2016-09-29 IoT613 – Ottawa’s Internet of Things Conference 2016

A hands-on experience in IoT technology, innovation and design

IoT613 is a two-day conference in Ottawa designed with the purpose of expanding your knowledge about all aspects of the Internet of Things. From design, to architecture, to user experience, and beyond, if you have an interest in IoT, this is the place for you!

Thursday, Sept 29th & Friday, Sept 30th

  • Full Event (regular price) (sale ends Sept 21st): $319.
  • Workshop ONLY – Sept 29th (regular price) (sale ends Sept 21st): $214.
  • Expert Speaker Series ONLY – Sept 30th (regular price) (sale ends Sept 21st): $159.
  • Alexa, where is the fun at IoT613? At the Amazon Alexa Networking Social! (sale ends Sept 29th): $15.

Students can receive a 20 percent discount with the promo code: STUDENTS (student ID required at event check-in)

REGISTER NOW

Visit IoT613 for full details!

2016-06-21 Information Architecture and UX – Shopify Edition

Join us for the final event of our 2015-16 season at The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill on Tuesday, June 21st.

We have 2 great talks lined up for you about information architecture from some lovely Shopify folks. Expect conference level quality, as Virginia Start and Kylea Parker will be giving a talk they recently did at the IA Summit in Atlanta, and Sarah Folkes will be talking about what UX can learn from libraries.

CapCHI will be holding its Annual General Meeting (AGM) following this event. If you’re interested in getting involved with CapCHI and helping to organize local events, please stick around after the talks! We’d love to hear your thoughts or have you join our team of volunteers..

Doors open for complimentary appetizers and networking opportunities at 6:00pm, with the presentations 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 June 21st, 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).

FREE registration via Eventbrite is requested (but not required)… https://www.eventbrite.com/e/capchi-event-information-architecture-and-ux-shopify-edition-tickets-25709563998

 

Presentation Details:

What UX can learn from libraries

Sarah Folkes, Shopify

The traditional library has employed user-centred design for eons. Far from being irrelevant, the library continues to grow and evolve in a way that consistently focuses on user needs. This talk will highlight the lessons UX practitioners can learn from their trusty neighbourhood library.

Architecting for simplicity and meaning amidst information chaos (Shopify Reports: A case study)

Kylea Parker and Virginia Start, Shopify

Last year, Shopify was faced with a challenge: make business performance reporting better for our 200,000+ new and experienced merchants. Simple, no? Even with a well-equipped team, what do you do when the problem feels out of reach? And how do you get up to speed really, really quickly?

Together, we’ll discover what it means to make a complex project an approachable project. Specifically, this session will help you to:

  • Layer complexity to help your team and your users approach content chaos
  • Integrate design, content, and research from day 1
  • Embrace vulnerability from yourself, your team, and even your users

 

Speaker Bios:

Virginia Start, Content Strategist, Shopify @virginiastart

Virginia comes to Shopify with loads of information architecture (IA) experience from the public sector. She has worked with Canadian federal departments to redesign intranet IAs, developed faceted classification for enterprise document and records management systems, and more recently leveraged the practice of content strategy and IA to build and improve product features at Shopify..

Kylea Parker, Designer, Shopify @_KyleaParker

Kylea comes from a New Zealand design agency where she worked directly with clients to solve web design problems. Three years ago, she joined Shopify as a online store theme specialist where she worked hand-in-hand with Shopify merchants to improve their online stores. Recently, Kylea has worked on major projects including the architectural and visual redesign of the Shopify Help Center.

Sarah Folkes, Content Strategist, Shopify @sfolkes

Sarah works on the Product Content team at Shopify. She joined Shopify by way of government consulting, offering public service clients help in information architecture, usability, and taxonomy and classification. She’s currently integrating IA with content strategy at Shopify to help improve product growth and scalability.

 

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, June 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.

2016-05-17 HCI Student Showcase

Join us for our next event at The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill! University and College students will be presenting their work and ideas in a run up to their thesis defence or project presentation and seeking input from experienced professionals and knowledgeable academics. Each presentation will be 10-12 minutes long with 5-10 minutes for questions and answers.

Doors open for complimentary appetizers and networking opportunities at 6:00pm, with the presentations 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 May 17th, 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-hci-student-showcase-tickets-24977834375

 

Presentation Details:

1. Nicholas Fellion is a Master’s student studying Human Computer Interaction at Carleton, supervised by Audrey Girouard. He studies tangible interaction techniques, specifically deformation, for enhancing computer input.

