• World Usability Day: Designing for Good or Evil - Workshop & Unconference

    November 8th is World Usability Day! The products and services we design can have serious ethical implications, and often not considered in the standard engagement model. Join UXPA DC as we explore this year’s theme, Design for Good or Evil, in two parts. First, we’ll have an afternoon unconference where members of the community have an opportunity to share a talk or presentation, followed by a networking happy hour. Then in the evening we’re very excited that UXPA DC member Kat Zhou will present a workshop based on the UX framework she developed that will empower attendees with a powerful set of tools for ethically evaluating the potential impact of our work. DESIGNING ETHICALLY: FROM MORAL IMPERATIVE TO ACTION We’ve heard it again and again: the tech industry desperately needs an ethical reinvention. More than ever, we are realizing that our products have vast effects on society and that taking time to consider the ethical consequences behind decisions is crucial. What are some actionable steps that designers can take to steer products in the right direction? In this workshop, learn to forecast effects for products and design for positive impact. As designers, we’re in a powerful position to lead the ethical tech movement because our craft is grounded in human-centered insights. And what is more human-centric than making ethical choices that will ultimately help users and society at large? SPEAKER & WORKSHOP FACILITATOR: KAT ZHOU Katherine (Kat) is a product designer who is passionate about designing ethical, accessible, and inclusive solutions that leverage tech to positively impact others. When she's not wireframing or prototyping, she's writing and coding. Kat spearheaded the Design Ethically project in 2018 and has since published a framework and methodology for integrating ethics into product teams. She has spoken and given workshops Austin, DC, and Raleigh. Kat is currently designing cybersecurity products for IBM in Austin, TX. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 2:00 - 3:00: registration & unconference speaker sign-up 2:45: speaker sign-up closes 2:45 - 3:00: speaker selection UNCONFERENCE 3:00 - 3:20: Welcome & Opening Remarks 3:30 - 3:55: Session 1 4:00 - 4:25: Session 2 4:30 - 4:55: Session 3 5:00 - 5:25: Session 4 BREAK 5:30 - 6:30: Happy Hour & Networking WORKSHOP 6:30 - 8:30: Designing Ethically: From Moral Imperative to Action with Kat Zhou ———————————————————————————— Financial Hardship Our goal is to make UXPA DC events accessible to all. We have a number of tickets available to anyone facing financial hardship - just email [masked] ———————————————————————————— Volunteering Interested in volunteering for this event? Send us an email at [masked]

  • UXPA DC Portfolio Night



    Looking for help with your portfolio? What makes it stand out to hiring managers, and best showcase your work and skills? UXPA DC is excited to announce our first Portfolio Night! We’ll start the evening with a panel of hiring managers to learn what makes a portfolio stand out, then break out into smaller groups where you’ll be able to share your portfolio and get real talk, constructive feedback to get your portfolio in top shape. Attendance will be limited, so if you’re looking for expert feedback to get your portfolio in shape sign up early to secure your spot! ———————————————————————————— PANELISTS AND REVIEWERS Jabali Williams - Director of User Experience @ CHIEF Rob Colenso - Director, E-commerce @ Strategic Education, Inc Maxim Leyzerovich - Senior Experience Lead @ Capital One Stephanie Pratt - User Experience Researcher @ GoCanvas Boris Savitskiy - UX Manager @ Oracle The panel will be moderated by our very own VP of UXPA DC: Jordan Higgins - UX & Mixed Reality Practice Lead @ ByteCubed ———————————————————————————— ABOUT MEDIABARN Mediabarn’s UX capabilities fall into three distinct disciplines: a digital agency, creative placement, and research services. Whether you’re seeking new digital products for your business, new talent for your company or new insights from your customers (maybe a mix of all three), we are capable of providing flexible solutions for all of your digital needs. To learn more, visit us at http://mediabarninc.com or follow us on social media. ———————————————————————————— PARKING Parking is free in Mediabarn's building if you park after 5pm. Directions can be found at www.mediabarninc.com/contact ———————————————————————————— Financial Hardship Our goal is to make UXPA DC events accessible to all. We have a number of tickets available to anyone facing financial hardship - just email [masked] ———————————————————————————— Want to sponsor future events? Email [masked]

