2017-03-21 Metrics and KPIs for Assessing Your UX Strategy – A Panel Discussion

CapCHI presents a panel discussion on metrics and KPIs for assessing the health of your UX strategy!

Date: Tuesday March 21st, 2017
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; presentation begins at 6:30 pm
Place: The upstairs room at The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

Registration (Free!): We request that you pre-register via Eventbrite, but it is not required to attend: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/capchi-event-metrics-and-kpis-for-assessing-your-ux-strategy-a-panel-discussion-tickets-32629249965.

What:

Similar to how businesses can utilize KPIs to establish and monitor progress toward a variety of goals, such as environmental “green” initiatives, cost avoidance programs and low-cost country sourcing targets, UX practitioners can also use KPIs to evaluate the success of a UX strategy or particular activity in which they engage in at their organization. Come join us in a panel discussion on Tuesday March 21st at The Fox & Feather. CapCHI has reached out to a few local experts to explore the topic of metrics and KPIs and how it can impact UX practice.

Moderated by Carleton University’s Bruce Tsuji, our panel of experts will try to shed some light onto this topic.

Moderator:

Bruce Tsuji (Carleton University, Department of Psychology) – Bruce has 30 years of UX design, product management, marketing, and consulting experience for several iconic technology companies as well as some start-ups that you never heard of. Surprising even himself, Bruce completed his PhD and was hired as a tenure-track instructor in psychology and human-computer interaction at Carleton University in 2013. He recently received Carleton’s Teaching Achievement Award in recognition of his development of the university’s very first Massive Open Online Course (see www.ecarleton.ca). His current research focus is comparisons of online versus face-to-face teaching and learning and he serves as the Department of Psychology’s teaching mentor.

Panel of Experts:

Alasdair Stuart-Bell (Jumping Elephants) – Alasdair is the co-founder, partner and UX Lead at Jumping Elephants, a small, but mighty, consulting firm located in Ottawa. He is an experienced user needs researcher, information architect, strategist, user experience designer, and a strong project manager, with over 18 years experience. He leads the user experience (UX) research and design activities for our many clients. Alasdair has an M.B.A. from Dalhousie University, which focused on Marketing, International Business, and Information Technology and a B.A. in Political Studies from McGill University. He is also actively involved in the volunteer scene.

Alasdair thinks the best UX experiences are about taking the results of well designed research and core business requirements and applying engineering, marketing, graphical and industrial design, and interface design to develop solutions that users want to use and help them complete their tasks.

Meaghan Reinecke (Qlik) – Meaghan currently hangs her hat at Qlik Technologies – both as a User Researcher, and as the UX Team Lead for North America. Her previous chapter was a 10y stay at Macadamian, as a User Researcher and a Solutions Architect. Research has brought her to Lisbon, Portugal to Lisbon, Ontario, and interviewing folks from 4yo to 84 yo. Her two young boys keep her up to date with the latest developments in Ninjago, happy to discuss off-thread.

She and the Qlik Team have been discussing the Maslov’s hierarchy of metrics, where all metrics align or support each other. She also driving the integration of tracking tools into current products, to augment the research team with usage stats, analytics, and the ability to start AB testing..

Mike Atyeo (Neo Insight) – Mike has a degree in Psychology, a Master’s in Computer Science, and many years in retail point-of-sale, financial systems and telecommunications. He worked on Corporate Design strategy in British Telecom and implemented a user-centered design process for their Consumer Products division. Since co-founding Neo Insight, Mike has led many UX projects for government, high-tech and higher education clients, including working with the Government of Canada and Cisco on UX KPIs and programs.

Mike is also a past chair of CapCHI!

Tanya Snook (Treasury Board Secretariat) – Tanya has spent almost 20 years designing websites and applications in both the public and private sectors. She authored a performance measurement strategy which launched the procurement of the government’s enterprise web analytics system. Tanya works as a technical analyst at Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat and is co-chair of CanUX conference.

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, March 21st, 6:00 pm in the upstairs room at the The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

There will be free appetizers and our partners at The Fox & Feather will provide attendees with a 10 percent discount on food and non-alcoholic drinks.

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

2016-12-13 Lightning Talks

Join us on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 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!

Date: Tuesday December 13th, 2016.

