March Social: Happy Hour, Thursday 3/31 8pm at Triumph Brewing Company

Please join PhillyCHI for our March Social. We’ll be celebrating happy hour at Triumph Brewing Company in Old City.

Please note that we will begin at 8:00pm instead of 6:00pm (the UX Book Club meeting will be held that night at IndyHall from 6:00pm – 8:00pm). Triumph Brewery is just a few blocks away.

DATE: Wednesday, March 31st, 2010
TIME: 8:00pm – 10:00pm
LOCATION: Triumph Brewing Company
117 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 625-0855

http://www.triumphbrewing.com

Google Map: http://tinyurl.com/yzxrula

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 http://phillychi.acm.org.

Communities of Care: Strategic Social Interaction Design in the Health & Wellness Industry – with Will Evans

Please join us this Thursday, March 25th, for “Communities of Care: Strategic Social Interaction Design in the Health & Wellness Industry” with Will Evans.

Date: Thursday, March 25, 2010
Time: 6:00PM – 8:00PM (Social time from 6:00-6:30PM)
Location: Baiada Center for Entrepreneurship
Drexel University
3225 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Google Map: http://bit.ly/9kvEPP
Register: http://phillychi2010-3.eventbrite.com

About the Presentation
Social Interaction Design is not web design. It’s not interaction design. It’s about designing complex ecosystems that support conversation, collaboration, intimacy — in short, community. Problem is, many people – even in the IxD world – don’t understand what conversation is, or how to create engaging communities.

Many healthcare providers and startups are rushing to deliver on the promise of creating supportive online communities for people while simultaneously trumpeting personal health records and electronic health records at the same time creating potential privacy and trust issues.

To design Communities of Care, you must commit to writing a narrative of human behavior mediated through time and space. While great strides have been made over the last 40 years drawing on a rich history of Cybernetics and Human-Computer Interaction, those models of interaction are limited in explaining social and psychological modalities of social interaction in physical space and particularly in mediated online spaces which is becoming more the norm for collective and collaborative group social interactions in the healthcare industry.

About Will Evans
Will Evans is Director, Experience Design for Semantic Foundry with 14 years industry experience in interaction design, information architecture, and user experience strategy. His experiences includes directing UX for social network analytics and terrorism modeling at AIR Worldwide, UX Architect for social media site Gather.com. He worked at Lotus/IBM where he was the senior information architect, and for Curl – a DARPA-funded MIT project when he was at the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science. Prior to Curl, Will was an interaction designer for Dataware working on various search (Northern Light) and KM related product suites including KM Suite II and QueryServer.

Will earned an mba as well as masters degrees in human-computer interaction and cognitive psychology. His passions include design and critical theory, information architecture, information visualization and red wine. He lives in Washington, D.C., drinks far to much coffee, wears only black, and was Design Co-Chair for the IxDA’s Interaction 10 conference in Savannah, Georgia in February, 2010. He was recently elected to the board of directors of the Information Architecture Institute.

About Our Sponsor, Digitas Health
Counting as clients many of the world’s leading pharmaceutical, bioscience, and medical device companies, Digitas Health is a next-generation marketing agency that helps build healthcare brands that patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals feel confident turning to and recommending when they are sick, in need, or helping others. With offices in Philadelphia, New York, and London, Digitas Health is the health agency of Digitas, a member of the Paris-based Publicis Groupe S.A. (Euronext Paris:  FR0000130577), the world’s fourth-largest communications group and second-largest media counsel and buying group, and a global leader in digital and healthcare communications.

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 http://phillychi.acm.org/

Questions?
Please contact the PhillyCHI Officers at phillychi@gmail.com.

PhillyCHI Social: Technology and Design-Themed Quizzo (Rescheduled)

PhillyCHI is pleased to host our second technology and design-themed Quizzo  night. Trivia questions will be based on technology, design, architecture, and other related topics. Prizes will be awarded to the first, 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 tasty food and drinks.

Date
: Thursday, March 4th, 2010
Time: 8:00PM – 10:00PM (Game starts at 8PM, so please come early to get a table)
Location: National Mechanics
Address: 22 S. 3rd Street Philadelphia, PA 19106
Website: http://www.nationalmechanics.com/
Map & Directions: http://nationalmechanics.com/philadelphia-hours-directions
Register: To help us plan, please register: http://phillychiquizzo2.eventbrite.com

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 first place.

