2015-12-08 Lightning Talks

Please join us on Tuesday, December 8th for an “unplugged” version of CapCHI. We’re moving away from our usual format to bring you a more casual night of Lightning Talks as we head into the holiday season.

Date: Tuesday December 8th, 2015
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-lightning-talks-tickets-19598864732

Come for complimentary appetizers during our 6:00pm networking session and our partners at The Fox & Feather will provide attendees with a 10 percent discount on food and non-alcoholic drinks throughout the evening.

What are Lighting Talks?

Lightning Talks are a series of 5 minute presentations from a wide range of professionals and academics in the HCI, UX, and/or Design worlds. The topics are about what interests and excites them outside of their nine to five. Whether it’s about technology, culture, art, or history, there’s someone in our community who has a topic they’re passionate about and we’re going to hear 5 minutes of it. No matter what your interests, we guarantee you’ll come away from this event having learned something new.

Here is our current list of presenters, but there could be some surprise additions:

  • Brett Tackaberry (Technical Director, bv02): Ottawa is a city full of great people doing incredible work. Meeting those people – especially if they’re outside of your field – can be challenging. Brett wants to introduce you to Tech4Good – an initiative bringing together people using technology for social good – and Random Hacks of Kindness – a hackathon for social good. We hope you will be inspired. We hope you will see that your expertise and experience is invaluable and you have a lot to give.
  • Ben Waldman (Creative Director, bv02): A New Definition of ‘Memory’: Did my Parents Drive a Citroën? Our understanding of the human brain is growing in leaps, and while we’re still a decade away from even nailing down the optic process of a mouse, there’s plenty to be excited about — especially for creatives. In a lightning talk that stretches beyond his normal call of duty, bv02 Creative Director Ben Waldman will present some of the interesting finds he’s made in the neuroscience of memory, what it means for creative marketers, and what it has meant to him personally.
  • Ali Arya (Associate Professor of Interactive Multimedia, Carleton University): Marriage changes everything, or how I learned to stop worrying and love kids’ apps! A brief look at my experiences on the subject of family, and my journey from writing bedtime stories with my son to developing an educational app for children.
  • Cornelius Racheriu (Managing Director, Ampli2de and Founder & Co-Chair, CanUX): Wanderlost – As designers, we are on a constant quest for inspiration. However, our daily routines and familiar environment can only inspire us up to a point. Cornelius will make the case for getting lost (mostly) on purpose in an unfamiliar environment while travelling, as an ideal activity that challenges you to break down your own creativity barriers and fuels your imagination.
  • Alasdair Stuart-Bell (Co-Founder, Jumping Elephants): Minecraft: UX HR’s Perfect Tool -This talk by Alasdair Stuart-Bell, father of two avid Minecraft inhabitants, will explore how Minecraft functions as the perfect tool to assess whether UX practitioners are a good fit for your team.
  • Jennifer Fraser (Design Director, Macadamian Technologies): Shaken or stirred: A Study in the Craft of Cocktails – We will take a whirlwind tour through the rise, the fall, and then the resurrection of the craft of cocktails. What led to the celebration and proliferation of this craft, why did it become a lost art and why has it risen again in popularity?
  • Alvaro Vargas (Marketing and UX Design, Government of Canada): What I Learned from A Week on the Camino – These days we are not often put in situations in which we come upon our limits and are given a choice to stop or blow past them. In this brief talk, I will share some of what I learned while walking through northern Spain. 
  • Anna De Medeiros (UX Designer, Electronic Arts): Fake it ’til you bake it – Are we born with our passions, or can passions arise from mastering skills? I’ll share how my love for the culinary arts blossomed out of a need. Drawing on social and cognitive learning theories, I explore how peer-to-peer online learning and related design patterns were critical to my transformation.
  • Vidushi Gupta (VP of Design and Operations, Graduate Students’ Association at Carleton University) – Travel fast, Travel often – At the age of 20, I took to travelling around the world for 3 months. I wandered to places I have never been and spent the night in several different locations. I barely ate two meals a day and slept little. I experimented with my conscience and my principles. I will be drawing out from specific anecdotes and how they inspired me to think, live and breathe design.
  • Luc Lalande (Executive Director, Entrepreneurship Hub at University of Ottawa) – Live biohacking of rotten meat in public spaces; creating living human skins on LEGO minifigures; and growing human tissues inside of apples. If you think this is science gone mad, you will be surprised to learn that the instigator of these projects is not only a scientist, but a self-described artists, hacker, endurance runner and entrepreneur. This talk is about a young scientist who sees no barriers between art and science.
  • AND YOU!!! That’s right, we’ll be opening up the floor for those so inspired as to tell us a story of their own. 

