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.


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.


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.

2012-11-06 World Usability Day 2012 in Ottawa

World Usability Day 2012 in Ottawa

CapCHI is proud to present two presentations on Tuesday November 6th, in celebration of World Usability Day 2012 on Thursday November 8th.

Date: Tuesday November 6th, 2012
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; talk begins at 6:30 pm
Place: TheCodeFactory, 246 Queen St., Ottawa, ON, Canada

1. “Mixed-media Computer Human Interfaces“, presented by Tim Moore, PhD CHFP, Ergosum Ltd.

If you have a Postgraduate degree in User Interface design but still have problems with TV remote controls, with ATM machines or with Point-of-Sale credit card devices this is the presentation for you.

Most computer interfaces are heavily screen based and there are fewer hardware considerations as touch and voice commands gradually replace aircraft carrier sized keyboards and hand sized mice.  Interface designers now learn little about how to design a button, a keypad or a joystick.  I will explain the problems of using mixed media interfaces with a screen, indicators, “soft keys” and buttons.

Speaker Bio:

Tim Moore graduated with an undergraduate degree from London University and “wanted to apply the science to everyday life”.  After working for 11 years at a research/consulting group at Loughborough University department of Ergonomics he got his PhD for work he did for Ericsson, the International telephone company.
He then came to Canada to work for Nortel at the Bell-Northern Research Lab in Ottawa, where he stayed for the next 17 years, developing telephone interfaces and running three laboratories, including a usability lab. Tim left Nortel to start Ergosum Limited.  For several years he worked at CMC Electronics doing work for the military. Tim has worked on several projects for each branch of the Canadian Forces, the Navy, Army and Air Force.  His work usually involves finding out from the soldiers, sailors and airmen what are their experiences with existing systems and then asking them to collaborate with his team to devise the next generation of equipment.

2. “The Gist of NIST“, presented by Lorraine Chapman, Director of UX Research, Macadamian

NIST released the official EHR Usability Protocol, encouraging vendors to adopt specific methods and measures to reduce critical errors in the use of EHR software. Healthcare software vendors looking to distinguish their product in terms of safety and usability need only demonstrate that they are adhering to this new standard.

But what, concretely, is involved to meet the NIST EHR Usability Protocol?

Please join Macadamian’s Lorraine Chapman, Director of UX Research as she explains the bottom line on NIST EUP – skillset requirements, process requirements, and overall time and cost considerations.

Speaker Bio:

Ms. Lorraine Chapman is a highly skilled manager and researcher with over 15 years experience in the high-tech sector. In her role as Director of Research at Macadamian, Ms. Chapman has provided a broad range of clients (within the Healthcare, Unified Communications, Government, and Finance sectors) with strategic direction on business, product and customer issues. This experience includes product opportunity analysis, quantitative and qualitative research and usability analysis of websites, applications, software, and hardware. She has successfully coordinated and led interviews, field studies and usability tests with users of products in North America and Europe. Most recently, Lorraine has spent the last couple of years providing business direction and managing/conducting ethnographic research and usability testing with clinicians in the United States and Canada on behalf of a leading medical information tool provider and several EMR companies.

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, November 6th, 6:00 pm at TheCodeFactory, located at 246 Queen Street, between Bank and Kent, (on the second floor) above the Green Papaya Restaurant. The doors open at 6:00 pm for networking and the talk begins at 6:30 pm.

Note: There is no cost for attending this event and prior registration is not required. Light snacks and refreshments will be served. An informal social gathering will follow at a nearby pub.

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.

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