2014-12-06 Accessibility Camp Ottawa at Carleton University

Date: Saturday, December 6th, 2014

Time: Doors open at 8:30 am; event begins at 9:00 am and concludes at 5:00 pm

Place: 1125@Carleton (Human Computer Interaction Building (HCI), 4th and 5th floors at Carleton University)

Registration ($20, $30 late registration): http://a11yyow.ca/register/

The 2nd edition of a11yYOW will bring together the capital’s Web industry and the Ontario, Quebec and Canadian governments around the theme of web accessibility.

a11yYOW will feature a mix of speakers and unconference-style sessions, as well as an open panel discussion with representatives from the Canadian, Ontario and Quebec governments on their respective web accessibility standards.

It will be an ideal opportunity to reflect collectively on issues of accessibility with actors of the web industry, experts and representatives of public and private organizations and representatives of various levels of government!

The hashtag for this event is #a11yYOW

Follow us on Twitter @A11YYow

Check us out on Lanyrd http://lanyrd.com/2014/a11yyow/

Join the Meetup group to get updates on future events: http://www.meetup.com/a11yOttawa/

 

2014-12-02 The New Standard on Accessibility: WCAG 2.0

David Berman will be presenting a public course open to all, called  “The New Standard on Accessibility: WCAG 2.0” at OCADU Inclusive Design Research Centre in Toronto, Ontario on December 2, 2014.

They are offering a $120 discount to all professional members.

… more information about what David’s presenting:

http://www.davidberman.com/next

and more information on the event overall:

A full-day comprehensive, powerful, and memorable event that explores WCAG 2.0: Web, Office, InDesign, and PDF. Walk away with immediately-applicable tips and techniques to make your sites and documents accessible.

…and here’s info on David Berman:

http://www.davidberman.com/about

2014-11-18 User Engagement in Gaming – A Panel Discussion in Celebration of World Usability Day 2014

CapCHI presents User Engagement in Gaming – A Panel Discussion in Celebration of World Usability Day 2014 at the Fox & Feather Pub and Grill!

Date: Tuesday November 18th, 2014
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; debate 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: http://bit.ly/1t8fxIK

What:

With November comes World Usability Day and in recognition of this year’s theme of “Engagement”, we will be hosting a panel discussion on engagement in gaming. Gaming has become ubiquitous in our society, where we have witnessed the gamification of everything from mental and physical health, to education, to brand marketing, and improving retail customer loyalty. With all that gaming going on, it’s no wonder that the industry is claiming approximately 1.2 billion people in the world are actively engaging in some form of gaming with global game revenues expected to hit $75.2 billion this year, and growing to $86.1 billion by 2016 (according to newzoo.com).

Please join us at The Fox & Feather Pub & Grill where you can engage with our panel of gaming industry professionals who will be discussing various aspects of user engagement in gaming. The discussion will range from user experience, to marketing, and beyond. Here is a rundown of our panel:

