• Better Mobile Apps: a customer-centric design approach & accessible UX practices

    Join us for a night discussing how to design and build better mobile applications: "Shooting for the stars: The story of transforming an app by focusing on the customer" with David Williames, Senior Product Designer at Australia Post; and "Accessible UX practice for mobile apps" with Kira Eviston, Senior User Experience Design Consultant at Transpire. Thanks to our sponsors Zendesk, StarRez, Hays, and RateMyAgent there will be lots to eat and drink; we have great presenters lined up; and there will be plenty of opportunity to network and socialise at the event and at the Mitre Tavern afterwards. - - - * Agenda * 18:00 - Doors open, food arrives 18:30 - Presentations 20:00 - Head to the Mitre Tavern - - - * The Presentations * Accessible UX practice for mobile apps Kira Eviston How the various disciplines of design, engineering and QA drive and change their processes to ensure a leading, usable and accessible mobile app. You’ll walk away with useful takeaways of what to do and not do, and what to consider when embarking on a mobile app development project. Kira has been in the design industry for over 12 years and has a background as a marketing professional. She has experience in-house and in consulting. Whilst working at Transpire, Kira has become specialised in native mobile design and an advocate for accessibility best practices. Kira is also the Marketing and Communications Director for Go Girl, Go for IT - a non-profit that works to create gender balance in STEM professions by showcasing opportunities to school aged young women. - - - Shooting for the stars: The story of transforming the AusPost app by focusing on the customer David Williames A couple of years ago the Australia Post mobile app had a 2 star rating and was getting flooded with negative feedback... Today the AusPost app is used by more than 500k people every month and has a 4.8 star rating on the App Store (60k+ ratings) — did they fix it by just listening to the customer? Yes and No. In this talk he’ll focus on sharing the story of how they flipped it around by changing their ways of working to focus on the customer; and how they executed on a complete redesign of the app. David currently works as a Senior Product Designer at Australia Post working on their flagship mobile app. He previously graduated from Monash University with a Software Engineering degree and after working at Odecee, a software consultancy, made the switch from Developer to Designer 2 and a half years ago. David has a passion for making apps and plugins for design tools in his spare time – and on a good day, can solve a Rubik’s cube in under 15 seconds.

  • Design Ethics and Infusing Agility into the traditional mindset

    Join us for "Design Ethics" with Josh Kinal and "Introducing Agility into the traditional mindset" with Lani Beer. Both presenters are giving versions of talks from recent national conferences - so we're looking forward to a fantastic night with some really great thought leaders! Thanks to our sponsors Zendesk, StarRez, Hays, and RateMyAgent there will be lots to eat and drink; we have great presenters lined up; and there will be plenty of opportunity to network and socialise at the event and at the Mitre Tavern afterwards. - - - * Agenda * 18:00 - Doors open, food arrives 18:30 - Presentations 20:00 - Head to the Mitre Tavern - - - * The Presentations * Design Ethics: Viewing designers’ responsibilities through the lens of moral particularism Josh Kinal How can we be sure that the things we build fit with what we want to put into the world? Ethics is sometimes a tricky subject when put up against profit but design is the culmination of decisions we make when creating. Let's put the two together. Often the best intentions can have terrible consequences. The worst villains believe they are entirely justified in their actions and are fighting for a greater good. Companies with no intention to be evil release services that unintentionally ruin things for millions of people and can cause ongoing damage years into the future. This is about how to avoid that. Josh Kinal grew up in Melbourne and has a background in biomedical science, broadcasting and screenwriting in addition to his design work. He created the long-lasting and much missed *Boxcutters* podcast, the first Australian podcast to be invited to perform live at SXSW. One day he learnt CSS and ten years later he became a Lead Experience Designer at ThoughtWorks. Josh speaks eight languages well enough to order sandwiches in at least four continents. - - - How to infuse agility into the traditional mindset Lani Beer Facing the challenge of introducing and enabling agility and innovation within a profession that has had little change in the last century, Lani navigated through tradition, hierarchy and ego by facilitating an abundance of creative and interactive workshops, events, hackathons and experiments that have inspired and aided individuals and teams to think differently, collaborate, achieve consensus and demonstrate results. In this talk she will share some insights and practical steps on how you can cut through complexity and pioneer change that adds value in your context. Lani Beer has facilitated, coached and mentored executives, leaders and teams to embrace Agile and Lean principles and mindsets in Australia and the UK. She is now working as an Innovator at King & Wood Mallesons shaping the law firm of the future by embracing technology, experimentation and innovative practices that create a positive impact for the firm’s workforce and clients. Born in the UK, Lani made the switch for love and to live by the seaside, her dedication to helping others make a difference in their work is unparalleled, heavily fuelled by reading, asking impactful questions and listening. Her passion is uniting people and teams to identify pathways through adaptive problems and opportunities. Favourite pastimes include learning, boxing, Feldenkrais and hanging out with loved ones, some of which are furry

