2017-09-26 Beyond the Screen – Trends in Voice First UX

Our apologies for such short notice, but September just caught us by surprise! We hope you all had a great summer and are back at work and/or school and looking forward to a new slate of CapCHI events over the next 10 months. For September, we’re presenting Timon Ledain, Director of IoT at Macadamian as he discusses the evolving field of voice user experience in his presentation titled, “Beyond the Screen“.

We’ll be in main floor dining room (turn right upon entering) at The Fox & Feather Pub & Grill on September 26, as opposed to our regular spot on the third floor. Please come early, since the seating closest to the presenter in this room is limited. Doors open at 6:00pm for networking and the event begins at 6:30pm. There will be free appetizers and our partners at The Fox & Feather will provide attendees with a 10% discount on food and non-alcoholic drinks. We invite you to stick around for some high quality post-event networking.

Date: Tuesday September 26th, 2017.
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; the presentation begins at 6:30 pm.

Place: Main dining room (1st floor) at The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

Registration (Free!): We request that you pre-register via Eventbrite, but it is not required to attend… https://www.eventbrite.com/e/capchi-event-beyond-the-screen-trends-in-voice-first-ux-tickets-37985753411

 

Presentation Synopsis: “Beyond the Screen”

The popularity of Amazon’s Echo and derivatives has given rise to a whole new way of interacting with our environment, namely conversationally. As a result, many solutions are moving to a voice first user experience. What does that mean for UX designers, product managers, and developers? Timon’s talk will explore this trend and the lessons he and his team have learned in developing conversational user experiences for consumer products and healthcare solutions. He will conclude the talk with an exploration on the future beyond voice … ambient intelligence.

 

Speaker bio:

Timon is the Director of Macadamian‘s growing business in the Internet of Things (IoT). Responsible for IoT strategy, partnerships, and platform product management, his areas of focus include healthcare and consumer products. He has over 25 years of product development and operations experience. In his role at Macadamian, Timon is responsible for exploring emerging technologies, developing platform IP, and leveraging both to provide Macadamian and its clients with a compelling competitive advantage.

 

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, September 26th, 6:00 pm at the The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

CapCHI (www.capchi.org) is a social and professional society of people who work as user interface designers, researchers, educators, software developers, web designers, graphic designers and human factors engineers in and around Canada’s National Capital Region. Founded in 1991, CapCHI’s goal is to bring together local professionals interested in how humans and computers interact, in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

2017-06-20 UX Design Jam

For our last event of the 2016-17 season, CapCHI is holding a UX Design Jam! Registration is required!

Date: Tuesday June 20th, 2017.
Time: doors open at 5:30 pm; design jam begins at 6:00 pm.

  • 6:00pm: Formation of teams, presentation of format and design challenge
  • 6:30pm: Design Jam!
  • 8:30pm: Team presentations
  • 9:30pm: Winners announced

Place: Upstairs room (3rd floor) at The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

Registration (Free!): We request that you pre-register via Eventbrite — registration is free, but required to participate in the Design Jam! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/capchi-event-ux-design-jam-tickets-34875183613

 

Description:

Come and spend a night working on a fun and unique design challenge with a team of fellow UX and HCI enthusiasts. Everyone who registers will be placed on a team of 4 or 5, so this event is all about you. Due to the nature of the event, we are limiting participation to 50 and pre-registration is required, so get your ticket before they’re all gone.

We’re going to kick things off a little earlier than normal to allow for a full two hour design session guided by CapCHI’s team of volunteers. Following the design portion of the evening, each team will have approximately five minutes to present their solution to the room. Presentations will be judged by the CapCHI team, with a special prize going to the winners.

Join us at The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill for complimentary appetizers and networking opportunities at 5:30pm, with the design jam beginning at 6:00 pm. As always, our partners at The Fox & Feather will be providing our attendees with 10-percent discount on food and non-alcoholic drinks.