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-29650716090

Join us at 6:00pm for complimentary appetizers and chats with like-minded friends. You’ll also get 10-percent off food and non-alcoholic drinks throughout the evening.

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. 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

Shamima Khan, Director, User Experience at Radiant Design Studio

Michelangelo – Artistic genius and an original UX designer

  • Michelangelo, the world famous artistic genius, created the statue of David and the Sistine Chapel ceiling among many other incredible works of art. But there’s another, little-known side to Michelangelo. This talk will briefly discuss the UX processes he followed hundreds of years ago as a renowned painter, architect, and sculptor.

Tamyca Dorrington, UX Designer, Service Canada

Gardening as an instrument of grace

  • We live in an era of instant gratification. We see something, we want it, we get it. The idea of waiting for something is almost inconceivable in modern society. How can we learn to be more patient people? Tending to a garden, even just a few houseplants can help cultivate an appreciation for the things in life that take a little longer to come to fruition.

Gillian Massel, Content Strategist, Shopify

The art of the insult

  • As an arrogant teenager, I was drawn to Shakespeare’s insults as a way of expressing my contempt. Now, as an adult, I admire the Bard’s inventive invective for it’s creativity, playfulness, and demonstration of master wordsmithery. In this brief talk, I’ll explore some of Shakespeare’s finest insults and explain the literary technique behind his greatest abuses.

Lina Bonapace, Director of UX Research, Macadamian

I am a map addict!

  • I love maps and have surrounded myself with them in various forms since my childhood. I’ve found them useful to follow, beautiful to look at and fun to immerse myself in. I’d sit in a plane and stare at the flight routes dreaming of my next exotic destination, I’d follow the drawing of the golf course on the scorecard to see what obstacle lay ahead, and I’d search for the places my family came from in a beautifully coloured atlas. In this lightning talk I will share with you my fascination in creating maps in both my personal and professional life.

Monica Zaczynski, User Experience Design and Research Consultant, Telus Health

Just start already: Lessons learned from my pet Sourdough Starter

  • Beginning with an interest in exploring foods and health, I’ll share my my journey, partially fuelled by a stubborn determination, to make an amazing loaf of bread. What I learned from several failed attempts is that, making a sourdough starter is more than reading the recipe and following instructions. It can teach us all about learning how to read and respond to our environment, how to be patient and mostly importantly to experiment and have fun.

Joel Kapongo, CEO and Co-founder, Tumello

Parallels Between UX and Music

  • Over the past few centuries music theory has undergone lots of evolution. Given that music and user experience design are both creative processes, we can draw parallels between these two disciplines. There’s a lot UX designers can learn from music! In this talk, Joel, will present these parallels in a fun, relatable, and easy to understand manner.

Scott Duncan, Senior Consultant, Systemscope

Chimeda: Reconciliation on the Ottawa River

  • Since 2013, I have organized “Chimeda”, an annual canoe trip with the Algonquin community of Kitigan Zibi, and my own village of Wakefield. Each year, we paddle the Gatineau River to Ottawa. The trip was borne of a real desire among people in my community and Kitigan Zibi to get to know each other, and to create friendships. At a time when there is so much divisive rhetoric, we are pleased that for Canada’s 150th, our trip will be larger than ever: a potent symbol of reconciliation on the Ottawa River.

Alëna Iouguina, UX Research Lead, Shopify
Anthony Dewar, Co-founder: Ecotonos Design + Manufacturing

Designing collaborative experiences with robots

  • Robots are beginning to work and play side by side with people and present new experiential opportunities at the intersection of human and technology driven cultures. With the help of our Musical Robots we’ll show how today’s robots are not only fully buildable in a home environment, but also smart, adaptable, and possess a great sense of humour. As a result, new research and design practices are emerging to address the virtual and physical interfaces that further blend the line between nature and technology and will make you question what it means to be human.

Hilary Little, Senior UX Designer, CBSA

Green burial

  • After chatting lightheartedly with my daughter one day about what I’d want done after my (hopefully very far off) demise, I realized that none of the traditional options resonated with me. I disliked the idea of buying an expensive casket just to put it in the ground, the idea of chemical embalming just felt wrong and I didn’t want to eternally perch on anyone’s shelf in an urn. What I wanted was something much more in tune with nature. I believe my final request was “just stick me in the ground and plant a tree”. But was that even possible? In this lightening talk, I’ll tell you about green burial, and shed light on some common misperceptions about the traditional way of doing things.