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  • Deep learning in the browser, and making a case for the 'Good Stuff'

    Join us for "Dancing with deep learning in the browser" as Noon van der Silk takes us through machine learning with Tensorflow JS; and "How to make a case for doing the 'good stuff'" with Patima Tantiprasut - helping us with those sometimes difficult conversations to make sure we can consider things like performance, privacy and accessibility in our product development. Thanks to our sponsors Zendesk, StarRez, Hays, and RateMyAgent there will be lots to eat and drink; we have great presenters lined up; and there will be plenty of opportunity to network and socialise at the event and at the Mitre Tavern afterwards. - - - * Agenda * 18:00 - Doors open, food arrives 18:30 - Presentations 20:00 - Head to the Mitre Tavern - - - * The Presentations * How to make a case for doing the 'good stuff' Patima Tantiprasut Ever been in conversations where accessibility is de-scoped because it’s considered an additional extra? Or where mapping out privacy concerns, performance and ethical considerations aren’t part MVP? Or that there’s simply not enough budget for research and learning? If there’s no denying that these areas are incredibly important, then why are these things… denied? Let’s explore ways that we can empower ourselves to be able to reason with confidence and conviction. @the_patima is the GM at PetRescue, a progressive animal welfare charity using technology to help save lives and bring happiness. Prior to this, she was the Head of Product and Design at Seven West Media and also the Creative Director at Perth-based digital agency, Bam Creative. She’s been an advocate and case-maker for doing ‘good stuff’ on the web for most of her career. - - - Dancing with deep learning in the browser! Noon van der Silk We will take a look at how deep learning is coming to the web, and how we can use it to have fun, interactive experiences, running straight of your webcam! Noon is a programmer working in deep learning. He enjoys working on creative projects, and collaborating with people. He runs the Braneshop - http://braneshop.com.au, where he works on teaching deep learning.

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  • Better Web Design and UX for everyone by considering accessibility

    We're back with a great evening to kick off this year's Web Meetup - with two veteran presenters talking about the Accessibility, Design and UX. Join us for "Accessibility is a Design Tool" with Adem Cifcioglu, founder of the accessibility consultancy Intopia and such renowned events as A11y Camp and A11y Bytes; and "UX for Vulnerable Users" with founder of UX agency Yump - Yuan Wang - where he will talk about their recent work with MacKillop Family Services and Autism Spectrum Australia. Thanks to our sponsors Zendesk, StarRez, Hays, and RateMyAgent there will be lots to eat and drink; we have great presenters lined up; and there will be plenty of opportunity to network and socialise at the event and at the Mitre Tavern afterwards. - - - * Agenda * 18:00 - Doors open, food arrives 18:30 - Presentations 20:00 - Head to the Mitre Tavern - - - * The Presentations * Accessibility is a Design Tool Adem believes that technology has the power to change people’s lives, and that we all have the right to inclusive and accessible digital experiences. Digital people can be reluctant to follow accessibility standards, because they see it as a negative, a constraint, a set of rules you have to follow that stifles creativity and stops you from doing things you really want to do. But what if he told you that accessibility is the qualities that make an experience open to all? That instead of stifling creativity, accessibility allows us to make better choices, and that it actually helps us make the thing we're building usable by more people. Since 2001, Adem Cifcioglu worked professionally as an accessibility specialist / web developer on all kinds of web projects, for companies ranging from not for profits to insurance brokers and large corporates. Adem’s focus has always been on accessibility and best practice. He is a big fan of inclusive design, believes that technology has the power to change people's lives, and that it should be usable by all, regardless of ability. In 2016, Adem co-founded digital accessibility constancy at Intopia. He is also leader of A11y Bytes Melbourne and co-organiser of A11y Camp accessibility conference. No matter what hat he’s wearing, he is leading the crusade to create universal and barrier free websites. - - - UX for Vulnerable Users When we think about accessibility design as a list of guidelines to comply to, It might be easy to treat all disadvantaged users as a homogenous group of people. Through their work with MacKillop Family Services, Autism Spectrum Australia and Expression Australia, Yump have discovered that the people that each organisation supports are distinctly different, uniquely brilliant and challenged in their own ways. Yuan will share their process on how they worked with each organisation on user research and experience design, the important lessons that they learnt along the way, and tips that you can incorporate into your own UX practices. Yuan is co-founder and Head of User Experience at Yump, a UX agency specialising in website transformation. A multi award-winning art director, designer and user experience specialist, Yuan has more than 12 years’ experience working in digital strategy, UX, information architecture and interface design. He has overseen many large-scale digital projects in government, corporate, education and non-profit sectors, helping organisations achieve more engagement and impact via user-centred design principles and collaborative workshops. He is also a regular speaker at UX Australia, ADMA courses and technology meetups.

