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.

2018-01-16 Startup Showcase 2018

Join us on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, where some local startups will present 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.

Come for the product demos and stay for the awesome networking, food, and drinks. There will be free appetizers and our partners at The Fox & Feather will provide attendees with a 10% discount on food and non-alcoholic drinks. We invite you to stick around for post-event networking and some potential hands-on technology demos!  Anyone and everyone is welcome.

Date: Tuesday January 16th, 2018.

Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; presentations begins at 6:30 pm.

Place: Upstairs room (3rd floor) at The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

Registration (Free!): We request that you pre-register via Eventbrite, but it is not required to attend… https://www.eventbrite.com/e/capchi-event-startup-showcase-2018-tickets-41383013708

Join us at 6pm for complimentary appetizers and chats with like-minded friends. You’ll also get 10-percent off food and non-alcoholic drinks throughout the evening. Use #capchi if your tweeting or posting!

Meet our Startups

Cumulus Dental: a voice-activated dental assistant

Eighty-five percent of dental offices still use paper dental charts. Cumulus Dental was founded in 2013 with one vision: to improve dental care by creating efficiencies within dental practices. Though most dental offices in North America use digital dental office management systems (DOMS) for scheduling and financial transactions, as many as 85% of dental offices still use paper dental charts. Cumulus Dental created its flagship product—SmartChart—to improve practice productivity and patient care by reducing the administrative burden and potential for error of paper-based processes. SmartChart is a revolutionary 3D voice-activated dental charting system that increases charting speed, improves record accuracy, and enhances the patient experience.

http://www.cumulusdental.ca

  • Dr. Marc Lamarre co-founded Cumulus Dental in 2013 with one vision: To improve dental care by creating efficiencies within dental practices. Though most dental offices in North America use digital dental office management systems (DOMS) for scheduling and financial transactions, as many as 85% of dental offices still use paper dental charts. Cumulus Dental created its flagship product—SmartChart—to improve practice productivity and patient care by reducing the administrative burden and potential for error of paper-based processes. SmartChart is a revolutionary 3D voice-activated dental charting system that increases charting speed, improves record accuracy, and enhances the patient experience.
  • Chris Elliott has many years’ experience as an innovative web, mobile, and desktop software designer, as well as a developer, technologist, manager, and coordinator. He has developed advanced software, hardware, real-time and embedded systems with several established and start-up companies in the Ottawa area. Chris has extensive prototype and release version software development lifecycle experience. He is also a professor and principal investigator at Algonquin College in the Media and Design department, and works as a project manager and consultant in the college’s Applied Research and Innovation Department. Chris is passionate about HCI and UX and has taught advanced User Experience courses at Algonquin. Chris will be presenting with Dr. Marc Lamarre.

NightLight: an app and consulting service to reduce the risk of sexual assault at mass events

Sexual assaults are not uncommon at mass events such as festivals. NightLight Consultants offer deep expertise in the sexual assault domain and useful technologies, such as a mobile app for event attendees that can trigger a safety alert to security personnel who see a photo and the GPS location of a distressed person. Other technologies provide post-event information for media, security personnel, and event organizers. NightLight Consultants help festival, event and school organizers with reactive and proactive sexual assault response and prevention.

http://www.nightlightconsultants.com

  • Dr. Kari Samsel, founder of NightLight Consultants, is an Emergency Physician and Medical Director of the Sexual Assault and Partner Abuse Care Program at the Ottawa Hospital. She’s the only Canadian physician to hold specialized degrees in Emergency Medicine and Clinical Forensic Sciences. She is motivated by her research showing that 25% of sexually assaulted patients seen were from large events such as music festivals, frosh week and during major holidays.

