2017-12-12 Lightning Talks

Join us on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 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 as we head into the holiday season!

Date: Tuesday December 12th, 2017.

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-40175513041

Join us at 6pm for complimentary appetizers and chats with like-minded friends. You’ll also get 10-percent off food and non-alcoholic drinks throughout the evening. Use #capchi if your tweeting or posting!

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. No matter what your interests, we guarantee you’ll learn something new.

Presenters

Scott Plewes (VP of User Experience Design, Macadamian): What I Think About When I’m Getting My Elantra Repaired

  • Getting my Elantra fixed the other day made me think of a 2000 year old thought experiment, a 100 year old one , their connections, and the nature of impermanence. 

Patrick Lajeunesse (Senior Optimization Advisor of Canada.ca, Treasury Board Secretariat): The World’s Greatest Twitter Account Ever

  • Many of us use Twitter for entertainment, for work, networking, news. But we could be using it for so much more. If you follow the world’s greatest twitter account ever, you can enrich your life in ways that are hard to measure.

Dominira Saul (Chief Experience Architect, Akendi): Secret Identities

  • When I was a teenager, I fell in love with comic books. As I have grown up comic books (or graphic novels as adults like to call them) have grown up with me. In comic books you will find much more than just spandex-clad heroes punching bad guys in the face. For example, we are all familiar with the comic book super hero and their antithetical alter egos, but isn’t it true that we all have secret identities? What can we learn from the history and culture of comic books to better connect with our own secret identities?

Lorraine Chapman (Senior Director of Healthcare, Macadamian): Running: A Transcendental Experience

  • As far back as I can remember, running has been a constant element in my life. Many refer to the runner’s high or the endorphin addiction to describe a runner’s commitment to running. But whether I am running for joy or out of sadness, running towards or away from something, running to feel or not to feel, or running so I can really, truly enjoy that 2nd (or 3rd) piece of chocolate cake – running has provided meaning in a transcendental way. In this lightening talk, I will attempt to relay the sensory and spiritual experience of running. I might even convince you to add it your daily routine 😉

Laura Wesley (Executive Director, Consultations & Public Engagement, Privy Council Office): Applying UX to Organizational Change

  • What’s a former UX’r to do when she moves into management? Apply design methods and skills to her organization of course! Attendees will hear a bit about one woman’s journey up the career ladder, and what tools she found most useful to keep in her toolkit.

Su Cheng Lee (Professor of Interactive Media Design Program, Algonquin College)Learning and teaching in 2018 

  • Current technology encourages a customized/decentralized learning environment to the learners. Let us have a look at how we are moving away from the factory model of education to where we are today and what we can expect fro learning and teaching in 2018.

Tomasz Ogrodzinski (UX Researcher, Klipfolio): A Few Things I Learned by Getting Kicked Out of Canada

  • Lessons about perspectives, empathy, and the power of narratives.

Julie Dufour (Senior Content Designer, Digital Transformation Office –Treasury Board Secretariat): Graphic Novels: My Inspiration for Creative Thinking

  • When I was 19, a friend introduced me to the Sandman series by Neil Gaiman. My life hasn’t been the same since.  Much to the delight of audiences, the best graphic novels can express complex and unconventional ideas through the seamless combination of words and visuals. Now doesn’t that sound like an awesome user experience? Let me walk you through some of my favourite examples and how they inspire my work as a content designer.

John Omura (Project Manager of Design Centre, Algonquin College): Living with G.A.S.

  • Full disclosure – my name is John, and I have G.A.S. I’ve been struggling with this condition for most of my formative years and continue to struggle well into adult life. Unfortunately G.A.S. cannot be cured – it can only be medicated. My talk is about my personal challenges with G.A.S.  I will attempt to share my experiences with G.A.S. attacks, in the hope that it will help others recognize it’s symptoms before it’s too late!

Manu Singh (Chief of Guidance and Standards, Digital Transformation Office – Treasury Board Secretariat): How to Land an Airplane

  • Flying airplanes is easier than you think. Landing them is a different story. I’ll show you what it takes, and pass on how aviation changed the way I work!

