2019-03-19 Early Signals, Future UX Scenarios with Leslie Shannon

CapCHI presents Early Signals, Future UX Scenarios with Silicon Valley UX Trend Scout, Leslie Shannon


! Follow up: Leslie has graciously shared her slides.


Many technical innovations in UX are occurring right now in many different industries, but it can be difficult to see how – or if – today’s developments will transform the future.

This presentation examines real innovations and disruptions that are happening today, then looks forward to imagine what kinds of businesses and services these early indicators may develop into within three to five years. The aim is not to predict the future exactly, but rather to educate, inspire, and stimulate thinking about what kinds of developments will be possible in the near future with the building blocks being produced today.

Areas covered will include:

  • Beyond the smartphone: The next step in the primary interface between humans and computers
  • Computer Vision, Computer Thought
  • The reality of Augmented and Virtual Reality
  • The Dark Side

DATE AND TIME: Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 6:30 – 9:00 pm; doors open a 6:00 pm.

LOCATION: The Clubhouse – Mulligan’s Golf Bar201 Queen Street, 3rd Floor, Ottawa, ON K1P 5C9.

REGISTRATION: (Free!) We request that you pre-register via Eventbrite, but it is not required to attend… https://www.eventbrite.com/e/early-signals-future-scenarios-leslie-shannon-ux-trend-scout-tickets-56807106585

Free parking after 5PM at 240 Sparks Street, which you access from 235 Queen Street. There is an elevator to the 3rd floor, unfortunately, not large enough for a wheelchair, but good for anyone who has a walker, or is challenged by stairs.

Leslie Shannon

Head of Ecosystem and Trend Scouting, Nokia Corporate Strategy. Leslie is based in Silicon Valley and is the leader of the team analyzing and reporting on disruptive trends in UX affecting telco players. She is a popular speaker, panelist and presenter

Leslie entered the mobile communications world in the early 1990s. She joined Nokia Australia in 2000 and became the manager of the FutureLab, an early developer incubator in the days of WAP, GPRS and the beginnings of 3G. Building on her first-hand technical and business experience of the reality of bringing applications to market, she developed an analysis service for Nokia that examined success and failure factors for operators bringing mobile data to market that proved so successful that Nokia created a new department around her work. While in this role, she was based in Finland and worked with over 100 operators in more than 60 countries.

Leslie relocated to Silicon Valley in 2015 and now focuses on identifying disruptions and opportunities for Nokia and its operator partners coming from outside the traditional telco world. She is passionate not only about bringing strategic insight to Nokia and its customers, but also about introducing successful new paradigms from Silicon Valley to the telecommunications mindset, and continues to be a highly-regarded analyst and speaker.

Born in Manhattan, Leslie has a BA in Psychology from the University of Virginia and a Master’s Degree in the History of Art from Yale University. She was an undefeated five-time champion in the American television game show “Jeopardy!” in 1992 and was invited to return to the show to compete in a tournament for one million dollars as one of the show’s “most memorable contestants” in 2002 and again in 2014. (She didn’t win, but still had a lot of fun.) She also got four questions away from willing a million dollars on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” in August 2017. Leslie lives in Santa Clara, California, with her husband and their two mobile-data enthusiast children.

About CapCHI

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.

2019-02-19 UX Evangelism

Join us February 19, 2019 for UX Evangelism...
Join us February 19, 2019 for UX Evangelism...

For our February event, CapCHI presents UX Evangelism – A Panel Discussion. The evening will be an opportunity to gain insight from local UX leaders on topics such as: building trust; effective communication; using creativity to convince or educate; making economic arguments; internal education techniques; explaining the value of UX; explaining UX processes to get necessary resources; and finding a champion. Our panellists come from Ottawa’s diverse sectors, and are UX leaders in our community.

DATE AND TIME: Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 6:30 – 9:30 pm; doors open a 6:00 pm.

LOCATION: The Clubhouse – Mulligan’s Golf Bar201 Queen Street, 3rd Floor, Ottawa, ON K1P 5C9.

REGISTRATION: (Free!) We request that you pre-register via Eventbrite, but it is not required to attend… https://www.eventbrite.com/e/capchi-presents-ux-evangelism-tickets-55712484541

Free parking after 5PM at 240 Sparks Street, which you access from 235 Queen Street. There is an elevator to the 3rd floor, unfortunately, not large enough for a wheelchair, but good for anyone who has a walker, or is challenged by stairs.