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, December 8th, 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).

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.

2015-11-17 Innovation in Canada – A Panel Discussion in Celebration of World Usability Day 2015

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In celebration of this year’s theme for World Usability Day, CapCHI presents a panel discussion on innovation!

Date: Tuesday November 17th, 2015
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-innovation-in-canada-a-panel-discussion-in-celebration-of-world-usability-day-2015-tickets-19266455487

What:

Innovation is viewed as a vital ingredient for helping Canada become more productive and positioning us to compete on the world stage. Our economic health relies heavily on and is greatly affected by movements in the prices of natural resources. Faced with recent declining prices for these resources, businesses have had to make tough decisions regarding the allocation of labour and capital. Can innovation help our country become more productive? CapCHI has reached out to a few local experts to explore the topic of innovation and how it can impact our economy.

  • Can innovation in User Experience help both private and public organizations bring better products and/or services to the market and improve Canada’s overall productivity and competitiveness?
  • Are there opportunities to enhance the impact of these products/services?
  • Can Canadian companies scale to bring these products/services on the world market?
  • What are some of the issues/challenges that prevent organizations from innovating?
  • …and what is innovation?

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

Moderator:

Bruce Tsuji (Teacher, Researcher, and MOOC Master at Carleton University’s Department of Psychology) has a BSc from Trent, an MA from Waterloo and a Ph.D. from Carleton. He has 25 years in user interface design, usability testing, product management, sales, business development, and marketing. Some of the technologies with which he has dealt include telephony, voice applications, voice recognition, wireless, business intelligence, data mining, customer relationship management, and network security. Bruce is a co-inventor on eight US and Canadian patents.

Panel of Experts:

Scott Plewes (VP, UX Design at Macadamian) has worked for almost 25 years in user experience design. After earning a Masters from Queens University, he did UX design for Bell Northern Research and Nortel; before it was even called UX design. He has been a UX consultant since he co-founded Maskery in 2001 and then subsequently joined Macadamian in 2006 when Maskery was acquired. Joining Macadamian, his focus was to find a way to integrate engineering and UX design to find ways to keep UX design a focus on the product all the way into the market, and not just in the design spec.

Alvaro Vargas (Marketing Advisor and User Experience Design, Government of Canada) is a user experience (UX) designer, working for the Government of Canada as a UX designer on internet and intranet communications projects.  His approach to UX comes from three disciplines: advertising, graphic design, and anthropology. The connecting principle between them is a genuine interest in people, and the interfaces of people-to-people, people-to-technology, and people-to-processes. He sees UX as an outcome, not a process.

Shaun Illingworth (Partner, Managing Director at Akendi): Ensuring research is relevant and actionable is what drives Shaun day-to-day.  With over 17 years of experience in both enterprise and startup technology companies, Shaun is an experienced business strategist, creative thinker and market research executive with a rare focus on user-centered design and its resulting business value.  Shaun began his career in Boston as a product and market research consultant; he holds a Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Northeastern University and is a professional moderator and workshop facilitator.

Tim Moore (Consultant at Ergosum Ltd.) has had an eclectic career centered on human factor engineering.  Starting in 1970, he worked for 6 years in one of the first research groups on human computer interaction.  He then worked for 5 years for one of the first consumer product ergonomic research groups and was the sole user interface and ergonomics consultant for L.M.Ericsson, the Swedish telecommunications company more recently associated with Sony.  He obtained a PhD for a project to design a new International telephone exchange for Ericsson.

When and Where:

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

2015-06-23 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.

2015-04-21 Human Factors in the Design and Operation of Large Command and Control Systems

Following up on last year’s exciting presentation on the integrated soldier system, CAE’s Tab Lamoureux is returning to give us the ins and outs of command and control systems in our next event: Human Factors in the Design and Operation of Large Command and Control Systems.

DateTuesday April 21, 2015 (rescheduled from February 17th)
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/1BkZgF4

What:

Command and Control (C2) represents a significant challenge to the Human Factors specialist. While many of us are concerned with the design of ‘things’ to carry out ‘tasks’, C2 represents the collaborative activities of a distributed team with a variety of skills and roles at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels. Typically, C2 is concerned with the development and maintenance of Situation Awareness to support decision making by the commander. As such, the commander receives all his information and affects the outcome by indirect means.

Challenges facing the HF specialist are many and varied.  They can include problems inherent with the new technologies being integrated into C2 organisations, such as information overload due to the proliferation of sensors, to the propensity of high-level commanders to start micro-managing soldiers, sailors and pilots because they know what they’re doing and how they’re doing it. They can also include the procurement processes adopted by the Department of National Defence (DND) which reward a single supplier and thereby encourage lowest-cost compliance and engineering-centric solutions, rather than adopting a market-driven, user-centred process that leads to innovation and effective human-system partnerships.

