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.

2014-05-20 HCI Student Showcase “In Defence of Knowledge” (updated)

Join us for our next event at the Fox & Feather Pub and Grill! Graduate students will be presenting their work and ideas in a run up to their thesis defence and seeking input from other HCI practitioners. Each presentation will be approximately 12 minutes long with 3-5 for questions and answers.

Date: Tuesday May 20th, 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).

NEW presentations from our Student Showcase event that took place on May 20th?

Abstracts & Bios

1. Lulu Davies is a 2nd-year Interactive Multimedia Developer student and an applied researcher specializing in user interface design for Applied Research & Innovation (ARI) at Algonquin College. With a passion of designing intuitive and visually pleasing user interfaces, she has maintained a strong focus in creating effective and innovative user experiences on desktop, web and mobile platforms.

In Lulu’s presentation, she will demonstrate an example of her work during her employment in ARI and share the process the design team went through to arrive at their current prototype. The product you will see in the presentation is a web application that is used for vision performance improvement and is heading for commercial development in 2014.

2. Katie (Dowdall) Taylor is in the process of defending her thesis work for a Master of Arts in Human-Computer Interaction from Carleton University. She received her Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto in Classical Civilizations, Philosophy, and Film Studies. Katie is a generalist and draws on many perspectives to make sense of the increasing entangled digital world.Katie has been attending the CapCHI events regularly and is consistently fascinated by the industry. She is excited to find new areas for exploration after graduation.

Katie’s research interests are in Online Communication Technologies. She is looking at how affordances and design affect use and vice versa. Specifically, she has been analysing a conversation surrounding a real world event that has spread itself across the digital domain involving several interfaces, affordances, media, and platforms for a myriad of purposes. By looking at academic and practical understandings of the use and design of digital communications affordances, Katie hopes to provide an interdisciplinary perspective to the longstanding problem. Ultimately the study provided a venue for exploring the nature of digital communication as experienced by users in all its mess and complexity.

3. Sravya Atluri is a recent graduate from the Biomedical and Electrical Engineering undergraduate program at Carleton University. She will be continuing her studies to pursue her Masters of Applied Science in Biomedical Engineering this Fall of 2014. Her research aspiration is to integrate aspects of neuroscience and computer science with her biomedical engineering background to contribute to the emerging field of neural engineering.

As a part of her co-op term at National Research Council’s (NRC) Flight Research Lab, Sravya had the opportunity to assist with the integration of a physiological monitoring system in a fixed-wing aircraft. Initial flight trials with this system were conducted to evaluate pilot fatigue and mental workload by measuring and analyzing electrical signals of the brain (through an event-related potential study). The long-term goal of this project is to implement an adaptive automation system in an aircraft environment to monitor and provide neural feedback in conditions with high workload or fatigue. Through this presentation, Sravya hopes to raise awareness of the initiative taken by NRC and to discuss with the HCI community, aspects of the experimental design that can be modified or added to develop a practical and valuable brain-computer interface for an aircraft environment in the future.

4. Jeff Wilson is currently working on his Masters of Computer Science with a focus on Human-Computer Interaction at Carleton University. Jeff returned to academic life in 2007 after several years of industry programming experience and completed an undergraduate CS degree with a minor in Psychology. He has collaborated on several projects funded by NSERC and the Government of Canada with Carleton’s HotSoft Research Group, including co-authorship of a Morgan & Claypool Synthesis Lecture entitled Surface Computing and Collaborative Analysis Work.

Jeff will be presenting ACH-Walkthrough, an intelligence analysis prototype commissioned by the government as a follow-on project to the Synthesis Lecture. The prototype is based on an analysis technique developed by the CIA called Analysis of Competing Hypotheses (ACH) which seeks to reduce cognitive bias when reasoning about sparse or tenuous evidence. The tool demonstrates a blend of web-based interactive visualization techniques supporting live collocated and remote collaboration. Jeff will be discussing some of the prototype’s design goals and challenges as well as feedback from testers in the field.

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, May 20th, 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.

2014-04-15 Building a Personal Foundation for Making Innovation Intentional

Join us for Building a Personal Foundation for Making Innovation Intentional, presented by George Watt at the Fox & Feather Pub and Grill!

Date: Tuesday April 15th, 2014
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; talk begins promptly 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:

To create an environment and culture that fosters innovation we must be deliberate in our actions. We must ensure innovation is captured when it occurs, and that the potential benefits of innovative ideas are fully realized. Success in innovation requires intent, and it begins with you. There are a wealth of great tools and techniques that can help you to innovate, but if you cannot recognize innovation when it occurs, and if you don’t know what to do once you find it, they will never they deliver to their full potential. They may not deliver at all.

In this session George Watt, co-author of “The Innovative CIO“, will disclose some techniques to help you build a personal foundation for making innovation intentional, and share some of the lessons he learned as a successful innovator. Join our discussion April 15th and share some of the lessons you learned, and some of the challenges you face.

Bio:

George Watt — A transformative leader with more than 25 years of experience, George has spearheaded initiatives that have enabled organizations to simplify and automate their complex IT infrastructures, deliver new business benefits, and drive millions of dollars in savings and productivity gains. George has delivered several innovations including one of the earliest private clouds, a lightweight event management agent, and a knowledge base for a neural network-based predictive performance management solution. Many of George’s innovations are now available to CA Technologies customers as product components or features. George is co-author of “The Innovative CIO” and tweets as @GeorgeDWatt.

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, April 15th, 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.