  • Building Creative Confidence through Sketching



    A Sharpie and a piece of printer paper are the best, fastest, and cheapest tools we have for prototyping products or experiences. And yet our project partners – or even we ourselves – find ourselves paralyzed when asked to draw. As Tom Kelley of IDEO notes in his book “Creative Confidence,” we forget that back in kindergarten, we were all creative.” Yet for many of us, that creative bravery gets lost along the way. That kid who’s excited by the idea of a new box of crayons becomes an adult who is terrified by the idea of sketching ideas on a whiteboard. Rapid, low-fidelity prototyping is a core practice in Design Thinking -- to take advantage of the value of these quick and dirty prototypes, we must first be willing and able to sketch them out. This 90-minute workshop will give you first-hand experience with a tool kit that can inspire your project partners to join you in picking up that Sharpie and sketching out ideas. Taking a cue from the “design charette” workshop format, we’ll work through a series of sketching activities that are equally applicable to product or service design, and that can help you unlock the creative potential of your project partners. And we’ll talk about the importance of collaborative sketching as a tool for creating both alignment and buy-in (the “IKEA Effect”) across the team. Along the way, we’ll touch on the essential tools in a sketching toolkit and the basic skills you need to rapidly capture ideas. What You Will Learn This workshop will offer actionable tips and frameworks for Design Thinking enthusiasts of all ability levels. While we may lack confidence in our own sketching abilities, this workshop approach turns that disadvantage into an advantage -- one that breaks down the barrier between Designer and partner, reduces intimidation among team members, and helps rapidly drive toward clarity, consensus, and a common vision. Why You Should Attend While many of us have likely spent time in informal collaboration at the whiteboard with dry-erase marker in hand, the additional structure and techniques provided in this workshop can help you raise your sketching game regardless of your artistic ability level. Just as important as the ability to sketch quickly and clearly is the skill in bringing your project partners along on the journey in ways that make them feel included and invested in the outcomes. The framework of this workshop can be easily replicated in the workplace to maximize sketching and collaboration in a tight timeframe. About Our Presenter: Rob Colenso is a product manager, user experience strategist, and design thinking evangelist who has worked in sectors including higher education, financial services, retail e-commerce, and media. He is also a terrible artist -- a fact that proves to be a super power when trying to convince his project partners to pick up a pen and paper for collaborative sketching. "I can't draw, and so can you!" ———————————————————————————— Financial Hardship Our goal is to make UXPA DC events accessible to all. We have a number of tickets available to anyone facing financial hardship - just email [masked] ———————————————————————————— Providers This meetup and presentation is brought to you by UXPA DC and graciously hosted by the wonderful folks at ByteCubed. Want to sponsor future events? Email [masked]

  • Putting Personalization in your UX Playbook



    It's 2018. Isn't it high time we reckoned with the biggest missing piece in the contemporary UXer's arsenal: a perspective on personalization? Take a peek at one practitioner's playbook—and get a lightning tour of an emerging field of practice before it goes mainstream. You'll walk away with a newfound appreciation for the increasing centrality of personalized technology and experience, and how much its success relies on the value UXers will, and must, increasingly deliver. You'll see the quintessentially failtastic ends to which personalization has been put when done poorly, and know to never send a marketer or engineer to do a UXer's job. Learn: • why personalization practice suffers without UX pros • how your work already verges into personalized experience and tech • multiple methods for designing for personalization • all the resources you need to get your team or org started immediately, no matter your budget, ambition or timeline Come join if you... • you're a content or design nerd seeking to add a new dimension to your work • your organization wants you to be more user centric, starting yesterday • you think personalization is a dated buzzword or (even better) an incurable ethical lapse in our contemporary digital landscape • you know there's just gotta be a better way of corralling the 2018 bag-of-crazy that is bots, voice, AI, ML, notifications, guerrilla testing, recommenders, growth hacking, and predictive analytics About the speaker: Jeffrey MacIntyre, Principal of Bucket Studio An independent content-focused strategy consultant, and avowed information sciences obsessive, Jeffrey works at the crossroads of product development, user experience and information sciences. His independent consultancy, Predicate (http://predicate.co), was founded in 2008. In 2017, based on a run of client work around personalization and content discovery, Jeffrey began Bucket (http://thisisbucket.com/), a consulting and research initiative to provide services, tools and perspective on the unfolding drive toward personalization in digital experience. Clients include the American Museum of Natural History, Arts & Entertainment Television Networks, AutoTrader Group, Best Buy, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Condé Nast Media, Mastercard, NBCUniversal, News Corporation, Philips, Thomson Reuters, Universal Music Group, University of Michigan, Viacom, Vimeo, and Yahoo! For more information on Bucket (http://thisisbucket.com/): @jeffmacintyre (https://twitter.com/jeffmacintyre) Bucket on Medium (https://bucket.studio) @thisisBucket (https://twitter.com/thisisBucket) Bucket List, a newsletter (http://newsletter.thisisBucket.com) Bucket Brigade, a future video series (http://bucketbriga.de) ———————————————————————————— Financial Hardship Our goal is to make UXPA DC events accessible to all. We have a number of tickets available to anyone facing financial hardship - just email [masked] ———————————————————————————— Providers This meetup and presentation is brought to you by UXPA DC, Content Strategy DC and Bucket Studio, and graciously hosted by the wonderful folks at Sapient. Want to sponsor future events? Email [masked]

