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Call for Participation: CapCHI Interactionary
CapCHI will be hosting another Interactionary event in February, 2013. This is a great event that gives industry and academia a chance to interact and show off their design skills.
The Game (the interactionary explained)
The “Interactionary” is a special event in which 3 or 4 design teams work for a short time on an interaction design challenge in real time, in a competitive and fun format. It provides the participating teams with the opportunity to contribute to the CapCHI community, as well as an opportunity to show off their design process and skills in an event that is sure to draw a big audience and generate a buzz! The session will be entertaining and educational, demonstrating ‘live’ some of the less tangible aspects of team design processes, as well as the more formal elements.
At the Interactionary, each team is given 10 minutes to work on-stage on a design challenge. A panel of judges will highlight and discuss what they see as the most interesting and important aspects of each team’s approach. Each team will be scored on a number of categories, including outcome, team communication, and design process. There are rewards for all teams! The audience is also polled for discussion and comment, and to see how their views compare with those of the panel. After the Interactionary, the teams will be expected to assist in providing a permanent record of the event.
We are looking for STUDENT AND PROFESSIONAL teams! Enter with a team of four (i.e., co-workers, colleagues, fellow students), or as an individual. The first four individuals who respond will be included in an ad-hoc team. Further details will be sent to the lucky participants. To enter into the Interactionary contact Michelle Gauthier directly at gauthiermi1 at yahoo.com. Final submissions are due by January 15, 2013.
Check out the summary from our last Interactionary: http://www.capchi.org/blog/2010-08-16-interactionary-hci-design-challenge-summary!
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CapCHI is preparing our program for the 2012-13 season and we are looking for presenters.
Do you have an interesting topic that you can present to the group?
Do you know someone who would be a great presenter?
Is there someone who you would love to see?
Please send your presenter suggestions to Adam Freed at email@example.com
Université Paris-Sud is opening a new International Masters in HCI in Fall 2011, taught in English with students from around the world.
Université Paris-Sud, on the outskirts of Paris, France, is opening a new International Masters program in Human-Computer Interaction this fall. All courses are taught in English, and the program includes a language class, either French as a second language for non-francophones or English as a second language for francophones. Details of the curriculum are available at at http://hci-masters.org .
We are opening the second year of this 2-year Masters in the fall. North American students with qualified 4-year undergraduate degrees can go directly into the second year. Tuition in France is very inexpensive: 600 euros covers tuition and medical insurance for the full year.
The program is associated with world-class research laboratories in Human-Computer Interaction, including InSitu (http://insitu.lri.fr), AVIZ (http://www.aviz.fr) and VENISE (http://www.limsi.fr/Scientifique/venise/). These and other labs can host students for their Masters thesis research during the second semester.
If you are interested, please send a letter of motivation, a CV, and a copy of your most recent grades to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 1st. If you qualify, you will be directed to the formal registration procedure.
Do you have a cool idea to mash up some data about Ottawa? Well, the city is running an apps development contest, and the main judging criteria are right up our alley: usefulness, inventiveness, usability, and accessibility.
If you want help forming a team, post a comment here and we will see if we can bring people together. Voting starts on January 4, 2011.
More details can be found at http://www.ottawa.ca/home_page_feeds/features/open_data_en.html
The City of Ottawa is running its first public contest to develop apps from open data and is inviting residents from all over to participate both in creating new apps or voting on their favourites.
The goal of the contest is to encourage entrepreneurs, agencies, students, IT professionals and others to create innovative new apps that use open data to improve community experience, stimulate economic growth and engage residents in municipal government.
The CapCHI Interactionary 2010
By Master of Ceremonies, Michelle Gauthier, CAE Professional Services
Following an entertaining and musical introduction, three teams were sequestered out of earshot and eyesight in the main dining area to enjoy some refreshments while one team was left to work on the design problem. Each team was presented the same problem (see Problem Statement below), with only 15 minutes to tackle it. They were given warnings with 5 minutes and 2 minutes remaining, and were given additional time to describe their solution to the audience. When each team completed its session, it was allowed to join the audience and encouraged to keep the heckling of other teams to a minimum!
The audience was tasked with scoring each team’s performance on the following dimensions:
- The Design
Following all team presentations, the audience voted for the team that met one or all of the following winning categories:
- Most Creative Style
- Best Team Presentation
- Best Overall Team
The Problem Statement: “The Kitchen Recycling System”
The teams were provided with the following problem:
“The City of Ottawa requires that homeowners sort their garbage into various classes of recyclables. This requires multiple containers, of different types, both inside the house and outside (because of snow and dirt). It also requires that specific class of recyclables be collected on a rotating weekly schedule.
