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.

2017-03-21 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.

2016-01-19 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!

Date: Tuesday January 19th, 2016
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; presentations begins at 6:30 pm
Place1st 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-startup-showcase-tickets-20430936481

Join us on Tuesday, January 19th at The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, where some local startups will present their products and business concepts to a distinguished panel of UX specialists and entrepreneurs. 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. 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 post-event networking and some potential hands-on technology demos!

Meet our Startups

GymTrack allows gym members to automatically track all of their workouts, receive auditory feedback, and get personalized training feedback. No more pen and paper. No more manual entry.

Jarred Szabadi, Director of Software Engineering will be representing GymTrack. Jarred has a background in computer systems engineering and specializes in IoT and human computer interaction. His focus is on building the user experience into the GymTrack system.

http://www.home.gymtrack.co/

PageCloud is the world’s most advanced Web editor, a pro tool that runs in the cloud and integrates seamlessly with your desktop. Start from a blank page, your design files, or even an existing website and go as far as you want with interactive widgets, custom code, and truly open-minded design. Based in Ottawa, PageCloud launched in December 2015.

Presenting on behalf of PageCloud will be Henry Brown, Manager of Customer Acquisition. Henry has spent the past 5 years in Ottawa’s tech startup community. Just over a year old, PageCloud has over 13,000 customers across 100 countries, and has raised $6M in seed funding from investors.

https://pagecloud.com/

You.i TV is equipping the world to build beautiful TV experiences for any screen. They’ve built an interface engine to power the world’s most beautiful multi-screen video applications and assembled a team of developers and designers who push the boundaries of what’s possible in a TV Everywhere experience.

Matthew Nelson leads strategic alliances and channel development at You.i TV. Matthew has helped the company grow at an unprecedented rate and position its software, You.i Engine, as the clear choice to power the TV applications such as shomi and Sony Crackle. He’s also held leadership roles at companies including Wind River, Corel and n-Able Technologies.

http://www.youi.tv/about/

3Dprintler.com finds the best price for 3D prints by comparing prices from the biggest sites that 3D print and ship for you: Shapeways, Scultpeo, i.materialise, and makexyz. 3D printing has never been easier with 275+ materials available including platinum, gold, silver, steel, aluminum, ceramics, paper, nylon, and other plastics.

Tomek Sysak, the communications and social media engineer at 3Dprintler.com will be presenting.

https://www.3dprintler.com/

 

Meet our Panel of Advisors

  • Jonathan Segel leads the global Radio and Mobile Network Innovation group at Nokia. Over 35 years in the high tech industry he has managed the creation of multiple new products and services in a diversity of domains. He has provided direction for startups, done due diligence for start-up acquisitions, and even managed a team in an ‘Entrepreneurial Boot Camp’. Jonathan has numerous patents, and experience across the business, marketing, and innovation spectrum.
  • JP Simbandumwe started his IT career with a “big 5” consultancy firm during which time, he worked on web and web-based applications for clients in New York, Chicago, Washington DC, Montreal and Ottawa. Four years ago, JP co-founded the Ottawa-based consulting firm, Jumping Elephants to specialize in web-usability and application transformation projects.
  • Mahdi Yusuf is the Chief Technology Officer at Gyroscope Innovations where they record and analyze everything about your life. His focus for the past 8 years has been primarily in mobile and web applications at scale, as well as managing and scaling large distributed systems and data pipelines.  He is also the author of many large open source libraries.
  • AND YOU the Audience!

 

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, January 19th, 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.

2015-11-17 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.

2014-12-09 CapCHI 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 the CapCHI Startup Showcase!

Date: Tuesday December 9th, 2014
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; debate 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: http://bit.ly/1pol2Ig

On Tuesday, December 9th at the Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, five local startups will present their products and business concepts to a distinguished panel of UX specialists and entrepreneurs. 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. 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 provide attendees with a 10 percent discount on food and non-alcoholic drinks. We invite you to stick around for post-event networking and some potential hands-on technology demos!

Meet our Startups:

Unified Technology Solutions

Creators of Unified BM, a cloud-based business management platform that enables auto parts companies to manage their   businesses through automation, market and sell their brands online and share data seamlessly with other companies. Companies use Unified BM to create and manage data, sell parts and services online, control data sharing between companies, automate tasks between companies, and track progress.