 

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, June 20th, 5:30 pm at the The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

CapCHI (www.capchi.org) is a social and professional society of people who work as user interface designers, researchers, educators, software developers, web designers, graphic designers and human factors engineers in and around Canada’s National Capital Region. Founded in 1991, CapCHI’s goal is to bring together local professionals interested in how humans and computers interact, in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

2017-05-16 A Student Showcase of UX Expertise

You are invited to a presentation of cutting edge research in UX. This year’s student projects are all over the map: online co-design of clothing, sharing the space in collaborative virtual reality environments, multi-sensory belts that can enhance your engagement with the arts, a voice-controlled app for Tesla cars, a gamified 24/7 fitness assistant system, and a decision-making tool to reduce bias in decision-making.

Students are from Carleton University and Algonquin College and engaged in a variety of design-related programmes and members of many different research labs.

Date: Tuesday May 16th, 2017.
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; presentations begin at 6:30 pm.
PlaceUpstairs room (3rd floor) NOTE Main floor dining room (turn right upon entering) at The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

Registration (Free!): We request that you pre-register via Eventbrite, but it is not required to attend… https://www.eventbrite.com/e/capchi-event-a-student-showcase-of-ux-expertise-tickets-33897440156

 

Presentation Details:

1. Hala Hawa is a recent graduate of Carleton’s Industrial Design programme. Her supervisors were Professors Bjarki Hallgrimsson and Steven Murphy. Hala is now the founder and CEO of Hawahat Inc. a design strategy & management-consulting firm. She’s top notch. Her retail branding work at Canada Post has garnered local, national and international design awards.

For her thesis work, Hala conducted a qualitative study that explored Canadian consumers’ attitudes towards customizing / co-designing clothing online. It focused on consumer needs, desires, experience and priorities. To further explore this market, Hala interviewed international experts. Her findings identified user personas with the highest potential uptake of this service.

Hala’s thesis: https://curve.carleton.ca/9b6df1e1-f052-45fe-b02b-6346f1d8d152

2. Anthony Scavarelli is a Carleton University PhD student with an interest in connecting people together with technology that is able to augment physical, social, and affective bonds. He will be answering the question How do we share virtual reality environments without crashing into each other in the physical environment? He is supervised by Rob Teather and Ali Arya.

Anthony will be presenting iCRASH. As Anthony explains it: As VR becomes more ubiqitous it is not unreasonable to assume that we will have dedicated “VR rooms” in our living spaces. Anthony will review the research into the area of preventing collisions between multiple users (including his own research), such as family members, sharing the same VR space.

3. Daniella Briotto-Faustino and her teammates will be presenting their group project for a graduate course in HCI at Carleton called Emerging Interaction Techniques. Their supervisor is Audrey Girouard.

This team’s project was entitled SensArt: Engaging with Visual Art Through a Multisensory Experience. They aimed to provide a more full and rich experience to those viewing visual art (e.g. paintings) by using multisensory technology to enhance the emotional and descriptive qualities expressed in works of arts. They combined a belt that provides vibration and temperature stimuli with headphones that played classical music. See their prototype and hear about usability test results.

Daniella Briotto-Faustino holds a post-graduate degree in IT and is an experienced system analyst and IT project manager. Her teammates are Sandra Gabriele (graphic designer/usability specialist), Rami Ibrahim (database programmer/ IT project coordinator), Anna-Lena Theus (marketing and advertising specialist/piano player).

4. Minseok (Min) Kim and fellow teammates will be presenting a group project for a Mobile Application Design and Development Program in the School of Media & Design at Algonquin College. They will be presenting EVE for TESLA, a voice assistant app to help drivers interact with their Tesla cars, reducing the risk of distraction on roads. They used Speech Recognition, Natural Language Understanding, Instant Communication, Bluetooth, Location services to build their solution.

David Medhurst, Geemakun Storey, Hassan Saad, Leonardo Alps, Min Kim, Raviraj Mangukiya and Juan Lu are students with various backgrounds, coming from 6 different countries, who like to innovate. The team consists of 5 developers and 2 designers. Their project supervisors were Steve Griffith and Gerald Hurdle.

5. Zhao Zhao is a PhD student in the department of System and Computer Engineering at Carleton University, supervised by Ali Arya.

Zhao will be presenting a gamified 24/7 fitness assistant system. The system is a gamified Android application with input from wearable devices. The overall objective of the system is to promote people’s daily activity by using wearable and gamification technologies, and to generate customized and gamified health/fitness recommendation.

