CollaborativeHealth is looking to add a talented user experience designer to their team: someone who is bright, insightful, and appreciates the value of gamification (though need not be a gamification expert).
CollaborativeHealth is innovative, transdiscipline company with a simple mission: build an online/mobile wellness service that makes good health easier. After 3 years of intense research and development, they’ve designed the initial wellness service, RapidHealth, which leverages an breakthrough combination of Hollywood quality entertainment (like this video), advanced behavioral science, social interaction/support, and gamification.
For more information, visit CollaborativeHealth’s website.
Title: The Online Revolution: High-Quality Education for Everyone
Speaker: Daphne Koller (Stanford University)
When: Tuesday, May 8, 2012, 3:30pm
Where: Electrical Engineering Building (EEB) Room 105
Last year, Stanford University offered three online courses, which anyone in the world could enroll in and take for free. Students were expected to submit homework, meet deadlines, and were awarded a “Statement of Accomplishment” only if they met our high grading bar.
Together, these three courses had enrollments of around 350,000 students, making this one of the largest experiments in online education ever performed. In the past few months, we have transitioned this effort into a new venture, Coursera, a social entrepreneurship company that partners with top universities to provide high-quality content to everyone around the world for free. In this talk, I’ll report on this new experiment in education, and why we believe this model can provide both an improved classroom experience for our on-campus students, via a flipped classroom model, as well as a meaningful learning experience for the millions of students around the world who would otherwise never have access to education of this quality. I’ll describe the pedagogical foundations for this type of teaching, and the key technological ideas that support them, including easy-to-create video chunks, a scalable online Q&A forum where students can get their questions answered quickly, sophisticated autograded homework, and a carefully designed peer grading pipeline that supports the at-scale grading of more open-ended homework, such as essay questions, derivations, or business plans. Continue reading
MobileUXCamp Seattle aims to bring together professionals, academics and enthusiasts to share the current state and future direction of mobility and mobile technologies.
MobileUXCamp Seattle is an unconference so it’s all about you! Anyone can present a session. The timetable is determined collaboratively at the beginning of the day. Topics may include mobile user experience, mobile apps development, social mobility, mobile storytelling, mobile strategy and integration with other platforms, gaming, entrepreneurship just to name a few.
MobileUXCamp Seattle will be hosted at the University of Washington’s beautiful and spacious Mary Gates Hall. We have six rooms and five time slots – that makes for 30 sessions of mobile goodness. So get ready to BYOT (bring your own topic)!
Date: May 19, 2012
Price: $10 for students
Please join the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) on Wednesday, April 25, for a guest lecture by Dr. Hans van der Meij from the University of Twente.
Title: Designing Procedures that Work
Speaker: Dr. Hans van der Meij, University of Twente
Date & Time: 4:30 PM, Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Location: Allen Auditorium, Allen Library, UW Seattle campus Continue reading
The first-ever Startup Weekend GOV is taking place at Seattle City Hall on April 27-29th. Participants gather Friday evening to pitch ideas for Web and mobile apps that integrate open government data sets (http://data.seattle.gov, http://data.wa.gov and http://datakc.org), improve public safety and/or generally improve the lives of Washington residents. One Bus Away is a great example of such an application. Everyone breaks into teams and designers, programmers, and non-technical teammates work at City Hall throughout the weekend. On Sunday evening, every team demos their apps and a panel of judges provides feedback. Seattle Channel will be filming the event and government officials like WA CIO Bharat Shyam and Mayor Mike McGinn, in addition to the city IT department, will be on hand to answer questions and interact with teams.
Tickets are available at http://seattlegov.startupweekend.org. There is special student pricing. The ticket includes food, snacks, and drinks throughout the weekend in addition to event swag and unlimited coffee. Continue reading
Two HCDE alumni, Elly Searle and Chad Driesbach, will be hosting an information session on how to create and present professional portfolios on Thursday, April 19, at 6 PM, in the Allen Auditorium. This event is open to all current and past students of HCDE (or TC).
If you would like to attend this event, please RSVP here: https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/gbruno/164282
Elly Searle is a graduate of the MS in HCDE and is a passionate user advocate who is brimming with pure win. She punches mediocrity in the mouth by designing to help users do what they want to do. She never writes error messages without first forcing the PM to show her the entire flow, and like the honey-badger, she is fearless and crazy.
Chad Driesbach is a graduate of both the undergraduate and the Master’s programs of HCDE. He took classes both in and outside of the department, including interaction design and visual design classes. Currently, he is an Axure ninja and UX guru for a boutique technology firm. One of his most notable accomplishment is creating an Axure version of Angry Birds. He has lots of thoughts on how to pick classes based on portfolio-quality projects, and how to adjust your portfolio to showcase what the hiring company wants to know about you.
A group of students have formed a DIY 3D Printing club and are hoping to get HCDE students involved! See below.
ME, CSE, EE, HCDE, Industrial Design Students and others who are interested,
We are starting an informal student club focused on DIY 3-D printers. (If you aren’t sure what that is, see links below.) If you don’t have a 3-D printer, this would be the club that helps you build your own. As a group we may even be able to get price breaks on printer parts. We are looking into the possibility of building a number of printers as a group that can be shared by all club members. If you have already built or are building a printer, the club will be a good place to troubleshoot and share ideas. We will also schedule “how to” workshops concerning both hardware and software to help you get up and running with the necessary skills.
Our first meeting will be on Thursday April 12 at 4:30 in MEB 103. Continue reading
Etsy is announcing a new scholarship and sponsorship program for women in technology: they’ll be hosting the summer 2012 session of Hacker School in the Etsy headquarters, and they’re providing ten Etsy Hacker Grants of $5,000 each—a total of $50,000—to women who want to join but need financial support to do so. Etsy’s goal is to bring 20 women to New York to participate, and they hope this will be the first of many steps to encourage more women into engineering at Etsy and across the industry.
More information: http://www.etsy.com/blog/news/2012/etsy-hacker-grants-supporting-women-in-technology/
The Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) and the University of Washington (UW) are sponsoring the 2012 ACM SIGDOC conference this October. SIGDOC is seeking a range of submissions, from empirical research and theory papers to experience reports and posters. The submission deadline is June 1st. Proceedings are archived in the ACM digital library. Please see the call for papers below!
Additional information is available at sigdoc2012.org.
Are you not very familiar with what UI text is or what you can do with it? The Society for Technical Communication’s next meeting will feature a panel of experts who will explain what UI text is and how to create great text. Attendees will learn about the challenges of using UI text in various situations.
When: April 17, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Aquent – 1109 North 36th Street Seattle, WA 98103.
How: Please sign up on the event website. The price is $10 for members, $15 for non-members and $5 for student/retired/unemployed members. Continue reading