  • Shamima Khan, M.A. (Human-Computer Interaction), B.Sc. (Computer Science), is the Studio Director at Radiant Design Studio where she is responsible for business development, project management and delivery of interactive eLearning applications and games. Shamima brings more than 15 years’ experience in user-centered design, customer research, software development and validation.  She has spearheaded the design and implementation of over 25 web applications and game based eLearning apps with a focus on compelling user experience. Ms. Khan has researched and designed a wide variety of complex systems including instructor-student interactions in online learning environments, usability issues for digital television systems, push-to-talk applications, digital game authoring technology, and mobile technologies for clients such as AMITA, Hivva Technologies, and Nortel Networks. Prior to founding Radiant Design Studio, Shamima worked for CSA, DISTIL Interactive and Entrust.Shamima is joining this event because she’s passionate about UX and education, and believes gamification is not just a buzz word.
  • Ben Kane has been an independent game developer for the past four years, with his most recent project taking him into the world of virtual reality gaming. The game, “Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes”, is a co-operative party game where players must work together to defuse a bomb in virtual reality with the help of players in the real world. Ben co-founded a new company, Steel Crate Games, and is part of a team that is working to create what they hope will be the definitive VR party game.Virtual reality is a quickly evolving technology and with it comes a lot of experimentation and learning. Long held assumptions of game development are suddenly no longer valid and game developers are racing to find new solutions. Ben plans to clear the air on the current state of VR game development, including its outstanding challenges as this technology prepares to hit mainstream audiences.
  • Carla De Ciccio holds the position of Communications and Marketing Coordinator at Hibernum where she develops marketing and communication strategies for the studio’s operations and product launches. Before Hibernum, Carla co-founded the Ottawa International Game Conference where she held the role of Chief Operating Officer and developed strategic alliances with some of the largest companies in the video game including Microsoft, Amazon, Ubisoft, Capcom, Square Enix, Playscreen, Warner Brothers and Unity, to only name a few. Prior to that, Carla acted as a community manager and a communications advisor for many start-ups in the tech and digital media industries where she became a specialist in crowdfunding after carrying out multiple successful campaigns on the Kickstarter and Indiegogo platforms.Carla holds a Bachelor’s degree in communications and business administration from the University of Ottawa and brings a unique blend of creativity and result driven strategies to the studio.
  • Finally, our moderator for the panel discussion, Kyle McInnes, is the co-founder of Smoke Labs, a mobile game and app studio with clients as large as Mattel. As a moderator, he’ll bring his experience from a game studio perspective, but also from 5 years as a blogger that covered the game industry and founded a mobile game blog called QuicklyBored.com.

Please join us for this free event at 6:00pm, on Tuesday, November 18th for complimentary appetizers and great networking opportunities. The event itself begins at 6:30pm and we encourage everyone to stay for a drink and continue networking after the event has concluded. As always, our partners at The Fox & Feather will be providing everyone in our group with 10% off food and non-alcoholic drinks.

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, November 18th, 6:00 pm in the upstairs room at 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.

2014-10-21 Interactive Tour of Carleton University’s Advanced Cognitive Engineering (ACE) Lab

It’s time again for our annual field trip!

In the past couple of years we’ve been to simulation centres at the Ottawa Rehabilitation Centre and Algonquin College’s School of Health and Community Studies. This year, we’re heading to Carleton University to get a look at (and chance to jump into) their collection virtual simulators in the Advanced Cognitive Engineering Laboratory (ACE Lab).  

Date: Tuesday October 21st, 2014
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; tour begins at 6:30.
Place: Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Dr, VSIM Building (2205 Second Floor), OttawaON K1S 5B6, Canada.

Registration is required (limited tickets!)http://www.eventbrite.com/e/capchi-event-interactive-tour-of-carleton-universitys-advanced-cognitive-engineering-ace-lab-tickets-13337848865

What:

The ACE lab is associated with the Visualization and Simulation (VSIM) Centre, the mission of which is to discover fundamental principles of human perception and cognition and to apply these principles to the design, implementation and evaluation of advanced human-machine systems.  Examples of research projects at the ACE Lab include:

  • Aging, cognition health and general aviation pilots
  • Motion cueing and simulator-based flight training
  • Embodied cognition in virtual cockpit training systems
  • Virtual training system for search and rescue operators
  • The VSIM Holodeck project (this is a new initiative).

We’ll open the doors at 6:00pm as usual (room TBD) with some light refreshments and networking. The tour will begin at 6:30pm, so don’t be late! We’ll head to either Mike’s or Oliver’s (the campus bars) afterward for further networking.

Why is this a paid event?

While most of our events are free, we have decided to ask for a small amount to reserve your spot on the tour. We are space limited to 30 participants and want to ensure that those who register will come, rather than taking a spot from someone who would otherwise be there. If the event sells out, please put your name on the waiting list! We will provide refunds up to 48 hours prior to the event, so any vacated spots will be offered to those on the waiting list. Also, if the waiting list is long enough, we could try to put together a second visit to the ACE lab on a different date.

What can you expect to see on the tour?

We will tour the ACE Lab’s simulator infrastructure, including:

  • Full motion (6-dof) helicopter simulator
  • Motion cueing seat
  • Bell 206-type flight simulator
  • Hi-definition 8-channel large scale display system

Unfortunately, due to time constraints, not everyone will be able to demo the simulators, but many will have the opportunity!

Will there be a presentation, or just the tour?