 

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 13th, 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.

User Experience Manager/Director (Ottawa)

Position: User Experience Manager/Director

Location: Ottawa

The UX Manager/Director is the senior user experience advocate that guides the creation of intentional experiences through conducting user experience strategy, research, testing and design for both Akendi internal and external clients. You strategize and problem solve to ensure that the work that is delivered to clients will meet project objectives, follows the Akendi process and inspires them with perfectly executed user experience insights and solutions.

You guide a team of Akendians with skills and experience related to user experience research and design and other related industry fields and manages their projects to produce final outcomes that reflect positively on Akendi and our clients. You are an ambassador for the Akendi brand and a key stakeholder in user centred UX research and design related decision-making, ensuring state of the art approaches, methods and assures the quality of Akendi user centred research, testing, information and interaction design. You participate in the execution of UX research and UX design projects for websites, software interfaces, mobile interfaces, hardware interfaces is a plus, from kick-off to completion.

You possess a deep understanding of user research techniques, information design and interaction design principles and approaches with core strengths in information plus interaction design and user research. You work with a deep understanding of user-centered research and how to apply it successfully to final user experiences.

You ensure that projects meet the requirements of the client and are completed on time and within budget while respecting client business goals as well as being responsible for maintaining day-to-day client relationships. You oversee the execution of projects from external vendors such as recruiters, freelancers, front end coders and coordinates estimates, scheduling, production and delivery of final deliverables of these vendors. You participate in delivering Akendi’s training courses related to UX, as well as in making recommendations for changes or updates to the training curriculum and program.

Key Responsibilities

  • Contribute to development of “best in class” UX research and design services
  • Manage user experience team, project planning and work flow
  • Manage day-to-day responsibility to user experience team and outside vendors as required
  • Plan and estimate effort for projects
  • Contribute to blog writing
  • Deal with conflict management and resolution
  • Personal appraisals, year plan creation, coaching and support team members in growing their career
  • Responsible for the proper application of UCD principles, Akendi’s Experience Thinking process
  • Be fully knowledgeable in user centered design and how the Akendi experience thinking process fits with UCD
  • Provide quality assurance of research and design deliverables
  • Contribute to the development of the user experience team’s culture and quality standards
  • Elevate the level of the work coming out of the user experience team
  • Educate project teams from other disciplines on the user centered design process and its value
  • Communicate the user centred approach, process, value and experience thinking to clients
  • Be an Akendi user experience ambassador
  • Take a supporting role in Akendi’s UX training program, creating curriculum, course materials
  • Manage partner relationships
  • Limited project travel as required (5-10%)
  • Manage multiple deadlines and conflicting priorities
  • Deliver UX training courses and make recommendations for curriculum updates

Experience

6+ years of working in the UX field. Advanced degree in UX related disciplines:

  • Cognitive science
  • Computer science
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Human Factors
  • Psychology

Please send your resume to humanresources [at] akendi.com

Thank you to all applicants, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

About Akendi

Akendi is a user experience & service design firm, leveraging equal parts user experience expertise and creative design excellence. We provide insights and analyses about user behaviour, combine this knowledge with inspired creative design, and scientifically architect the user’s experience to meet an organisation’s goals. The result is informed product and service experiences that enable organisations to increase their outreach, engage users, and improve customer experiences.

www.akendi.com

2016-10-18 It’s just a door! – Prison door control

Join us for our October event at The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, “It’s just a door! – Prison door control“, presented by Mark Bottomley!

Doors open for complimentary appetizers and networking opportunities at 6:00pm, with the presentations beginning at 6:30. As always, our partners at The Fox & Feather will be providing our attendees with 10-percent off food and non-alcoholic drinks.

Date: Tuesday October 18th, 2016.
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-its-just-a-door-prison-door-control-tickets-28410211708.

Abstract:

Prison door control provide an unusual and interesting variation on user interface design that is not typical for most systems. This will examine the specific requirements for institutional door and barrier control. After all, it’s just a door.