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  • End Of Year Mixer: The last talk, networking, drinks and nibbles (from $15)

    From just $10 (buy tickets at https://mixup.melbourne/), join the Melbourne tech and creative community for their fourth official end of year party! Mixup Melbourne starts with a welcome and celebration of the community, followed by an inspiring and intriguing talk from Sarah Spencer on Printing with Knitting Machines. The rest of the evening sees a generous bar tab and finger food, to see you through an enjoyable opportunity to network with friends, new and old. As with last year, we hope to have some exciting extras and giveaways. Keep an eye on our Twitter feed (https://twitter.com/mixupmelbourne) for the latest information.

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  • UX Mega Meetup

    REA Group

    The Web Meetup along with Melbourne’s UX community events are coming together to celebrate the end of the year with Mega Meetup 2018 Wrap Up! You are invited to join us and share your stories with your fellow colleagues, practitioners and enthusiasts. Register at http://uxmegameetup.eventbrite.com Sponsors Thank you Askable sponsoring this event. Thank you REA Group for hosting Mega Meetup 2018 Wrap Up. Code of Conduct UX Mega Meetup has a Code of Conduct that all organisers, sponsors and guest must adhere to. Please take the time to read our Code of Conduct (uxgatherings.com/code) so everyone can enjoy a harassment free event experience. Venue Details All gender accessible bathrooms The venue is accessible for your mobility device. Venue has wide hallways and accessible bathrooms are available.

  • The Web Meetup end of year Trivia Night

    Zendesk

    What a great year! We've grown to a group of 3000 members, been joined by more than 25 superb presenters, learnt about Design, Development, UX, Process and more... and now you have a once-in-a-year opportunity to win great prizes by demonstrating how much you've learnt (or by just showing up!) At the Web Meetup, we like to do something a bit different at the end of the year, and this December we'll be holding the inaugural end of year trivia night. The answers to all the questions can be found in this year's presentations (so swot up on YouTube!) Did I mention a raffle and door prizes? It must be the Silly Season! All this and more will be going down on the night, and thanks to our sponsors Zendesk, StarRez, Hays, and RateMyAgent there will be lots to eat and drink too.

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  • Design Sprints and Prototyping

    Zendesk

    Join us for "Design Sprints" with Myka Hecht Wendt - a look at collaboratively solving problems; and "Why aren't you prototyping like a pro?" with Josh Centner, where we'll learn how to build and launch in a day! Thanks to our sponsors Zendesk, StarRez, Hays, and RateMyAgent there will be lots to eat and drink; we have great presenters lined up; and there will be plenty of opportunity to network and socialise at the event and at the Mitre Tavern afterwards. - - - * Agenda * 18:00 - Doors open, food arrives 18:30 - Presentations 20:00 - Head to the Mitre Tavern - - - * The Presentations * Let’s talk about Design Sprints Myka Hecht Wendt We’ll take a dive into an adaptive approach to design thinking and look at some insights as to how big hairy problems for products, features, and services, can be worked and solved as a team collaboration. Myka is a senior UX designer making real-life products in the space of IOT, insurance, education, men’s health, and mindfulness. Dolly Parton is her icon. Giraffes are her muse. She treats design as a process, with UX as the subject. - - - Why aren't you prototyping like a pro? Josh Centner The future of prototyping is here, it’s no longer just about testing our assumptions, we can build prototypes that can literally be converted into the real thing. Rather than throwing away our work lets build on it to create the product we launch to market. This might sound crazy but the reality is there, it’s effective and most of all it is satisfying to see your creations in the hands of real customers in days not weeks, months or even years in some cases. Josh prides himself on always finding the easiest solution that achieves the biggest impact. With over 10 years experience in product management and design working within organisations, running his own startup and as a management consultant across multiple industries Josh has found and tested the tip and tricks needed to become 'lazy successful'. Josh is currently the Head of Product and Design Services at Elabor8 working to help organisations adopt HCD, Design Thinking and Lean Startup. He loves sharing his ideas and experience and especially loves talking about taking the right approach to prototyping, one of the key shortcuts to achieving big results for minimal effort.

