2016-12-13 Lightning Talks

Join us on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill for an unplugged CapCHI meetup! We’re moving away from our usual format and bringing you a more casual night of Lightning Talks!

Date: Tuesday December 13th, 2016.

Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; presentations begins at 6:30 pm.

Place: Upstairs room (3rd floor) 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-lightning-talks-tickets-29650716090

Join us at 6:00pm for complimentary appetizers and chats with like-minded friends. You’ll also get 10-percent off food and non-alcoholic drinks throughout the evening.

Lightning talks explained

Lightning talks are a series of 5 minute presentations from a wide range of professionals and academics from the HCI, UX, and Design worlds. Our speakers will be talking about what interests and excites them outside of their everyday work. Whether it’s technology, art, or history, we’re here to find out what people are passionate about! No matter what your interests, we guarantee you’ll learn something new.

Presenters

Shamima Khan, Director, User Experience at Radiant Design Studio

Michelangelo – Artistic genius and an original UX designer

  • Michelangelo, the world famous artistic genius, created the statue of David and the Sistine Chapel ceiling among many other incredible works of art. But there’s another, little-known side to Michelangelo. This talk will briefly discuss the UX processes he followed hundreds of years ago as a renowned painter, architect, and sculptor.

Tamyca Dorrington, UX Designer, Service Canada

Gardening as an instrument of grace

  • We live in an era of instant gratification. We see something, we want it, we get it. The idea of waiting for something is almost inconceivable in modern society. How can we learn to be more patient people? Tending to a garden, even just a few houseplants can help cultivate an appreciation for the things in life that take a little longer to come to fruition.

Gillian Massel, Content Strategist, Shopify

The art of the insult

  • As an arrogant teenager, I was drawn to Shakespeare’s insults as a way of expressing my contempt. Now, as an adult, I admire the Bard’s inventive invective for it’s creativity, playfulness, and demonstration of master wordsmithery. In this brief talk, I’ll explore some of Shakespeare’s finest insults and explain the literary technique behind his greatest abuses.

Lina Bonapace, Director of UX Research, Macadamian

I am a map addict!

  • I love maps and have surrounded myself with them in various forms since my childhood. I’ve found them useful to follow, beautiful to look at and fun to immerse myself in. I’d sit in a plane and stare at the flight routes dreaming of my next exotic destination, I’d follow the drawing of the golf course on the scorecard to see what obstacle lay ahead, and I’d search for the places my family came from in a beautifully coloured atlas. In this lightning talk I will share with you my fascination in creating maps in both my personal and professional life.

Monica Zaczynski, User Experience Design and Research Consultant, Telus Health

Just start already: Lessons learned from my pet Sourdough Starter

  • Beginning with an interest in exploring foods and health, I’ll share my my journey, partially fuelled by a stubborn determination, to make an amazing loaf of bread. What I learned from several failed attempts is that, making a sourdough starter is more than reading the recipe and following instructions. It can teach us all about learning how to read and respond to our environment, how to be patient and mostly importantly to experiment and have fun.

Joel Kapongo, CEO and Co-founder, Tumello

Parallels Between UX and Music

  • Over the past few centuries music theory has undergone lots of evolution. Given that music and user experience design are both creative processes, we can draw parallels between these two disciplines. There’s a lot UX designers can learn from music! In this talk, Joel, will present these parallels in a fun, relatable, and easy to understand manner.

Scott Duncan, Senior Consultant, Systemscope

Chimeda: Reconciliation on the Ottawa River

  • Since 2013, I have organized “Chimeda”, an annual canoe trip with the Algonquin community of Kitigan Zibi, and my own village of Wakefield. Each year, we paddle the Gatineau River to Ottawa. The trip was borne of a real desire among people in my community and Kitigan Zibi to get to know each other, and to create friendships. At a time when there is so much divisive rhetoric, we are pleased that for Canada’s 150th, our trip will be larger than ever: a potent symbol of reconciliation on the Ottawa River.