Bio:

Mark Bottomley P. Eng.
Mark has been an engineer with the Electronic Systems Security Group at Correctional Service Canada for 6 years working with all kinds of security systems used in our institutions. In a previous life he has worked on IBM’s J9 Java Virtual Machine, Zucuotto Wireless’ Java CPU, and various military electronics programs at General Dynamics. His interests include UI, CPUs, bass, and guitar.

 

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, October 18th, 6:00 pm at the The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

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

2016-09-29 IoT613 – Ottawa’s Internet of Things Conference 2016

A hands-on experience in IoT technology, innovation and design

IoT613 is a two-day conference in Ottawa designed with the purpose of expanding your knowledge about all aspects of the Internet of Things. From design, to architecture, to user experience, and beyond, if you have an interest in IoT, this is the place for you!

Thursday, Sept 29th & Friday, Sept 30th

  • Full Event (regular price) (sale ends Sept 21st): $319.
  • Workshop ONLY – Sept 29th (regular price) (sale ends Sept 21st): $214.
  • Expert Speaker Series ONLY – Sept 30th (regular price) (sale ends Sept 21st): $159.
  • Alexa, where is the fun at IoT613? At the Amazon Alexa Networking Social! (sale ends Sept 29th): $15.

Students can receive a 20 percent discount with the promo code: STUDENTS (student ID required at event check-in)

REGISTER NOW

Visit IoT613 for full details!

2016-06-21 Information Architecture and UX – Shopify Edition

Join us for the final event of our 2015-16 season at The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill on Tuesday, June 21st.

We have 2 great talks lined up for you about information architecture from some lovely Shopify folks. Expect conference level quality, as Virginia Start and Kylea Parker will be giving a talk they recently did at the IA Summit in Atlanta, and Sarah Folkes will be talking about what UX can learn from libraries.

CapCHI will be holding its Annual General Meeting (AGM) following this event. If you’re interested in getting involved with CapCHI and helping to organize local events, please stick around after the talks! We’d love to hear your thoughts or have you join our team of volunteers..

Doors open for complimentary appetizers and networking opportunities at 6:00pm, with the presentations beginning at 6:30. As always, our partners at The Fox & Feather will be providing our attendees with 10-percent off food and non-alcoholic drinks.

Date: Tuesday June 21st, 2016.
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).

FREE registration via Eventbrite is requested (but not required)… https://www.eventbrite.com/e/capchi-event-information-architecture-and-ux-shopify-edition-tickets-25709563998

 

Presentation Details:

What UX can learn from libraries

Sarah Folkes, Shopify

The traditional library has employed user-centred design for eons. Far from being irrelevant, the library continues to grow and evolve in a way that consistently focuses on user needs. This talk will highlight the lessons UX practitioners can learn from their trusty neighbourhood library.

Architecting for simplicity and meaning amidst information chaos (Shopify Reports: A case study)

Kylea Parker and Virginia Start, Shopify

Last year, Shopify was faced with a challenge: make business performance reporting better for our 200,000+ new and experienced merchants. Simple, no? Even with a well-equipped team, what do you do when the problem feels out of reach? And how do you get up to speed really, really quickly?

Together, we’ll discover what it means to make a complex project an approachable project. Specifically, this session will help you to:

  • Layer complexity to help your team and your users approach content chaos
  • Integrate design, content, and research from day 1
  • Embrace vulnerability from yourself, your team, and even your users

 

Speaker Bios:

Virginia Start, Content Strategist, Shopify @virginiastart

Virginia comes to Shopify with loads of information architecture (IA) experience from the public sector. She has worked with Canadian federal departments to redesign intranet IAs, developed faceted classification for enterprise document and records management systems, and more recently leveraged the practice of content strategy and IA to build and improve product features at Shopify..

Kylea Parker, Designer, Shopify @_KyleaParker

Kylea comes from a New Zealand design agency where she worked directly with clients to solve web design problems. Three years ago, she joined Shopify as a online store theme specialist where she worked hand-in-hand with Shopify merchants to improve their online stores. Recently, Kylea has worked on major projects including the architectural and visual redesign of the Shopify Help Center.

Sarah Folkes, Content Strategist, Shopify @sfolkes

Sarah works on the Product Content team at Shopify. She joined Shopify by way of government consulting, offering public service clients help in information architecture, usability, and taxonomy and classification. She’s currently integrating IA with content strategy at Shopify to help improve product growth and scalability.

