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PhillyCHI Meeting – John Ferrara – Fitter Critters: Designing a Persuasive Video Game, Thursday, May 24

Please join us as John Ferrara discusses how designers can build meaningful and persuasive game experiences. All PhillyCHI events are free and open to the public.
*Space is limited. Registration required.*

About the Presentation

The unique ability of video games to command playersʼ attention and express meaning procedurally may make them, among user experience channels, an ideal way to persuade. This presentation will provide an overview of the specific strategies that our team employed in designing Fitter Critters, a prizewinning game designed to persuade children to adopt healthier eating habits. The gameʼs design drew upon our background in user experience design and the unfolding theoretical frameworks for the development of games that serve broader social objectives. Attendees will acquire methods for building persuasive games, and volunteers will be invited to play Fitter Critters live to demonstrate the process by which the game effects meaningful change in people.

About the Speaker

John Ferrara is an information architect at Vanguard and the author of the new book, “Playful Design: Creating Game Experiences in Everyday Interfaces,” published by Rosenfeld Media. John has worked as a user experience designer for over twelve years, designing web sites, desktop software, and video games. In 2010 he co-founded Megazoid Games, which focuses on creating mobile, social, and educational player experiences. John’s nutrition education game “Fitter Critters” was a top prizewinner in the 2010 Apps for Healthy Kids contest, awarded by Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign. He lives in the Philadelphia area with his wonderful wife and superhero daughter.

About Our Sponsor

OSIsoft (www.osisoft.com) delivers the PI System, the industry standard in enterprise infrastructure, for management of real-time data and events. With installations in 107 countries spanning the globe, the OSIsoft PI System is used in manufacturing, energy, utilities, life sciences, data centers, facilities, and the process industries. This global installed base relies upon the OSIsoft PI System to safeguard data and deliver enterprise-wide visibility into operational, manufacturing and business data. The PI System enables users to manage assets, mitigate risks, comply with regulations, improve processes, drive innovation, make business decisions in real time, and to identify competitive business and market opportunities. Founded in 1980, OSIsoft, LLC is headquartered in San Leandro, CA, with operations worldwide and is privately held. About PhillyCHI PhillyCHI is the Philadelphia regionʼs chapter of the ACM SIGCHI, an interdisciplinary academic and professional group interested in Human-Computer Interaction, User Experience, Usability, and other related disciplines. PhillyCHI holds monthly meetings and socials to network and discuss current topics in HCI. Learn more at phillychi.org or follow along on Twitter at @PhillyCHI.

PhillyCHI Open Studio: Electronic Ink – Thursday, May 17th

Date: Thursday, May 17, 2012
Time: 5:30PM – 7:30PM
Location: Electronic Ink
One South Broad Street, 19th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 215-922-3800
Map: http://g.co/maps/yu5ry
Parking: http://philapark.org/
RSVP – Nice but not necessary: phillychi@gmail.com

Come socialize with design and research professionals at PhillyCHIʼs May open studio. Electronic Ink will open its doors to the design community for an informal happy hour and tour of its Broad Street research labs and design spaces. Drop by and talk shop with the Electronic Ink crew, participate in a usability test, and see examples of their work. This event is free and open to the public.

About Electronic Ink
Electronic Ink is an international business system design consultancy dedicated to improving the way people interact with technology, environments and one another. With a global interdisciplinary team of researchers, designers and technologists, Electronic Ink works with organizations worldwide to solve their most complex challenges. Using a unique research and design process, we create systems, software and experiences that balance business objectives with human contexts. In collaboration with our clients, we join analytical and creative thought to produce innovative solutions and transformative results. For more information about the company, visit www.electronicink.com.

About PhillyCHI
PhillyCHI is the Philadelphia region’s chapter of the ACM SIGCHI, an interdisciplinary academic and professional group interested in Human-Computer Interaction, User Experience, Usability, and other related disciplines. PhillyCHI holds monthly meetings and socials to network and discuss current topics in HCI. Learn more at phillychi.acm.org or follow along on Twitter at @PhillyCHI.

I-SITE and PhillyCHI: Tech and Design Themed Quizzo – Thursday, April 26th

Join I-SITE and PhillyCHI as we celebrate Philly Tech Week with a Quizzo custom made for folks who love technology and design.

