2014-12-09 CapCHI 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 the CapCHI Startup Showcase!

Date: Tuesday December 9th, 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/1pol2Ig

On Tuesday, December 9th at the Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, five 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 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:

Unified Technology Solutions

Creators of Unified BM, a cloud-based business management platform that enables auto parts companies to manage their   businesses through automation, market and sell their brands online and share data seamlessly with other companies. Companies use Unified BM to create and manage data, sell parts and services online, control data sharing between companies, automate tasks between companies, and track progress.

Presenting on behalf of Unified Technology Solutions will be Sean Maisonneuve, a visionary entrepreneur from Ottawa, Canada, with over 14 years of experience building successful companies.  He is the co-founder and CEO of Unified Technology Solutions, a software-as-a-service development firm that specializes in a cutting-edge cloud-based business management platform called Unified BM.  Sean is also the founder of the online auto parts store Premier Performance.  He is a seasoned cloud IT professional who, in his down time, enjoys expanding his knowledge of history and building high performance cars.

https://www.facebook.com/UnifiedTechnologySolutions?fref=ts

 

Tattoo Hero

Tattoo Hero is the premier software that makes the business of tattooing easy. Founded in 2012, and born out of Startup Weekend, Tattoo Hero wants to be the premier resource for the Tattoo industry. Whether that be through connecting first-time tattoo buyers and collectors to artists and shops on their site, to their SaaS platform that’s currently in production that takes care of the front desk with booking, reminders, inventory, and staffing – Tattoo Hero is ramping up to carve itself a place in this very tightly-knit and vibrant industry.

Presenting for Tattoo Hero will be Brandon Waselnuk, Co-Founder and CEO. With a background in business marketing, strategy, and investment he consistently pushes himself to grow and learn. Also a big supporter of volunteerism and charity he spends time working on large scale issues in the social sector such as; youth unemployment, feeding children, and mental health. As he continues to study Generation Y motivators, behaviours, and methods to engage them.

http://tattoohero.com/

 

Givopoly

Givopoly is your Ottawa Gift Concierge Service. Started by a couple of Ottawa accountants, Givopoly offers a refreshing gift shopping experience that delights both sender and recipient. Givopoly’s concept was born from an idea to create an efficient online marketplace and pair it with great delivery service to help busy friends, family, colleagues and organizations execute thoughtful intentions all year long. Having already partnered with 70+ great local businesses to feature 1000+ affordable gifts, Givopoly is quickly becoming your one stop shop for Ottawa gifts.  Call it your Gifts-On-Wheels.

Presenting on behalf of Givopoly will be Susan Richards, FCMA, a virtual CFO for hire providing risk management, cash-flow, and financing services to entrepreneurs and SME. She is also the co-founder of Givopoly.

http://givopoly.com/

 

Privacy Analytics

Privacy Analytics is an Ottawa-based start-up that provides organizations with enterprise software to unlock health data for secondary purposes. It is the only company to offer its customers software, peer-reviewed methodology, and valued-added services that protect the privacy of individuals when sharing health data – enabling complex analytics and critical research insight.

Presenting for Privacy Analytics will be Vanessa Boothroyd, a recent graduate of Carleton’s Human Computer Interaction program, and current User Experience Specialist at Privacy Analytics. She has graduate research experience with users’ perceptions of online risk and previous work experience doing usability testing for Neo Insight. Best of all, she is a semi-regular attendee at CapCHI meetings!

http://www.privacyanalytics.ca/

 

Personal Neuro Devices

Personal Neuro Devices is a company that stands at the center of brain health, wearable technology, and big data. Their technology allows you to collect brain metrics on their wearables (coming soon!), train your brain with apps like MindMender and Transcend 2, and track your performance and learn about your mind on Introspect.

Presenting on behalf of Personal Neuro Devices will be Tomek Sysak, Director of Marketing.

http://personalneuro.com/

 

Meet our Panel of Advisors:

Scott Smith is a co-founder of Neo Insight Inc., with 30 years of experience in design, strategy, and management. He has conducted user experience testing or evaluation with 100+ small business owners. Scott has been responsible for over $20 million in business cases, many aimed at small businesses. His experience includes business analysis, qualitative research methods, product management, market analysis, and competitive strategy. http://neoinsight.com/.

Mike Mason is the CEO and co-founder of Gladmen. He has played a growth role at more than 5 startups including Guides.co and Magmic Inc. Mike has also project managed apps like The New York Times Crosswords, The Rubik’s Cube App, and several Mattel Projects. He has experience going from $0 to $1M run rate. http://gladmen.co/http://www.magmic.com/.

Scott Simpson, CEO of BitHeads http://bitheads.com/.

AND YOU the Audience!

 

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, December 9th, 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.

2014-11-18 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.

2014-09-16 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.

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/

2014-01-22 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.