Panel of Speakers

Laura Mahan

Laura joined Nokia in 2016, bringing over 20 years of UX and design experience to the Nokia NSM, IP Optical team. Today, Laura is a User Experience Manager and is responsible for a group of talented User Experience designers who specialize in visual, motion, and interaction design. Laura and her team design the powerful Network Management products that enable network assurance. Previously, she managed the Blackberry User Experience team that designed two Blackberry operating systems. She also worked to transition the UX for the Blackberry handsets to the Android platform. She studied Industrial Design at OCAD in Toronto, Canada. Laura loves to spend time with her family and three young children and is an avid sailor, skier, gardener and painter.

Dominira Saul

Dominira Saul has been a leader, a champion, an advisor and an advocate of Human-Computer Interaction and user centered design for a very long time. Mr. Saul has over 20 years experience in the UX field. Over that time the methods by which people interact with the Internet has changed, and people for the most part have stayed the same. He believes believes that good user research and thoughtful design is at the core of any solution. Don was a principle at Akendi until recently and, as a consultant, has had extensive experience in selling UX in many different contexts. He now works for You.i TV.

Tanya Snook

Tanya is a user experience designer, and a founder and co-chair of CanUX, Canada’s largest user experience conference. She is also a UX champion within the Government of Canada, a former co-chair of the government’s national User Experience Working Group, and current co-host of the government’s UX Network meetups. She is happiest when nerding out on Lego, Star Wars, or technology; hanging out on Twitter; or sipping an espresso.


Vidya ShankarNarayan

Vidya ShankarNarayan is a dynamic public sector executive with significant experience leading highly successful, large-scale, transformation exercises. She is passionately focused on improving and innovating policy and service delivery for Canadians with a vision of designing and implementing simpler, faster, seamless government services, and is currently Director General, Digital Government at Innovation Science and Economic Development (ISED) where she is leading Digital Policy, Service and Innovation to transform service delivery to Canadian Businesses. Previously, Vidya worked at Employment and Social Development (ESDC), where she led the digital delivery of social and employment benefit services to Canadians. She has also worked at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, Global Affairs Canada, Passport Canada and Nortel Networks. Vidya holds a Masters degree in Design and Technology from Carleton University and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Bombay.

Barb Spanton

Barb leads a UX team at Varian Medical Systems, and teaches design at Algonquin College. With 20 years of experience in the field, Barb has contributed to this ever-evolving industry in a range of capacities. From designing first-generation mobile software, to a range of in-house roles in the public and private sectors, to a long stretch of UX consulting focused on designing for healthcare, Barb combines cross-disciplinary teams with solid UX experience and process, to work on hard problems together. Highly active in the UX community, Barb has organized and contributed to a number of industry events locally and globally, she’s helping to teach the next generation of UX designers, she’s mentored many practitioners just entering the UX industry, and has a few other initiatives simmering at the moment. At the moment, she’s establishing and growing a UX practice within a large, established company, with highly-specialized, highly-regulated, legacy, enterprise products, in order to improve the experience of delivering and receiving cancer treatment. There’s nothing Barb would rather be working on right now.

About CapCHI

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.

2019-01-15 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!

The evening will feature local startups presenting their products and business concepts. 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.

We will have a panel of UX experts to get the post-presentation discussion going. Come for the product demos and stay for the awesome networking, food, and drinks. Anyone and everyone is welcome.

Free parking after 5PM at 240 Sparks Street, which you access from 235 Queen Street.

There is an elevator to the 3rd floor, unfortunately, not large enough for a wheelchair, but good for anyone who has a walker, or is challenged by stairs.

DATE AND TIME: Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 6:30 – 9:30 pm; doors open a 6:00 pm.

LOCATION: The Clubhouse – Mulligan’s Golf Bar201 Queen Street, 3rd Floor, Ottawa, ON K1P 5C9.

REGISTRATION: (Free!) We request that you pre-register via Eventbrite, but it is not required to attend… https://www.eventbrite.com/e/capchi-startup-showcase-tickets-53953045010

Our Startups & Presenters

IoT Proximity

A customized sensor-fusion solution for people responsible for project oversight at worksites where proximity awareness systems for large construction vehicles brings safety to the workplace.

