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.

 

2010-09-21 Software Development and Culture: Learning to Play Together

Software Development and Culture: Learning to Play Together
Presented by Robert Biddle, Carleton University

Date: Tuesday September 21, 2010
Time: 6:00pm
Place: TheCodeFactory, 246 Queen St., Ottawa

Abstract:

Software development means collaboration, and increasingly this collaboration must cross boundaries of organizational and national culture. Projects in multi-cultural settings involve countless challenges, including not only collaboration, but also everything from existing project planning and management, and even simple communication. Moreover, software development methods might need to be transformed to work at all. The aim of this talk is introduce models of culture, and to explore the impact of cultural differences on software development processes and methods, especially novel approaches such as agile development. The talk will be organized around a collaborative game to illustrate culture in the software development workplace. The game,‘Cultural Monopoly’ is a novel board game designed for small groups to explore the effects of cultural difference on a development project.

Objectives:

This talk is designed to meet the needs and challenges of software developers working in culturally diverse settings, as well as anyone implementing software methodologies in different cultures. The emphasis of the talk is in understanding the role and impact of cultural differences on software processes and methods. The talk should facilitate the development of participants’ skills to improve effective cross-cultural communication and collaboration in software projects. This talk will provide a broad cultural literacy that enhances software projects conducted in multi- cultural settings and facilitate the adoption of new software development practices in different cultures. We will contribute to the understanding of the function of cultures and diversity in a software development environment.

Format:

Highly interactive, primarily through game-play, especially a custom version of “monopoly” to simulate the software development process.

Audience:

Practitioners, Managers, Educators

Bio:

Robert BiddleRobert Biddle is Professor of Human Computer Interaction at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada: he is on the graduate faculty of both Computer Science and Psychology. He has degrees in Applied Analysis and Computer Science from the University of Waterloo and the University of Canterbury, and has diplomas in both childhood and adult education. His two main research areas are Software Design and Human-Computer Interaction. His current active research projects are in human issues in software development, novel approaches to computer security, and in the design of interactive media such as videogames, wikis, and end-user development environments.

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, September 21, 6:00pm at TheCodeFactory, located at 246 Queen Street, between Bank and Kent, (on the second floor) above the Green Papaya Restaurant.

Note: there is no cost for attending this event and prior registration is not required. Light snacks and refreshments will be served. An informal social gathering will follow at a nearby pub.

Who:

CapCHI 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.

2010-11-03 Task Management: a New Model of Management for Websites

Task Management: a New Model of Management for Websites

Gerry McGovern
World-renowned Web Content and Usability Expert

2010 Masterclass Series by Gerry McGovern
Date: Wednesday November 3rd, 2010
Location: Canada Science and Technology Museum

Gerry’s Masterclasses sold out in Ottawa on the previous two occasions. This year’s Masterclass is totally revised, with brand new content from Gerry’s latest book The Stranger’s Long Neck: How to Deliver What Your Customers Really Want Online.

Session Overview
Self-service is the most cost-effective way to allow customers and employees to complete top tasks—but only if it works. If you manage or design a website or intranet, knowing the needs of your customers (or employees) is essential for success. But every customer is a stranger to you – you don’t know them and you can’t see them – so how can you understand what they need?

This Masterclass will give you the techniques for identifying and professionally managing these tasks. It will help you to understand and empathize with your website visitors and to deliver what they want. Packed with practical information and essential advice on web site management, including case studies from Microsoft, Cisco, the US Internal Revenue Services and many others, the Masterclass will help you to maximize your organization’s performance online.

What you will learn:

  • cutting edge techniques for identifying and managing your customers top tasks. These techniques have been used by organizations such as Microsoft, Cisco, Tetra Pak, Schlumberger, Wells Fargo, HSBC, Rolls-Royce, US Internal Revenue Service, DEFRA, UK Ministry of Justice, etc.;
  • how to manage the competing demands of different organizational stakeholders and their views on what the website should look and feel like; and
  • how to persuade senior managers that your website is a core business asset, and that it needs the same level of commitment and investment as any other major asset.

See some 1-minute video clips of Gerry McGovern.

Who is this Masterclass for?
This Masterclass is for those who want to achieve maximum return on investment in their website. Specifically, this Masterclass will be most useful for:

  • Marketing, Communications and IM/IT professionals;
  • People who are involved in designing, creating, editing and publishing content on the Web;
  • Technical professionals who want to better understand the content/customer side of Web strategy;
  • Managers responsible for commercial or government websites and intranets; and

All attendees will get a free copy of Gerry McGovern’s latest book, “The Stranger’s Long Neck: How to Deliver What Your Customers Really Want Online”.

For the complete agenda please click here.

This series is brought to you by

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Ottawa – Wednesday November 3, 2010

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Time
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. – Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Masterclass (includes lunch)

Location Canada Science and Technology Museum, Auditorium, 1867 St Laurent Blvd.

Cost

Early Registration (received by OCRI no later than 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday October 15, 2010)
$480.00 – OCRI Members and Promotional Partners (plus 13% HST)
$560.00 – Non-Member (plus 13% HST)

Late/Onsite Registration
$560.00 – OCRI Members (plus 13% HST)
$660.00 – Non Member (plus 13% HST)

2009-06-25 ToRCHI and Toronto IxDA Advanced Workshop

FYI…

Advanced workshop presented by ToRCHI and Toronto IxDA

Workshop leaders: Carol Righi and Janice James

Workshop topic: Deep dive on selected topics in IA and UX

DATE:             Thursday, June 25th, 2009
DURATION:      9:00 AM – 12:30 PM Networking lunch will follow.
LOCATION:      Downtown Toronto, venue TBA
COST:             $100 for people also registered for the 1-day course.
$250 for people registering for the advanced workshop only.

For more information, visit… http://www.torchi.org/

2009-06-24 TorCHI and Toronto IxDA Course

FYI…

One-day course presented by ToRCHI and Toronto IxDA

Carol Righi and Janice James present two of their most popular courses on user experience (UX)design and information architecture (IA) for web sites and applications.

DATE:     Wednesday, June 24
TIME:     9:00 AM – 5:00 PM with registration starting at 8:30 AM
LOCATION: Downtown Toronto > Ryerson University > International Living Learning Centre, 133 Mutual Street, east of Yonge, north of Dundas, www.ryerson.ca/maps/?building=ilc
COST:     BEFORE May 15th…..    $300
AFTER May 15th…….    $400
STUDENTS……………..    $100

For more information, visit… http://www.torchi.org/