Strategy with Mobile Mobile Web App Performance Optimization: Middleware Best Practices iStrategy Chicago 2010 - Effectively Integrating Mobile Marketing Design for Mobile 2010 - Navigation Design for Mobile


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Maximizing Your Talent Acquisition Strategy With Mobile How Smartphones are Becoming the New Candy Bar for Content Consumption Creating an Unfair Competitive Advantage with Test Driven Product Design Mobile Masterclass :: Designing for Happiness




Ryan Unger is the co-founder and CTO of Punchkick Interactive, a mobile strategy and innovation firm that has worked closely with 18 of the Fortune 100 to create engaging mobile initiatives. Ryan has dedicated nearly a decade to emerging technologies, and in that time he's spearheaded mobile efforts for many of the world's most well-recognized brands including Harley-Davidson, Allstate Insurance, UPS, and Microsoft.

Industry Expertise (10)

Corporate Leadership



IT Services/Consulting


Human Resources

Media - Online


Information Technology and Services


Areas of Expertise (10)

Mobile Marketing

Mobile Strategy



Social Media





User Behavior

Accomplishments (1)

Barefoot Marathon (personal)


During 2012 Ryan completed the Chicago Marathon, running approximately 17 of the 26.2 miles while barefoot.

Education (1)

Kent State University: Bachelor of Arts & Master of Arts, Visual Communication Design

Affiliations (1)

  • Entrepreneurs' Organizations (EO)

Testimonials (4)

Kelly Moran, Program Manager | American Marketing Association Annual Marketing Conference

Ryan Unger certainly enhanced the AMA’s Annual Marketing Conference! He was wonderful to work with and delivered a dynamic presentation that was very well rated by attendees.

James Cameron, Co-founder | Mobile Brand Masterclass | Mobile Retail Masterclass

"Ryan Unger is a great presenter who arrows in on the key trends and market conditions that impact mobile strategy."

Steven Smith, Conference Programmer | Mobile Insider Summit

Ryan was an excellent moderator who knew how to listen to his panelists and engage in real follow ups not just Q&A by wrote. He drew out all of the participants and got them to engage one another not just him. All of these qualities are what make for a superior panel.

Rose Riley, Director, Global Operations | HR & Workforce Analytics Summit

Thank you for presenting at the HR & Workforce Analytics Summit in Chicago last week. It was great to have you included in the summit and I hope you enjoyed the two days. The presentations were really well received, so thank you for your contribution towards a successful event.

Event Appearances (16)

Designing for Happiness in a Geo-Aware World

Mobile Masterclass  Chicago, IL


Panelist – The Mobile Recruiting Outlook for 2014 & Beyond

The Mobile Recruiting Conference  Atlanta, GA


Creating An Unfair Competitive Advantage With Mobile Design

The Mobile Recruiting Conference  Atlanta, GA


How to Build Happiness, Not Apps

American Marketing Association's Annual Marketing Conference  New Orleans


What's a Conversion Anyway? The New Metrics Of Context

Mobile Insider Summit  Lake Tahoe, CA


If You Like Big Data, And Getting Caught In The Rain...

Techweek Chicago  Chicago, IL


Maximizing Your Talent Acquisition Strategy With Mobile

HR & Workforce Analytics Innovation Summit  Chicago, IL


Mobile Web App Performance Optimization: Middleware Best Practices

Private Corporate Event  Atlanta, GA


Entrepreneurship and Mobile Marketing

Northwestern University in Qatar  Doha, Qatar


Effectively Integrating Mobile Marketing

iStrategy Chicago  Cleveland, OH


The Mobile Recruiting Conference

mRecruitingcamp  Atlanta, GA


How Smartphones are Becoming the New Candy Bar for Content Consumption


Navigation Design for Mobile

Design for Mobile Chicago  Chicago, IL


Why You Should be Integrating Mobile at the Start of a Marketing Campaign

Public Relations Society of America  Cleveland, OH


How to Integrate Mobile into your Marketing Strategy

HMC's Mobile University  Chicago, IL


Mobile & Augmented Reality

Magnet Chicago  Chicago, IL


Sample Talks (4)

Designing for Happiness

Drawing on several years of experience in helping build products and interactive campaigns for some of the world's largest brands, Ryan will walk through some keys to building campaigns, apps, and interactions that best give brands, clients, users, customers—people—the thing we all want more than downloads and retweets and page views and shipped widgets. Happiness.

The Five Degrees of an Unfair Competitive Advantage

Analysis of the behavioral-interactions of mobile job seekers illustrates the importance of making personalized connections, and not flooding candidates with job post after job post. In this session, Punchkick Interactive co-founder and CTO Ryan Unger, will provide insights into how your brand can utilize mobile devices and user-behavior analytics to better understand your on-the-go candidates, thereby offering a more effective recruiting experience.

If You Like Big-Data, & Getting Caught In The Rain...

As consumers immerse themselves deeper into a digital lifestyle—inclusive of mobile, tablet, and desktop—it has become evermore crucial for companies to find the right tool to reach modern, diverse audiences. When you can call upon focused insights about your consumer’s tastes and needs, you drive the highest possible conversion within the lowest threshold of time investment. An abundance of user data allows brands to find creative ways to meet consumers at the inception of interest....

People Don't Know What They Want Until You Tell Them.

In today's world of iPhones, iPads, Tesla S', and GoPro cameras that can be sent to space, it's clear that consumers don't know what they want until you dazzle them with the answers to problems they never knew they had. Apple's infamy for secrecy has inspired companies around the world to think differently about end users, with focus shifting away from solving today's problems in an effort to hedge for tomorrow's evolution.



  • Keynote
  • Moderator
  • Panelist
  • Workshop Leader
  • Corporate Training


1000 to 5000 *Will consider certain engagements for no fee