• Bitcoin + Blockchain: Economic Freedom
    Finance and payments seem to have the slowest technology advancements in our world, but we are experiencing a new evolution of money, called bitcoin. Through blockchain technology, store of value was created through cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin. What does it look like? How do we use it? What makes it different from any digital currencies in the past? As user experience designers, how do we improve adoption and embrace blockchain technology? Join us to get a deeper understanding of bitcoin, blockchain technology and the effects on the future of finance, commerce and user experience. Bio: Wayne is an early adopter, speaker and investor in bitcoin, blockchain and cryptocurrencies. He is the Co-founder of Assembly Block and Coincurve, a digital service to help Canadians buy bitcoins easily. Having previously held the position of Senior Director, Head of Product at nTrust, where he designed and developed a bitcoin wallet and exchange, Wayne is an expert in blockchain and cryptocurrency technology and economics. As an Advisor of Mogo, he has led Mogo’s blockchain projects in early stages. Commercialization and User Experience is Wayne’s primary focus to transform crypto businesses into usable applications. When: Networking: 5:30pm to 6:00pm (BrainStation) Event start: 6:00pm sharp (BrainStation) Cost: We are charging everyone $5 to attend the event (and are running it at zero profit). Thank you to BrainStation for hosting us!

    BrainStation

    455 Granville St, BC V6C 1T1 · Vancouver, BC

    CA$5.00
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  • UX for your life: using research skills to design the journey that matters most
    As experience designers, we have the superpowers to use empathy, observation, collaboration, insight, and prototyping to create incredible experiences for our clients or organizations. But what if we turned our design skills inwards, to intentionally craft our best, most meaningful careers and lives? In this small-format, 2 hour workshop, Mallory O'Connor shares a bit about her personal story and the journey of her mid-career challenge, insight, experimentation and evolution, and how you can: - Use your UX skills to develop insight into and align your personal, world, and work views - Get more of what you want and love in your work and life - Set yourself up to make intentional, value based decisions as you move forward in your career Bio: Mallory helps enterprise clients create great experiences. She works with people inside organizations to uncover the opportunities to create compelling changes to strategies, tools, systems, culture, processes and ultimately, experiences. Building on almost 20 years in the field of user experience, Mallory works with Habanero’s clients to solve holistic enterprise problems using collaborative techniques from the service and experience design perspective. She is a frequent conference, webinar, event and workshop speaker. Time: 5:45pm to 8:00pm (The Post) Event start: 6:00pm sharp (The Post) What's included: We are charging everyone $15 to attend the event to cover the cost of the venue space, beverages and pizza.

    The Post at 750

    110-750 Hamilton Street · Vancouver, BC

    CA$15.00
  • Learning how to interact like a human …all over again
    With Mixed Reality we have an opportunity to undo some of the unnatural and abstract paradigms that have come from computing’s start on 2D screens. But as we make the transition to a more natural way of interacting, what current UX concepts will help make the journey inviting for everyone? About our speakers: Darren Bennett started innovating with Microsoft in his first year there by incubating experiences in the first stages of the KINECT effort, right from some of the very first prototype experiences that got execs stoked, to Creative direction of the pack-in title KINECT Adventures! Darren has spent the years since KINECT working from concept to ship on HoloLens. First by driving the incubation effort on the experiences side, to the creative direction of the experiences portfolio and finally shipping the UX for the first Mixed Reality OS - Windows Holographic. Now he’s home in Canada again, helping workers be successful by applying the power of Mixed Reality to the Modern Workplace. As a professional artist and designer, Andy Klein has been working in real time graphics and visual effects for over a decade. He is currently focused on mixed reality projects at Microsoft Vancouver. Working together with NASA, Andy’s team at Microsoft enabled Kennedy Space Center visitors to use HoloLens just like scientists do; exploring Martian terrain using 3D data and holograms. Andy designed this interactive holographic experience and was also responsible for the creative and technical aspects involved in capturing 3D 360 holographic video recordings with Buzz Aldrin and Erisa Hines, who functioned as guides on Mars. Before Microsoft, he worked as VFX Director at Electronic Arts, where he helped build tools and workflows for Star Wars: Battlefront, PGA Tour, Dragon Age, Need for Speed, and more. These productions and experiences have uniquely equipped him with a vast expertise in the techniques which will power the future of human-machine interaction in our increasingly digital lives. He's happy to play a part in our great transformation from flat screens to volumetric mixed reality computing. When: Networking: 5:30pm to 6:00pm (Microsoft) Event start: 6:00pm sharp (Microsoft) Please note that doors to the building will locked at 6:00pm sharp and we will not be able to let guests in after this time. Cost: We are charging everyone $5 to attend the event (and are running it at zero profit). Thank you to Microsoft for hosting us! We look forward to having another event here!