6. Paul Yammine is a computer enthusiast. He’s interested in information visualization. Paul will be completing his Honours degree in Computer Science at Carleton University this year, under the supervision of Robert Biddle.

Paul will be presenting his project which focused on the visualization aspects of a tool called Analysis of Competing Hypotheses. Analysis of Competing Hypotheses (ACH) is an intelligence analysis tool developed by the Central Intelligence Agency to reduce the cognitive limitations of individuals selecting a best hypothesis to fit a collection of data. Paul developed a web application utilizing D3, a visualization library for JavaScript. Paul will present an interactive radar graph that he developed and evaluated. It’s easy to use, demonstrates the worth of the assembled data, and facilitates exploration of it, thereby reducing cognitive biases.

7. Ashley Murray & Shannon Shaw just recently graduated from the Graphic Design program at Algonquin College at the end of April. Both are among the top students in their program and are passionate designers focusing in UX and UI design, as well as motion and illustration.

Ashley and Shannon will be presenting their work on the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health Design Jam, which they organized and ran a design jam with youth advocates that were flown in from around Canada. The design jam focused on communicating the results from research done on internet interventions for youth seeking help with their depression and anxiety. The designers then created a final product with the results for their Interaction Design course taught by Jed Looker.

 

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, May 16th, 6:00 pm at the The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

There will be free appetizers and our partners at The Fox & Feather will provide attendees with a 10 percent discount on food and non-alcoholic drinks.

 

CapCHI (www.capchi.org) is a social and professional society of people who work as user interface designers, researchers, educators, software developers, web designers, graphic designers and human factors engineers in and around Canada’s National Capital Region. Founded in 1991, CapCHI’s goal is to bring together local professionals interested in how humans and computers interact, in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

2017-04-18 Virtual Reality Gaming at Colony VR

It’s field trip time!  

Continuing our tradition of exciting CapCHI field trips, on Tuesday, April 18th, we’ll be heading to Ottawa’s virtual reality experience studio Colony VR, They are a local business owned by a family of fresh faced entrepreneurs who are passionate about Virtual Reality and shaping the future by creating the next wave of VR software and augmenting hardware.

Since our attendance is limited for this event to ensure adequate opportunities for gaming, a $15 registration fee in advance is required to attend. However, we will be providing dinner (pizza and sandwiches) and a variety of drinks (i.e., beer, coffee, soft drinks). Please arrive by 6:00pm.

Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2017.
Time: 6-8pm

  • Doors open at 6pm for a mix of networking, gaming and food/drinks
  • Presentation from 6:30-6:45pm
  • More gaming and networking 6:45-8pm

Place: Colony VR58 Beech St, Ottawa, ON K1S 3J6, Canada.

Pre-registration is REQUIRED (limited tickets!):  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/capchi-event-virtual-reality-gaming-at-colony-vr-tickets-33014226440

Presentation:

Please join Thea Scherer Johnston, Colony VR’s Chief Game Testing Officer, in an informal discussion on the HTC Vive (a room scale VR system), overview of the games and experiences currently available and a review of how they are (successfully or not) using the Vive’s motion controllers. Different motion controller interface styles and usability challenges will also be discussed.

Speakers’ Bio:

Stefan Scherer has more than 20 years of technical, product design, operational, and business development experience across the full spectrum of hardware, firmware and software development.

Rebecca Johnston has more than 20 years of diverse community development, education and policy development experience. She applies her finely honed domestic and interpersonal engineering skills to grow both the business and community relationships.

Facility:

  • 2000 sqft light industrial space.
  • Six 12 foot wide ‘hexes’ to support a true room scale experience.
  • Each ‘hex’ is equipped with a 55” TV, bar table and stools so people can watch.
  • Studio is wheelchair accessible.

Where:

Colony VR58 Beech St, Ottawa, ON K1S 3J6, Canada. – View Map

Pre-registration is REQUIRED (limited tickets!):  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/capchi-event-virtual-reality-gaming-at-colony-vr-tickets-33014226440

CapCHI (www.capchi.org) is a social and professional society of people who work as user interface designers, researchers, educators, software developers, web designers, graphic designers and human factors engineers in and around Canada’s National Capital Region. Founded in 1991, CapCHI’s goal is to bring together local professionals interested in how humans and computers interact, in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

2017-03-21 Metrics and KPIs for Assessing Your UX Strategy – A Panel Discussion

CapCHI presents a panel discussion on metrics and KPIs for assessing the health of your UX strategy!