Contextere: wearable AR systems for industrial maintenance workers

This is an application of augmented reality that is really compelling. Contextere is an industrial software company creating blue collar AI via machine learning. Without solutions, blue collar workers receive curated guidance via mobile and wearable devices which supports them in the performance of their tasks, making it safer and more efficient.

http://contextere.com

  • Gabe Batstone has 20+ years of experience in software and technology development in the domains of aerospace, automotive, defense, and energy. He’s worked for NAVTEQ, CAE, and NGRAIN. Gabe has a BA in Geographic Information Systems and an MBA.  He is contextere’s CEO.

Welbi: a smartwatch and app to care for loved ones

Caring for loved ones is at issue here. Welbi is a startup and an application that helps its users look after their at-risk aging parent. It uses existing wearables to analyze sleep, activity and heart rate patterns, and then notifies the user about changes in their parents’ habits.

https://www.welbi.co

  • Elizabeth Audette-Bourdeau started her entrepreneurship journey at the age of 18 years old. She founded three startups: Camp Pulsion, AmbiZion, and Welbi. A graduate of the Telfer School of Management at Ottawa U., she is now working full time on Welbi. With the help of existing health devices, like Fitbit or iHealth, Welbi analyzes the habits and well-being of your loved one and notifies you when a change is detected. Welbi’s main objective is to help families keep their loved ones at home longer and to consequently keep them happier. Another application is for individuals to track their own health.

FillMyFridge: online grocery shopping

Online shopping is a hot topic these days. Since 2013, FillMyfridge provides easy, convenient, hands-free online grocery and liquor shopping and delivery via the web. It is on a mission to save you time for more happiness in its customers’ lives. It promises same-day deliveries anywhere in Ottawa and surrounding areas, quality produce and meat, and a no-questions-asked refund policy.

https://fillmyfridge.ca

  • Eli Ilatov is a co-founder of Fillmyfridge. He is an experienced software development manager, computer engineer and business expert. He studied Business Consulting and has an MBA from York University.

 

When and Where:

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

2017-12-12 Lightning Talks

Join us on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill for an unplugged CapCHI meetup! We’re moving away from our usual format and bringing you a more casual night of Lightning Talks as we head into the holiday season!

Date: Tuesday December 12th, 2017.

Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; presentations begins at 6:30 pm.

Place: Upstairs room (3rd floor) at The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

Registration (Free!): We request that you pre-register via Eventbrite, but it is not required to attend… https://www.eventbrite.com/e/capchi-event-lightning-talks-tickets-40175513041

Join us at 6pm for complimentary appetizers and chats with like-minded friends. You’ll also get 10-percent off food and non-alcoholic drinks throughout the evening. Use #capchi if your tweeting or posting!

Lightning talks explained

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 of their everyday work. No matter what your interests, we guarantee you’ll learn something new.

Presenters

Scott Plewes (VP of User Experience Design, Macadamian): What I Think About When I’m Getting My Elantra Repaired

  • Getting my Elantra fixed the other day made me think of a 2000 year old thought experiment, a 100 year old one , their connections, and the nature of impermanence. 

Patrick Lajeunesse (Senior Optimization Advisor of Canada.ca, Treasury Board Secretariat): The World’s Greatest Twitter Account Ever

  • Many of us use Twitter for entertainment, for work, networking, news. But we could be using it for so much more. If you follow the world’s greatest twitter account ever, you can enrich your life in ways that are hard to measure.

Dominira Saul (Chief Experience Architect, Akendi): Secret Identities

  • When I was a teenager, I fell in love with comic books. As I have grown up comic books (or graphic novels as adults like to call them) have grown up with me. In comic books you will find much more than just spandex-clad heroes punching bad guys in the face. For example, we are all familiar with the comic book super hero and their antithetical alter egos, but isn’t it true that we all have secret identities? What can we learn from the history and culture of comic books to better connect with our own secret identities?