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  • A conversation with Product, Creative and Development leaders

    Join us for a conversation with three leaders in Product, Creative and Development roles - where we'll be asking our panelists about their career journeys, what inspires them, and how we can learn from their experiences. Their stories and ideas will help us all stock our own toolboxes with new ways to continue our own growth, communicate more effectively and collaborate like pros! You'll have an opportunity to pose your own questions to the team when you RSVP or tweet them in @theWebMeetup. - - - Joining us for the conversation are Rick Measham, Jen Leibhart and Dan Johnston; moderated by Laura Summers. Rick is a Development Manager at Message Media and co-founder of The Art of Bullshit. He's a big fan of the Maker movement and the collision of art and technology. He believes the best way to make awesome software is to make an awesome team. Jen is a Senior Product Manager as well as co-founder of Product Anonymous, a Melbourne based professional organisation for learning & sharing product management knowledge, growing understanding of the discipline and sharing the insanity of the job with others who relate as well as one of the organisers of Product Camp Melbourne. Dan is Director of Design at CultureAmp, prior to which he held UX Director roles at e-commerce platform BigCommerce and Domain Group.. With a Degree in Biotech and a Ph.D. in Medical Informatics, his early years were spent in startups, before taking the plunge and switching continents and careers. Laura is a UX designer and front-end developer who frequently shares her experiences and ideas on the stage at The Web Meetup and many other conferences. With a multifaceted skill set and experience across digital and creative environments she'll be sure to get some great insights from our panelists. - - - Thanks to our sponsors Zendesk, StarRez, Hays, and RateMyAgent there will be lots to eat and drink; we have great presenters lined up; and there will be plenty of opportunity to network and socialise at the event and at the Mitre Tavern afterwards. - - - * Agenda * 18:00 - Doors open, food arrives 18:30 - A conversation with Product, Creative and Development Leaders 20:00 - Head to the Mitre Tavern - - -

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  • Thick Data Analysis and Image Optimisation for the Web

    Join us for "Thick Data Analysis" - how to generate insights from existing data, with anthropologist and designer Katie Phillips; and "Image Optimisation for the Web" with software developer and startup founder Dmitry Pokidov. Thanks to our sponsors Zendesk, StarRez, Hays, and RateMyAgent there will be lots to eat and drink; we have great presenters lined up; and there will be plenty of opportunity to network and socialise at the event and at the Mitre Tavern afterwards. - - - * Agenda * 18:00 - Doors open, food arrives 18:30 - Presentations 20:00 - Head to the Mitre Tavern - - - * The Presentations * Thick Data Analysis Katie Phillips Thick Data Analysis can drive organic innovation and provide rich and predictive insight for minimal cost. In this talk by Katie Phillips from Elabor8, you'll learn what "Thick Data" is, where to look for existing data sources, how to practice a key method for theming what you find, and how to generate actionable insights applicable to a range of projects and products. Katie is an applied anthropologist and designer. She studies cultures, their interactions with products, services, and brands, and performs both qualitative and quantitative data analysis to translate those findings into actionable, contextually relevant frameworks and designs. - - - Image optimisation in the Web Dmitry Pokidov The web as we know it now became a real competitive market. Websites and apps are doing their best in order to get more visitors. Having a fast website is a requirement and not a feature nowadays. Images are a vital part of the Internet and usually, they take no less than a half of traffic bandwidth. So, having slow images mean having a slow website. In this talk, Dmitry from Pixboost will explain how to measure the performance of images on the website, optimise them and deliver fast to the end users. He will also talk through challenges that big companies might face during the implementation. Dmitry is being a software engineer for the last 15 years. He is quite smart and doesn't mind it. Always thinks that his code is ideal until his unit tests failed. Trying to conquer the World by being a founder of his family and startup called Pixboost.

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