2014-08-10 SIGGRAPH 2014

The 41st International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques.

http://s2014.siggraph.org

Important Dates:

SIGGRAPH 2014, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Conference: 10 to 14 August 2014
Exhibition: 12 to 14 August 2014

The SIGGRAPH conference and exhibition is a five-day interdisciplinary educational experience including a three-day commercial exhibition that attracts hundreds of exhibitors from around the world. SIGGRAPH is widely recognized as the most prestigious forum for the publication of computer graphics research. In addition to SIGGRAPH’s leading-edge technical program, the conference’s installations provide close-up views of the latest in digital art, emerging technologies, and hands-on opportunities for creative collaboration.

The conference also hosts the international SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival, showcasing works from the world’s most innovative and accomplished digital film and video creators. Juried and curated content includes outstanding achievements in time-based art, scientific visualization, visual effects, real-time graphics, and narrative shorts.

2014-03-25 Human Factors Impact on the Integrated Soldier System Program

Join us for Human Factors Impact on the Integrated Soldier System Program, presented by Tab Lamoureux at the Fox & Feather Pub and Grill!

Date: Tuesday March 25th, 2014
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; talk begins promptly 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:

The Integrated Soldier System Program (ISSP) is a military procurement intended to put advanced situation awareness, communication, and decision support into the hands of the dismounted soldier: the infantry. The infantry already carry over 60lbs of equipment, so the ergonomics of the solution would be a prime determinant of a successful system, as would the usability and the utility to the soldier. But ISSP was unique in large military procurements: it was fundamentally based on human factors research and development and the evaluation of candidate systems required that they succeed in an extensive user evaluation before the technical and price proposals were evaluated. This talk will discuss the process adopted by one ISSP bidder to manage the risk associated with a subjective evaluations of compliance with mandatory requirements; a process that permitted unprecedented HF impact on the final design that was offered to the Canadian Forces.

Bio:

Tab Lamoureux is a senior consultant at CAE Integrated Enterprise Solutions and has over 20 years experience in Human Factors and Human-Systems Integration in complex, dynamic systems such as air traffic control, command and control sensor-weapons systems, and nuclear power generation. Tab’s work has taken him around the world and provided him the opportunity to develop a deep understanding of operators in a variety of settings. Tab is currently involved in projects supporting naval gunfire support to army forces ashore, the replacement maritime helicopter, and the development of a simulation training centre for emergency management.

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, March 25th, 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.

2014-02-18 Delivering information and services in a fast-paced, multi-device world: How the Government of Canada is meeting the challenge

Join us for Delivering information and services in a fast-paced, multi-device world: How the Government of Canada is meeting the challenge, at the Fox & Feather Pub and Grill!

Date: Tuesday February 18th, 2014
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; talk begins promptly 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:

The explosion of mobile has changed people’s expectations dramatically in recent years. People now expect information and services — including government information and services — to be accessible on whatever device they are using. They also expect things to be fast and easy to use. What is the Government of Canada doing to meet these expectations?

Bio:

Thomas Gohard works as a usability and accessibility researcher in the Web Standards Office at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat. In that role, he led a team to develop the mobile design for Government of Canada Websites and mobile applications and contributed to the creation of key Government of Canada web policies.

Thomas is co-chair of the User Experience Working Group, an interdepartmental group of specialists that provides user experience-related advice and builds capacity to deliver positive user experiences to citizens. He is also one of the principal contributors to the Web Experience Toolkit, to which he contributes as both a designer and a developer.

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, February 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).

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.

2014-01-22 Microsoft and CapCHI Presents: Intro to Developing Apps for Windows 8

Microsoft and CapCHI Presents: Intro to Developing Apps for Windows 8

Join us for an intimate event focused on developing for the Windows 8 platform, co-hosted by Microsoft.

Date: Wednesday January 22nd, 2014 (Note the day and location!)
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; workshop begins promptly at 6:30 pm
PlacePressed, located at 750 Gladstone Ave, Ottawa, ON, Canada (www.pressed-ottawa.com)

Microsoft and CapCHI  are inviting developers to come out for an intimate event focused around developing for the Windows 8 platform. Microsoft will be guiding attendees through the process of setting up the development environment and getting ready to build an app that will take advantage of all that Windows 8 has to offer (phone, tablet and PC). The aim of the event is to have attendees leave with a fully set up dev environment, and a plan in place to hit the Windows 8 Marketplace across several device types.

Microsoft will be providing resources ahead of time, in order to get developers ready with downloads so they can be guided through the setup process once at the venue. We will then help developers set up environments and get their projects started with tools and resources to make sure you can take full advantage of what Windows 8 has to offer.

CapCHI members have a strong background in UX and are encouraged to attend the event to hear about the design elements that are unique to Windows 8. You’ll hear about Tiles and some design guidelines that Microsoft is pushing to make Windows 8 apps stand out in the mobile industry.

Abstract:

In this session you’ll learn about getting started with Visual Studio and picking the right SKU for the task. From there, we’ll jump into a high level overview of developing for Windows 8 and Windows Phone, covering topics like design, programming languages and portable class libraries or PCLs to share code between Windows Phone and Windows 8. We’ll also take a brief look at the various platforms to make multi-platform development easier and finally programs and training from Microsoft to help you get started.

What to Bring:

Update: A laptop/computer/Windows 8 is not required for participating in the event as it will focus on a ‘what you need to get started’ overview with follow up resources.

A list of resources will be provided for what people should download before coming to the event in order set up the development environment, if you wish to bring a computer and follow along. Attendees will be walked through the setup process, but attendees should have everything downloaded before showing up, so they can dive right into the setup process upon arrival.

Wifi and ample outlets will be available for the event.

When and Where:

This event will take place on Wednesday, January 22nd, 6:00 pm (doors open; workshop begins promptly at 6:30 pm) at the Pressed, located at 750 Gladstone Ave, Ottawa, ON, Canada (www.pressed-ottawa.com).

Registration

A $15 pre-registration fee is required via Eventbrite, and only 40 spots are available. Food will be provided; drinks will be extra!

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.