Date: Tuesday March 21st, 2017
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; presentation begins at 6:30 pm
Place: The upstairs room at The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

Registration (Free!): We request that you pre-register via Eventbrite, but it is not required to attend: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/capchi-event-metrics-and-kpis-for-assessing-your-ux-strategy-a-panel-discussion-tickets-32629249965.

What:

Similar to how businesses can utilize KPIs to establish and monitor progress toward a variety of goals, such as environmental “green” initiatives, cost avoidance programs and low-cost country sourcing targets, UX practitioners can also use KPIs to evaluate the success of a UX strategy or particular activity in which they engage in at their organization. Come join us in a panel discussion on Tuesday March 21st at The Fox & Feather. CapCHI has reached out to a few local experts to explore the topic of metrics and KPIs and how it can impact UX practice.

Moderated by Carleton University’s Bruce Tsuji, our panel of experts will try to shed some light onto this topic.

Moderator:

Bruce Tsuji (Carleton University, Department of Psychology) – Bruce has 30 years of UX design, product management, marketing, and consulting experience for several iconic technology companies as well as some start-ups that you never heard of. Surprising even himself, Bruce completed his PhD and was hired as a tenure-track instructor in psychology and human-computer interaction at Carleton University in 2013. He recently received Carleton’s Teaching Achievement Award in recognition of his development of the university’s very first Massive Open Online Course (see www.ecarleton.ca). His current research focus is comparisons of online versus face-to-face teaching and learning and he serves as the Department of Psychology’s teaching mentor.

Panel of Experts:

Alasdair Stuart-Bell (Jumping Elephants) – Alasdair is the co-founder, partner and UX Lead at Jumping Elephants, a small, but mighty, consulting firm located in Ottawa. He is an experienced user needs researcher, information architect, strategist, user experience designer, and a strong project manager, with over 18 years experience. He leads the user experience (UX) research and design activities for our many clients. Alasdair has an M.B.A. from Dalhousie University, which focused on Marketing, International Business, and Information Technology and a B.A. in Political Studies from McGill University. He is also actively involved in the volunteer scene.

Alasdair thinks the best UX experiences are about taking the results of well designed research and core business requirements and applying engineering, marketing, graphical and industrial design, and interface design to develop solutions that users want to use and help them complete their tasks.

Meaghan Reinecke (Qlik) – Meaghan currently hangs her hat at Qlik Technologies – both as a User Researcher, and as the UX Team Lead for North America. Her previous chapter was a 10y stay at Macadamian, as a User Researcher and a Solutions Architect. Research has brought her to Lisbon, Portugal to Lisbon, Ontario, and interviewing folks from 4yo to 84 yo. Her two young boys keep her up to date with the latest developments in Ninjago, happy to discuss off-thread.

She and the Qlik Team have been discussing the Maslov’s hierarchy of metrics, where all metrics align or support each other. She also driving the integration of tracking tools into current products, to augment the research team with usage stats, analytics, and the ability to start AB testing..

Mike Atyeo (Neo Insight) – Mike has a degree in Psychology, a Master’s in Computer Science, and many years in retail point-of-sale, financial systems and telecommunications. He worked on Corporate Design strategy in British Telecom and implemented a user-centered design process for their Consumer Products division. Since co-founding Neo Insight, Mike has led many UX projects for government, high-tech and higher education clients, including working with the Government of Canada and Cisco on UX KPIs and programs.

Mike is also a past chair of CapCHI!

Tanya Snook (Treasury Board Secretariat) – Tanya has spent almost 20 years designing websites and applications in both the public and private sectors. She authored a performance measurement strategy which launched the procurement of the government’s enterprise web analytics system. Tanya works as a technical analyst at Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat and is co-chair of CanUX conference.

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, March 21st, 6:00 pm in the upstairs room at the The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

There will be free appetizers and our partners at The Fox & Feather will provide attendees with a 10 percent discount on food and non-alcoholic drinks.