This talk will discuss some of the issues facing the HF specialist when working on C2 systems. With examples from air traffic control, Naval, Army, Air, and Joint C2 and covering the spectrum of the system design lifecycle from analysis through design to test and evaluation Tab will describe his experiences and what he currently believes his ‘go-to’ solutions are. Until the next project anyway…

Speaker Bio:

Tab Lamoureux is a senior consultant at CAE Integrated Enterprise Solutions and has over 20 years experience in Human Factors and Human-Systems Integration in complex, dynamic systems such as air traffic control, command and control sensor-weapons systems, and nuclear power generation. Tab’s work has taken him around the world and provided him the opportunity to develop a deep understanding of operators in a variety of settings. Tab is currently involved in projects supporting naval gunfire support to army forces ashore, the replacement maritime helicopter, and the development of a simulation training centre for emergency management.

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, April 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% 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.

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.

2014-01-22 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.

 

2013-06-21 Workshop: Designing Tapworthy Mobile Apps and Websites

Designing Tapworthy Mobile Apps and Websites

CapCHI is proud to present a full-day workshop, featuring Josh Clark!

The event is now SOLD OUT! A waiting list is available (see Registration below for details).

Date: Friday June 21st, 2013
Time: doors open at 8:30 am; workshop begins at 9:00 am
Place: Radisson Hotel Ottawa Parliament Hill (MacDonald room), 402 Queen Street, Ottawa, Ontario KIR 5A7, Canada, LAT: 45.417796 LONG: -75.7067.

Josh Clark
Josh Clark

Workshop Description

From first concept to polished pixel, learn to create mobile apps and websites that delight. The workshop explores the practical principles of mobile and touchscreen design, teaching you to “think mobile” by planning and creating app interfaces in tune with the psychology and ergonomics of an audience on the go. Through a day of hands-on exercises, you’ll learn to conceive and refine an app’s interface and user experience in tune with the needs of a mobile audience… and their fingers and thumbs.

Who it’s for: This workshop isn’t (only) for geeks. The workshop’s interdisciplinary approach is appropriate for everyone involved in the mobile design process: designers, programmers, managers, marketers, clients. The workshop takes a hands-on approach to intermediate and advanced design concepts but requires no specific technical know-how. Experienced designers and newcomers alike will uncover the shifts in mindset and technique required to craft a great mobile app.

What you’ll learn: The workshop will equip you to ask the right questions (and find the right answers) to make aesthetic, technical, and usability decisions that will make your apps a pleasure to use. You’ll learn:

  • The expectations of a mobile audience
  • The ergonomic demands of designing for touch
  • How to cope with the reduced real estate left in the wake of giant touch targets
  • Unique considerations for designing for tablets
  • Emerging gesture conventions and design patterns for both apps and web
  • How to make gestures discoverable by educating users with contextual cues
  • Designing for sensors, the superpowers of mobile devices

Agenda

  • 8:30 – 9:00: Registration
  • 9:00 – 10:30: The mobile landscape
  • 10:30 – 10:45: Break
  • 10:45 – 12:30: Designing for touch
  • 12:30 – 1:30: Lunch
  • 1:30 – 3:00: Gestures and touch-specific UI innovations
  • 3:00 – 3:15 Break
  • 3:15 – 5:00: Beyond the screen: designing for mobile sensors
  • 5:00 – 5:30: Wrap-up!

As you can see, the day is divided into four content chapters, and each will include exercises to explore and discuss the concepts for each section.

About Josh Clark

Josh Clark is a designer specializing in mobile design, strategy, and user experience. He’s author of “Tapworthy: Designing Great iPhone Apps” (O’Reilly, 2010) and “Best iPhone Apps” (O’Reilly, 2009). Josh’s agency Global Moxie offers design services, strategic consulting, and training to help creative organizations build tapworthy mobile apps and responsive websites. His clients include AOL, Time Inc, eBay, and many others.

Before the internet swallowed him up, Josh was a management consultant at Monitor Group in Cambridge, Mass, and before that, a producer of national PBS programs at Boston’s WGBH. He shared his three words of Russian with Mikhail Gorbachev, strolled the ranch with Nancy Reagan, hobnobbed with Rockefellers, and wrote trivia questions for a primetime game show. In 1996, he created the uberpopular “Couch-to-5K” (C25K) running program, which has helped millions of skeptical would-be exercisers take up jogging. (His motto is the same for fitness as it is for software user experience: no pain, no pain.)