Date: Thursday, April 26, 2012
Time: 6:00PM – 9:00PM (Game starts at 7PM, but come early to get a table)
Location:

Trestle Inn
339 N. 11th Street
(11th & Callowhill)
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Phone: 267-239-0290
Map: http://g.co/maps/k7hk8
RSVP: help us plan by registering at phillychi@gmail.com

I-SITE and PhillyCHI are pleased to host a technology- and design-themed Quizzo as part of Philadelphia Tech Week (phillytechweek.com/). Trivia questions will be based on technology, design, architecture, art history, and other related topics. Trestle gift certi?cates will be awarded to the ?rst, second, and third place teams. So come socialize with design and user experience professionals, try your hand at trivia, and (hopefully) learn a thing or two all over a few whiskey sours and buttered popcorn.

What is a “Quizzo”?
Quizzo is a live trivia game, usually hosted at a bar. The game is played with teams of
two to eight people. Several rounds of questions are held. Questions are read out loud
while each team writes down the answers. The team that answers the most trivia
questions correctly wins ?rst place.

About I-SITE
I-SITE has been designing websites and interactive media since 1996. Founded by an American and a Brit who both like tea, we?ve created websites, mobile and iPad apps and various digital products for scooters, magazines, kids, beverages, analgesics, downtown districts, and gorillas. We live in an old toy store where we work and play. Get to know us at www.i-site.com and follow us at facebook.com/isiteunited and @isiteunited.

About The Trestle Inn
The Trestle Inn is Philadelphia?s spot for Whiskey and Go Go. This unique bar set in the Eraserhood offers a mash up of retro entertainment, music, food, and drink. Expect to ?nd Barbarella-clad Go Go dancers swinging to French pop, blue-eyed soul, pyschobilly, funk, garage, and disco on most nights of the week. Add a dash of vintage projections, 60?s inspired cocktails like the Velvet Jones, and classic casseroles and there you have it! Look us up at: www.thetrestleinn.com, facebook.com/thetrestleinn and @thetrestleinn.

About PhillyCHI
PhillyCHI is the Philadelphia region?s chapter of the ACM SIGCHI, an interdisciplinary academic and professional group interested in Human-Computer Interaction, User Experience, Usability, and other related disciplines. PhillyCHI holds monthly meetings and socials to network and discuss current topics in HCI. Learn more at phillychi.acm.org or follow along on Twitter at @PhillyCHI.

PhillyCHI 6th Annual Design Slam

Please join PhillyCHI and appRenaissance as we host the 6th Annual Design Slam. All PhillyCHI events are free and open to the public.

**Space is limited. Registration required.**

Date: Thursday, April 12, 2012
Time: 6:00PM – 8:45PM (The Slam starts promptly at 6:30PM)
Location: appRenaissance
309 Cherry Street
Philadelphia PA 19106
Phone: 888-784-6619
Map and driving directions: http://www.apprenaissance.com/contact-us/
Registration: http://phillychi-design-slam-2012.eventbrite.com

Come out and compete in a fast-paced race to create the best design solution to a real- world problem. Awards and bragging rights given to the victors!

What is a Design Slam?
The design slam is an collaborative and competitive event, where participants are divided into teams and given a design challenge. Each team has approximately one hour to craft a compelling solution. Teams then pitch their designs to a judging panel who selects a winning design. Observers are welcome to watch the proceedings.

About Our Sponsor
appRenaissance: Purveyors of inspired, hand-crafted mobile applications – inventors of ingenious mobile tools and infrastructure.

At appRenaissance, our work harkens back to a time when products were carefully handcrafted. When making something was as much art and inspiration as it was science and technology. Before the days of mass production and robots and uniformity. When each product was a project unto itself. Each product was considered individually and holistically. And each product was a triumph of creativity, ingenuity and craftsmanship. Visit apprenaissance.com for more information.

About PhillyCHI
PhillyCHI is the Philadelphia region?s chapter of the ACM SIGCHI, an interdisciplinary academic and professional group interested in Human-Computer Interaction, User Experience, Usability, and other related disciplines. PhillyCHI holds monthly meetings and socials to network and discuss current topics in HCI. Learn more at phillychi.acm.org or follow along on Twitter at @PhillyCHI.

PhillyCHI Meeting – Tomer Sharon – Achieving Failure: Alienating Stakeholders – Wednesday March 28th

Please join us as Tomer Sharon discusses how to effectively exclude stakeholders ensuring they ignore your research. All PhillyCHI events are free and open to the public.

IMPORTANT NOTE: There is another private event occurring the same night at Razorfish Health on the 4th Floor. This event is unrelated to the PhillyCHI event happening on the 11th Floor.

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