Dr. Chris Herdman will present a brief introduction to the VSIM Centre and the ACE Lab.
A general overview of the various projects will be given while touring the facility.

Speaker Bio

Dr. Herdman has been on the faculty at Carleton University since 1988 where he is currently a Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science, as well as Scientific Director of Carleton University’s Centre for Visualization, Simulation and Modelling (VSIM).  During his 25+ years at Carleton, Dr. Herdman has distinguished himself as a psychologist and inter-disciplinarian, but particularly as a leader in the establishment and scientific direction of the VSIM Centre where he is not only the Director, but also the team’s Principal Investigator.  Dr. Herdman has demonstrated unwavering commitment to advancing scientific research, attracting approximately $43M in research funding. He is accredited with securing funding of $28.8M for the VSIM Centre, an amount which included not only $14M from Federal and Provincial Government agencies, but also close to $15M from industry partners.  Dr. Herdman’s own research approach is to link basic research in human cognition to the design, implementation and evaluation of advanced human-machine systems through the use of modelling and virtual reality simulations.

Under Dr. Herdman’s direction, the VSIM Centre has developed over 20 industry partners from across Canada who are actively engaged in research and development. The Centre is also directly connected to key government agencies and research labs, including the NRC, Transport Canada, and the Department of Defence labs across Canada. As the Director, Dr. Herdman ensures the VSIM Centre is very involved in education and outreach, providing hands-on projects for high school students, sponsoring over 50 public tours and demonstrations (annually) for government research agencies and Federal (and) Provincial government ministries,  as well as hosting diplomats, scientists and officials from all over the world.

Dr. Herdman received his Honours B.Sc. in Psychology in 1979 from Trent University and subsequently a(n) M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Alberta.

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, October 21st, 6:00 pm at Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Dr, VSIM Building (2205 Second Floor), OttawaON K1S 5B6, Canada.

Registration is required (limited tickets!)http://www.eventbrite.com/e/capchi-event-interactive-tour-of-carleton-universitys-advanced-cognitive-engineering-ace-lab-tickets-13337848865 

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.

2014-09-16 The Great Fitness Wearable Debate 2014

We have our panel all set up for our upcoming debate: Be it resolved that wearable technology can provide meaningful benefits to all levels of athletes. Come support your view at The Fox & Feather on Elgin St., Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 6:00pm (start at 6:30pm).

Date: Tuesday September 16th, 2014
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; debate 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).

Register (Free!): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/capchi-event-the-great-fitness-wearable-debate-2014-tickets-13005388467 

What:

Love all the latest wearable gear and gadgets?  Are you data infatuated and always looking for more metrics to analyze your workouts? Or are you the opposite and love to go out “au naturel”? Wearable fitness technology has come a long way, and we all know people who love it and those that swear against it.

But is it really beneficial to all levels of athletes?  This two-on-two debate features the team of Ian Fraser (co-owner of Cyclelogik and an accomplished triathlete) and Shane Maley (physiotherapist, cyclist, and skier), battling on the for side of the ring, vs Chris Masson (degree in kinesiology, swimmer, and rower) and Gord Smith (web developer and cyclist) taking a stand against wearable tech. Come watch, cheer, jeer, tweet while some serious fitness enthusiasts duke it out in the Great Fitness Wearable Debate 2014 with YOU the audience acting as judge and jury in determining the outcome.

Free registration is requested, but not required. 10% off food and non-alcoholic drinks thanks to The Fox & Feather Pub & Grill!

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, September 16th, 6:00 pm in the upstairs room at 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.

2015-04-18 CHI 2015: Crossings

CHI 2015: Crossings

April 18-23, 2015

Seoul, Korea

http://chi2015.acm.org

For over 30 years, the CHI conference (pronounced ‘kai’) has attracted the world’s leading researchers and practitioners in the field of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) from businesses and universities to share ground-breaking research and innovations related to how humans interact with digital technologies. The Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM) CHI conference is the world’s premiere conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, presenting a highly selective showcase of the very best advances across the disciplines of computer science, cognitive psychology, design, social science, human factors, artificial intelligence, graphics, visualization, multi-media design and other disciplines.

The theme for CHI 2015 is “Crossings”: crossing borders, crossing boundaries, crossing disciplines, crossing people and technology, crossing past and future, crossing physical and digital, crossing art and science, … crossing you and me.

