2018-06-26 Design Sprint – An Interactive Workshop

For our last event of the 2017-18 season, CapCHI is holding an interactive Design Sprint workshop! Led by former IBMer and design thinking advocate, Ron Gagnier, participants will spend the evening learning techniques that Google Ventures call “a “greatest hits” of business strategy, innovation, behavior science, design thinking, and more.”

This hands-on event will see participants working on a fun and unique design challenge with a team of fellow UX and HCI enthusiasts. Everyone who registers will be placed on a team of 5 or 6 and we are limiting participation to 60. Pre-registration is REQUIRED, so get your ticket before they’re all gone.

Join us at The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill for complimentary appetizers and networking opportunities at 6:00pm, with the workshop beginning at 6:30 (running for approximately 1.5 hours). As always, our partners at The Fox & Feather will be providing our attendees with 10% off food and non-alcoholic drinks.

Date: Tuesday, June 26th, 2018
Time: Doors open at 6:00pm; workshop begins at 6:30pm
Place: Upstairs room (3rd floor) at The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Registration is REQUIRED (limited tickets!) (Free!): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/capchi-event-design-sprint-workshop-tickets-46533379591.

Workshop Details:

Product success hinges on exceptional customer experience. Do you think your customer experience is on the right track? What can be done if it isn’t? Learn how to use Design Sprints to achieve awesome design results fast through a hands-on workshop. The workshop will provide an overview of an emerging design approach known as a Design Sprint which packages all the facets of design thinking into short, high-impact sprints. Sounds intense? Google Ventures believes design sprints are the best way to accelerate product design. Ron has used the design sprint approach to achieve great outcomes with both start-ups and established companies. Bring your enthusiasm and get ready to roll-up your sleeves for this fun interactive workshop.


Facilitator Bio:

Delivering Exceptional Customer Experiences through Design and Education
Ron Gagnier is a champion of customer experience, product design and design thinking. He has worked in the design studios of IBM, started the design program at Halogen Software, been a design consultant with start-ups and enterprise companies for 20 years and currently acts as the resident design expert at Invest Ottawa. He is an outspoken advocate for design thinking and delivers fun, memorable workshops around the city. As a design consultant and business mentor for start-ups Ron has observed most struggle to utilize design to deliver the best customer experience they can. Ron works with a company to develop the design strategy needed for success. When Ron isn’t evangelizing the merits of design he can be found at a local ice rink with his kids or playing the guitar.

Read his blog: www.rongagnier.com/blog
Reach him by email: rongagnier@yahoo.com
Follow him on Twitter: @rongagnier
Connect on linkedIn: ca.linkedin.com/in/rongagnier

2018 Annual General Meeting

At the conclusion of our event on Tuesday, June 26, CapCHI will hold it’s annual general meeting (AGM), as stipulated in our organization’s charter. This meeting is open to all and is a good opportunity to learn more about us if you are interested in volunteering to help build our events and bring the community together.

If you are interested in event planning, social media, or have other ideas of how you could contribute to our team, please come see us on June 26 after the Design Sprint Workshop. This is a great opportunity to expand your network and to be part of a dedicated team of volunteers

 

When and Where

This event will take place on Tuesday, June 26th, 6:00 pm at the The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).
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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.

2012-06-19 A Sketch-based game for learning images

A Sketch-based game for learning images

Presented by Dr. David Mould, Carleton University

Date: Tuesday June 19th, 2012
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; talk begins at 6:30 pm
Place: TheCodeFactory, 246 Queen St., Ottawa, ON, Canada

This month’s event also includes our annual AGM.

Abstract:

This talk describes a game we created, intended to help players learn about annotated images. The game activity involved searching the image for hidden glyphs, which once found had to be traced by the player. Each glyph was associated with a fact about the image, revealed once the glyph was discovered. The game increased interest and learning dramatically compared to a traditional textbook view, which we attribute to enlisting the player’s active attention and spatial memory.

Bio:

Dr. Mould is an Associate Professor at Carleton University, which he joined in 2008. Previously he was a faculty member at the University of Saskatchewan. His PhD is from the University of Toronto, where he was part of the Dynamic Graphics Project. His research interests include computer games, procedural modeling, and artistic rendering.

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, June 19th, 6:00 pm at TheCodeFactory, located at 246 Queen Street, between Bank and Kent, (on the second floor) above the Green Papaya Restaurant. The doors open at 6:00 pm for networking and the talk begins at 6:30 pm.

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.

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.