    Microsoft Canada Excellence Centre

    725 Granville Street, 7th Floor · Vancouver, BC

    CA$5.00
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  • Inclusive Design
    Inclusive Design is something that goes beyond accessibility, it is about building things whether they are street fixtures, apps or websites that reframe disability around mismatched human interactions instead of a personal health condition. In this session, you will learn what inclusive design is, why it is important for designing and developing anything. About our speaker: Tommy Lewis is a Technical Evangelist Manager at Microsoft Canada who at 8 years old thought that there was a frog apocalypse happening in his backyard. It turned out that it was just the rain made all the frogs come out and hop around. Tommy is also very much an advocate of technology coexistence and thinks designers must look past dogma so that we can create a better future. He is also bent on eradicating all versions of Internet Explorer from the planet and will never stop, never. When: Networking: 5:30pm to 6:00pm (VFS) Event start: 6:00pm sharp (VFS) Cost: We are charging everyone $5 to attend the event (and are running it at zero profit). Thank you to VFS for hosting us! They have been incredible to work with and we appreciate their support.

    VFS

    420 Homer Street · Vancouver, BC

    CA$5.00
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  • Design ethnography in practice: How to do it, when to do it, and how to sell it
    This talk paints an honest picture of design ethnography in UX practice through real industry examples. The talk is made up of two parts: ‘micro’ and ‘macro’ ethnography, since it is believed that these are the two most common ways the method is applied in the UX industry. By studying examples from companies like PlayStation, HTC and Intel, we will learn lessons about how the method is best used in design, when it should be used, and crucially how to build a business case for doing it at your own company. About Gus Gus Waller is a UX researcher and designer from London who recently moved to Vancouver. He studied Social Anthropology at Sussex University specialising in virtual reality, and has since worked with clients including PlayStation, HSBC and The British Council. He has a passion for international research and has worked in over 15 countries including India, Ghana and Japan. He also is an avid Arsenal FC (soccer) fan and has a passion for photography. Twitter (http://twitter.com/gus_waller) LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/gus-waller-7556485b) When Networking: 5:30pm to 6:00pm (BrainStation) Event start: 6:00pm sharp (BrainStation) Cost We are charging everyone $5 to attend the event (and are running it at zero profit). A big thank you to our location sponsor! Thank you to BrainStation for hosting us! They have been incredible to work with and we appreciate their support.

    BrainStation

    455 Granville St, BC V6C 1T1 · Vancouver, BC

    CA$5.00
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  • Interaction Design meets Social Science
    It’s not always pretty. It is always surprising. That’s the take away from 12+ years of applying human centered design to real and messy social contexts. For the past 12 years, InWithForward has worked alongside young people in care, families in crisis, women fleeing domestic violence, lonely seniors, street-involved adults, and folks with developmental disabilities to co-design new kinds of social services, networks, and platforms. Come meet Dr. Sarah Schulman (founding partner) and Charlotte Secheresse (service designer) as they share case studies from their work abroad and here in Vancouver. Learn about how InWithForward weaves together service design, anthropology, social psychology, and transformative leadership. Hear about the limits of design. And find out how you can get involved locally. We’ve got jobs, fellowships, volunteering opportunities, and partnerships! About Sarah Sarah is a Founder of InWithForward, and its Social Impact Lead. As a sociologist, Sarah is fascinated by what makes individuals, families, and policymakers tick. She’s worked with federal, regional, and local governments in 6 countries to shift how policies are made and measured. From[masked], Sarah co-ran InWithFor and worked with The Australian Centre for Social Innovation to launch 3 new social solutions including the award-winning Family by Family. From[masked], Sarah was the Youth Project Lead at Participle, one of the first social design shops in the world. She holds a Doctorate in Social Policy from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and a Masters of Education from Stanford University. In 2015, Sarah became a Metcalf Foundation Innovation Fellow. This is Sarah’s fourth start-up organization. Fun facts: Sarah was once a sting agent. And she’s a mediocre tap dancer. About Charlotte A Service Designer who is certainly at your service. Charlotte is fun-loving and excited to try anything new. Just last year she finished up a social design project in India! Originally from France, her hometown is famous for having two cookie factories. Charlotte is also famous for bringing cookies from said factories. When Networking: 5:30pm to 6pm (BrainStation) Event start: 6pm sharp (BrainStation) Cost We are charging everyone $5 to attend the event (and are running it at zero profit). A big thank you to our location sponsor! Thank you to BrainStation for hosting us! They have been incredible to work with and we appreciate their support!

    BrainStation

    455 Granville St, BC V6C 1T1 · Vancouver, BC

    CA$5.00
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  • Vancouver User Experience Awards Demo Day
    We're excited to host the very first Vancouver User Experience Awards Demo Day! Demo Day is an exciting opportunity to see what our finalists and sponsors have been working on. The event will feature up to 15 speakers who each get 3-5 minutes to briefly highlight a recent project, describe it's unique challenges, and share their innovative solutions. When Networking: 6:30pm to 7pm (Microsoft Canada Excellence Centre) Event start: 7pm to 8:45pm (Microsoft Canada Excellence Centre) Cost We are charging everyone $10 to attend the event to cover drinks and refreshments (make sure to arrive at 6:30 to take part!). We will run this event at a zero profit. A big thank you to our location sponsor Thank you to Microsoft Canada for hosting Demo Day! They have been incredible to work with and we appreciate their support.