Alëna Iouguina, UX Research Lead, Shopify
Anthony Dewar, Co-founder: Ecotonos Design + Manufacturing

Designing collaborative experiences with robots

  • Robots are beginning to work and play side by side with people and present new experiential opportunities at the intersection of human and technology driven cultures. With the help of our Musical Robots we’ll show how today’s robots are not only fully buildable in a home environment, but also smart, adaptable, and possess a great sense of humour. As a result, new research and design practices are emerging to address the virtual and physical interfaces that further blend the line between nature and technology and will make you question what it means to be human.

Hilary Little, Senior UX Designer, CBSA

Green burial

  • After chatting lightheartedly with my daughter one day about what I’d want done after my (hopefully very far off) demise, I realized that none of the traditional options resonated with me. I disliked the idea of buying an expensive casket just to put it in the ground, the idea of chemical embalming just felt wrong and I didn’t want to eternally perch on anyone’s shelf in an urn. What I wanted was something much more in tune with nature. I believe my final request was “just stick me in the ground and plant a tree”. But was that even possible? In this lightening talk, I’ll tell you about green burial, and shed light on some common misperceptions about the traditional way of doing things.

 

AND YOU! That’s right, we’ll be opening up the floor. If you’re up for it, tell us about your own interests or hobbies in a quick 5 minute presentation.

 

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, December 13th, 6:00 pm at the 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.

2016-11-15 – Stories about learning and growing from the Better Experience Bureau at Optimal Workshop

Join us for our November event at The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, “Stories about learning and growing from the Better Experience Bureau at Optimal Workshop“, presented by Andrew Mayfield!

capchi-nov-2016Doors open for complimentary appetizers and networking opportunities at 6:00pm, with the presentation beginning at 6:30. As always, our partners at The Fox & Feather will be providing our attendees with 10-percent off food and non-alcoholic drinks.

Date: Tuesday November 15th, 2016.
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; presentations begins at 6:30 pm.

Place: Upstairs room (3rd floor) 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/stories-about-learning-and-growing-from-the-better-experience-bureau-tickets-29001530358.

 

Abstract:

The Better Experience Bureau at Optimal Workshop brings together the functions of customer success, team happiness, and community management with the goal of treating all parties, customers, team, and the various communities we’re a part of with equal priority. It’s a balance, as everything is, and we’re still learning through such varied activities as researching researchers, hosting events big and small, and making vegetable juice. This presentation will be an informal session with a little storytelling and Q&A about how we run our design, discovery and development process.

Bio:

Andrew Mayfield is the CEO at Optimal Workshop, a suite of user research tools designed to help designers and information architects improve the user experience of their products. He’s a big advocate for creating better and more meaningful experiences for all, and channels that mantra through his work at Optimal Workshop. Aside from UX-related things, Andrew has a love of gadgets and loves dabbling with inventions.

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, November 15th, 6:00 pm at the 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.

2016-10-18 It’s just a door! – Prison door control

Join us for our October event at The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, “It’s just a door! – Prison door control“, presented by Mark Bottomley!

Doors open for complimentary appetizers and networking opportunities at 6:00pm, with the presentations beginning at 6:30. As always, our partners at The Fox & Feather will be providing our attendees with 10-percent off food and non-alcoholic drinks.

Date: Tuesday October 18th, 2016.
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; presentations begins at 6:30 pm.
Place: Upstairs room (3rd floor) 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-its-just-a-door-prison-door-control-tickets-28410211708.

Abstract:

Prison door control provide an unusual and interesting variation on user interface design that is not typical for most systems. This will examine the specific requirements for institutional door and barrier control. After all, it’s just a door.

Bio:

Mark Bottomley P. Eng.
Mark has been an engineer with the Electronic Systems Security Group at Correctional Service Canada for 6 years working with all kinds of security systems used in our institutions. In a previous life he has worked on IBM’s J9 Java Virtual Machine, Zucuotto Wireless’ Java CPU, and various military electronics programs at General Dynamics. His interests include UI, CPUs, bass, and guitar.

 

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, October 18th, 6:00 pm at the 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.

2016-09-29 IoT613 – Ottawa’s Internet of Things Conference 2016

A hands-on experience in IoT technology, innovation and design

IoT613 is a two-day conference in Ottawa designed with the purpose of expanding your knowledge about all aspects of the Internet of Things. From design, to architecture, to user experience, and beyond, if you have an interest in IoT, this is the place for you!