Gabi Szabadi
Founder & CEO
https://www.linkedin.com/in/gabi-szabadi-a3873651
https://www.iotproximity.com

Airbrowz

A customizable mobile shopping app platform for businesses that provides businesses with features to push notifications to customers to engage, acquire and retain them.

Micheal Burnatowski
Co-founder 
linkedin.com/in/micheal-burnatowski-30366a5
https://airbrowz.com

Simple Split

Coming in early 2019, Simple Split is a mobile app that helps time deprived parents, roommates, and couples track and manage their shared expenses effortless, transparently, and fairly. Simple Split’s mission is to empower people to easily track and split expenses – especially when these expenses relate to co-parenting.

Nancy Gharib
Founder
https://www.linkedin.com/in/nancygharib

POMMe-Health

Patient data sharing app for health practitioners which involves big data.

Cheryl Netterfield, MD
Co-Founder
https://www.linkedin.com/in/cheryl-netterfield-ab989b52

1VALET

1Valet is a software company that integrates smart building technologies and on-demand home services for the residential building industry. Our team of engineers, developers and designers are focused on creating compelling experiences for residents and their guests, as well as monitoring and automation platforms for building staff and managers.

Maria Frangos
Director of User Experience
https://www.linkedin.com/company/1valet
https://www.1valet.com

Desk Nibbles

Provides a service to businesses who provide snacks for their employees. We’ll be hearing about design issues related to a slackbot for snackers which allows them to provide feedback on their preferred snacks, and a dashboard for the folk who order the snacks.

Cassy Aite
Co-Founder & CEO
https://www.linkedin.com/in/cassyaite
https://www.desknibbles.com

Triton

TritonWear designs and sells a performance measurement, injury prevention and motion analysis system for competitive swimmers and their coaches. The system comprises a wearable device worn under a swimmers cap, a pool-side coach’s app, and a cloud-based analysis platform to help swimmers identify their weaknesses, improve training, swim faster, and win races. Our swimmers range from pre-teen club swimmers all the way to national federation-level Olympic swimmers, and so our UX must provide quick and easy insight as well as deeper analysis.

Megan Holtzman
Director, Signal Processing and Data Analytics
https://www.linkedin.com/in/meganh
https://www.tritonwear.com/

Our Panel of Experts

Shaun Illingworth
Shopify
UX/CX Leader
https://www.linkedin.com/in/sillingworth

Marco Janeczek
L-SPARK
Director
https://linkedin.com/in/marcojaneczek

Joel Grenier
Fellow
Leader, Creative Thinker, Problem Solver, Builder 
https://www.linkedin.com/in/jgrenier

Lesley Grignon
UX/UI Lead, Instructor and Mentor
https://www.linkedin.com/in/lesleygrignon

About CapCHI

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.

2018-12-11 Lightning Talks

Join us for an unplugged CapCHI meetup! We’re moving away from our usual format and bringing you a casual night of Lightning Talks.

DATE AND TIME: Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 6:30 – 9:30 pm; doors open a 6:00 pm.

LOCATION: The Clubhouse – Mulligan’s Golf Bar, 201 Queen Street, 3rd Floor, Ottawa, ON K1P 5C9.

REGISTRATION: (Free!) We request that you pre-register via Eventbrite, but it is not required to attend… https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lightning-talks-tickets-52985461943

Lightning talks are a series of 5 minute presentations from a wide range of professionals and academics from the HCI, UX, and Design worlds. Our speakers will be talking about what interests and excites them outside or inside of their everyday work. Whether it’s technology, art, or history, we’re here to find out what people are passionate about. No matter what your interests, we guarantee you’ll learn something new!

Presenters

1. Shamima Khan, Director, User Experience at Radiant Design Studio

Not My Day Job – The Secret Life of a UX Designer

I have somehow become part of the underground arts scene in Ottawa and will be sharing my experiences.

 

2. Noah Fang, Service Designer & Business Strategist at Wingd Inc.

The Mythical Transformation

Debunking the myth of organisational transformation by identifying three types of transformations an org undergoes, with implications on what an org needs to survive in the future.