  • YourUXPA DC Roundtable

    Enterprise Knowledge


    Reinvent yourself with UXPA DC! Join us at CHIEF on Thursday, February 22 for our inaugural roundtable event to kick off the new year. Meet the newly elected UXPA DC 2018 Board of Directors, and help us brainstorm an impactful organizational roadmap. With your help, we will generate actionable takeaways to inform programming, communications, and other activities. Engage in interactive break-out sessions to identify community wants, needs, challenges, and ideas for: • Thought-leading speakers • Innovative program topics and formats • Exciting venues • Communication strategies • Volunteer opportunities • Relationships with other communities and companies • Career support • Website resources Agenda 6:00-6:30 Registration and networking. Pizza provided by Chief! 6:30-8:30 Interactive community planning activity 8:30 - 9:00 Wrap up and closing

  • Tech the Halls 2017


    Register for your ticket today with the 15% off promo code UXPATTH15 (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tech-the-halls-2017-tickets-38926965602?discount=UXPATTH15) =========================================================== It’s that time of year again! Get ready for THE signature holiday tech event - Tech the Halls 2017! Join us Thursday, December 14th from 7:00pm - 10:00pm in the heart of Washington, D.C. at ISL (https://isl.co/), as Tech The Halls turns “6” this year! To celebrate, there will be drinks, cocktails, appetizers, photobooth, DJ, raffle prizes and more!! Over the last six years, Tech The Halls has celebrated all forms of DC innovation: Tech Inclusion, Creativity and Entrepreneurship. Tech The Halls continues to make an impact on the larger DC tech community by bringing together designers, developers, marketers, entrepreneurs, founders, strategists, artists and more as one inclusive and innovative community! This year, Tech The Halls 2017 is represented by these amazing tech organizations: User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA DC), Society for Technical Communication (STC WDCB), Web Content Mavens, Color of Tech, Greater Than Code (> Code), Black Female Founders (#BFF), The Mentor Method, Women Who Tech (WWT), PyLadies and Byte Back (more to come). And that’s not all! In the spirit of the holidays, Tech the Halls will feature a clothing drive for a local charity supporting DC’s homeless population, Thrive DC. =========================================================== Register for your ticket today with the 15% off promo code UXPATTH15 (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tech-the-halls-2017-tickets-38926965602?discount=UXPATTH15)

  • World Usability Day 2017: Inclusion through User Experience

    Enterprise Knowledge


    World Usability Day (http://www.worldusabilityday.org/) is a single day of events occurring around the world that brings together communities to ensure that the services and products important to life are easier to access and simpler to use. Join UXPA DC for an evening of networking, discussion, and community-driven ideation to share activities in the community and identify inclusive topics for 2018. Agenda 6:00-7:00 - Registration and networking, pizza provided by Chief 7:00-7:15 - Welcome from UXPA DC and Chief 7:15-8:00 - Session: “Examination of a civic tech shop - how we’re dealing with unmasking organizational and disciplinary biases” with Jeannine Hunter, 18f When inclusion doesn’t exist, diverse teams perform worse. How do we not just tolerate, but truly incorporate the diversity that exists? The purpose of the talk is to engage participants in GSA’s TTS/18F’s ethos and its approach to inclusion particularly among individuals who are widely underrepresented in technology. 8:00-9:00 - Ideation: Including Inclusion