Lorraine Chapman (Senior Director of Healthcare, Macadamian): Running: A Transcendental Experience

  • As far back as I can remember, running has been a constant element in my life. Many refer to the runner’s high or the endorphin addiction to describe a runner’s commitment to running. But whether I am running for joy or out of sadness, running towards or away from something, running to feel or not to feel, or running so I can really, truly enjoy that 2nd (or 3rd) piece of chocolate cake – running has provided meaning in a transcendental way. In this lightening talk, I will attempt to relay the sensory and spiritual experience of running. I might even convince you to add it your daily routine 😉

Laura Wesley (Executive Director, Consultations & Public Engagement, Privy Council Office): Applying UX to Organizational Change

  • What’s a former UX’r to do when she moves into management? Apply design methods and skills to her organization of course! Attendees will hear a bit about one woman’s journey up the career ladder, and what tools she found most useful to keep in her toolkit.

Su Cheng Lee (Professor of Interactive Media Design Program, Algonquin College)Learning and teaching in 2018 

  • Current technology encourages a customized/decentralized learning environment to the learners. Let us have a look at how we are moving away from the factory model of education to where we are today and what we can expect fro learning and teaching in 2018.

Tomasz Ogrodzinski (UX Researcher, Klipfolio): A Few Things I Learned by Getting Kicked Out of Canada

  • Lessons about perspectives, empathy, and the power of narratives.

Julie Dufour (Senior Content Designer, Digital Transformation Office –Treasury Board Secretariat): Graphic Novels: My Inspiration for Creative Thinking

  • When I was 19, a friend introduced me to the Sandman series by Neil Gaiman. My life hasn’t been the same since.  Much to the delight of audiences, the best graphic novels can express complex and unconventional ideas through the seamless combination of words and visuals. Now doesn’t that sound like an awesome user experience? Let me walk you through some of my favourite examples and how they inspire my work as a content designer.

John Omura (Project Manager of Design Centre, Algonquin College): Living with G.A.S.

  • Full disclosure – my name is John, and I have G.A.S. I’ve been struggling with this condition for most of my formative years and continue to struggle well into adult life. Unfortunately G.A.S. cannot be cured – it can only be medicated. My talk is about my personal challenges with G.A.S.  I will attempt to share my experiences with G.A.S. attacks, in the hope that it will help others recognize it’s symptoms before it’s too late!

Manu Singh (Chief of Guidance and Standards, Digital Transformation Office – Treasury Board Secretariat): How to Land an Airplane

  • Flying airplanes is easier than you think. Landing them is a different story. I’ll show you what it takes, and pass on how aviation changed the way I work!

 

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.

 

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, December 12th, 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.

2017-11-21 Inclusion through User Experience – A Panel Discussion

CapCHI presents Inclusion through User Experience – A Panel Discussion in Celebration of World Usability Day 2017 at the Fox & Feather Pub and Grill!

Date: Tuesday November 21st, 2017
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; the panel discussion 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-inclusion-through-user-experience-a-panel-discussion-world-usability-day-2017-tickets-39424857811.

What:

With November comes World Usability Day and in recognition of this year’s theme of “Inclusion Through User Experience”, we will be hosting a panel discussion. The world is changing and the climate of well-balanced and open society is not as prevalent as many of us would like. Technology is developing alongside new political changes. This year, 2017 is a pivotal moment in history and we can help shape the course of events by the work we do.

Please join us at The Fox & Feather Pub & Grill where you can engage with our panel of design professionals who will be discussing various aspects of inclusion through user experience. Here is a rundown of our participants:

Brett Tackaberry (Moderator)

Brett is a digital solutions professional that continues to aim to make change in the world via technology. Brett is currently the Technical Director at Rebel, where he is responsible for the technical team and product direction. In his mission to help people be great online, Brett assists in running Tech4Good, Random Hacks of Kindness, and has been known to rock a pretty sweet stache each November to raise funds for Mustaches for Kids.