Registration

The event is now SOLD OUT! A waiting list is available: press the button and follow the instructions provided! Any students on the waiting list will also have to pay full price if a full price ticket becomes available, or  choose to be passed over on the chance that a student priced ticket becomes available; a student priced ticket will not be awarded to any student who have already paid for a full price ticket, should a student priced ticket become available.

All attendees will receive a free electronic copy of Tapworthy. Lunch, plus morning and afternoon snacks will also be provided!

  • Regular Ticket: $375.00 (Early Bird); $475.00 (after June 7th or until tickets are sold out)
  • Student Ticket: $110.00 (Early Bird); $160.00 (after June 7th or until tickets are sold out). Students must present an active Student ID in their name when signing in at event to qualify!

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.

2013-03-19 Avoiding “chartjunk” and “slideuments”: principles for visual presentation of data and findings

Avoiding “chartjunk” and “slideuments”: principles for visual presentation of data and findings

Presented by John Burrett

CapCHI will be hosting our next event on March 19th, again at the Fox & Feather Pub and Grill!

Date: Tuesday March 19th, 2013
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; talk 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).

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(NEW) Thanks to everyone who attended this talk! Here is a list of references provided by John:

  • Nancy Duarte – “Resonate” (the best reference from her, especially on the structure and design of presentations) and “Slideology” (older but has more about slide construction); www.duarte.com
  • Stephen Few – “Show me the Numbers” (about the best ways to present data), and “Now You See It” (like Show me the Numbers, but focused more on using the same principles for visual data analysis); www.perceptualedge.com
  • Garr Reynolds – “Presentation zen”, much like Duarte’s stuff, but some additional perspectives; www.garrreynolds.com
  • Edward Tufte – the classic reference is “The Visual Display of Quantitative Information”, but anything by him is good.  He tends to go a bit more to the real minimalist end of the spectrum when it comes to data/non-data ink, etc, and is a bit more on the artistic side.  Well worth it, though. www.edwardtufte.com

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Abstract:

The goal of this presentation is to introduce the idea that quantitative facts and findings can be presented, by following some principles, in a way that clarifies and emphasizes the messages in your data. This is done by following some key principles related to how we view and perceive visual information, particularly via data graphics and tables. The presentation also seeks to introduce the idea that verbal/visual presentations, using slides, can also be similarly improved, with an emphasis on avoiding dense wordy slides and designing slides with clarity and flow in mind.

It’s meant to be an introduction to these principles and hopefully a catalyst for analysts, researchers and communicators to learn more.

That offers considerable potential value to government and businesses who should want to communicate clearly, as more and more data becomes available.

Bio:

John Burrett is an Ottawa based consultant in the areas of evaluation, measurement and analysis and in communicating for data based policy development and advocacy.

He has built a successful consulting practice in evaluation and performance management, strategic research and outreach for major government departments and public-good-oriented organizations, as the director of his company, with a major multinational company, and with select partner firms.

John continues developing his practice, studying with leaders in the area of visual analysis and communications and building capabilities with new techniques to measure outcomes and networks.

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, March 19th, 6:00 pm in the upstairs room at the Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

Note: There is no cost for attending this event and prior registration is not required.

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.

2013-02-19 CapCHI Interactionary

CapCHI will be hosting another Interactionary event on February 19th at the Fox & Feather Pub and Grill! This great event that gives participating teams from industry and academia a chance to interact and show off their design skills.

Date: Tuesday February 19th, 2013
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; competition 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).

The Game (the Interactionary explained)
The “Interactionary” is a special event in which 3 or 4 design teams work for a short time on an interaction design challenge in real time, in a competitive and fun format. It provides the participating teams with the opportunity to contribute to the CapCHI community, as well as an opportunity to show off their design process and skills in an event that is sure to draw a big audience and generate a buzz! The session will be entertaining and educational, demonstrating ‘live’ some of the less tangible aspects of team design processes, as well as the more formal elements.
The Rules
At the Interactionary, each team is given 10 minutes to work on-stage on a design challenge. A panel of judges will highlight and discuss what they see as the most interesting and important aspects of each team’s approach. Each team will be scored on a number of categories, including outcome, team communication, and design process. There are rewards for all teams! The audience is also polled for discussion and comment, and to see how their views compare with those of the panel. After the Interactionary, the teams will be expected to assist in providing a permanent record of the event.

Teams

  1. CAE Professional Services
  2. Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA)
  3. Carleton HCI Student team
  4. Carleton Industrial Design Student team

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, February 19th, 6:00 pm in the upstairs room at the Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

Note: There is no cost for attending this event and prior registration is not required.

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.