  • Design Against Populism



    Political populism has become increasingly prevalent in the United States. Join OpenIDEO DC and UXPA DC in an interactive workshop to frame this issue. During this pilot event, we will draft personas, empathy maps and problem statements to lay the groundwork for future solutions and action plans. The long-term goal is to combat an “us versus them” mentality and encourage more nuanced thinking and open dialogue in our society. If there is interest, we will turn this event into a series. What is Populism? Populism can be applied to any political ideology. For the purposes of this event, we will use Jan-Werner Müller’s definition from his recent book, “What Is Populism?”. From Amazon: “Müller argues that at populism's core is a rejection of pluralism. Populists will always claim that they and they alone represent the people and their true interests. Müller also shows that, contrary to conventional wisdom, populists can govern on the basis of their claim to exclusive moral representation of the people: if populists have enough power, they will end up creating an authoritarian state that excludes all those not considered part of the proper ‘people.’” More thoughts about populism: What is Populism? (http://www.economist.com/blogs/economist-explains/2016/12/economist-explains-18) (The Economist) Why Populism is Rising and How to Combat It (https://www.forbes.com/sites/iese/2017/01/24/why-populism-is-rising-and-how-to-combat-it/#367533aa1d44) (Forbes) How Populism Helped Wreck Venezuela (https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/06/venezuela-populism-fail/525321/?utm_source=atlfb) (The Atlantic) Videos (https://vimeo.com/ixdab) from a related event (https://medium.com/ixda-berlin/a-recipe-for-designing-against-populism-45630e612b4e) organized by IxDA Berlin Ticket Fee $10.00, nonrefundable. We do not want to turn anyone away, however so please contact [masked] if this fee will cause you personal hardship or if you encounter a personal emergency and cannot attend. Agenda 6:00-7:00 PM: Registration, dinner and networking 7:00-9:00 PM: Workshop The front door locks at 6:00 PM. Volunteers will be available to admit participants until 7:00 PM. Note that while the front lobby of 1515 N.Courthouse is currently under construction, you may enter through any door that is not blocked off. Sponsoring Organizations and Event Host UXPA DC (http://www.upa-dc-metro.org) and OpenIDEO DC (https://www.meetup.com/OpenIDEO-DC/). Thank you Sapient Consulting, Public Sector (http://publicsector.sapientconsulting.com/) for hosting us! UXPA DC Code of Conduct The UXPA DC code of conduct is intended to cover situations commonly encountered by user experience (UX) practitioners. Membership and attendance of any UXPA sponsored events includes acceptance of this code. Read the full UXPA code of conduct (https://uxpa.org/resources/uxpa-code-professional-conduct) for more information. • Act in the best interest of everyone • Be honest with everyone • Do no harm and if possible provide benefits • Act with integrity • Avoid conflicts of interest • Respect privacy, confidentiality, and anonymity • Provide all resultant data

  • Super Meetup 2017

    WeWork White House

    User Experience Professionals Association - DC Chapter is partnering with Technical.ly this August for Super Meetup. Join us at WeWork White House for free drinks and snacks to celebrate the meetup community in DC (and recruit new members!) Please RSVP here >> Super Meetup 2017 (https://www.meetup.com/Technically-DC/events/240842463/) Come connect with one another, make friends and learn about local tech at this year's Super Meetup! The Super Meetup is a gathering of the most-connected members of the local tech, startup, and entrepreneurial scene. It’s a chance to make new friends and learn more about local tech and entrepreneurial resources and tech-focused meetup groups. The idea of the Super Meetup is simple: meetups are integral to any tech scene. Every now and then, it makes sense to rally the leaders of tech-related meetups in town and gather for one big mixer. The idea is to connect people with groups they may not have otherwise known about. Please RSVP here >> Super Meetup 2017 (https://www.meetup.com/Technically-DC/events/240842463/)

  • UXDC Happy Hour

    Washington Hilton

    Join us for a happy hour to meet other UXDC conference attendees ahead of the event, share insights after the workshop day from the workshops you attended, or just come to network with other like minded individuals. We will have a cash bar at this event.