[Event Recap] Chicago IxDA - Encouraging sustainability through online community

23 Apr 2009 - 11:04am
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Chicago IxDA4
2007

Apologies for the late recap!

Last Wednesday we had our April event at Manifest Digital, which was a panel
format with the PhizzPop Challenge team discussing the process they went
through to meet the challenge of designing experiences to encourage
sustainable living in the city of Austin. The solution was designed to
integrate into a municipal structure at many levels: governmental,
community, activist, and individual citizen, and included:

- An online set of tools, including ones for monitoring your individual
output (reading from a Smart Grid that tracks usage over time) and
encouraging carpooling with others along your common routes
- A Surface table solution encouraging selection of eco-friendly
materials for home renovations, that can exist in a home improvement store
- Design of kits containing eco-friendly products
- Ideas for displays in the physical world that indicate neighborhoods
and corporations that come together to meet green standards

We also followed with a discussion of other Surface capabilities and
attendees were invited to try it out for themselves.

Thanks to everyone who came - we had a great turnout! If you missed the
event, video was streamed and can be seen here:
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ixda-chicago-local-event

Our next event will be held on May 13th at Designkitchen, where there will
be a series of presenters talking about future online trends.

June's event is in the works and will be on the topic of incorporating
user-centered practices into an Agile process. If you have experience with
this and would like to be involved in the event, please respond directly to
this email with a short introduction. We'd love to hear from you! Also,
there's an Agile-related event below that may be of interest to you.

Follow up announcements:

EVENT
ThoughtWorks hosts a monthly lunchtime seminar in our offices in the Aon
Center on a hot topic in Software Development. This month's topic is Agile
Methods & User Centered Design. It will happen May 1 at 11:30 at our
offices on the 25th floor. Here's a link to a microsite that has details of
the event and a link to registration which is required to enter the
building.

http://connect.thoughtworks.com/UCD/

JOB POSTING

User Experience Architect

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and use cases, wireframes, content outlines, mocksups/storyboards,
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• A minimum of 6 years’ experience, including leadership roles in client
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• Strong writing, and presentation skills required
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Travel

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