2015-06-23 Designing for Usability in the Internet of Things (IoT) Era

For our final event of the 2014-2015 season, we are pleased to welcome as our speaker, local UX guru, Dominira Saul, Chief Experience Architect at Akendi. Dominira will be discussing Designing for Usability in the Internet of Things (IoT) Era, a hot topic and one that will lead in directly to our big kickoff event for next season – IoT613! You’ll be hearing a lot more about IoT613 in the coming weeks, but on June 23rd, Dom will be providing the appetizer to what will be a very satisfying IoT meal come September.

As usual, doors open for complimentary appetizers and networking opportunities at 6:00pm, with the presentation beginning at 6:30. We invite you stay after the presentation for more great food, drink, and networking. 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 23rd, 2015 (updated!)
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-designing-for-usability-in-the-internet-of-things-iot-era-tickets-17145411387

Presentation Synopsis:

While the tools and techniques that we employ as researchers and designers are largely unchanged, we are being forced to broaden our focus.  As designers will be required to think in terms of service design and multi-modal interaction as many tasks and interactions associated with IoT span devices and contexts.

Speaker Bio:

Dominira Saul possesses a great deal of formal training in both the study of human behaviour and the design of human – machine interfaces. With a M.Sc. in User Interface Design from London Guildhall University, a BA (Hons.) in Psychology from Carleton University, Mr. Saul has had the opportunity to hone and perfect his skills as well as garner new techniques during his career with Akendi, Macadamian Usability, Maskery & Associates, as an independent UX consultant, and at his own consultancy in the London, England.

Dominira has designed user interfaces for products in a variety of domains, including web applications, web sites, desktop software on various platforms, public access kiosks, healthcare devices, telephones (PBX, VoIP and mobile), tablets, embedded devices and other consumer electronics.  He has conducted usability evaluations on, among other things, websites, web applications, kiosks, healthcare devices, stand-alone and embedded software as well as mobile phone, tablet and telecommunications devices, hardware and consumer electronics.

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, June 23rd, 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).

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.

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.

2015-01-23 Global Game Jam 2015 (Ottawa) – Call for Participation, Sponsorship and Volunteering

Dear friends, colleagues and students,

Carleton School of Information Technology will once again host the Global Game Jam, on January 23-25, 2015.

In a Game Jam, artists, programmers, and designers come together to make video games. Each participant works in a small team on a complete game project over the course of a weekend. Global Game Jam is an international event, held at hundreds of sites all around the world resulting in thousands of games made. 

Participation is free and open to everybody. It is a great opportunity to learn about game development, network with enthusiasts and experts, and have a fun challenging time. There is something to do no matter what skills level you have! We provide lab computers with state-of-the-art hardware and software, plus free food 🙂

To register:

  1. Send an email to arya@carleton.ca
  2. Create an account on the Global Game Jam website
  3. Join our Jam Site (Carleton School of Information Technology)

Space is limited and registration is on a first-come-first-serve basis. 

Sponsorship opportunities are available and encouraged. Please contact me directly if your company/organization is interested in sponsoring this event. Sponsors can provide food, prizes, workshops, on-site support, development tools, etc, and will have the chance to interact with participants and introduce themselves on our website.

Volunteer positions are also available for Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) students who want to expand their personal network and be involved in a professional event. Volunteering will involve one or more 6-hour shifts starting 3pm on Friday January 23. Volunteers are expected to help with signing in the participants, keeping the labs in an orderly and clean state, distributing food, and other unlikely required assistance. To volunteer send an email to arya@carleton.ca and specify the shifts you are available.

For more information, see our website, or join our Facebook Group to get updates. See photos from previous years on Facebook:

Please share this event with those who may be interested.

2015-04-18 CHI 2015: Crossings

CHI 2015: Crossings

April 18-23, 2015

Seoul, Korea


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.


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.