 

3. Jeremy Kuzub, Developer at Shopify

Bottling the Aurora Borealis – How We Try to Relive Moments and Memories

The Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) define the Arctic and the Canadian Experience. They are ephemeral, mercurial, unbelievable, and defy everyday experience. But the experience has always been a challenge to capture and share and re-live – how have we tried to do this in the past and present, and what lessons does this have for other experiences and memories?

 

4. Lisa Fast, Service Designer, UX Architect, Speaker and Co-founder of Vation Inc.

The UX of Math Experiments – When Kids Cry

Some years ago, I took on adapting a set of math and cognitive experiments into online versions for little kids. Several of my friend’s kids cried or just wandered away during the pilot tests – it was brutal. I’ll share some of the most simple and fun ideas from the project, including one of the experiment-games that gave our longitudinal study an amazing retention rate. Kids came back every year into the study just to play it, surprising the heck out of us.

 

5. Bruce Tsuji, Professor at Carleton University

What University Teaching Has Taught Me: Tales from the Other Side of the Lectern

Many (most?) of us have at least some experience with post-secondary education.  However, as someone who has only relatively recently joined the academic ranks (2013) I have been surprised and amazed at what I’ve learned about universities from the teachers’ side of the lectern.  I hope you will find a few tidbits amusing and disconcerting about our university system in 2018.

 

6. Damien Middleditch, Team Lead of Digital Planning at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

The IA of Kitchen

Ever had the experience of helping in someone’s kitchen and spending an eternity finding… the… right… (it’s here somewhere) spoon? Bring your UX skills into the kitchen!

 

7. Mike Freeman, UX Specialist at The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA)

Improving IRL Experiences

As what some people would call a realist (others a negative &@&%$) I’ve always had issues communicating and interacting with some people, but others I just click with. To better understand what was causing this issue I applied some of the techniques used when designing a user experience to my IRL interactions with clients, colleagues, and stakeholders.

 

8. Mila Stojmenovic, Postdoctoral Fellow at Carleton University

Social Media’s Influence on Websites

Social media has ‘Influencers’ who are meant to persuade you to buy things. Let me tell you, they are successful! … But can a completely unfamiliar person or nameless textual user review sway your opinion of a website’s usability or visual appeal? Does social media influence how we use websites? Does the impact last, even after you have first-hand experience with the website? The answers may surprise you.

 

9. Luc-Rock Paquin, Manager of Client Experience Testing at Service Canada

From Couch Potato to Ironman Finisher

I went from being a total couch potato to running 10 marathons and completing an Ironman triathlon. I’ll explain how YOU can accomplish anything with perseverance and determination.

 

10. Peter Eszes, Senior Designer at Shopify

How Speaking Multiple Languages Results in Better Solutions

In many occasions people I talk to voice their opinion of how unfortunate it is, that I had to learn a second language, since my mother tongue is not widely spoken. To that my usual response is, that I find it unfortunate that not everyone is forced to do so. Equipping everyone with the capability of thinking about problems in different ways and in different languages.

 

11. Gil Cote, Optimization Delivery Lead at Treasury Board Secretariat’s Digital Transformation Office

Pinball Collecting and Tribalism

Tribalism can be found in the most unexpected places. I’ll share what collecting pinball machines has taught me about communities and tribalism.

 

12. Vivienne Kay, UX Designer at Shopify

TBA

 

13. Michael Grigoriev, UX Lead at Shopify

TBA

 

AND YOU! That’s right, we’ll be opening up the floor. If you’re up for it, tell us about your own interests or hobbies in a quick 5 minute presentation.

More speakers will be announced closer to December 11th.


Mulligan’s Golf Bar

We now meet at 201 Queen St., 3rd Floor in “The Clubhouse”. Our new space has:

  • An elevator to the 3rd floor
  • A very relaxed atmosphere with a geeky vibe that suits our group
  • Seating for up to 50 people, and potential for more in a pinch.
  • Restrooms
  • Free underground parking after 5 pm in the CD Howe building, 235 Queen street.
  • Private bar and dedicated serving staff
  • Excellent pub food at reasonable prices including vegetarian options
  • Large screen projector and smaller screens for local viewing
  • Microphone for presenters

We moved to avoid a parking nightmare on Elgin, to welcome more UX people who work downtown, and to be more accessible.  Regrettably, we are not yet fully accessible (we really tried) because the elevator door to the 3rdfloor is 30” wide and the elevator interior is not large.  Also, the accessible toilets on the 3rd floor do not have a bar beside the toilet.  However, some mobility barriers have been removed.  We canvased many, many locations, and this location had the very best overall qualities including great food, appropriate room size and layout, a fun side, friendly management, good audio and visibility of speakers, and a fee structure we could afford.  We hope you will love it as much as we do.


