Our recent meetups have looked at how technology often falls short of basic ethical standards, and the responsibility of designers to aim to design a better future for all humans. Kate O'Neill offers a perfect next step in this dialogue.
In her Medium post of July 2017, Kate wrote: "I have decided to declare myself a tech humanist." The book which followed defines a new model of business leader - the “tech humanist” - as developing honest assessments of organisational goals that move far beyond traditional P&L statements, and peer deeper into the consequences of everyday human experience design within our increasingly tech-driven culture.
"Today, while we still can, we must master our rapidly changing technology to shape the best future for humanity and our businesses. Kate O'Neill shows what's happening and what's at stake, and lights the paths forward. There is no better guide" - Jeffrey Zeldman
Kate will be joining us for a Q&A, and tell us more about her work and the thinking behind the book.
Also joining us is Rebecca Walsh. Originally an engineer with Bombardier, it was Rebecca's work with iLab brought which brought her to prominence. Rebecca recently joined Big Motive as Service Design Lead, further bolstering their reputation and capability as the premier agency of design for innovation on the island.
Rebecca will offer insights on her consultancy and training, helping businesses and organisations become more human-centred.
Find out more about our guests:
We'll be meeting in the Belfast offices of Puppet, with refreshments and pizza a-plenty. Food & drink is served at 6.30pm, talks get underway at 7pm
UX Belfast will be making a donation to Kate's nominated charity to thank her for her time.
Look forward to seeing you there!