World Usability Day Los Angeles Meetup!


Join the LA UPA for World Usability Day as we explore this year’s theme: Education: Designing for Social Change.

Nelson Mandela said: “Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world. If we agree that social change requires education, then just how do we make that happen? How can we make education more useful, usable and desirable? And how can we push the usability promise even further? How do we create educational experiences that are available and widespread enough to truly affect social change?



We are fortunate the feature the following speakers for this event:

Jason Rosoff, Lead Designer for the Khan Academy.

Jason started out as a volunteer for the Khan Academy after getting fired up by the mission of bringing a world class education to anyone anywhere. Since then, he’s worked with an awesome team to define a unique student-driven learning experience on the Khan Academy. He’s also working to grow that team with designers to help imagine a future for education and build it. Previously, Jason spent 4 years learning about building great products at Fog Creek Software and led the design team. (Click here to see a TED talk about Khan Academy)

Jeanne Hoel, Sr. Education Program Manager at LA’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA).

Jeanne Hoel is Senior Education Manager for School and Teacher Programs at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. She is a member of the Education Advisory Board for Art:21, a PBS series on contemporary art, served as Pacific Region Museum Education Director for the National Art Education Association from[masked], and was president of the Museum Educators of Southern California from 2007-09.



Time: Plan to arrive by 7 p.m. for mixer/networking time with your colleagues and our sponsors. Appetizers and beverages will be served.

The formal event will begin at 7:25 p.m.

Cost: FREE, due to the generous help of our sponsors! Please read more about our amazing sponsors, shown at left.

In addition to a great evening, attendees will receive a free user test, valued at $350, from Loop11 and a free e-Book from O'Reilly Media.  Be sure to bring your business cards, as there will be drawings for additional prizes from Antetype and O'Reilly Media.

Parking Info: There are two pay lots adjacent to the venue. One is underneath the facility; you enter off 2nd St / Hampton. They offer Valet parking for $7. It will fill up, so if you come after about 7:15, go directly to option #2, across the street, enter off Marine, for $5. There is also metered parking on the street. You must feed the meters, they are enforced in the evenings as well.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great people, great food, very interesting topics. And did we mention door prizes? Yippeeee!

    November 13, 2011

  • David N.

    Great topics for Usability Day.

    November 12, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Loved it - Education is so important and so misunderstood, huge part of our profession in many ways. Loved what the speakers had to offer! Thanks!

    November 11, 2011

  • Hilary B.

    Really compelling speakers, great venue. Thanks to a hardworking team!

    November 11, 2011

  • Michelle M.

    Insightful topics and a very stimulating discussion!

    November 11, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent choice of topics and venue. Jason from Khan Academy and Jeanne from MOCA offered intriguing insights about the state of education today and the possibilities for the future. Enjoyed seeing everyone last night and really appreciate all the sponsors and contributors that pulled this event together.

    November 11, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was my first laupa meetup and I found it inspirational and informative-- a good balance between open group discusion centered around a focused topic. The event's theme on Education and how design can reshape the learning experience for the student was a timely one. Major takeaway for me was the overlapping theme both presenters touched upon -- not pigeon holing students in narrowly constructed ideas of what's "student friendly" but supporting self-discovery and agency. Thanks to the folks involved in making the event happen as well as both speakers.

    November 11, 2011

  • Crystal Ehrlich, UX D.

    For those who would like to thank our speakers, you can tweet them a thank you at:

    @jasonrr @khanacademy

    @JeanneAllison @MOCAlosangeles

    November 11, 2011

  • David N.

    Great venue and awesome photos from Noel! Enjoyed the presentations by Jason Rosoff (Khan Academy) and Jeanne Hoel (MOCA) along with meeting people from the LA area.

    November 11, 2011

  • Saba

    Both great talks. Thanks, presenters and organizers.

    November 10, 2011

  • Robert L.

    Great presentation from Jason Rosoff and Jeanne Hoel

    November 10, 2011

  • Crystal Ehrlich, UX D.

    Here are some photos of the event. More photos to come.

    November 10, 2011

  • noel s.

    Watch it live...

    November 10, 2011

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