    Microsoft Canada Excellence Centre

    725 Granville Street, 7th Floor · Vancouver, BC

    CA$10.00
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  • Fireside Chat with Kim Lenox, Director of Product Design at LinkedIn
    We’re excited to bring Kim Lenox, Director of User Experience at LinkedIn, for a VanUE fireside chat. Kim will start the evening with a short keynote and then we will open the floor to questions from the audience facilitated by Mik Lernout, Director, Labs at Hootsuite Media Inc. Conversation topics include: • How to identify future employers who are open to partnerships/collaboration with design and aren’t just on the UX “listening to customers” bandwagon. • Recommendations for building a healthy design team, including finding the right people and creating effective team rhythms. • Designing for scale and international audiences (400+ million member globally on Linkedin). • Making change from within, regardless of your level or tenure. About Kim Kim Lenox joined LinkedIn two years ago, leading the San Francisco-based product design teams. She is currently a Director of Product Design, leading LinkedIn's Marketing Solutions and Connected Enterprise design teams. She has also led the design of product experiences for technology companies including Samsung, Palm/HP and at design consultancies including LUNAR and Adaptive Path. She is currently a Board Emeritus for the Interaction Design Association (IxDA) (http://ixda.org/). She was the Software Design Director for the Palm/HP TouchPad (http://www.theverge.com/2011/10/24/2510554/hp-touchpad-review) and while at LUNAR she led the UX design of the ecobee 3 smart thermostat (http://www.forbes.com/sites/sethporges/2016/03/21/an-inside-look-at-how-gadget-companies-work-with-design-firms-to-perfect-their-products/#54c9c2072d80). Learn about one of her current product team’s recent projects (https://engineering.linkedin.com/blog/2016/02/user-centered-design-insights--integrating-lead-accelerator-into). About Mik Mik Lernout runs Hootsuite Labs, a new product development team that helps companies build rewarding relationships with their customers. Mik believes that empathy is at the root of building great products and tries to put that belief in practice. He also has two young children who help him challenge his beliefs around empathy on a daily basis. When Networking: 5:30pm to 6pm (BrainStation) Event start: 6pm sharp (BrainStation) Cost We are charging everyone $10 to attend the event. Our speaker is coming in from out of town for this talk and we are charging more than usual to cover some of her travel expenses. We will run it at zero profit. A big thank you to our location sponsor! Thank you to BrainStation for hosting us! They have been incredible to work with and we appreciate their support!

    BrainStation Vancouver (in Yaletown)

    1110 Hamilton Street #410 · Vancouver, BC

    CA$10.00
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  • Putting the Shopper at the Centre: E-commerce UX Lightning Talks
    As the line continues to blur between offline and online, and e-commerce continues to rise against brick-and-mortar, UX designers are at the forefront of the shopper experience. Join Vancouver’s e-commerce leaders for different perspectives and real-word stories on the future of shopping experiences. Each speaker will share a 10-minute lightning talk, followed by a group panel Q&A. Speakers: Bryan Robertson, lululemon Bryan is Analytics Manager at lululemon athletica. He is responsible for the apparel retailer's A/B Testing and Optimization program and analytics implementation, recently leading the analytics overhaul that accompanied the relaunch of lululemon.com (http://lululemon.com/). Bryan's presentation will help you understand the fundamentals of measurement, and how you can apply these to your life as a UX designer. Jaybe Allanson, Mobify Jaybe Allanson is the Design Manager at Mobify responsible for the amazing design team creating mobile ecommerce experiences for brands such as Eddie Bauer, Carnival Cruise Lines, and Think Geek. Jaybe’s presentation will cover as many Mobile eCommerce Design Best Practices he can cram into 10 minutes. Full of tonnes of great insights that will help any mobile experience. Anne Forkutza, iQmetrix Anne has had a career in User Experience longer than she has been able to drink legally in the United States. Currently Anne is a Creative Strategist at iQmetrix, where she enjoys working on secret projects and making the retail space a better place to play in. Anne will help us design better in-store experiences, as she explores emerging trends in the retail world. Graeme McLaughlin and Samantha Rousseau, MEC Graeme leads the Ecommerce Operations Team at MEC, with a focus on understanding how digital supports the omni-channel experience for our members. He works with retailers to develop a data driven approach to testing, optimization and product development. Samantha Rousseau is an eCommerce Merchandiser at MEC. She is responsible for the product hierarchy and making sure users can find what they want to buy. She conducts user research, builds navigation, writes requirements, and optimizes mec.ca. Graeme and Samantha will be co-presenting an exciting topic to be announced shortly. We're really looking forward to the event, and hope to see you all there! Note - this event is on a TUESDAY May 24, unlike our normal Wednesday evening meet-ups, due to space availability.

    VFS

    420 Homer Street · Vancouver, BC

    CA$5.00
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