 

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 12th, 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.

2017-11-21 Inclusion through User Experience – A Panel Discussion

CapCHI presents Inclusion through User Experience – A Panel Discussion in Celebration of World Usability Day 2017 at the Fox & Feather Pub and Grill!

Date: Tuesday November 21st, 2017
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; the panel discussion 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-inclusion-through-user-experience-a-panel-discussion-world-usability-day-2017-tickets-39424857811.

What:

With November comes World Usability Day and in recognition of this year’s theme of “Inclusion Through User Experience”, we will be hosting a panel discussion. The world is changing and the climate of well-balanced and open society is not as prevalent as many of us would like. Technology is developing alongside new political changes. This year, 2017 is a pivotal moment in history and we can help shape the course of events by the work we do.

Please join us at The Fox & Feather Pub & Grill where you can engage with our panel of design professionals who will be discussing various aspects of inclusion through user experience. Here is a rundown of our participants:

Brett Tackaberry (Moderator)

Brett is a digital solutions professional that continues to aim to make change in the world via technology. Brett is currently the Technical Director at Rebel, where he is responsible for the technical team and product direction. In his mission to help people be great online, Brett assists in running Tech4Good, Random Hacks of Kindness, and has been known to rock a pretty sweet stache each November to raise funds for Mustaches for Kids.

David Berman

David has over 30 years of experience in inclusive design: he strongly believes we can include everyone, without tradeoffs. As author (Do Good Design [Pearson, 2013]), expert speaker, and strategist, his work has brought him to over 50 countries. David is a high-level advisor to the United Nations on accessible Web design thinking. He’s also an International Advisor at G3ICT, advising governments on inclusive design policy, and chair of the Carleton Access Network at Carleton University. He serves on the ISO committee for accessible PDF. Clients include BMO, IBM, the International Space Station, and the Canadian Human Rights Commission.

Maëlys McArdle

Maëlys is a software developer in the Ottawa-Gatineau area. She also does advocacy work, giving workshops on trans issues and is currently serving on the Champlain Regional Planning Table for Trans Health Services. Her website is www.maelys.bio.

Mark McKay

Mark has been conducting research  and designing applications for over 20 plus years. He has designed accessible software products ranging from computer based training systems to enterprise wide complex business applications. Mark holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce and a Masters in Human Computer Interaction both from Carleton University. In the past Mark has spoken at the Usability Professionals Conference and the Ottawa International Conference of Business Analysis.

Natasha D’Souza

Natasha is a creative engineer who is passionate about helping people build and leverage technology in the most impactful way. She is the founder of Virtual EyeSee where she helps her clients launch new products or programs.

A project that is near and dear to her heart is Zeely Adventures an app to help special needs kids and adults learn emotions, develop their fine motor and visual perception skills.

She is an active member of her community and co-founder of an annual mobile bike rodeo called Pedal Play and a mentor to a high school robotics team.

When she has some spare time she likes to experiment with CNC machines and 3d printers.

Toufic Sbeiti

Toufic is an Ottawa-based Web Accessibility professional. He has been in the web development field for over 15 years and active in the web accessibility Community since 2010. Toufic is the manager of the web team at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. He is the co-organizer of #a11yyow Accessibility Camp Ottawa. Toufic have a Bachelor’s degree in computer science from Université du Québec en Outaouais and a master in public management from École nationale d’administration publique.

 

When and Where:

Please join us on Tuesday, November 21st, 6:00 pm 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 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.

2017-03-21 Metrics and KPIs for Assessing Your UX Strategy – A Panel Discussion

CapCHI presents a panel discussion on metrics and KPIs for assessing the health of your UX strategy!

Date: Tuesday March 21st, 2017
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-metrics-and-kpis-for-assessing-your-ux-strategy-a-panel-discussion-tickets-32629249965.

What:

Similar to how businesses can utilize KPIs to establish and monitor progress toward a variety of goals, such as environmental “green” initiatives, cost avoidance programs and low-cost country sourcing targets, UX practitioners can also use KPIs to evaluate the success of a UX strategy or particular activity in which they engage in at their organization. Come join us in a panel discussion on Tuesday March 21st at The Fox & Feather. CapCHI has reached out to a few local experts to explore the topic of metrics and KPIs and how it can impact UX practice.