David Berman

David has over 30 years of experience in inclusive design: he strongly believes we can include everyone, without tradeoffs. As author (Do Good Design [Pearson, 2013]), expert speaker, and strategist, his work has brought him to over 50 countries. David is a high-level advisor to the United Nations on accessible Web design thinking. He’s also an International Advisor at G3ICT, advising governments on inclusive design policy, and chair of the Carleton Access Network at Carleton University. He serves on the ISO committee for accessible PDF. Clients include BMO, IBM, the International Space Station, and the Canadian Human Rights Commission.

Maëlys McArdle

Maëlys is a software developer in the Ottawa-Gatineau area. She also does advocacy work, giving workshops on trans issues and is currently serving on the Champlain Regional Planning Table for Trans Health Services. Her website is www.maelys.bio.

Mark McKay

Mark has been conducting research  and designing applications for over 20 plus years. He has designed accessible software products ranging from computer based training systems to enterprise wide complex business applications. Mark holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce and a Masters in Human Computer Interaction both from Carleton University. In the past Mark has spoken at the Usability Professionals Conference and the Ottawa International Conference of Business Analysis.

Natasha D’Souza

Natasha is a creative engineer who is passionate about helping people build and leverage technology in the most impactful way. She is the founder of Virtual EyeSee where she helps her clients launch new products or programs.

A project that is near and dear to her heart is Zeely Adventures an app to help special needs kids and adults learn emotions, develop their fine motor and visual perception skills.

She is an active member of her community and co-founder of an annual mobile bike rodeo called Pedal Play and a mentor to a high school robotics team.

When she has some spare time she likes to experiment with CNC machines and 3d printers.

Toufic Sbeiti

Toufic is an Ottawa-based Web Accessibility professional. He has been in the web development field for over 15 years and active in the web accessibility Community since 2010. Toufic is the manager of the web team at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. He is the co-organizer of #a11yyow Accessibility Camp Ottawa. Toufic have a Bachelor’s degree in computer science from Université du Québec en Outaouais and a master in public management from École nationale d’administration publique.

 

When and Where:

Please join us on Tuesday, November 21st, 6:00 pm for complimentary appetizers and great networking opportunities. The event itself begins at 6:30pm and we encourage everyone to stay for a drink and continue networking after the event has concluded. As always, our partners at The Fox & Feather will 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.

2017-10-17 How the TSB investigates for Human and Organizational Factors

After a great kick-off to CapCHI’s 2017-18 program in September, our October will take a bit of a shift. This month, we’re presenting Michelle Gauthier, Senior Human Factors Investigator at the Transportation Safety board of Canada (TSB). Michelle will be discussing techniques used as well as some case studies in her discussion titled, “How the TSB investigates for Human and Organizational Factors”.

We’re back to our regular spot on the third floor at The Fox & Feather Pub & Grill on October 17. 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, October 17th, 2017.

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-how-the-tsb-investigates-for-human-and-organizational-factors-tickets-38533848779

 

Presentation Synopsis:

How the TSB investigates for Human and Organizational Factors

Human factors are involved in an estimated 60 to 90 percent of all transportation accidents and incidents. The importance of human factors as an element in transportation occurrences has been recognized throughout the world by governments and industry. In order to understand “why” an accident or incident occurred, the human factors of the occurrence must be investigated fully.

Speaker bio:

Michelle Gauthier, a Senior Human Factors Investigator with the Transportation Safety Board (TSB), will present how the TSB investigates for human and organizational factors. She will explain how a systematic approach to understanding the role human factors play in occurrences. Several recent incidents will be presented including two of Canada’s largest rail accidents that occurred in 2013; the crash between an OC Transpo double-decker bus and a VIA passenger train and the Lac Megantic rail disaster.

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, October 17th, 6:00 pm at the The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

CapCHI (www.capchi.org) is a social and professional society of people who work as user interface designers, researchers, educators, software developers, web designers, graphic designers and human factors engineers in and around Canada’s National Capital Region. Founded in 1991, CapCHI’s goal is to bring together local professionals interested in how humans and computers interact, in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.