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.

2015-07-22 Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS)

This conference might be of interest to the CAPCHI community.  It is an international conference, held for the first time in Canada.

The eleventh Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS) will be held July 22-24, 2015 at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. This symposium will bring together an interdisciplinary group of researchers and practitioners in human computer interaction, security, and privacy. The program features technical papers, workshops and tutorials, a poster session, panels and invited talks, and lightning talks.

Registration can be done on the SOUPS website, by clicking the Registration tab on the left at : http://cups.cs.cmu.edu/soups/

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.

2015-03-24 Interaction Design Jam

Join us on Tuesday, March 24th on the third floor of the Fox & Feather Pub & Grill for our Interaction Design Jam!

Date: Tuesday March 24th, 2015
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: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/capchi-event-interaction-design-jam-tickets-15835779242

What:

The future of OTTAWA’S TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE is a hot button topic that played a major role in last fall’s municipal election. Well, CapCHI is going to jump on the TRAIN to see if we can help DIRECT THE FLOW of our TRANSIT future in the 2015 CapCHI Interaction Design Jam! Come on out and join CapCHI in an evening of fun, laughs, and learning.  Check out this summary of a previous rendition of our Interaction Design Jam (formerly Interactionary): http://www.capchi.org/blog/2010-08-16-interactionary-hci-design-challenge-summary.

The PLAN:  A time limited design competition where student and professional teams NAVIGATE through unique challenges, employing solid user experience methods.

The CONVOY will officially consist of teams from Akendi, Jumping Elephants, and two entries from Algonquin College‘s School of Media & Design.

Urged on by all those in attendance, the teams WEAVE their way through the TRAFFIC and follow a ROUTE to a DESTINATION. An esteemed panel of judges will give the teams points, but hopefully not DEMERIT points, in variety of categories, including teamwork, approach, final design, and audience participation. The winning team DRIVES away with great prizes and amazing bragging rights!

With spring around the corner, it’s time to hit the STREETS and get out of the office. This event is sure to be as popular as a DOUBLE DECKER BUS, so HOP ON BOARD! Whether you come by FOOT, BICYCLE, BUS, CAR, or LIGHT RAIL (not this year, but it’s coming!), we guarantee you one heck of a RIDE. While PRESTO CARDS will not be required, we do request that bring a good sense of humour, positive vibe and a sense of fun – we won’t revoke your LICENSE!

As always, there will be complimentary appetizers during the networking portion of the evening (6:00pm-6:30pm) and our partners at The Fox & Feather will be providing all those in attendance with 10% off their food and non-alcoholic drinks. We invite you to stick around after the event for more great networking, food, and drinks.

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, March 24th, 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.

2015-04-21 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.

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

Dear friends, colleagues and students,

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

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

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

To register:

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

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

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

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

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

Please share this event with those who may be interested.

2014-12-06 Accessibility Camp Ottawa at Carleton University

Date: Saturday, December 6th, 2014

Time: Doors open at 8:30 am; event begins at 9:00 am and concludes at 5:00 pm

Place: 1125@Carleton (Human Computer Interaction Building (HCI), 4th and 5th floors at Carleton University)

Registration ($20, $30 late registration): http://a11yyow.ca/register/

The 2nd edition of a11yYOW will bring together the capital’s Web industry and the Ontario, Quebec and Canadian governments around the theme of web accessibility.

a11yYOW will feature a mix of speakers and unconference-style sessions, as well as an open panel discussion with representatives from the Canadian, Ontario and Quebec governments on their respective web accessibility standards.

It will be an ideal opportunity to reflect collectively on issues of accessibility with actors of the web industry, experts and representatives of public and private organizations and representatives of various levels of government!

The hashtag for this event is #a11yYOW

Follow us on Twitter @A11YYow

Check us out on Lanyrd http://lanyrd.com/2014/a11yyow/

Join the Meetup group to get updates on future events: http://www.meetup.com/a11yOttawa/

 

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.

2014-09-16 The Great Fitness Wearable Debate 2014

We have our panel all set up for our upcoming debate: Be it resolved that wearable technology can provide meaningful benefits to all levels of athletes. Come support your view at The Fox & Feather on Elgin St., Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 6:00pm (start at 6:30pm).

Date: Tuesday September 16th, 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).

Register (Free!): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/capchi-event-the-great-fitness-wearable-debate-2014-tickets-13005388467 

What:

Love all the latest wearable gear and gadgets?  Are you data infatuated and always looking for more metrics to analyze your workouts? Or are you the opposite and love to go out “au naturel”? Wearable fitness technology has come a long way, and we all know people who love it and those that swear against it.

But is it really beneficial to all levels of athletes?  This two-on-two debate features the team of Ian Fraser (co-owner of Cyclelogik and an accomplished triathlete) and Shane Maley (physiotherapist, cyclist, and skier), battling on the for side of the ring, vs Chris Masson (degree in kinesiology, swimmer, and rower) and Gord Smith (web developer and cyclist) taking a stand against wearable tech. Come watch, cheer, jeer, tweet while some serious fitness enthusiasts duke it out in the Great Fitness Wearable Debate 2014 with YOU the audience acting as judge and jury in determining the outcome.

Free registration is requested, but not required. 10% off food and non-alcoholic drinks thanks to The Fox & Feather Pub & Grill!

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, September 16th, 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.

2015-08-09 SIGGRAPH 2015 Xroads of Discovery

The 42nd International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques.

http://s2015.siggraph.org

Important Dates:

SIGGRAPH 2015, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Conference: 09 to 13 August 2015
Exhibition: 11 to 13 August 2015

The annual SIGGRAPH conference is a five-day interdisciplinary educational experience in the latest computer graphics and interactive techniques including a three-day commercial exhibition that attracts hundreds of exhibitors from around the world.