Moderated by Carleton University’s Bruce Tsuji, our panel of experts will try to shed some light onto this topic.

Moderator:

Bruce Tsuji (Carleton University, Department of Psychology) – Bruce has 30 years of UX design, product management, marketing, and consulting experience for several iconic technology companies as well as some start-ups that you never heard of. Surprising even himself, Bruce completed his PhD and was hired as a tenure-track instructor in psychology and human-computer interaction at Carleton University in 2013. He recently received Carleton’s Teaching Achievement Award in recognition of his development of the university’s very first Massive Open Online Course (see www.ecarleton.ca). His current research focus is comparisons of online versus face-to-face teaching and learning and he serves as the Department of Psychology’s teaching mentor.

Panel of Experts:

Alasdair Stuart-Bell (Jumping Elephants) – Alasdair is the co-founder, partner and UX Lead at Jumping Elephants, a small, but mighty, consulting firm located in Ottawa. He is an experienced user needs researcher, information architect, strategist, user experience designer, and a strong project manager, with over 18 years experience. He leads the user experience (UX) research and design activities for our many clients. Alasdair has an M.B.A. from Dalhousie University, which focused on Marketing, International Business, and Information Technology and a B.A. in Political Studies from McGill University. He is also actively involved in the volunteer scene.

Alasdair thinks the best UX experiences are about taking the results of well designed research and core business requirements and applying engineering, marketing, graphical and industrial design, and interface design to develop solutions that users want to use and help them complete their tasks.

Meaghan Reinecke (Qlik) – Meaghan currently hangs her hat at Qlik Technologies – both as a User Researcher, and as the UX Team Lead for North America. Her previous chapter was a 10y stay at Macadamian, as a User Researcher and a Solutions Architect. Research has brought her to Lisbon, Portugal to Lisbon, Ontario, and interviewing folks from 4yo to 84 yo. Her two young boys keep her up to date with the latest developments in Ninjago, happy to discuss off-thread.

She and the Qlik Team have been discussing the Maslov’s hierarchy of metrics, where all metrics align or support each other. She also driving the integration of tracking tools into current products, to augment the research team with usage stats, analytics, and the ability to start AB testing..

Mike Atyeo (Neo Insight) – Mike has a degree in Psychology, a Master’s in Computer Science, and many years in retail point-of-sale, financial systems and telecommunications. He worked on Corporate Design strategy in British Telecom and implemented a user-centered design process for their Consumer Products division. Since co-founding Neo Insight, Mike has led many UX projects for government, high-tech and higher education clients, including working with the Government of Canada and Cisco on UX KPIs and programs.

Mike is also a past chair of CapCHI!

Tanya Snook (Treasury Board Secretariat) – Tanya has spent almost 20 years designing websites and applications in both the public and private sectors. She authored a performance measurement strategy which launched the procurement of the government’s enterprise web analytics system. Tanya works as a technical analyst at Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat and is co-chair of CanUX conference.

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, March 21st, 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.

2017-01-17 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 17th, 2017
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-startup-showcase-tickets-30565972647.

Join us on Tuesday, January 17th 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

Branch is an innovative technology company that specializes in proximity messaging and data capturing. Their proximity-based platform uses Bluetooth beacons to deliver contextual information to smartphone users. The branch mobile application, available for free on the App store, helps users learn about the places and people around them. Branch adapts to a variety of beacon services and includes an Analytics Dashboard that offers insights into real-time customer behaviour in the physical store. (www.branchapp.ca)

  • Ahmed El Mahrakawy, Co-Founder/CEO, will present Branch’s products.  He is a strategic, multidisciplinary designer & creative director with an eye for innovation and pixel perfection. Before starting Branch, Ahmed and his co-founder, Brandon, launched and sold Emploid; an automated employee-scheduling platform.  Ahmed is currently working towards an MBA emphasizing IT.

