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In Cape Town: Advancing your UX career, Concept Sprints, Performance Matters

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Workshop 17

The Watershed, V&A Waterfront 17 Dock Road, Cape Town, 8002 · Johannesburg

How to find us

We'll be in one of the Workshop 17 Seminar Rooms upstairs.

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Details

Join our first Cape Town UX and Design Meetup

What to expect:

6:30 - 7:00 Food and drinks / Meet some peeps

7:00 - 7:20 Advancing your UX career

Farai Madzima

User Experience (UX) is one of the fastest growing trades in South Africa. In this session you’ll learn, among other things:

- What careers prospects exist (beyond the obvious)- What you can expect in different industries (projects, roles, salaries etc.)

- How you can develop yourself and move up the ladder

7:20 - 7:45 Performance matters

Steve Barnett & Danielle Eriksen

Performance matters. Slow, heavy, sites and apps cost our users time and money. This is especially true in South Africa where most phones are slower and data is more expensive. Some of the patterns we use, and the ways we implement them, make things worse. Our users lose time and money. We lose customers and lose money. Bad feels all round! 😱

Dani and Steve will talk about: what (front-end) performance means; how the choices we make impact performance; how we can make better choices and save our users time and money.

7:45 - 8:15 A video chat with Madelin Woods (Remote from New York)

Madelin Woods (Facebook & ex-Square)

Madelin is an independent entrepreneur, engineer, designer, and artist living in New York. She was an early engineer at Square, and has since worked with IDEO.org, Facebook, and many small startups.

8:15 - 8:45 Concept Sprints

Kwame Nyanning (McKinsey VP Experience Design)

Kwame leads the Digital McKinsey London design practice. He has over 15 years’ experience in Product, Service and Customer Experience Design at organisations such as Studio Archetype, Sapient, frog design, Adaptive Path, Infosys Technology and Native Design.

Before joining McKinsey, he has worked with a broad range of clients and organisations, such as Ford, Pernod Ricard, Apple, Microsoft, ING, Hewlett Packard, AT&T, Toyota, Lloyds of London, Disney and NASA, to plan, research, concept, design and build some of the most innovative physical and digital platforms, products and services on the market.

8:45 - 8:50 Shoutouts & Pixel Up! 2017 ticket giveaway

8:50 - 9:15 Mingle & Chat

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ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Danielle Eriksen is an artist and graphic designer turned front-end developer, with a long and winding path in-between... Currently growing her skills as a front-ender with the New Media Labs (http://newmedialabs.co.za/) team and enjoying every minute of it! Loves learning new things and sharing with others. When not gardening, playing with cats or puzzling out the next problem that needs solving, she dedicates her time and energy to introducing newcomers to Ruby on Rails with the RailsBridge Cape Town (https://railsbridgecapetown.org/) group, and helps teach and encourage young girls in Tech as part of Code 4 CT (http://code4ct.com/).

Steve Barnett works as Front-end developer and User Experience consultant. He loves the One Web and applying User-Centered Design principles to Front-end Development. He’s a bit addicted to meetups and community things (https://naga.co.za/community/): you can find him helping out with RailsBridge Cape Town (https://railsbridgecapetown.org/), Cape Town Front-End Developers (http://www.meetup.com/ctfeds/), running a device lab (http://devicelab.co.za/) session, or at conference giving a (strongly opinionated) talk or facilitating a workshop. If he’s not there, he’s probably crouched in an awkward position in front of something funny-looking, taking pictures of it (https://www.flickr.com/photos/maximilianbarners/).

You can find him on Twitter as @maxbarners (https://twitter.com/maxbarners), on GitHub as SteveBarnett (https://github.com/SteveBarnett/), and on his own site Naga (http://naga.co.za/) (which really, really, needs a redesign) as, erm, himself.

Kwame Nyanning leads the Digital McKinsey London design practice. He has over 15 years’ experience in Product, Service and Customer Experience Design at organisations such as Studio Archetype, Sapient, frog design, Adaptive Path, Infosys Technology and Native Design.

Given this diverse background, Kwame brings a unique perspective to the experience design process that fuses strategy, technology and design craft.

Working at the intersection of emerging consumer behaviours, technology ecosystems and commercial capability, Kwame works with clients to develop customer experiences and product development strategies that are forward-looking, credible, grounded and actionable.

Before joining McKinsey, he has worked with a broad range of clients and organisations, such as Ford, Pernod Ricard, Apple, Microsoft, ING, Hewlett Packard, AT&T, Toyota, Lloyds of London, Disney and NASA, to plan, research, concept, design and build some of the most innovative physical and digital platforms, products and services on the market.