IxDD Diversity and Inclusion in Design-Panel Discussion – Sept 25

IxDA Sydney, in association with Adobe, are very proud to bring you a panel discussion for the first World International Design Day 2018 #IxDD alongside over 50 other cities around the world. This year’s theme is Diversity and Inclusion in Design and we are excited to have a stellar line-up to speak on a panel about this exciting and relevant topic.

We are very pleased to welcome experts in this area, Manisha Amin, Ashlea McKay, Meera Pankhania and Sarah Pulis, alongside you and your participation.

We will be asking our community for some questions before the day (Tweet to @IxDA_Sydney with the hashtag #IxDASydQA) to get us started, but we will also take questions from the audience as the discussion evolves on the night.

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The panellists

Dr Manisha Amin

Dr Manisha Amin is the CEO of the Centre for Inclusive Design (formally Media Access Australia), a not-for-profit social enterprise that uses the power of the marketplace. As the real and the digital worlds collide CfID help people to build and design products, services and policies that are inclusive and usable to as many people as possible. As technology becomes more complex they work to provide simple solutions to that everyone has opportunity to participate in economic, social, civil, political and cultural life.

Ashlea McKay

Ashlea McKay is a freelance UX researcher, writer and keynote speaker with more than 8 years of experience in UX spanning both the public and private sectors in Australia as well as the international start-up space. She comes from an industrial design background and co-founded UX advice column UX Agony Aunt with Optimal Workshop in 2015. Ashlea is a proud autistic person who was diagnosed later in life at the age of 29 and is currently writing her first book on life as an autistic UXer that will also explore research and design for autism. www.ashleamckay.com

Meera Pankhania

Meera has over 14 years experience working with digital agencies and consultancies and is the former Head of Accessibility and User Experience at AbilityNet, where she helped deliver the most inclusive Olympic Games in London 2012. At the DTA, Meera was a Product Manager and Service Designer on the Identity Program (GovPass) and is currently heading up the Service Design practice at the DTA. Meera has worked for global organisations including British Telecom, HSBC, Microsoft, The United Nations and Walmart.

Sarah Pulis

Sarah Pulis is director of accessibility services and co-founder of Intopia, Australia’s fastest growing digital accessibility consultancy dedicated to creating an inclusive digital world. Sarah has worked in digital accessibility and inclusion for over 8 years, including as Head of Accessibility Services with PwC Australia and digital accessibility evangelist and specialist for Media Access Australia. Sarah is founder of A11y Bytes, a series of events run across Australia for Global Accessibility Awareness Day and A11y Camp, Australia’s premier conference on digital accessibility and inclusion. She is also co-organiser of the Sydney Web Accessibility and Inclusive Design Meetup.

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With the support of Adobe, IxDA.org and BCG Digital Ventures

Trying to be a Good Ancestor – Alan Cooper and Renato Verdugo – Sept 4

Alan and Renato will be conducting a co-discussion/presentation  and taking questions from the audience hot on the heels of their presentations at UX Australia in Melbourne.

Ancestry Thinking: Keeping Tech On Our Side

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University of Sydney LogoIn association with the University of Sydney Architecture, Design, and Planning campus.

About the Participants

Alan Cooper

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Alan Cooper wants to be a good ancestor. That is why he is the co-creator of the “Ancestry Thinking Lab.” It’s an organization dedicated to finding and teaching practical methods for assuring that technology products behave in an ethical manner. This is just his latest effort in a long career as an inventor and  thought leader in the world of software.

In 2017, Alan and his wife, Sue, sold Cooper, the company they had founded 25 years earlier. It was the very first interaction design consulting firm. Early on he established the basic design methods that are used across the industry today and helped to popularize the notion that digital technology shouldn’t terrorize its human users. In particular, his invention, design personas, is almost universally used in the field. He shared his tools, knowledge, and experience in two best-selling books, still in print and widely referenced. The company’s new owners are a European design firm, Designit, owned by Wipro, a tech company based in Bangalore, India.

In 1988 Alan invented a dynamically extensible visual programming tool and sold it to Bill Gates, who released it to the world as Visual Basic, arguably the most successful programming language ever. This is how Alan earned the sobriquet, “The Father of Visual Basic.” He started his first software company in 1976 and produced what has been called “The first serious business software for microcomputers.”

In 2017, Alan was named a Fellow of the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley, California. In 1998 he was named a Visionary by the Silicon Valley Forum, and in 1995 Bill Gates named him the first Windows Pioneer.

In 2011, Cooper left Silicon Valley to live on a 50-acre former dairy farm in the rolling hills north of San Francisco where he continues to advocate for more humane technology.

Twitter: @mralancooper and on Medium

WWW: ancestrythinking.commonkeyranch.com

Renato Verdugo

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Renato is an interdisciplinary UX researcher, with a background in both Computer Science, and Aesthetics & Art Theory. He currently works at YouTube in New York City.

Q&A with Alan Cooper, Nov 22

IxDA Sydney has secured a session with Alan Cooper to answer your questions and share knowledge and experience on Interaction design with us, through the magic of the interwebs, straight from his home in San Francisco.

The “Father of Visual Basic”, Cooper is also known for his books About Face: The Essentials of Interaction Design and The Inmates Are Running the Asylum: Why High-Tech Products Drive Us Crazy and How to Restore the Sanity. As founder of Cooper, a leading interaction design consultancy, he created the Goal-Directed design methodology and pioneered the use of personas as practical interaction design tools to create high-tech products.

On April 28, 2017, Alan was inducted into the Computer History Museum’s Hall of Fellows “for his invention of the visual development environment in Visual BASIC, and for his pioneering work in establishing the field of interaction design and its fundamental tools.”

Join us at the Sydney Business School promptly at 8 to check in for an 830 start and prepare your questions for Alan!