Presenting on behalf of Unified Technology Solutions will be Sean Maisonneuve, a visionary entrepreneur from Ottawa, Canada, with over 14 years of experience building successful companies.  He is the co-founder and CEO of Unified Technology Solutions, a software-as-a-service development firm that specializes in a cutting-edge cloud-based business management platform called Unified BM.  Sean is also the founder of the online auto parts store Premier Performance.  He is a seasoned cloud IT professional who, in his down time, enjoys expanding his knowledge of history and building high performance cars.

https://www.facebook.com/UnifiedTechnologySolutions?fref=ts

 

Tattoo Hero

Tattoo Hero is the premier software that makes the business of tattooing easy. Founded in 2012, and born out of Startup Weekend, Tattoo Hero wants to be the premier resource for the Tattoo industry. Whether that be through connecting first-time tattoo buyers and collectors to artists and shops on their site, to their SaaS platform that’s currently in production that takes care of the front desk with booking, reminders, inventory, and staffing – Tattoo Hero is ramping up to carve itself a place in this very tightly-knit and vibrant industry.

Presenting for Tattoo Hero will be Brandon Waselnuk, Co-Founder and CEO. With a background in business marketing, strategy, and investment he consistently pushes himself to grow and learn. Also a big supporter of volunteerism and charity he spends time working on large scale issues in the social sector such as; youth unemployment, feeding children, and mental health. As he continues to study Generation Y motivators, behaviours, and methods to engage them.

http://tattoohero.com/

 

Givopoly

Givopoly is your Ottawa Gift Concierge Service. Started by a couple of Ottawa accountants, Givopoly offers a refreshing gift shopping experience that delights both sender and recipient. Givopoly’s concept was born from an idea to create an efficient online marketplace and pair it with great delivery service to help busy friends, family, colleagues and organizations execute thoughtful intentions all year long. Having already partnered with 70+ great local businesses to feature 1000+ affordable gifts, Givopoly is quickly becoming your one stop shop for Ottawa gifts.  Call it your Gifts-On-Wheels.

Presenting on behalf of Givopoly will be Susan Richards, FCMA, a virtual CFO for hire providing risk management, cash-flow, and financing services to entrepreneurs and SME. She is also the co-founder of Givopoly.

http://givopoly.com/

 

Privacy Analytics

Privacy Analytics is an Ottawa-based start-up that provides organizations with enterprise software to unlock health data for secondary purposes. It is the only company to offer its customers software, peer-reviewed methodology, and valued-added services that protect the privacy of individuals when sharing health data – enabling complex analytics and critical research insight.

Presenting for Privacy Analytics will be Vanessa Boothroyd, a recent graduate of Carleton’s Human Computer Interaction program, and current User Experience Specialist at Privacy Analytics. She has graduate research experience with users’ perceptions of online risk and previous work experience doing usability testing for Neo Insight. Best of all, she is a semi-regular attendee at CapCHI meetings!

http://www.privacyanalytics.ca/

 

Personal Neuro Devices

Personal Neuro Devices is a company that stands at the center of brain health, wearable technology, and big data. Their technology allows you to collect brain metrics on their wearables (coming soon!), train your brain with apps like MindMender and Transcend 2, and track your performance and learn about your mind on Introspect.

Presenting on behalf of Personal Neuro Devices will be Tomek Sysak, Director of Marketing.

http://personalneuro.com/

 

Meet our Panel of Advisors:

Scott Smith is a co-founder of Neo Insight Inc., with 30 years of experience in design, strategy, and management. He has conducted user experience testing or evaluation with 100+ small business owners. Scott has been responsible for over $20 million in business cases, many aimed at small businesses. His experience includes business analysis, qualitative research methods, product management, market analysis, and competitive strategy. http://neoinsight.com/.

Mike Mason is the CEO and co-founder of Gladmen. He has played a growth role at more than 5 startups including Guides.co and Magmic Inc. Mike has also project managed apps like The New York Times Crosswords, The Rubik’s Cube App, and several Mattel Projects. He has experience going from $0 to $1M run rate. http://gladmen.co/http://www.magmic.com/.

