What we're about

The Vancouver User Experience Group is a diverse community of practitioners and students who are passionate about building better experiences and honing our skills. We meet regularly to share innovative research, diverse perspectives and inspiring real-world examples. We are also the proud hosts of the Vancouver User Experience Awards (http://www.vancouveruxawards.com/).

Organizing team

This group also meets 2 times per year to plan and execute the monthly event series. This team is responsible for planning the monthly event calendar, balancing the types of events held (presentations, workshops, panels, lightning talks, tours, etc), venues and logistics. Each event requires publication on Meetup, ticket management, on-site logistics and speaker coordination.

Finances

The financial mandate of VanUE is to run revenue neutral events with the help and generosity of sponsors and volunteers. OXD manages the VanUE account for funds collected at the door for events. We have kept access affordable (typical monthly sessions cost $5-$10). Funds from these events are used to invest back in future events or speakers, or occasionally used to cover a portion of a social activity after the event. From time to time, when we bring in an out of town speaker or have a special event, tickets can be up to $20, but only to cover expenses of venue, catering and our speaker.

Sponsors

Founding sponsors include:

Habanero Consulting Group

OXD

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor to provide a venue or help with travel or costs for an out-of-town speaker, please contact one of the organizers via Meetup or at info@vanue.com.

Communications

Via Meetup, the organizers share announcements of official VanUE events (and sell related tickets), UX related job postings and occasional cross-posting of related, local UX events and activities. There are usually 4-6 announcements per month.

Meetup members have access to a moderated VanUE community message board and can post messages directly to vanue-list@meetup.com. Messages must be posted using the email account associated Meetup.

Speaker/event suggestions

Suggestions for UX related topics are always welcome by contacting us at info@vanue.com or by contacting the organizers on Meetup.

Volunteer opportunities

If you are a local UX practitioner or student and would like to help out with VanUE events, please contact info@vanue.com .

Upcoming events (1)

[ONLINE] Using Agile methods to support an anti-racist and inclusive workplace

The killing of George Floyd in May 2020—along with the subsequent protests against racial and social injustice around the world—deeply challenged OXD as an organization. Diversity and inclusion have long been a part of OXD’s practice, but these recent events brought to light areas of opportunity where we could do more. We wanted to ensure we were supporting anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion in our work and workplace practices.

We agreed that real, genuine action was required, and yet we were fearful of not getting it right. How do we understand and meaningfully address our part in perpetuating systemic racism? What does it mean to create an inclusive and anti-racist workplace environment? We realized this was a real opportunity for further change and action in our workplace.

To strategize and develop solutions, we implemented the methods that we’ve always employed to tackle tough, complex problems: co-creation, experimentation, and Agile development.

In this session, Jacqueline Antalik shares OXD’s emerging and evolving Agile approaches to their diversity and inclusion work. She will provide examples of how an Agile mindset helped propel the work forward. However, it became evident that a backlog of tasks and standups, while good practice, was not sufficient. Jacqueline will share some of the reflections and ideas the team has around the gaps and how to address them.

There will be a Q&A session at the end for group dialogue and reflections.

When:
6pm: Talk on “Using Agile methods to support an anti-racist and inclusive workplace”
7pm: Networking

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Speaker:

Jacqueline Antalik is a User Experience and Service Designer with OXD, a human-centered design and technology consulting firm based out of Vancouver, British Columbia. She leads a team of designers who utilize user-centric and design-thinking approaches to solve complex, dynamic, and networked problems for clients. Jacqueline and her colleagues champion the use of service design and Agile methods to design, build, and launch digital services that make a difference.

Jacqueline’s 20 years of industry expertise comes from working on large mission-critical systems and extensive experience in human-computer interaction, business and system analysis, workshop planning and facilitation, and workplace learning and technology. She has extensive experience running both training, as well as innovation design workshops. Jacquline and her team have run sold-out workshops two years in a row at the Service Design Canada conference.

Jacqueline believes that designing and delivering positive, meaningful experiences isn't just about the tools and methods. End-users have their own unique needs, personal perspectives, and fresh ideas—and it's this opportunity for unearthing the human connection that motivates her as an experience designer.

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