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.

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.

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.

 

2013-01-15 Fostering Collaboration in Healthcare (Tour/Demo/Presentation)

Fostering Collaboration in Healthcare(Note the new location!)Presented by Martin Brooks and John Spence, Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre RVR Lab

Date: Tuesday January 15th, 2013
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; tour/demo/talk begins at 6:30 pm
Place: Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre, located at 505 Smyth Road, Ottawa, ON, Canada, near the General Campus of The Ottawa Hospital and the Children Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO).

Our next event on January 15th will be a field trip! We will be meeting at the Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre and getting a tour/demo of the Rehab Virtual Reality (RVR) Lab. The tour/demo will be followed by a presentation at a conference room onsite: “Fostering Collaboration in Healthcare”

Abstract:

Strengthening the coordination, communication and collaboration between healthcare professionals offers hope for simultaneously improving healthcare quality and reducing healthcare costs. This talk will describe outcomes from the Health Services Virtual Organization Project (2009-2012) and a new Collaborative Health Services Project. Focus will be on technology and human behaviour in healthcare.

Bios:

Martin Brooks
Martin Brooks holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford University. From 1999-2007 he worked at the NRC Institute for Information Technology (IIT) as Founder & Leader of the Broadband Visual Communication Research Program overseeing such projects as LearnCanada, MusicGrid, Participatory Design Studio, and Health Services Virtual Organization. In addition, he was the co-leader of the CRC/NRC VirtualClassroom Program and initiated NRC collaboration with the National Arts Centre and other government departments. As the President of iDeal Consulting since 2007, Mr. Books has been involved in financial engineering industrial research at Apollo Systems Research Corp. and acted as the principal in two CANARIE projects: Health Services Virtual Organization (Simulation Challenge Learning), GreenStar Network (Green ICT).

John Spence
Formerly the Program Manager, Application Technologies, Broadband Networks Technologies Branch, at Communications Research Centre Canada (CRC), Industry Canada, Mr. Spence presently is a private consultant and holds Emeritus status with CRC. He has 15 years experience in the design and implementation of broadband technologies to support e-learning and e-health applications. While at CRC, he co-managed the CRC/NRC VirtualClassroom Program. The VirtualClassroom program formed national and international collaborative partnerships to research and develop innovative broadband collaborative learning applications for K-12 virtual learning communities. Along with serving as leader and project manager for various multi-million dollar CANARIE projects, Mr. Spence has extensive experience as an International ICT education consultant and national and international keynote speaker and was awarded The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for leadership in the development of the multi party distant education programs.

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, January 15th, 6:00 pm at the Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre, located at 505 Smyth Road, Ottawa, ON, Canada, near the General Campus of The Ottawa Hospital and the Children Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). The doors open at 6:00 pm for networking and the tour/demo/presentation begins at 6:30 pm.

Note: There is no cost for attending this event and prior registration is not required. However, standard hospital parking fees will be in effect.

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.

Check out the summary from our last Interactionary: http://www.capchi.org/blog/2010-08-16-interactionary-hci-design-challenge-summary, and consider our call for participation: CapCHI Interactionary for February 19th, 2013.