CapCHI (www.capchi.org) is a social and professional society of people who work as user interface designers, researchers, educators, software developers, web designers, graphic designers and human factors engineers in and around Canada’s National Capital Region. Founded in 1991, CapCHI’s goal is to bring together local professionals interested in how humans and computers interact, in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

Senior Manager, User Experience (Kinaxis)

Job Opening: Senior Manager, User Experience

Location: Ottawa, ON, Canada

Kinaxis® is a leading edge software company located in Ottawa, Canada. Our RapidResponse® on demand software provides business solutions to some of the largest companies in the world. Many of their products you likely use in your everyday life: it might be the car you drive (Ford, yep they’re a customer), the camera you take pictures/video with (Nikon and GoPro, they’re customers too), the phone you have in your hand all day (Samsung, them too), the shoes you wear (ASICS), critical medications you take (Bristol Myers-Squibb) or the ATM you use at your bank (NCR). These are just a few of the household names that use our industry leading technology and solutions. For more information, visit the Kinaxis web site at www.kinaxis.com or the company’s blog at http://blog.kinaxis.com/.

User Experience and Design is HIGH PROFILE at Kinaxis. Our design team works side-by-side with Product Management and Development teams to build visual, elegant, efficient and intuitive interfaces that push the boundaries of our business solutions to rival those of leading consumer applications.

If you are looking to make a difference, enjoy challenging work, and want to contribute to next-generation world class technology, then Kinaxis is the place for you! With the stability of an established company, combined with the passion and innovation of a start-up, Kinaxis is a GREAT place to work. Our success and growth means we are expanding. We are currently looking for: Senior Manager, User Experience

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Product Designer (Kinaxis)

Job Opening: Product Designer

Location: Ottawa, ON, Canada

Kinaxis® is a leading edge software company located in Ottawa, Canada. Our RapidResponse® on demand software provides business solutions to some of the largest companies in the world. Many of their products you likely use in your everyday life: it might be the car you drive (Ford, yep they’re a customer), the camera you take pictures/video with (Nikon and GoPro, they’re customers too), the phone you have in your hand all day (Samsung, them too), the shoes you wear (ASICS), critical medications you take (Bristol Myers-Squibb) or the ATM you use at your bank (NCR). These are just a few of the household names that use our industry leading technology and solutions.

User Experience and Design is HIGH PROFILE at Kinaxis. Our design team works side-by-side with Product Management and Development teams to build visual, elegant, efficient and intuitive interfaces that push the boundaries of our business solutions to rival those of leading consumer applications.

If you are looking to make a difference, enjoy challenging work, and want to contribute to next-generation world class technology, then Kinaxis is the place for you! With the stability of an established company, combined with the passion and innovation of a start-up, Kinaxis is a GREAT place to work. Our success and growth means we are expanding. We are currently looking for: Product Designer

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2017-02-21 The UX of Love

Join us for our February event at The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, “The UX of Love“, presented by Véronique Verreault, Présidente – CEO, Miss VV’s Mystery!

Doors open for complimentary appetizers and networking opportunities at 6:00pm, with the presentation beginning at 6:30. As always, our partners at The Fox & Feather will be providing our attendees with 10-percent off food and non-alcoholic drinks.

Date: Tuesday February 21st, 2017.
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; presentations begins at 6:30 pm.

Place: NOTE Main floor dining room (turn right upon entering) at The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

Registration (Free!): We request that you pre-register via Eventbrite, but it is not required to attend… https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-ux-of-love-tickets-31957964131.

Abstract:

What does UX has to do with Miss On the Go?

After over a year of research and development and a collaboration with engineers, industrial designers, sexologists, focus group and mobile applications developers, Veronique launched a social media financing campaign announcing Miss On the Go, a combination between a vibrator and Kegel exercise device for women that’s controlled through a mobile app.

The application has additional features – like letting another user control the device from afar, helping couples enjoy their sex life while they’re travelling. The application also has a social networking feature, allowing users to play with strangers, share photos and has a Tinder-like geolocation feature.

Roll up your sleeves and make it happen! Vive le UX! 😉

Social media: @missvvsmystery #MOTG.

Bio:

Veronique is the founder of Miss VV’s Mystery, a company that created Miss On the Go, a very unique sex toy with a mobile app.

