UX Lightning Talks & Open Mic

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After a relaxing summer we are excited to announce our homecoming event: UX Lighting Talks and Open Mic. First, three local Ottawa UX professionals will have five minutes each to talk about topics that keep them up at night. Then, we will open the mic to the floor, to invite our audience to share their thoughts on the issues they feel are the most critical in the year ahead. What challenges will you be focusing on; what new knowledge will you need to acquire; how will your job evolve in the months ahead, and so on. After our open mic session we invite everyone to connect over food and drinks to discuss these topics further, and perhaps learn a thing or two!


6:00 Doors
6:30 Welcome
6:45 Lighting Talks
7:00 Open Mic
7:30 Networking


The UX of record stores: A cautionary tale on poor findability and losing the sale

Gary Jansz is a User Experience Designer and Co-partner at the Art Department, a boutique design and UX consultancy based in Ottawa. Gary is also a part time instructor at Algonquin College where he teaches Design Research and UX. Originally from Montreal, where he was active on the local underground music scene, Gary continues to write and record avant-modern electronic music in his spare time.

Re-thinking purpose, process and growth: how personal training has shaped my design philosophy

Maria Frangos leads the design practice at 1VALET and teaches at Algonquin College's new graduate certificate program in Human-Centred Design. She also enjoys volunteering her time to open source health and software initiatives such as Breathing Games and the Gathering of Open Science Hardware. In her off-time, she does functional training, plays in a recreational soccer league and makes a mean espresso.

Design as meditation: unexpected lessons from 10 days of silence

Gabrielle Attson is a user experience designer working on wicked problems, currently in the government. She holds a BA in Psychology from University of Ottawa, and cares deeply about the impact of design and technology on individuals and society. Before pursuing a full-time career in design, she has varied work experience spanning psychology research, social media, photo editing, nursing homes, communication therapy, house cleaning, and a SaaS start-up. She's always happy to meet for coffee and loves discussing challenging topics. Find her on Linkedin!


Maggie Lee is a UX practitioner who switched into field of design research after a career in public relations. She is influenced by the practices of learning-by-doing and learning-by-reflection. She recently moved to Ottawa after more than 6 years of working abroad in the UK, China and the U.S. Her constant is making new homes in unfamiliar environments and finding common ground with people from different backgrounds. Reach out @leemaggiemk for coffee/ meetings.