Scott Simpson, CEO of BitHeads http://bitheads.com/.

AND YOU the Audience!

 

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, December 9th, 6:00 pm in the upstairs room at 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.

2014-11-18 User Engagement in Gaming – A Panel Discussion in Celebration of World Usability Day 2014

CapCHI presents User Engagement in Gaming – A Panel Discussion in Celebration of World Usability Day 2014 at the Fox & Feather Pub and Grill!

Date: Tuesday November 18th, 2014
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; debate 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: http://bit.ly/1t8fxIK

What:

With November comes World Usability Day and in recognition of this year’s theme of “Engagement”, we will be hosting a panel discussion on engagement in gaming. Gaming has become ubiquitous in our society, where we have witnessed the gamification of everything from mental and physical health, to education, to brand marketing, and improving retail customer loyalty. With all that gaming going on, it’s no wonder that the industry is claiming approximately 1.2 billion people in the world are actively engaging in some form of gaming with global game revenues expected to hit $75.2 billion this year, and growing to $86.1 billion by 2016 (according to newzoo.com).

Please join us at The Fox & Feather Pub & Grill where you can engage with our panel of gaming industry professionals who will be discussing various aspects of user engagement in gaming. The discussion will range from user experience, to marketing, and beyond. Here is a rundown of our panel:

  • Shamima Khan, M.A. (Human-Computer Interaction), B.Sc. (Computer Science), is the Studio Director at Radiant Design Studio where she is responsible for business development, project management and delivery of interactive eLearning applications and games. Shamima brings more than 15 years’ experience in user-centered design, customer research, software development and validation.  She has spearheaded the design and implementation of over 25 web applications and game based eLearning apps with a focus on compelling user experience. Ms. Khan has researched and designed a wide variety of complex systems including instructor-student interactions in online learning environments, usability issues for digital television systems, push-to-talk applications, digital game authoring technology, and mobile technologies for clients such as AMITA, Hivva Technologies, and Nortel Networks. Prior to founding Radiant Design Studio, Shamima worked for CSA, DISTIL Interactive and Entrust.Shamima is joining this event because she’s passionate about UX and education, and believes gamification is not just a buzz word.
  • Ben Kane has been an independent game developer for the past four years, with his most recent project taking him into the world of virtual reality gaming. The game, “Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes”, is a co-operative party game where players must work together to defuse a bomb in virtual reality with the help of players in the real world. Ben co-founded a new company, Steel Crate Games, and is part of a team that is working to create what they hope will be the definitive VR party game.Virtual reality is a quickly evolving technology and with it comes a lot of experimentation and learning. Long held assumptions of game development are suddenly no longer valid and game developers are racing to find new solutions. Ben plans to clear the air on the current state of VR game development, including its outstanding challenges as this technology prepares to hit mainstream audiences.
  • Carla De Ciccio holds the position of Communications and Marketing Coordinator at Hibernum where she develops marketing and communication strategies for the studio’s operations and product launches. Before Hibernum, Carla co-founded the Ottawa International Game Conference where she held the role of Chief Operating Officer and developed strategic alliances with some of the largest companies in the video game including Microsoft, Amazon, Ubisoft, Capcom, Square Enix, Playscreen, Warner Brothers and Unity, to only name a few. Prior to that, Carla acted as a community manager and a communications advisor for many start-ups in the tech and digital media industries where she became a specialist in crowdfunding after carrying out multiple successful campaigns on the Kickstarter and Indiegogo platforms.Carla holds a Bachelor’s degree in communications and business administration from the University of Ottawa and brings a unique blend of creativity and result driven strategies to the studio.
  • Finally, our moderator for the panel discussion, Kyle McInnes, is the co-founder of Smoke Labs, a mobile game and app studio with clients as large as Mattel. As a moderator, he’ll bring his experience from a game studio perspective, but also from 5 years as a blogger that covered the game industry and founded a mobile game blog called QuicklyBored.com.

Please join us for this free event at 6:00pm, on Tuesday, November 18th 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 be providing everyone in our group with 10% off food and non-alcoholic drinks.

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, November 18th, 6:00 pm in the upstairs room at 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.