After studying management and motivated by her passion to become a successful entrepreneur and human well-being, Veronique decided to make her dream come true: she started her own business in a fascinating market in which she could use her knowledge, creativity and personal touch to enhance lives of women and couples everywhere.

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, February 21st, 6:00 pm at the The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

CapCHI (www.capchi.org) is a social and professional society of people who work as user interface designers, researchers, educators, software developers, web designers, graphic designers and human factors engineers in and around Canada’s National Capital Region. Founded in 1991, CapCHI’s goal is to bring together local professionals interested in how humans and computers interact, in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

2017-01-17 Startup Showcase

Ever wonder what is going on at the leading edge of technology and user experience research and design in Ottawa? Well here’s your chance to see some exciting new companies show off their wares at CapCHI’s Startup Showcase!

Date: Tuesday January 17th, 2017
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; presentations begins at 6:30 pm
Place: Upstairs room (3rd floor) at The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

Registration (Free!): We request that you pre-register via Eventbrite, but it is not required to attend… https://www.eventbrite.com/e/capchi-event-startup-showcase-tickets-30565972647.

Join us on Tuesday, January 17th at The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, where some local startups will present their products and business concepts to a distinguished panel of UX specialists and entrepreneurs. The aim of the event is to get these companies exposed and to provide them with valuable feedback that can help them tweak a product, improve the product roadmap, or simply get some words of encouragement that they’re doing an awesome job.

Come for the product demos and stay for the awesome networking, food, and drinks. Doors open at 6:00pm for networking and the event starts at 6:30pm. There will be free appetizers and our partners at The Fox & Feather will provide attendees with a 10 percent discount on food and non-alcoholic drinks. We invite you to stick around for post-event networking and some potential hands-on technology demos!

Meet our Startups

Branch is an innovative technology company that specializes in proximity messaging and data capturing. Their proximity-based platform uses Bluetooth beacons to deliver contextual information to smartphone users. The branch mobile application, available for free on the App store, helps users learn about the places and people around them. Branch adapts to a variety of beacon services and includes an Analytics Dashboard that offers insights into real-time customer behaviour in the physical store. (www.branchapp.ca)

  • Ahmed El Mahrakawy, Co-Founder/CEO, will present Branch’s products.  He is a strategic, multidisciplinary designer & creative director with an eye for innovation and pixel perfection. Before starting Branch, Ahmed and his co-founder, Brandon, launched and sold Emploid; an automated employee-scheduling platform.  Ahmed is currently working towards an MBA emphasizing IT.

Else is a startup aiming to empower people to live a more balanced life, by making the cooking experience more healthy, rewarding and simple. Oliver is Else’s flagship product. It is a smart and automatic cooking device that empowers user to simplify their life, discover new foods and eat more healthily. See this cooker prepare a pasta meal.  (http://elselabs.io/)

  • Khalid Aboujassoum is Founder and CEO at Else. Prior to starting Else, Khalid worked in product development as a software engineer. He holds a BASc in Computer Engineering with an Engineering Management Option.

InteractiveStudios builds engaging omni-channel solutions for modern facility owners and management companies. Their products help individuals and management get to know the great indoors.  For users they provide large interactive directories; for facilitiy owners and management they provide applications to collect and analyze indoor activity. (http://www.interactivestudios.ca/)

  • Colin A. Pritchard, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of InteractiveStudios Inc. He is a professional graphic designer and serial entrepreneur. He leads the creative team at InteractiveStudios Inc. designing interactive UI’s for their touchscreen kiosks. Colin worked throughout Southeast Asia on global supply chain strategies over 6 months in the summer of 2016. He recently completed a masters of engineering degree in technology innovation management. 

SimWave is an interactive digital media development company based in Ottawa, Ontario. Focusing on innovative and ground-breaking projects, SimWave has developed a multi-sensory virtual reality (VR) booth that acts as a vehicle to experience VR games or experiences. The booth is equipped with a rumbling floor, bursts of air/wind, heat, cold, and smell. As of right now, SimWave is developing a Vimy Ridge WWI VR experience, an old Steam Locomotive VR experience, and a Human Anatomy VR experience.  SimWave has also developed a 20-person interactive theatre that can be experienced in North America and Europe. (www.simwave.ca)