 

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, June 21st, 6:00 pm at the The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).


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

2016-04-19 Tour of NRC’s Flight Research Laboratory

It’s field trip time!  

Continuing our tradition of exciting CapCHI field trips, on Tuesday, April 19th, we’ll be heading to the National Research Council’s Flight Research Laboratory. Their team of engineers and research pilots specializes in performance evaluation, stability and control, modeling and simulation, handling qualities, human factors, aircraft operations, aeromagnetics, remote sensing and atmospheric studies. They also develop novel test procedures and equipment where no current solutions exist and provide instruction in flight test techniques and evaluation methods.

This is a unique opportunity to tour the FRL’s hangar where you will see various types of aircraft and hear how they are used for diverse research projects. In addition, we will receive a presention providing us with more details on the FRL and some of their research projects, including the Working and Traveling on Aircraft (WTA) program.

Since our attendance is limited for this event due to site regulations, a $10 registration fee (plus fees) in advance is required to attend. However, we will be providing dinner (something along the lines of pizza or subs) and a variety of drinks (i.e., beer, coffee, soft drinks). Please arrive as close to 6:00pm as possible because food and beverages will not be permitted on the tour/presentation, which begins around 6:30.

Speaker Bio

Dr. Margarita Vinnikov is a Research Officer at the National Research Council of Canada and is part of the Human Factors group. Her area of specialization is visual perception, eye-tracking and human computer interaction (HCI). She had designed and conducted numerous experiments with human participants to study different perceptual phenomena with the help of gaze-contingent displays and simulations in virtual environments. She completed her PhD in Computer Science from York University and the Centre of Vision Research.

When:

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

Where:

National Research Council – Aerospace facilities – 1920 Research Road Building U-61, Ottawa, ON K1V 2B1, Canada – View Map

Registration is required (limited tickets!)https://www.eventbrite.com/e/capchi-event-tour-of-nrcs-flight-research-laboratory-tickets-23308998843 

 

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

2016-03-15 Interaction Styles for Flexible Displays

Salvador Dali may have given the world “soft” watches in his famous work, “The Persistence of Memory” in 1931, but true flexible displays are on the way to a store near you. Companies such as Samsung and LG have been showing off their prototypes, but have you thought about how we will interact with flexible displays? What new interaction possibilities could they offer? On Tuesday, March 15th, Dr. Audrey Girouard of Carleton University’s Creative Interactions Lab will present some of the many interaction possibilities with flexible displays.

Join us in the 1st Floor “Dining Room” at The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill at 6:00pm for networking and complimentary appetizers, with the presentation starting at 6:30pm. 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 15th, 2016.
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; presentations begins at 6:30 pm.
Place: 1st Floor “Dining Room” (right hand side of main entrance) at The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

Registration (Free!): We request that you pre-register via Eventbrite, but it is not required to attend… https://www.eventbrite.com/e/capchi-event-interaction-styles-for-flexible-displays-tickets-22432256483

Presentation Synopsis:

A new generation of displays – flexible displays -will make their way in our homes within a few years, so it is worthwhile to think about how their flexibility and deformability can be exploited to offer new interaction techniques to users. Bending the display to page forward shows particular promise for an e-book reader. In this talk, Dr. Girouard will present innovative research on deformable user interactions and bend gestures, and present various applications of such deformable UIs such as a flexible smartphone, bend passwords and bend as game input.

Speaker bio:

Audrey Girouard is an assistant professor in the School of Information Technology at Carleton University, and leads the Creative Interactions Lab. As a human computer interaction researcher, she specializes in next generation interactions: her work pioneers novel interaction techniques with emerging user interfaces through software and hardware design, development and evaluation. Her research focuses on deformable user interactions, flexible displays, and bend gesture inputs.

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, March 15th, 6:00 pm in the 1st Floor “Dining Room” at the The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

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

2015-12-08 Lightning Talks

Please join us on Tuesday, December 8th for an “unplugged” version of CapCHI. We’re moving away from our usual format to bring you a more casual night of Lightning Talks as we head into the holiday season.