About Us

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.

 

2018-11-20 Design for Good or Evil – World Usability Day 2018

 

In celebration of this year’s theme for World Usability Day, Design for Good or Evil, CapCHI is hosting a talk by Dr. Tracey Lauriault!

DATE AND TIME: Tuesday, November 20, 2018, 6:30 – 9:30 pm; doors open a 6:00 pm.

LOCATION: The Clubhouse – Mulligan’s Golf Bar, 201 Queen Street, 3rd Floor, Ottawa, ON K1P 5C9.

REGISTRATION: (Free!) We request that you pre-register via Eventbrite, but it is not required to attend… https://www.eventbrite.com/e/capchi-event-design-for-good-and-evil-world-usability-day-2018-tickets-51732196392

Design for Good or Evil

Understanding the impact that technology is having on our lives, for better or worse, is an extremely broad topic. It ranges from the usability of a seemingly simple feature like a gear shift in your car that might impact your life to much larger societal issues from social media design that have been in the news lately.

As researchers, designers and developers we play a pivotal role in determining the good and evil of design.

Our speaker this month is Dr. Tracey Lauriault, Assistant Professor of Critical Media and Big Data, Communication and Media Studies, School of Journalism and Communication, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, Canada, @TraceyLauriault. Tracey will present “Open Smart Cities and Technological Citizenship“…

Abstract: Agency, knowledge and the capacity to act (i.e. power) are the preconditions for technological citizenship in a technological society (Feenberg). It can be argued that scholars and the makers and shapers of technology  have the capacity to act and ought to intervene as technological citizens to ensure that large technological systems are in the public interest. In this talk, I will discuss the GeoConnections Funded Open Smart Cities in Canada project conducted in Collaboration with Open North. The project was grounded in theory and evidence but qualitatively aspirational in the sense that we imagined how a smart city might be fairer and more ethical, can reduce bias and be for the public good.  We then proceeded to develop an Open Smart City Guide which is now being transformed into an assessment tool for the deployment of smart cities in Canada.

Bio:  Lauriault am a critical data studies scholar and social scientist working at the intersection of society and technology specializing in open data, geomatics and large data infrastructures. She has conducts research about data and large technological systems with private, public and civil society experts and scholars on open smart cities, open data, precision agriculture, homelessness software, national mapping organizations and spatial data archives. She collaborates in international transdisciplinary research on topics related to data processes such as artificial intelligence, software systems and infrastructures such as smart cities with those who build and govern them. She contribute scholarly knowledge to the community as a board member of civil society and academic associations and at public speaking engagements at industry, government and community conferences.

She is Cross-Appointed to Core Faculty of the Carleton University Collaborative M.A. in Digital Humanities, she is also a research associate at the Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute (Ireland), the Centre for Law Technology and Society (University of Ottawa) and the Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre (Carleton University). She is a board member of the Institute for Data Science (Carleton University), Open North Canada’s leading open data civil society organization, and I volunteer or am a member of a number of data and technology civil society organizations and support local events on related topics. I was awarded the Inaugural Open Data Leadership award 2016, and the top 100 Women in STEM by Silicon Republic 2014.

Tracey will share some of her findings and insights in this area from her work on topics like Open Smart Cities and the Programmable City on the Good and Evil of design. We’ll then open up discussions and comments from a few noted local members of the design community and the audience.

About Us

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.

 

2018-10-16 Data-Inspired Design with Anton McConville

Data-Inspired Design

This month CapCHI examines data modeling as a foundation for elegant user experiences. In doing so, the session also examines some of the changing dynamics of user-facing data in emerging technologies such as Natural Language Processing, Chatbots, and Blockchain.

DATE AND TIME: Tue, October 16, 2018, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM EDT.

LOCATION: The Clubhouse – Mulligan’s Golf Bar, 201 Queen Street, 3rd Floor, Ottawa, ON K1P 5C9.