  • Matt Thomas, Head of Business Development, has an extensive background in management and entrepreneurship which reaches back to when he was only 16. After creating a viral YouTube channel that reached 60 million views, he began producing, directing and managing high-scale video productions at his own video company, Trending Media. Now Matt has brought his high production techniques and innovative thinking to SimWave to develop and acquire new business and handle all of our exceptional clients.
  • Adam Caithness, Chief Financial Officer, brings over five years of management and financial experience to the SimWave team. During this time he has acquired countless research and development projects, resulting in over a million dollars’ worth of R&D grants and funding. He has a strong background in finance as well as an aptitude for tech and military simulation. Adam ensures SimWave remains a prominent force in the ever-changing industry of tech and that SimWave runs as an automated system.

Tumello helps podcasts listeners easily discover and listen to curated and subscribed podcasts across multiple devices based on the topics that interest them.

  • Joel Kapongo is the co-founder & CEO of Tumello. When he is not working on programming, designing, or promoting Tumello, he is tucked away somewhere reading, listening to podcasts, or playing music.

 

Panel of Experts

Stephen Davis is a program lead at Invest Ottawa, a non-profit organization that partners with the City of Ottawa to set the strategy and manage the programs that are critical to moving Ottawa’s economy forward. Stephen provides critical advice to businesses in their early stages of development.  Stephen‘s advice comes from a wealth of experience. He’s an entrepreneur with an extensive marketing background, a system’s engineer, and a software architect with 25-30 years of experience. Bringing all of these talents to the table he has been the Chief Technology Officer or CEO for half a dozen Startups. Oh and he’s a qualified yoga instructor and triathlete too! 

David Mann is CEO of inBay Technologies Inc., an Ottawa based multi-factor authentication company. After leaving Nortel in 2001, David formed his own consultancy company focused on executive mentoring, actively advising Canada’s leading researchers in the futures of cyber-security, web network evolution and the rapidly changing market of smart web based applications. David was named professional of the Year in April 2015 by Worldwide Branding for Excellence in Technology Consulting. 

Jonathan Segel leads the global Radio and Mobile Network Innovation group at Nokia. With over 35 years in the high tech industry he has managed the creation of multiple new telecommunication products and services in a diversity of subdomains. He has provided direction for startups, done due diligence for start-up acquisitions. Within Nokia, Jonathan is known for his innovative ideas. Jonathan has numerous patents, and broad experience across the business, marketing, and innovation spectrum. 

 

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, January 17th, 6:00 pm at the The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

CapCHI (www.capchi.org) is a social and professional society of people who work as user interface designers, researchers, educators, software developers, web designers, graphic designers and human factors engineers in and around Canada’s National Capital Region. Founded in 1991, CapCHI’s goal is to bring together local professionals interested in how humans and computers interact, in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

2016-12-13 Lightning Talks

Join us on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill for an unplugged CapCHI meetup! We’re moving away from our usual format and bringing you a more casual night of Lightning Talks!

Date: Tuesday December 13th, 2016.

Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; presentations begins at 6:30 pm.

Place: Upstairs room (3rd floor) at The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

Registration (Free!): We request that you pre-register via Eventbrite, but it is not required to attend… https://www.eventbrite.com/e/capchi-event-lightning-talks-tickets-29650716090

Join us at 6:00pm for complimentary appetizers and chats with like-minded friends. You’ll also get 10-percent off food and non-alcoholic drinks throughout the evening.

Lightning talks explained

Lightning talks are a series of 5 minute presentations from a wide range of professionals and academics from the HCI, UX, and Design worlds. Our speakers will be talking about what interests and excites them outside of their everyday work. Whether it’s technology, art, or history, we’re here to find out what people are passionate about! No matter what your interests, we guarantee you’ll learn something new.

Presenters

Shamima Khan, Director, User Experience at Radiant Design Studio

Michelangelo – Artistic genius and an original UX designer

  • Michelangelo, the world famous artistic genius, created the statue of David and the Sistine Chapel ceiling among many other incredible works of art. But there’s another, little-known side to Michelangelo. This talk will briefly discuss the UX processes he followed hundreds of years ago as a renowned painter, architect, and sculptor.

