EMPATHY JAM [now waitlist-only]

The UX Lab NYC
The UX Lab NYC
Public group

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There is now a waitlist for this event. Thank you so much for your interest!

REGISTRATION REQUIRED ON GENERAL ASSEMBLY [currently waitlist-only]: https://generalassemb.ly/education/empathy-jam/new-york-city/27353

Think about it... We’ve all felt the effect of missing empathy in our lives, here in New York City and across our nation. Even with hundreds or thousands around us each day, we often don’t connect.

Calling developers, researchers, designers, product people, civic activists, prototypers, data heads, and leaders of NYC! Are you looking for a way to make a difference and have fun doing it? JOIN US!

Come to the Empathy Jam, a research and design event that brings NYC’s residents and government together to collaborate on new ways to feel connected, supported, and excited about creating our city's future.

At the Empathy Jam, you will:
– Learn or practice User Experience Design methods
– Learn how empathy can connect you with those around you (fellow residents, and your government leaders!)
– Build something that has lasting impact

We’ve heard leaders ask whether the tech world is solving the wrong problems with their innovations. We say, let’s collaborate to solve the RIGHT problems. Let’s gather and connect to show how EMPATHY can be a powerful tool for creating impactful solutions. Let’s lead together.

UX professionals, designers, researchers, developers, prototypers, data heads, civic hackers, leaders. We will be creating small pods of people with skills that complement one another, for maximum learning.

We will present a set of challenge areas at the beginning of the day. Groups of attendees will spend the day working through the phases of research, design, and testing, on a solution to their chosen challenge area, before presenting their learnings to a panel of judges.

- 9am: Breakfast & Kickoff / Challenges Announced
- Morning Session — Research
- 12:30pm: Lunch
- Afternoon Session — Design & Test
- 5pm: Dinner
- Presentations & winners announced

Light meals will be provided. Exact schedule may change.

At the end of the Empathy Jam, together we will have created empathy-driven solutions to specific city-living challenges, as well as new ways to help NYC residents and government feel like teammates.​

The Empathy Jam is kind of like a hackathon, but it focuses on a UX process instead of a development process. User experience research & design is all about creating empathy, so together we're going to use UX methods on a city's users: its residents and government. We envision a future where New Yorkers of every background feel like they live in a city filled with teammates who have their backs — from fellow commuters on the subway, to police, and beyond.

If you have any questions, concerns, or if you’d like to help support the Empathy Jam, tweet @empathyjam or @theuxlabNYC. Can’t wait to see you there!

REGISTRATION REQUIRED ON GENERAL ASSEMBLY: https://generalassemb.ly/education/empathy-jam/new-york-city/27353