This meetup is the second in our three-part series, 'Interdisciplinary alchemy', exploring what data scientists can learn from delving into other disciplines.
This time, we're turning the spotlight on human centred designers. Human centred design is a design framework which focuses on the end user in order to find, test and adapt the best solutions to fit their needs.
We’re asking how data scientists can apply the concepts of HCD in order to make their work more empathetic, more considered, and better suited to solving real world problems.
The session will be chaired by Emma Prest, executive director of DataKind UK, and is organised in partnership with Tableau.
Bringing their years of experience along with some fresh ideas to help us consider this question, we have a panel of speakers from the world of human centred design, including:
Aly Blenkin - Product Designer and Pivotal Act co-lead at Pivotal
With a background in Industrial Design, Systems Thinking and Service Design, Aly is passionate about technology that addresses social and environmental issues.
Anne Dhir - Project Director, Snook (service design agency)
Anne has a wide range of interests - from creating bridges between service designer and data practitioners, to supporting the mental health of design teams, and focusing on delivery and impact.
Johannes Schleith - UX Lead at Thomson Reuters Labs
Applying a user-centred approach to data-driven innovation at TR Labs, Johannes believes good design should enable collaborative reasoning and keep humans in-the-loop.
María Izquierdo - Designer at Projects by If
With a background in service design in data infrastructure at GDS, María is interested in designing services that people can understand and use. She is a designer at Projects by If, a technology studio that specialises in ethical and practical uses of data.
Cat Drew - Director at Uscreates, part of the Futuregov family
Cat is a pioneer of data science within human centred design, and developed the first data ethics framework for government while at GDS, as well as writing about how service design can make data projects more ethical.
6.30pm: Doors open and sign-in
7pm: Welcome from host
7.10pm: 'What can the worlds of data science and human centred design learn from working together? - brief talk from each speaker
7.45pm: Questions to the panel
8.30pm: Drinks, networking
This meetup is kindly sponsored by our hosts, Tableau. https://www.tableau.com/