Tamyca Dorrington, UX Designer, Service Canada

Gardening as an instrument of grace

  • We live in an era of instant gratification. We see something, we want it, we get it. The idea of waiting for something is almost inconceivable in modern society. How can we learn to be more patient people? Tending to a garden, even just a few houseplants can help cultivate an appreciation for the things in life that take a little longer to come to fruition.

Gillian Massel, Content Strategist, Shopify

The art of the insult

  • As an arrogant teenager, I was drawn to Shakespeare’s insults as a way of expressing my contempt. Now, as an adult, I admire the Bard’s inventive invective for it’s creativity, playfulness, and demonstration of master wordsmithery. In this brief talk, I’ll explore some of Shakespeare’s finest insults and explain the literary technique behind his greatest abuses.

Lina Bonapace, Director of UX Research, Macadamian

I am a map addict!

  • I love maps and have surrounded myself with them in various forms since my childhood. I’ve found them useful to follow, beautiful to look at and fun to immerse myself in. I’d sit in a plane and stare at the flight routes dreaming of my next exotic destination, I’d follow the drawing of the golf course on the scorecard to see what obstacle lay ahead, and I’d search for the places my family came from in a beautifully coloured atlas. In this lightning talk I will share with you my fascination in creating maps in both my personal and professional life.

Monica Zaczynski, User Experience Design and Research Consultant, Telus Health

Just start already: Lessons learned from my pet Sourdough Starter

  • Beginning with an interest in exploring foods and health, I’ll share my my journey, partially fuelled by a stubborn determination, to make an amazing loaf of bread. What I learned from several failed attempts is that, making a sourdough starter is more than reading the recipe and following instructions. It can teach us all about learning how to read and respond to our environment, how to be patient and mostly importantly to experiment and have fun.

Joel Kapongo, CEO and Co-founder, Tumello

Parallels Between UX and Music

  • Over the past few centuries music theory has undergone lots of evolution. Given that music and user experience design are both creative processes, we can draw parallels between these two disciplines. There’s a lot UX designers can learn from music! In this talk, Joel, will present these parallels in a fun, relatable, and easy to understand manner.

Scott Duncan, Senior Consultant, Systemscope

Chimeda: Reconciliation on the Ottawa River

  • Since 2013, I have organized “Chimeda”, an annual canoe trip with the Algonquin community of Kitigan Zibi, and my own village of Wakefield. Each year, we paddle the Gatineau River to Ottawa. The trip was borne of a real desire among people in my community and Kitigan Zibi to get to know each other, and to create friendships. At a time when there is so much divisive rhetoric, we are pleased that for Canada’s 150th, our trip will be larger than ever: a potent symbol of reconciliation on the Ottawa River.

Alëna Iouguina, UX Research Lead, Shopify
Anthony Dewar, Co-founder: Ecotonos Design + Manufacturing

Designing collaborative experiences with robots

  • Robots are beginning to work and play side by side with people and present new experiential opportunities at the intersection of human and technology driven cultures. With the help of our Musical Robots we’ll show how today’s robots are not only fully buildable in a home environment, but also smart, adaptable, and possess a great sense of humour. As a result, new research and design practices are emerging to address the virtual and physical interfaces that further blend the line between nature and technology and will make you question what it means to be human.

Hilary Little, Senior UX Designer, CBSA

Green burial

  • After chatting lightheartedly with my daughter one day about what I’d want done after my (hopefully very far off) demise, I realized that none of the traditional options resonated with me. I disliked the idea of buying an expensive casket just to put it in the ground, the idea of chemical embalming just felt wrong and I didn’t want to eternally perch on anyone’s shelf in an urn. What I wanted was something much more in tune with nature. I believe my final request was “just stick me in the ground and plant a tree”. But was that even possible? In this lightening talk, I’ll tell you about green burial, and shed light on some common misperceptions about the traditional way of doing things.

 

AND YOU! That’s right, we’ll be opening up the floor. If you’re up for it, tell us about your own interests or hobbies in a quick 5 minute presentation.

 

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, December 13th, 6:00 pm at the The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

CapCHI (www.capchi.org) is a social and professional society of people who work as user interface designers, researchers, educators, software developers, web designers, graphic designers and human factors engineers in and around Canada’s National Capital Region. Founded in 1991, CapCHI’s goal is to bring together local professionals interested in how humans and computers interact, in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.