Nick will be presenting on the FlexStylus, a prototype stylus for creating digital art. It gives users precise but emotive control over painting and drawing parameters by sensing flexion in the pen body.

A video of the FlexStylus in action can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLuEVvxWzyM

2. Len Bunce is a second year Graphic Design Student at Algonquin College who loves the prospect of being able to solve problems for a living, and strongly believes that design can be used to make the world a better place. Her work ethic and determination allowed her to overcome a long battle with drug-addiction which has motivated her to give back and help the community she was once part of—with an app.

Safe Point is an app that aims to lower the rate of blood borne pathogen infections in the injection drug user community by making pre-existing preventative programs like needle exchange clinics and treatment centres more accessible through local listings and directions. It also provides users with informative resources on safer injection methods that focus on preventing over-doses and infections.

3. Tyler Dinardo is in his final year of the Bachelor of IT in Interactive Multimedia and Design at Carleton University. Through this program Tyler has had the opportunity to work in a variety of fields including programming, 3D computer graphics and human computer interaction. His passion and goal is to work in the video game industry.

Valence, developed by Neon Panda, a group of Carleton University students, is a hybrid of two video game genres; a city-builder and a turn-based strategy game. Valence takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where players must lead a small group in their efforts to survive underground.

4. Hala Assal is a PhD student at Carleton University interested in the different privacy and usable security topics. She is currently working on methodologies and tools using multitouch surfaces to support collaborative security code review and facilitate their integration in the software development lifecycle.

Hala will present her study looking at privacy-enhancing mobile apps. She will talk about users’ knowledge of mobile privacy, their motivation to use privacy apps, as well as evaluating the usability of these apps.

5. Gerry Chan studied psychology and human-computer interaction at Carleton University. His research interests are in computer-aided exercise, specifically how digital games can increase enjoyment of physical exercise, and video game design examining player-pairing mechanisms in massively multiplayer online contexts.

Muye Jiang is a Master of Computer Science student at the University of Ottawa, supervised by Jochen Lang. His major research field is computer vision, specifically in improving object tracking techniques’ speed and accuracy.

Gerry and Muye will be presenting their work on the use of visualizations in sports. By leveraging information information visualization principals, such as colours, symbols, and dynamic queries, they designed and tested the effectiveness of a new graphical chart for showing basketball game records.

 

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, May 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.

2016-04-19 Tour of NRC’s Flight Research Laboratory

It’s field trip time!  

Continuing our tradition of exciting CapCHI field trips, on Tuesday, April 19th, we’ll be heading to the National Research Council’s Flight Research Laboratory. Their team of engineers and research pilots specializes in performance evaluation, stability and control, modeling and simulation, handling qualities, human factors, aircraft operations, aeromagnetics, remote sensing and atmospheric studies. They also develop novel test procedures and equipment where no current solutions exist and provide instruction in flight test techniques and evaluation methods.

This is a unique opportunity to tour the FRL’s hangar where you will see various types of aircraft and hear how they are used for diverse research projects. In addition, we will receive a presention providing us with more details on the FRL and some of their research projects, including the Working and Traveling on Aircraft (WTA) program.

Since our attendance is limited for this event due to site regulations, a $10 registration fee (plus fees) in advance is required to attend. However, we will be providing dinner (something along the lines of pizza or subs) and a variety of drinks (i.e., beer, coffee, soft drinks). Please arrive as close to 6:00pm as possible because food and beverages will not be permitted on the tour/presentation, which begins around 6:30.

Speaker Bio

Dr. Margarita Vinnikov is a Research Officer at the National Research Council of Canada and is part of the Human Factors group. Her area of specialization is visual perception, eye-tracking and human computer interaction (HCI). She had designed and conducted numerous experiments with human participants to study different perceptual phenomena with the help of gaze-contingent displays and simulations in virtual environments. She completed her PhD in Computer Science from York University and the Centre of Vision Research.

When:

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

Where:

National Research Council – Aerospace facilities – 1920 Research Road Building U-61, Ottawa, ON K1V 2B1, Canada – View Map

Registration is required (limited tickets!)https://www.eventbrite.com/e/capchi-event-tour-of-nrcs-flight-research-laboratory-tickets-23308998843 

 

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.

2016-03-24 Understand your customer experience: A customer journey mapping workshop.

By: Sara Fortier

Optimize your customer experience

Want to get inside your customer’s head and transform how they experience your organization? Sign up for this two hour workshop to help you understand your customers’ experience at each touchpoint. Customer Journey Mapping is a human-centered, insight driven tool that allows businesses to uncover major pain points, make a plan for how to improve and identify new product and/or service opportunities. Learn the power of visually representing this journey for stakeholder buy-in and transforming your customer experience.