Else is a startup aiming to empower people to live a more balanced life, by making the cooking experience more healthy, rewarding and simple. Oliver is Else’s flagship product. It is a smart and automatic cooking device that empowers user to simplify their life, discover new foods and eat more healthily. See this cooker prepare a pasta meal.  (http://elselabs.io/)

  • Khalid Aboujassoum is Founder and CEO at Else. Prior to starting Else, Khalid worked in product development as a software engineer. He holds a BASc in Computer Engineering with an Engineering Management Option.

InteractiveStudios builds engaging omni-channel solutions for modern facility owners and management companies. Their products help individuals and management get to know the great indoors.  For users they provide large interactive directories; for facilitiy owners and management they provide applications to collect and analyze indoor activity. (http://www.interactivestudios.ca/)

  • Colin A. Pritchard, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of InteractiveStudios Inc. He is a professional graphic designer and serial entrepreneur. He leads the creative team at InteractiveStudios Inc. designing interactive UI’s for their touchscreen kiosks. Colin worked throughout Southeast Asia on global supply chain strategies over 6 months in the summer of 2016. He recently completed a masters of engineering degree in technology innovation management. 

SimWave is an interactive digital media development company based in Ottawa, Ontario. Focusing on innovative and ground-breaking projects, SimWave has developed a multi-sensory virtual reality (VR) booth that acts as a vehicle to experience VR games or experiences. The booth is equipped with a rumbling floor, bursts of air/wind, heat, cold, and smell. As of right now, SimWave is developing a Vimy Ridge WWI VR experience, an old Steam Locomotive VR experience, and a Human Anatomy VR experience.  SimWave has also developed a 20-person interactive theatre that can be experienced in North America and Europe. (www.simwave.ca)

  • Matt Thomas, Head of Business Development, has an extensive background in management and entrepreneurship which reaches back to when he was only 16. After creating a viral YouTube channel that reached 60 million views, he began producing, directing and managing high-scale video productions at his own video company, Trending Media. Now Matt has brought his high production techniques and innovative thinking to SimWave to develop and acquire new business and handle all of our exceptional clients.
  • Adam Caithness, Chief Financial Officer, brings over five years of management and financial experience to the SimWave team. During this time he has acquired countless research and development projects, resulting in over a million dollars’ worth of R&D grants and funding. He has a strong background in finance as well as an aptitude for tech and military simulation. Adam ensures SimWave remains a prominent force in the ever-changing industry of tech and that SimWave runs as an automated system.

Tumello helps podcasts listeners easily discover and listen to curated and subscribed podcasts across multiple devices based on the topics that interest them.

  • Joel Kapongo is the co-founder & CEO of Tumello. When he is not working on programming, designing, or promoting Tumello, he is tucked away somewhere reading, listening to podcasts, or playing music.

 

Panel of Experts

Stephen Davis is a program lead at Invest Ottawa, a non-profit organization that partners with the City of Ottawa to set the strategy and manage the programs that are critical to moving Ottawa’s economy forward. Stephen provides critical advice to businesses in their early stages of development.  Stephen‘s advice comes from a wealth of experience. He’s an entrepreneur with an extensive marketing background, a system’s engineer, and a software architect with 25-30 years of experience. Bringing all of these talents to the table he has been the Chief Technology Officer or CEO for half a dozen Startups. Oh and he’s a qualified yoga instructor and triathlete too! 

David Mann is CEO of inBay Technologies Inc., an Ottawa based multi-factor authentication company. After leaving Nortel in 2001, David formed his own consultancy company focused on executive mentoring, actively advising Canada’s leading researchers in the futures of cyber-security, web network evolution and the rapidly changing market of smart web based applications. David was named professional of the Year in April 2015 by Worldwide Branding for Excellence in Technology Consulting. 

Jonathan Segel leads the global Radio and Mobile Network Innovation group at Nokia. With over 35 years in the high tech industry he has managed the creation of multiple new telecommunication products and services in a diversity of subdomains. He has provided direction for startups, done due diligence for start-up acquisitions. Within Nokia, Jonathan is known for his innovative ideas. Jonathan has numerous patents, and broad experience across the business, marketing, and innovation spectrum. 

 

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, January 17th, 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.