2019-03-19 Early Signals, Future UX Scenarios with Leslie Shannon

CapCHI presents Early Signals, Future UX Scenarios with Silicon Valley UX Trend Scout, Leslie Shannon


! Follow up: Leslie has graciously shared her slides.


Many technical innovations in UX are occurring right now in many different industries, but it can be difficult to see how – or if – today’s developments will transform the future.

This presentation examines real innovations and disruptions that are happening today, then looks forward to imagine what kinds of businesses and services these early indicators may develop into within three to five years. The aim is not to predict the future exactly, but rather to educate, inspire, and stimulate thinking about what kinds of developments will be possible in the near future with the building blocks being produced today.

Areas covered will include:

  • Beyond the smartphone: The next step in the primary interface between humans and computers
  • Computer Vision, Computer Thought
  • The reality of Augmented and Virtual Reality
  • The Dark Side

DATE AND TIME: Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 6:30 – 9:00 pm; doors open a 6:00 pm.

LOCATION: The Clubhouse – Mulligan’s Golf Bar201 Queen Street, 3rd Floor, Ottawa, ON K1P 5C9.

REGISTRATION: (Free!) We request that you pre-register via Eventbrite, but it is not required to attend… https://www.eventbrite.com/e/early-signals-future-scenarios-leslie-shannon-ux-trend-scout-tickets-56807106585

Free parking after 5PM at 240 Sparks Street, which you access from 235 Queen Street. There is an elevator to the 3rd floor, unfortunately, not large enough for a wheelchair, but good for anyone who has a walker, or is challenged by stairs.

Leslie Shannon

Head of Ecosystem and Trend Scouting, Nokia Corporate Strategy. Leslie is based in Silicon Valley and is the leader of the team analyzing and reporting on disruptive trends in UX affecting telco players. She is a popular speaker, panelist and presenter

Leslie entered the mobile communications world in the early 1990s. She joined Nokia Australia in 2000 and became the manager of the FutureLab, an early developer incubator in the days of WAP, GPRS and the beginnings of 3G. Building on her first-hand technical and business experience of the reality of bringing applications to market, she developed an analysis service for Nokia that examined success and failure factors for operators bringing mobile data to market that proved so successful that Nokia created a new department around her work. While in this role, she was based in Finland and worked with over 100 operators in more than 60 countries.

Leslie relocated to Silicon Valley in 2015 and now focuses on identifying disruptions and opportunities for Nokia and its operator partners coming from outside the traditional telco world. She is passionate not only about bringing strategic insight to Nokia and its customers, but also about introducing successful new paradigms from Silicon Valley to the telecommunications mindset, and continues to be a highly-regarded analyst and speaker.

Born in Manhattan, Leslie has a BA in Psychology from the University of Virginia and a Master’s Degree in the History of Art from Yale University. She was an undefeated five-time champion in the American television game show “Jeopardy!” in 1992 and was invited to return to the show to compete in a tournament for one million dollars as one of the show’s “most memorable contestants” in 2002 and again in 2014. (She didn’t win, but still had a lot of fun.) She also got four questions away from willing a million dollars on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” in August 2017. Leslie lives in Santa Clara, California, with her husband and their two mobile-data enthusiast children.

About CapCHI

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.

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