REGISTRATION: (Free!) We request that you pre-register via Eventbrite, but it is not required to attend… https://www.eventbrite.com/e/data-inspired-design-with-anton-mcconville-tickets-50752422863

Anton McConville will tell us three stories, reviewing three projects, to explore the bond between data models and cohesive UX design. The first project experiments with Natural Language Processing to explore how a song writer’s personality changed over time. The second project imagines human conversation as the business asset of the future, with a proof of concept insurance chatbot. The third project questions the value we place on our personal data, by creating a wellness app running on a blockchain.

In each of the projects, Anton will dissect the path of the data from database to interface, reflecting on the relationship between creative methods, and an engineering approach to UX design.

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.

 

2018-09-18 CapCHI Presents Jean-Sylvain Sormany

Our first talk of the 2018 – 2019 CapCHI season will cover the people, the creativity, and the innovations required to build a game development studio. Jean-Sylvain will touch on topics like typical technologies used, desired skillset, workflow, type of products, and management practices that are used within the game design and development sector.

DATE AND TIME: Tue, September 18, 2018, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM EDT.

LOCATION: The Clubhouse – Mulligan’s Golf Bar, 201 Queen Street, 3rd Floor, Ottawa, ON K1P 5C9.

REGISTRATION: (Free!)

Jean-Sylvain is the Studio Head of Snowed In Studios Inc. After graduating from the Polytechnic School of Montreal with a degree in Computer Engineering, Jean-Sylvain was team lead at Ubisoft and Director of Technology for Fuel Industries before starting Snowed In Studios in 2010. He was a 40 under 40 recipient and sits on various advisory boards including the OMDC (Ontario Media Development Corporation) Industry Advisory Committee, the Ottawa Gamedev Collective, and Colleges and Universities advisory boards.

Snowed In Studios

Founded in 2009 by a group of video game industry veterans, Snowed In Studios has grown to a full, independent, privately-owned video game and interactive media development studio with over two centuries of combined game development experience. Snowed In Studios works on projects across a variety of fields and platforms including: consoles, mobile, tablets, deskstops, web and proprietary hardware. They are experienced developers of traditional video games, interactive museum exhibits, touch/gesture-controlled software, training software and graphic visualizations.

CapCHI events now at The Clubhouse

Beginning this Fall for our 2018 – 2019 season, CapCHI will be hosting our events at a new venue! Our events will continue to be on the 3rd Tuesday of every month from Sept to June, but we will now meet at 201 Queen Street, 3rd Floor in “The Clubhouse” at Mulligan’s Golf Bar.

Our new space has:

  • An elevator to the 3rd floor
  • A very relaxed atmosphere with a geeky vibe that suits our group
  • Seating for up to 50 people, and potential for more in a pinch.
  • Private restrooms on the 3rd floor
  • Free underground parking available after 5 pm in the C. D. Howe Building at 240 Sparks Street (parking access from 235 Queen Street)
  • Private bar and dedicated serving staff
  • Excellent pub food at reasonable prices including vegetarian options
  • Large screen projector with HDMI input and smaller screens for local viewing
  • Microphone for presenters

We are moving to avoid a construction and parking nightmare on Elgin, to welcome more UX people who work downtown, and to be more accessible. Regrettably, we are not yet fully accessible (we really tried) because the elevator door to the 3rd floor is 30” wide and the elevator interior is not large. Also, the accessible toilets on the 3rd floor do not have a bar beside the toilet. We canvassed many, many locations, and this location had the very best overall qualities including great food, appropriate room size and layout, a fun side, friendly management, good audio and visibility of speakers, and a fee structure we could afford. We hope you will love it.

We thank our hosts at the The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill as our venue of choice over the past few seasons!

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.

 

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).
When and Where:

 

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.

2018-03-20 MasterpieceVR

Sculpting & Painting in the Virtual World

MasterpieceVR is the first collaborative virtual reality application for 3D sculpting and painting in the world. MasterpieceVR enables aspiring and professional artists to create in immersive virtual reality environments. With minimal experience, artists can create sophisticated 3D artworks and models faster than professionals with years of experience with traditional 3D modeling applications. Join CEO Jonathan Gagne and Creative Director Mary Ellis for a discussion on how the technology works, and the challenges of sculpting in virtual reality.