Date: Tuesday December 8th, 2015
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; presentation begins at 6:30 pm
Place: The upstairs room at The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

Registration (Free!): We request that you pre-register via Eventbrite, but it is not required to attend: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/capchi-event-lightning-talks-tickets-19598864732

Come for complimentary appetizers during our 6:00pm networking session and our partners at The Fox & Feather will provide attendees with a 10 percent discount on food and non-alcoholic drinks throughout the evening.

What are Lighting Talks?

Lightning Talks are a series of 5 minute presentations from a wide range of professionals and academics in the HCI, UX, and/or Design worlds. The topics are about what interests and excites them outside of their nine to five. Whether it’s about technology, culture, art, or history, there’s someone in our community who has a topic they’re passionate about and we’re going to hear 5 minutes of it. No matter what your interests, we guarantee you’ll come away from this event having learned something new.

Here is our current list of presenters, but there could be some surprise additions:

  • Brett Tackaberry (Technical Director, bv02): Ottawa is a city full of great people doing incredible work. Meeting those people – especially if they’re outside of your field – can be challenging. Brett wants to introduce you to Tech4Good – an initiative bringing together people using technology for social good – and Random Hacks of Kindness – a hackathon for social good. We hope you will be inspired. We hope you will see that your expertise and experience is invaluable and you have a lot to give.
  • Ben Waldman (Creative Director, bv02): A New Definition of ‘Memory’: Did my Parents Drive a Citroën? Our understanding of the human brain is growing in leaps, and while we’re still a decade away from even nailing down the optic process of a mouse, there’s plenty to be excited about — especially for creatives. In a lightning talk that stretches beyond his normal call of duty, bv02 Creative Director Ben Waldman will present some of the interesting finds he’s made in the neuroscience of memory, what it means for creative marketers, and what it has meant to him personally.
  • Ali Arya (Associate Professor of Interactive Multimedia, Carleton University): Marriage changes everything, or how I learned to stop worrying and love kids’ apps! A brief look at my experiences on the subject of family, and my journey from writing bedtime stories with my son to developing an educational app for children.
  • Cornelius Racheriu (Managing Director, Ampli2de and Founder & Co-Chair, CanUX): Wanderlost – As designers, we are on a constant quest for inspiration. However, our daily routines and familiar environment can only inspire us up to a point. Cornelius will make the case for getting lost (mostly) on purpose in an unfamiliar environment while travelling, as an ideal activity that challenges you to break down your own creativity barriers and fuels your imagination.
  • Alasdair Stuart-Bell (Co-Founder, Jumping Elephants): Minecraft: UX HR’s Perfect Tool -This talk by Alasdair Stuart-Bell, father of two avid Minecraft inhabitants, will explore how Minecraft functions as the perfect tool to assess whether UX practitioners are a good fit for your team.
  • Jennifer Fraser (Design Director, Macadamian Technologies): Shaken or stirred: A Study in the Craft of Cocktails – We will take a whirlwind tour through the rise, the fall, and then the resurrection of the craft of cocktails. What led to the celebration and proliferation of this craft, why did it become a lost art and why has it risen again in popularity?
  • Alvaro Vargas (Marketing and UX Design, Government of Canada): What I Learned from A Week on the Camino – These days we are not often put in situations in which we come upon our limits and are given a choice to stop or blow past them. In this brief talk, I will share some of what I learned while walking through northern Spain. 
  • Anna De Medeiros (UX Designer, Electronic Arts): Fake it ’til you bake it – Are we born with our passions, or can passions arise from mastering skills? I’ll share how my love for the culinary arts blossomed out of a need. Drawing on social and cognitive learning theories, I explore how peer-to-peer online learning and related design patterns were critical to my transformation.
  • Vidushi Gupta (VP of Design and Operations, Graduate Students’ Association at Carleton University) – Travel fast, Travel often – At the age of 20, I took to travelling around the world for 3 months. I wandered to places I have never been and spent the night in several different locations. I barely ate two meals a day and slept little. I experimented with my conscience and my principles. I will be drawing out from specific anecdotes and how they inspired me to think, live and breathe design.
  • Luc Lalande (Executive Director, Entrepreneurship Hub at University of Ottawa) – Live biohacking of rotten meat in public spaces; creating living human skins on LEGO minifigures; and growing human tissues inside of apples. If you think this is science gone mad, you will be surprised to learn that the instigator of these projects is not only a scientist, but a self-described artists, hacker, endurance runner and entrepreneur. This talk is about a young scientist who sees no barriers between art and science.
  • AND YOU!!! That’s right, we’ll be opening up the floor for those so inspired as to tell us a story of their own. 