Cross into new territory by joining us in Seoul, Korea, one of the world’s most dynamic cities and the center of emerging trends in culture, technology and design. For those who create and evaluate new systems, CHI 2015 will be a central cross-point to find the latest in research and design of the world’s most innovative technologies.

2015-08-09 SIGGRAPH 2015 Xroads of Discovery

The 42nd International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques.

http://s2015.siggraph.org

Important Dates:

SIGGRAPH 2015, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Conference: 09 to 13 August 2015
Exhibition: 11 to 13 August 2015

The annual SIGGRAPH conference is a five-day interdisciplinary educational experience in the latest computer graphics and interactive techniques including a three-day commercial exhibition that attracts hundreds of exhibitors from around the world.

2014-08-14 – 15 Web Experience Toolkit CodeFest 2014

Interested in creating innovative and user-focused solutions? Curious about the Web Experience Toolkit and learning how to use it or contribute to it? Looking for an opportunity to learn, contribute and meet great people from all areas of the Web world?

Join us at Codefest 2014!

August 14 and 15, 2014 in Ottawa, Ontario

CodeFest 2014 is a two-day conference on developing innovative and user-centered web solutions, uniting developers, designers and communicators from the public and private sectors to develop innovative and user-centric websites and solutions, including the Web Experience Toolkit. The event will offer attendees a chance to learn from experts in the digital fields, develop new skills in Web management and design, provide an opportunity to experiment and to work with and learn from people they may never otherwise have gotten a chance to meet.

Whether you’re a developer, designer, communicator, content creator or otherwise, we need your expertise!

For more information and to get your ticket today, please visit the CodeFest 2014 website, get your ticket on eventbrite or contact the CodeFest 2014 team at any time with questions suggestions or otherwise.

2014-06-04 Ottawa GovJam

The event: Ottawa GovJam
When: June 4th and 5th, 9 am to 5pm (it’s a Wednesday and Thursday)
Where: The OttawaU social sciences building (120 University… the one with the living wall)
Website: http://www.ottawagovjam.ca/

What is it: 
GovJam is 48 hours to design for the public good. In the two days of the event members, of the public service and private practices sectors will get together to try to define, and find and build solutions to really difficult problems facing large populations across Canada and the world.

The goal is to have a great time while learning how to rapidly identify problems, come up with solutions, and test them to find out if they really might work, without getting bogged down with politics, process and what can’t happen.

Who’s it for: 
GovJam is for anyone interested in having fun while working with other like minded people to address big and tricky problems. Everyone is welcome: designers, developers, teachers, scientists, researchers, policy analysts, marketers, managers, business administrators, engineers… all they need is a desire to learn and have fun!

How can people join in:
Buy a ticket right away on Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ottawa-govjam-tickets-11550659333 or go to ottawagovjam.ca.

Who can people get in touch with if they have questions?
Get in touch with us any time!
Twitter; @ottawagovjam
email: ottawa.givjam@gmail.com
on the website: http://www.ottawagovjam.ca/contact/

2014-06-17 Science and Art In Design Research – A Shopify Perspective

Join us for Science and Art In Design Research – A Shopify Perspective, presented by Dylan Blanchard and Alëna Iouguina at the Fox & Feather Pub and Grill!

Date: Tuesday June 17th, 2014
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; talk 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).

Abstract:
Good design is a highly complex synthesis of intersecting domains of the beautiful – the art of quality and the true – the science of quantifiable. How do we take these domains into consideration when creating something that is beautiful, functional, and above all useful? Come hear how two design researchers at Shopify, Dylan Blanchard and Alëna Iouguina, approach this problem and hear some case studies that highlight the difficulties in carefully balancing the domains of art and science.

Bios:

After helping to build out Shopify’s support team of gurus, there’s few who’ve listened and talked to more Shopify merchants. Now Dylan Blanchard listens more than he talks as UX Researcher at Shopify.

Alëna Iouguina is a practitioner and facilitator of biologically informed design. UX Researcher at Shopify and co-founder of Ecotonos Design + Manufacturing.

When and Where:

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

Note: There is no cost for attending this event and prior registration is not required.

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.