We’ll be in our regular spot on the third floor at The Fox & Feather Pub & Grill on March 20th starting at 6:00pm for networking with the event beginning 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 some high quality post-event networking.

Date: Tuesday, March 20th, 2018
Time: Doors open at 6:00pm; presentation begins at 6:30pm
Place: Upstairs dining room (third floor) at The Fox & Feather Pub & 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-masterpiecevr-tickets-43958410790.

 

Presenters:

Jonathan Gagne
As the CEO of MasterpieceVR, Jonathan is excited about building the future of virtual reality and feels fortunate to have a team that can help make that a reality. During his Masters, he was nominated by the University of Waterloo as one of their top graduate engineers and has undergrads in cognitive-computer science, economics, and engineering. Jonathan was a university medalist graduating at the top of the university, president of several organizations, and was awarded the highest federal research award for the level. In the business world, Jonathan has directed million-dollar software projects, completed work for the Prime Minister of Canada, and has been headhunted by top international software companies. Today, his life’s work is laser-focused on building a scalable virtual reality startup that is devoted to permanently disrupting the 3D modeling market.

Mary Ellis
As an instructional designer currently researching emerging technology in education, Mary’s perspective is rooted in both learning theory and the creative process. An early adaptor from a young age, Mary has been experimenting with digital artwork for over 25 years. She began formal training in traditional painting techniques at the Lakefield School of Fine Arts and studied Graphic Design at the International Academy of Design and Technology before studying Illustration, Animation and Concept Art at Algonquin College. After graduating with honours, she began teaching digital painting at Algonquin College and is currently Coordinator and Professor in Concept Art Foundations. Mary is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Technology and Learning through Royal Roads University and is passionate about accessibility and innovation in the field of entertainment industry arts. Her background in art and education gives her insight into the needs of artists looking to move from traditional and digital 2D methods to 3D content creation.

 

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, March 20th, 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.

2018-02-20 Software for Libertines

Join us at The Fox & Feather Pub & Grill on February 20th for “Software for Libertines“, presented by Pascal de Grandpré from Ordi-Folie.

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 some high quality post-event networking.

Date: Tuesday, February 20th, 2018.

Time: Doors open at 6:00pm, Presentation begins at 6:30pm.

Place: Upstairs dining room (third 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-software-for-libertines-tickets-42436408440.

 

Presentation Synopsis:

Heteros have Tinder, gays have Grindr, and now libertines have LeeLoo. Leeloo is a location-based mobile application that helps libertine individuals (or couples) find “matches”. Pascal de Grandpré co-founded the startup Leeloo with his partner Brian Couchman. Pascal began by conducting a detailed in-depth study to collect data of the libertine community and analyse it. His goal was to deeply
understand the reality of his end-users. Leeloo was then designed and developed using a user-centered approach. New functionality was designed and tested in collaboration with a group of ambassadors from the libertine community. This approach allowed Pascal and Brian to create the first version of Leeloo, which they consider to be a minimum viable product (MVP). LeeLoo has been (and is still) a wonderful LEAN startup laboratory that continuously tests new concepts and assumptions in collaboration with a dynamic and mutating community of end users. Come to satisfy your curiosity about a unique design space. Learn about user research, continuous user-centered design, and lean UX in the process.

Speaker bio:

Pascal is a partner at Ordi-Folie, a company that acts as “Virtual CTO” for its clients. They’ve created designs, mobile applications, web sites and software for IBM, Bouygues Telecom, a number of Canadian hospitals, and organizations in the manufacturing/distribution industry and the artist production industry. As a digital nomad, Pascal remotely manages his company while finding inspiration in discovering the planet with his wife and dog “Gypsy”. His company only employs like-minded fellow travelers as the team meets by video conference and works no more than 20 hours/week. He has designed traveler vans in Australia, taught IT to Canadian immigrants, collected plastic waste while off-road- tripping around the Americas in his 4×4 vehicle, renovated a shack while paragliding in the French Alps, guided divers under water in the Philippines, climbed to the Mont Blanc and Everest base camp, and guided hikers in the Canadian Rockies.

For more info, you can follow Pascal on Twitter @pgranpre.

 

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, February 20th, 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.