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Interaction Design Meetup with a presentation by David Merrill

  • Jul 20, 2015 · 6:00 PM
  • 345 Spear Street

For our next meetup we’re delighted to welcome David Merrill. A frequent speaker in the domains of user interface innovation, the future of play, and entrepreneurship, David and his work have been featured at TED, MoMA, the Discovery Channel, and Wired.


6:00 - 7:15pm: Mingle, enjoy food and drink, ask and answer questions (computers welcome!) Check-in closes at 7pm, so please arrive before!

7:15 - 7:30pm: Form 1.3 sneak peak

7:30 - 8:00pm: Presentation by David Merrill of Sifteo

8:00 - 8:15pm: Open Q&A

8:15 - 9:30pm: More time to ask and answer questions, discuss interaction design, mingle

About the Presentation: David constantly tinkers with new technologies to make physical+digital tools that give people new powers (for good). One of his projects was Sifteo Cubes - cookie-sized, computerized tiles you can stack and shuffle in your hands. These tangible interface blocks can do math, play music, and talk to each other. In this talk, Dave will talk about the process of working through the interaction design challenges associated with developing for a unique new platform.

About David: David Merrill is currently the VP of Enabling Technology at 3D Robotics, where he helps the team build new, easy-to-use flying robots. He was formerly president and co-founder of Sifteo, a San Francisco startup spun out of his research at the MIT Media Lab. This research led to an award-winning physical+digital play system and catalog of unique games.

David holds a BS in Symbolic Systems and an MS in Computer Science from Stanford University, and an MS and PhD from the MIT Media Lab.

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  • Eugene W.

    Too sifteo centric, and not Interaction Design-y. Although sifteo is a very interesting case study, it is no longer in the "game", so the relevance is somewhat debatable. The sifteo link to the drones was something that would have been nice to learn more about.

    5 · July 20, 2015

    • Eugene W.

      Not to be too negative, I do appreciate the effort involved in getting this meet up together, and having community.

      July 21, 2015

    • Laurel W.

      Thanks for the feedback Eugene!

      1 · July 21, 2015

  • Laurel W.

    For those at the meetup last night - we're excited to announce that the latest version of Form is live as of this morning!

    Check it out and download here:

    5 · July 21, 2015

  • yona

    I am in charge of UX/UI designer of "mesh",
    I thought there is something like similarity and possiblity in shifteo and mesh. Check it!

    July 20, 2015

  • Avina S

    Will this talk be uploaded? (eg. Video recording?) cannot finish listening to the entire talk due to a meeting tonight. Thx

    July 20, 2015

  • Pras

    Go ahead take mine, still stuck in traffic.

    July 20, 2015

  • Joy C.

    Can people on the waitlist still join if others who rsvp'd didn't show up?

    July 20, 2015

  • Laurel W.

    Hi everyone - Looking forward to seeing all of you soon. Check in opens at 6pm and closes at 7pm. If you aren't able to join, please change your rsvp so that folks on the waiting list have a chance to join!

    Talk soon! :)


    1 · July 20, 2015

    • Vijay S.

      Hi Laurel - my availability just changed and am unable to attend today :( Updated my RSVP! See you all next time!

      July 20, 2015

  • cenci m.

    I'd like to attend. Pls add me to waitlist. thx

    July 20, 2015

  • Lauren B.

    How can I add a +1 to this event?

    July 20, 2015

    • Laurel W.

      Hi Lauren - the meetup is currently full, so there isn't currently room for +1 folks

      July 20, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone interested in carpooling? Please send me a message. thanks.

    July 19, 2015

    • Eugene W.

      Wing, I'm thinking of driving in from the Sunset. LMK if that is something you are interested in.

      July 19, 2015

    • Essam E.

      I am in sunnyvale and interested in carpooling (I won't be driving)

      July 19, 2015

  • Carla M.

    Looking forward :)

    1 · July 19, 2015

  • Marina M.

    Is it a free event?

    July 14, 2015

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