WHEN: 

WHERE: Rhapsody Strategies (between Zak’s & Luxe) – 18 Byward Market Square. 3rd Floor. Ottawa, Ontario CA – View Map

TICKETS: CA$135 – CA$175

MORE INFO/GET TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/understand-your-customer-experience-a-customer-journey-mapping-workshop-tickets-21073156378

2016-03-15 Interaction Styles for Flexible Displays

Salvador Dali may have given the world “soft” watches in his famous work, “The Persistence of Memory” in 1931, but true flexible displays are on the way to a store near you. Companies such as Samsung and LG have been showing off their prototypes, but have you thought about how we will interact with flexible displays? What new interaction possibilities could they offer? On Tuesday, March 15th, Dr. Audrey Girouard of Carleton University’s Creative Interactions Lab will present some of the many interaction possibilities with flexible displays.

Join us in the 1st Floor “Dining Room” at The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill at 6:00pm for networking and complimentary appetizers, with the presentation starting at 6:30pm. 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 some high quality post-event networking.

Date: Tuesday March 15th, 2016.
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; presentations begins at 6:30 pm.
Place: 1st Floor “Dining Room” (right hand side of main entrance) 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-interaction-styles-for-flexible-displays-tickets-22432256483

Presentation Synopsis:

A new generation of displays – flexible displays -will make their way in our homes within a few years, so it is worthwhile to think about how their flexibility and deformability can be exploited to offer new interaction techniques to users. Bending the display to page forward shows particular promise for an e-book reader. In this talk, Dr. Girouard will present innovative research on deformable user interactions and bend gestures, and present various applications of such deformable UIs such as a flexible smartphone, bend passwords and bend as game input.

Speaker bio:

Audrey Girouard is an assistant professor in the School of Information Technology at Carleton University, and leads the Creative Interactions Lab. As a human computer interaction researcher, she specializes in next generation interactions: her work pioneers novel interaction techniques with emerging user interfaces through software and hardware design, development and evaluation. Her research focuses on deformable user interactions, flexible displays, and bend gesture inputs.

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, March 15th, 6:00 pm in the 1st Floor “Dining Room” 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.

2016-02-24 UXers are from Mars, BAs are from Venus

POSTPONED DUE TO SNOW STORM!

January event kicked 2016 off in style when four great Ottawa startups told us about their respective technologies and professional journeys at our ever popular Startup Showcase. For February, we’re going to focus on an aspect of the business side of design. Cornelius Rachieru, well known as the founder and co-chair of CanUX, will present “UXers are from Mars, BAs are from Venus“, first presented at Interaction South America 2015.

We’re moving back upstairs to our usual spot on the newly renovated 3rd floor at The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill this month, so there won’t be any issues with space this time around. 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 some high quality post-event networking.

Date: Wednesday February 24th, 2016 (New date/time)
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; presentations begins at 6:30 pm
Place: The upstairs room on 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-uxers-are-from-mars-bas-are-from-venus-tickets-21015274251

Presentation Synopsis:

“UXers are from Mars, BAs are from Venus”

Looking back at my 15+ year career in user experience, I found that the relationship between UX professionals and business analysts (BAs) is a great indicator of whether a project will be successful or not. This presentation will look at the mutual perception between BA and UX teams, the historical source of their differences, the best ways to start tackling projects together, and why UXers should not (usually) loose arguments over design decisions with BAs (this may have something to do with Jedi mind tricks).

Speaker bio:

Cornelius Rachieru is Managing Director and UX Lead at Ampli2de Inc. and is co-chairing CanUX, Canada’s largest annual UX event.

Over the past 15 years, he specialized in managing large enterprise scale transformational UX projects (while leading the UX practices at Deloitte Canada and Shaw Communications) as well as providing guidance to senior management / board of directors with respect to overall UX strategy and implementation.

When and Where:

This event will take place on Wednesday, February 24th, 6:00 pm in the newly renovated upstairs room on the 3rd floor 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.

2016-01-19 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 19th, 2016
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; presentations begins at 6:30 pm
Place1st Floor “Dining Room” (right hand side of main entrance) 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-20430936481

Join us on Tuesday, January 19th 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

GymTrack allows gym members to automatically track all of their workouts, receive auditory feedback, and get personalized training feedback. No more pen and paper. No more manual entry.