Your challenge is to design a kitchen recycling system that is effective, clean, easy to use, and promotes compliance.
The product priorities are:
- May use some disruptive technology (e.g., smart boxes, IP addressable appliance, RFID chip, GPS, weight indicators)
- Design for a single family home composed of a family of 5 (parents, young children and teenagers)
- Must comply with the collection schedule
The Teams, The Designs
The four teams all threw themselves wholeheartedly into the spirit of the event, each with their own ‘dress code’ and theme music. We also saw variations in approaches to the problem, which is probably the feature of Interactionaries that most contributes to discussion and learning.
Team ACDC: With a very charismatic and colourful style, team ACDC tackled the design problem with flair and creativity. As Industrial Design and Engineering students, they evaluated many possible solutions. Definitely creative, they spilled out of the box on all sides and came up with a design solution that met all user needs.
Team Use This!: The baddest bunch of usability mofos on the block, team Use This! from the HOTlab applied the “nastiest” design approach of the evening. A relatively inexperienced team, they made up for their lack of experience by coming up with an innovative design solution.
Voting was a difficult task as each team tackled the problem with professionalism and charisma. Each team accumulated many votes, leaving the final tally a close count. The results of the tally determined a category winner for all teams!
- Style: Team ACDC
- Presentation: Team IBM (I Build Mockups)
- Overall: A tie! Team Use This! And Team UCDC.
Prizes included gift certificates for Chapters and imaginative trophies generously provided by the CapCHI executive committee. One large trophy will be designated with the winning overall teams – and will be used for future CapCHI Interactive events.
To see other Interactionary events, or for information on how to run your own, see Scott Berkun’s excellent set of resources at http://www.scottberkun.com/essays/dsports/guide/.
I would like to give a huge “Thanks!” to all the people (and there were lots of you!) who put in so much effort, creativity, and a little bit of courage to make CapCHI’s Interactionary a success! It was evident that everyone had fun and also learned a lot.
Thanks also go out to CapCHI for organizing the venue, the people, the prizes, the materials, etc; to the audience for their active and enthusiastic participation, and – of course, the teams: Macadamian’s UCDC, the Industrial Design and Engineering Team ACDC, the HOTLab’s Team Use This!, and IBM’s I Build Mockups, who all threw themselves wholeheartedly into the spirit of the event.
The CHI 2010 conference (April 10-15 in Atlanta) is hosting a Student Research Competition, and CapCHI is please to announce a prize supplement for local student researchers.
The Student Research Competition is a forum for undergraduates and graduate students to share their research results, exchange ideas, and improve their communication skills while competing for prizes at CHI 2010.
Students submit a short (6 pages max.) paper describing their research. Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of experts, and evaluated based on
- Quality of work
- Novelty of approach
- Significance of the contribution to the field of HCI
- Clarity of written presentation
Up to twenty-five students (15 undergraduate and 10 graduate) will be chosen to participate in the competition at CHI 2008.
Students accepted to the competition are entitled to a travel grant covering expenses for travel to CHI, including conference registration, transportation, lodging, and meals, up to a limit of US$500. Students must be members of ACM to qualify for these awards.
For any Ottawa-area students who are chosen to participate in the competition in Atlanta, CapCHI will award and additional CAN$500 travel grant (one student per paper) towards incurred expenses.
At the CHI 2010 conference, students will be competing for cash prices of US$500, US$300, and US$200 for first, second, and third place (separate categories for undergraduate and graduate students).
More information on the competition can be found at
ACM SIGCHI, our parent organization, is conducting a survey about local chapters and the people who participate in their events. Please read the following introduction letter and participate in the survey.
Hello SIGCHI Chapter Leaders and Members,
The SIGCHI Executive Committee is working to better meet the needs of its members, and especially local chapters. As part of that effort, we hope you will take a few minutes to complete a short survey.
Your feedback will help us better understand who you are and what your needs are.
SIGCHI Local Chapters Survey, 2009
Thank you in advance for your participation.
Nick Sabadosh, Vice President for Chapters, ACM/SIGCHI, email@example.com
Elizabeth Churchill, Executive Vice President, ACM/SIGCHI, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark McKay is starting an Ottawa Chapter of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA), a professional group for Interaction Designers. It actively focuses on interaction design issues for the practitioner, no matter his or her level of experience.
The Ottawa chapter is open for anyone to join by visiting