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 http://phillychi.acm.org.

Mapping the User Experience with Chris Cavallucci

In “Mapping the User Experience,” Chris Cavallucci will provide a framework for mapping concepts to create visualizations, spatial representations, or relationships which would otherwise take much effort to describe only in words.

Date
: Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Time: 6:00PM – 8:00PM (Social time from 6:00-6:30PM)
Location: Steinberg Hall – Dietrich Hall, Room 211
University of Pennsylvania
3620 Locust Walk Philadelphia, PA 19104
Google Map: http://tinyurl.com/yeh4xxd
RSVP: http://phillychi2010-1.eventbrite.com

About the Presentation

Chris will also discuss a variety of map types, including site maps, user flows, brainstorming notes, click paths, and application components. To help demonstrate the value in each type, Chris will walk us through using concept maps to:
  • Create meaningful relationships and structure, where we catalog and classify functions, pathways, behaviors, hierarchies and events;
  • Gather requirements, plan, and consolidate information for a project
  • Discover complex concepts and think visually
Lastly, Chris will demonstrate some different tools and methods he’s used to create and share these maps, as well as his experiences with them.
About Chris Cavallucci

Chris is a User Experience Architect based in the Philadelphia area. His work engages teams across multiple disciplines including engineering, product design, marketing, and business strategy. As a software quality consultant, he has worked on numerous enterprise information systems design and development projects in the financial services, pharmaceutical, RFID/logistics, and technology industries. On a full-time basis, he has worked for several entrepreneurial firms including TMX Interactive, Patron Solutions/Comcast-Spectacor, and Exclaim, a mobile phone media company. Chris helps customers enhance their experience designs and brand relevance.

In addition to holding a Masters of Information Systems degree from Drexel University and an undergraduate degree in Psychobiology from Albright College, he actively participates in PhillyCHI, IxDA, IAI, and ASQ.
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
http://phillychi.acm.org/.

Questions?
Please contact the PhillyCHI Officers at phillychi@gmail.com.

PhillyCHI Fourth Annual Design Slam

Please join us for the Philadelphia region’s fourth annual Design Slam. Contestants will participate in a fast-paced race to create the best design solution to a “made-up” real-world problem. Awards will be given to the victors!

Date: Friday January 22nd, 2010

Time: 6:00pm to 8:30pm (We’ll have our opening announcements starting at 6pm, and the competition will start promptly at 6:30, so please come early)

Location: Messagefirst – 230 N 2nd Street, Suite 2C, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (under the Ben Franklin Bridge)

Google map: http://tinyurl.com/yd3uyld

Parking Info: http://www.philapark.org/parkinglocator/parking_locator.aspx (Moderately priced parking is available in a garage located directly across 2nd Street from Messagefirst)

RSVP at Eventbrite: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/520484784
Space is limited and RSVP is required. Registration will be closed once the event is full. Please register now.

What’s a “design slam”?

During the meeting, participants will be teamed and introduced to a full-fledged hypothetical project, including appropriate client-side deliverables. They’ll then have an opportunity to interview key players on the client’s team. The session will conclude with proposal presentations from each of the groups to the “clients” and the assembled audience.

Then the “clients” team will choose a winner. Members of the winning team will receive a plethora of praise from your peers and an award.

What’s in it for me?

This is a chance for interested IAs, designers, usability practitioners, developers and marketing professionals to get their hands dirty working side by side with colleagues as they tackle tough business problems in a fun and sometimes crazy environment. Knowledge transfer, technique sharing, and a social atmosphere makes this session stand out from the garden-variety “Lecture-and-PowerPoint” presentation.

Please try to arrive on time. We’ll have our opening announcements starting at 6pm, and the client team will introduce the design challenge promptly at 6:30pm.

If you do not want to participate because you won’t be able to get to the meeting on time or a have severe case of social phobia, fear not! We would like to have an audience during this session to play the role of users, and help choose the winning team.

This idea is shamelessly stolen (with permission) from the IA Summit’s IA Slam.

For more information about the IA Slam, please visit: http://www.e-reiss.com/Seminars/IA%20Slam%20mini-site.aspx