Jarred Szabadi, Director of Software Engineering will be representing GymTrack. Jarred has a background in computer systems engineering and specializes in IoT and human computer interaction. His focus is on building the user experience into the GymTrack system.

http://www.home.gymtrack.co/

PageCloud is the world’s most advanced Web editor, a pro tool that runs in the cloud and integrates seamlessly with your desktop. Start from a blank page, your design files, or even an existing website and go as far as you want with interactive widgets, custom code, and truly open-minded design. Based in Ottawa, PageCloud launched in December 2015.

Presenting on behalf of PageCloud will be Henry Brown, Manager of Customer Acquisition. Henry has spent the past 5 years in Ottawa’s tech startup community. Just over a year old, PageCloud has over 13,000 customers across 100 countries, and has raised $6M in seed funding from investors.

https://pagecloud.com/

You.i TV is equipping the world to build beautiful TV experiences for any screen. They’ve built an interface engine to power the world’s most beautiful multi-screen video applications and assembled a team of developers and designers who push the boundaries of what’s possible in a TV Everywhere experience.

Matthew Nelson leads strategic alliances and channel development at You.i TV. Matthew has helped the company grow at an unprecedented rate and position its software, You.i Engine, as the clear choice to power the TV applications such as shomi and Sony Crackle. He’s also held leadership roles at companies including Wind River, Corel and n-Able Technologies.

http://www.youi.tv/about/

3Dprintler.com finds the best price for 3D prints by comparing prices from the biggest sites that 3D print and ship for you: Shapeways, Scultpeo, i.materialise, and makexyz. 3D printing has never been easier with 275+ materials available including platinum, gold, silver, steel, aluminum, ceramics, paper, nylon, and other plastics.

Tomek Sysak, the communications and social media engineer at 3Dprintler.com will be presenting.

https://www.3dprintler.com/

 

Meet our Panel of Advisors

  • Jonathan Segel leads the global Radio and Mobile Network Innovation group at Nokia. Over 35 years in the high tech industry he has managed the creation of multiple new products and services in a diversity of domains. He has provided direction for startups, done due diligence for start-up acquisitions, and even managed a team in an ‘Entrepreneurial Boot Camp’. Jonathan has numerous patents, and experience across the business, marketing, and innovation spectrum.
  • JP Simbandumwe started his IT career with a “big 5” consultancy firm during which time, he worked on web and web-based applications for clients in New York, Chicago, Washington DC, Montreal and Ottawa. Four years ago, JP co-founded the Ottawa-based consulting firm, Jumping Elephants to specialize in web-usability and application transformation projects.
  • Mahdi Yusuf is the Chief Technology Officer at Gyroscope Innovations where they record and analyze everything about your life. His focus for the past 8 years has been primarily in mobile and web applications at scale, as well as managing and scaling large distributed systems and data pipelines.  He is also the author of many large open source libraries.
  • AND YOU the Audience!

 

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, January 19th, 6:00 pm in the 1st Floor “Dining Room” 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.

2015-12-08 Lightning Talks

Please join us on Tuesday, December 8th for an “unplugged” version of CapCHI. We’re moving away from our usual format to bring you a more casual night of Lightning Talks as we head into the holiday season.

Date: Tuesday December 8th, 2015
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-lightning-talks-tickets-19598864732

Come for complimentary appetizers during our 6:00pm networking session and our partners at The Fox & Feather will provide attendees with a 10 percent discount on food and non-alcoholic drinks throughout the evening.

What are Lighting Talks?

Lightning Talks are a series of 5 minute presentations from a wide range of professionals and academics in the HCI, UX, and/or Design worlds. The topics are about what interests and excites them outside of their nine to five. Whether it’s about technology, culture, art, or history, there’s someone in our community who has a topic they’re passionate about and we’re going to hear 5 minutes of it. No matter what your interests, we guarantee you’ll come away from this event having learned something new.

Here is our current list of presenters, but there could be some surprise additions:

  • Brett Tackaberry (Technical Director, bv02): Ottawa is a city full of great people doing incredible work. Meeting those people – especially if they’re outside of your field – can be challenging. Brett wants to introduce you to Tech4Good – an initiative bringing together people using technology for social good – and Random Hacks of Kindness – a hackathon for social good. We hope you will be inspired. We hope you will see that your expertise and experience is invaluable and you have a lot to give.
  • Ben Waldman (Creative Director, bv02): A New Definition of ‘Memory’: Did my Parents Drive a Citroën? Our understanding of the human brain is growing in leaps, and while we’re still a decade away from even nailing down the optic process of a mouse, there’s plenty to be excited about — especially for creatives. In a lightning talk that stretches beyond his normal call of duty, bv02 Creative Director Ben Waldman will present some of the interesting finds he’s made in the neuroscience of memory, what it means for creative marketers, and what it has meant to him personally.
  • Ali Arya (Associate Professor of Interactive Multimedia, Carleton University): Marriage changes everything, or how I learned to stop worrying and love kids’ apps! A brief look at my experiences on the subject of family, and my journey from writing bedtime stories with my son to developing an educational app for children.
  • Cornelius Racheriu (Managing Director, Ampli2de and Founder & Co-Chair, CanUX): Wanderlost – As designers, we are on a constant quest for inspiration. However, our daily routines and familiar environment can only inspire us up to a point. Cornelius will make the case for getting lost (mostly) on purpose in an unfamiliar environment while travelling, as an ideal activity that challenges you to break down your own creativity barriers and fuels your imagination.
  • Alasdair Stuart-Bell (Co-Founder, Jumping Elephants): Minecraft: UX HR’s Perfect Tool -This talk by Alasdair Stuart-Bell, father of two avid Minecraft inhabitants, will explore how Minecraft functions as the perfect tool to assess whether UX practitioners are a good fit for your team.
  • Jennifer Fraser (Design Director, Macadamian Technologies): Shaken or stirred: A Study in the Craft of Cocktails – We will take a whirlwind tour through the rise, the fall, and then the resurrection of the craft of cocktails. What led to the celebration and proliferation of this craft, why did it become a lost art and why has it risen again in popularity?
  • Alvaro Vargas (Marketing and UX Design, Government of Canada): What I Learned from A Week on the Camino – These days we are not often put in situations in which we come upon our limits and are given a choice to stop or blow past them. In this brief talk, I will share some of what I learned while walking through northern Spain. 
  • Anna De Medeiros (UX Designer, Electronic Arts): Fake it ’til you bake it – Are we born with our passions, or can passions arise from mastering skills? I’ll share how my love for the culinary arts blossomed out of a need. Drawing on social and cognitive learning theories, I explore how peer-to-peer online learning and related design patterns were critical to my transformation.
  • Vidushi Gupta (VP of Design and Operations, Graduate Students’ Association at Carleton University) – Travel fast, Travel often – At the age of 20, I took to travelling around the world for 3 months. I wandered to places I have never been and spent the night in several different locations. I barely ate two meals a day and slept little. I experimented with my conscience and my principles. I will be drawing out from specific anecdotes and how they inspired me to think, live and breathe design.
  • Luc Lalande (Executive Director, Entrepreneurship Hub at University of Ottawa) – Live biohacking of rotten meat in public spaces; creating living human skins on LEGO minifigures; and growing human tissues inside of apples. If you think this is science gone mad, you will be surprised to learn that the instigator of these projects is not only a scientist, but a self-described artists, hacker, endurance runner and entrepreneur. This talk is about a young scientist who sees no barriers between art and science.
  • AND YOU!!! That’s right, we’ll be opening up the floor for those so inspired as to tell us a story of their own. 

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, December 8th, 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).

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.

2015-11-21 INCOSE Conference on Systems Engineering

INCOSE Canada is hosting a day long conference concerning Systems Engineering, and a couple of the presentations will be of significant interest to some members of CAPCHI involved in complex systems development and software developers. This conference will take place at Carleton University on November 21st, and very affordable at $39 early bird admission.

Dr. Barclay Brown of IBM will be presenting aspects of Systems Modelling, using advanced SE Tools, and Dr. Ronald Houde will be presenting work he has done using extensions of UML (Four plus One architecture modelling developed by Dr. Phil Krutchen) in development of an airworthy safety critical flight management system.  This is a first in the industry where a systems modelling tool, based on extensions of IBM’s Rhapsody modelling tool, has been used for a safety of flight certifiable platform.

This Conference on Systems Engineering will be held in Ottawa at Carleton University on Saturday, November 21st, 2015 and over live streaming via Internet to other locations. More info, including the conference agenda , can be found at: http://incosecanada.weebly.com/).

This event is sponsored by INCOSE, and largely from the generous sponsorship and ongoing support of Thales Canada, IBM, NavCan, the NRC and organizations allowing staff to share their achievements.

During the conference there will be two keynote presentations: cyber security and large scale integrated battlefield simulation.  There are subsequently four streams addressing Workforce Development and Learning for the 21st century, System Engineering Modelling for system life cycles, best practices in System Life Cycle Management, and Analysis of Complexity.

These streams will be supported by both longstanding practitioners sharing their experience, and members of the academic and research community presenting their work.  Afterwards there will be a networking session, to permit DND personnel, academia, industry and students to network.