2019-09-17 UX Lightning Talks & Open Mic

Join CapCHI on Tuesday Sept 17th at 6 pm for Lightning Talks & Open Mic...

After a relaxing summer we are excited to announce our homecoming event: UX Lighting Talks and Open Mic. First, three local Ottawa UX professionals will have five minutes each to talk about topics that keep them up at night. Then, we will open the mic to the floor, to invite our audience to share their thoughts on the issues they feel are the most critical in the year ahead. What challenges will you be focusing on; what new knowledge will you need to acquire; how will your job evolve in the months ahead, and so on. After our open mic session we invite everyone to connect over food and drinks to discuss these topics further, and perhaps learn a thing or two!

DATE AND TIME: Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 pm; doors open at 6:00 pm.

SCHEDULE:
6:00 Doors open
6:30 Welcome
6:45 Lighting Talks
7:00 Open Mic
7:30 Networking

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

REGISTRATION: (Free!) We request that you pre-register https://www.meetup.com/CapCHI/events/263776404/

Lightning Talk Presenters

The UX of record stores: A cautionary tale on poor findability and losing the sale

Gary Jansz is a User Experience Designer and Co-partner at the Art Department, a boutique design and UX consultancy based in Ottawa. Gary is also a part time instructor at Algonquin College where he teaches Design Research and UX. Originally from Montreal, where he was active on the local underground music scene, Gary continues to write and record avant-modern electronic music in his spare time.

Re-thinking purpose, process and growth: how personal training has shaped my design philosophy

Maria Frangos leads the design practice at 1VALET and teaches at Algonquin College’s new graduate certificate program in Human-Centred Design. She also enjoys volunteering her time to open source health and software initiatives such as Breathing Games and the Gathering of Open Science Hardware. In her off-time, she does functional training, plays in a recreational soccer league and makes a mean espresso.

Design as meditation: unexpected lessons from 10 days of silence

Gabrielle Attson is a user experience designer working on wicked problems, currently in the government. She holds a BA in Psychology from University of Ottawa, and cares deeply about the impact of design and technology on individuals and society. Before pursuing a full-time career in design, she has varied work experience spanning psychology research, social media, photo editing, nursing homes, communication therapy, house cleaning, and a SaaS start-up. She’s always happy to meet for coffee and loves discussing challenging topics. Find her on Linkedin!

Your Host

Maggie Lee is a UX practitioner who switched into field of design research after a career in public relations. She is influenced by the practices of learning-by-doing and learning-by-reflection. She recently moved to Ottawa after more than 6 years of working abroad in the UK, China and the U.S. Her constant is making new homes in unfamiliar environments and finding common ground with people from different backgrounds. Reach out @leemaggiemk for coffee/ meetings.

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.

2019-06-18 IBM Enterprise Design Thinking Workshop

We are excited to welcome you to the IBM Enterprise Design Thinking Workshop, where we’ll collaborate to design solutions to the CapCHI member experience. In a facilitated, hands-on session, you’ll apply a human-centred design mindset to understand the present, and envision the future of CapCHI via a continuous cycle of observing, reflecting and making.

DATE AND TIME: Tuesday, June 18, 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 (limited seating)… https://www.eventbrite.com/e/capchi-ibm-enterprise-design-thinking-workshop-tickets-63203287735

This will be an active, fast-paced format. You’ll be up on your feet for much of the workshop, so please wear comfortable shoes. All materials for the workshop will be provided. 

Learn more about IBM Enterprise Design Thinking.

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.

New program in human-centred design

CapCHI Vice-Chair Jed Looker was on CTV Morning Live to discuss a new graduate certificate in human-centred design at Algonquin College. This program prepares students for a career in design research and strategy. Students examine the intersection of research, technology, business and design, and collaborate with industry partners in a design studio setting to find solutions for real-world issues. Go to human-centred.ca for program information.  

Watch CTV Morning Live segment

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.