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, December 8th, 6:00 pm in the upstairs room at the The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

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

2015-11-17 Innovation in Canada – A Panel Discussion in Celebration of World Usability Day 2015

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In celebration of this year’s theme for World Usability Day, CapCHI presents a panel discussion on innovation!

Date: Tuesday November 17th, 2015
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; presentation begins at 6:30 pm
Place: The upstairs room at The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

Registration (Free!): We request that you pre-register via Eventbrite, but it is not required to attend: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/capchi-event-innovation-in-canada-a-panel-discussion-in-celebration-of-world-usability-day-2015-tickets-19266455487

What:

Innovation is viewed as a vital ingredient for helping Canada become more productive and positioning us to compete on the world stage. Our economic health relies heavily on and is greatly affected by movements in the prices of natural resources. Faced with recent declining prices for these resources, businesses have had to make tough decisions regarding the allocation of labour and capital. Can innovation help our country become more productive? CapCHI has reached out to a few local experts to explore the topic of innovation and how it can impact our economy.

  • Can innovation in User Experience help both private and public organizations bring better products and/or services to the market and improve Canada’s overall productivity and competitiveness?
  • Are there opportunities to enhance the impact of these products/services?
  • Can Canadian companies scale to bring these products/services on the world market?
  • What are some of the issues/challenges that prevent organizations from innovating?
  • …and what is innovation?

Moderated by Carleton University’s Bruce Tsuji, our panel of experts will try to shed some light onto these questions.

Moderator:

Bruce Tsuji (Teacher, Researcher, and MOOC Master at Carleton University’s Department of Psychology) has a BSc from Trent, an MA from Waterloo and a Ph.D. from Carleton. He has 25 years in user interface design, usability testing, product management, sales, business development, and marketing. Some of the technologies with which he has dealt include telephony, voice applications, voice recognition, wireless, business intelligence, data mining, customer relationship management, and network security. Bruce is a co-inventor on eight US and Canadian patents.

Panel of Experts:

Scott Plewes (VP, UX Design at Macadamian) has worked for almost 25 years in user experience design. After earning a Masters from Queens University, he did UX design for Bell Northern Research and Nortel; before it was even called UX design. He has been a UX consultant since he co-founded Maskery in 2001 and then subsequently joined Macadamian in 2006 when Maskery was acquired. Joining Macadamian, his focus was to find a way to integrate engineering and UX design to find ways to keep UX design a focus on the product all the way into the market, and not just in the design spec.

Alvaro Vargas (Marketing Advisor and User Experience Design, Government of Canada) is a user experience (UX) designer, working for the Government of Canada as a UX designer on internet and intranet communications projects.  His approach to UX comes from three disciplines: advertising, graphic design, and anthropology. The connecting principle between them is a genuine interest in people, and the interfaces of people-to-people, people-to-technology, and people-to-processes. He sees UX as an outcome, not a process.

Shaun Illingworth (Partner, Managing Director at Akendi): Ensuring research is relevant and actionable is what drives Shaun day-to-day.  With over 17 years of experience in both enterprise and startup technology companies, Shaun is an experienced business strategist, creative thinker and market research executive with a rare focus on user-centered design and its resulting business value.  Shaun began his career in Boston as a product and market research consultant; he holds a Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Northeastern University and is a professional moderator and workshop facilitator.

Tim Moore (Consultant at Ergosum Ltd.) has had an eclectic career centered on human factor engineering.  Starting in 1970, he worked for 6 years in one of the first research groups on human computer interaction.  He then worked for 5 years for one of the first consumer product ergonomic research groups and was the sole user interface and ergonomics consultant for L.M.Ericsson, the Swedish telecommunications company more recently associated with Sony.  He obtained a PhD for a project to design a new International telephone exchange for Ericsson.

When and Where:

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

There will be free appetizers and our partners at The Fox & Feather will provide attendees with a 10 percent discount on food and non-alcoholic drinks.

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