Thursday, Sept 29th & Friday, Sept 30th

  • Full Event (regular price) (sale ends Sept 21st): $319.
  • Workshop ONLY – Sept 29th (regular price) (sale ends Sept 21st): $214.
  • Expert Speaker Series ONLY – Sept 30th (regular price) (sale ends Sept 21st): $159.
  • Alexa, where is the fun at IoT613? At the Amazon Alexa Networking Social! (sale ends Sept 29th): $15.

Students can receive a 20 percent discount with the promo code: STUDENTS (student ID required at event check-in)

REGISTER NOW

Visit IoT613 for full details!

2016-01-19 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 CapCHI’s Startup Showcase!

Date: Tuesday January 19th, 2016
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; presentations begins at 6:30 pm
Place1st Floor “Dining Room” (right hand side of main entrance) 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-startup-showcase-tickets-20430936481

Join us on Tuesday, January 19th at The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, where some 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 will 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

GymTrack allows gym members to automatically track all of their workouts, receive auditory feedback, and get personalized training feedback. No more pen and paper. No more manual entry.

Jarred Szabadi, Director of Software Engineering will be representing GymTrack. Jarred has a background in computer systems engineering and specializes in IoT and human computer interaction. His focus is on building the user experience into the GymTrack system.

http://www.home.gymtrack.co/

PageCloud is the world’s most advanced Web editor, a pro tool that runs in the cloud and integrates seamlessly with your desktop. Start from a blank page, your design files, or even an existing website and go as far as you want with interactive widgets, custom code, and truly open-minded design. Based in Ottawa, PageCloud launched in December 2015.

Presenting on behalf of PageCloud will be Henry Brown, Manager of Customer Acquisition. Henry has spent the past 5 years in Ottawa’s tech startup community. Just over a year old, PageCloud has over 13,000 customers across 100 countries, and has raised $6M in seed funding from investors.

https://pagecloud.com/

You.i TV is equipping the world to build beautiful TV experiences for any screen. They’ve built an interface engine to power the world’s most beautiful multi-screen video applications and assembled a team of developers and designers who push the boundaries of what’s possible in a TV Everywhere experience.

Matthew Nelson leads strategic alliances and channel development at You.i TV. Matthew has helped the company grow at an unprecedented rate and position its software, You.i Engine, as the clear choice to power the TV applications such as shomi and Sony Crackle. He’s also held leadership roles at companies including Wind River, Corel and n-Able Technologies.

http://www.youi.tv/about/

3Dprintler.com finds the best price for 3D prints by comparing prices from the biggest sites that 3D print and ship for you: Shapeways, Scultpeo, i.materialise, and makexyz. 3D printing has never been easier with 275+ materials available including platinum, gold, silver, steel, aluminum, ceramics, paper, nylon, and other plastics.

Tomek Sysak, the communications and social media engineer at 3Dprintler.com will be presenting.

https://www.3dprintler.com/

 

Meet our Panel of Advisors

  • Jonathan Segel leads the global Radio and Mobile Network Innovation group at Nokia. Over 35 years in the high tech industry he has managed the creation of multiple new products and services in a diversity of domains. He has provided direction for startups, done due diligence for start-up acquisitions, and even managed a team in an ‘Entrepreneurial Boot Camp’. Jonathan has numerous patents, and experience across the business, marketing, and innovation spectrum.
  • JP Simbandumwe started his IT career with a “big 5” consultancy firm during which time, he worked on web and web-based applications for clients in New York, Chicago, Washington DC, Montreal and Ottawa. Four years ago, JP co-founded the Ottawa-based consulting firm, Jumping Elephants to specialize in web-usability and application transformation projects.
  • Mahdi Yusuf is the Chief Technology Officer at Gyroscope Innovations where they record and analyze everything about your life. His focus for the past 8 years has been primarily in mobile and web applications at scale, as well as managing and scaling large distributed systems and data pipelines.  He is also the author of many large open source libraries.
  • AND YOU the Audience!

 

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, January 19th, 6:00 pm in the 1st Floor “Dining Room” at the 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.