Event: The 7-Minute Soapbox on User Experience Design

by Robert Barlow-Busch

For the past two months, I’ve been working with Navid Sadikali from Agfa here in Waterloo to kick-start a community of people interested in user experience and product design. So far so good: our first two events have seen just over 40 people come out of the woodwork to get involved. We’re wrapping up this spring’s series with a final event on June 14, called:

The 7-Minute Soapbox

Come to Waterloo region’s next User Experience Design (UXD) gathering and step onto the soapbox! At this fast-paced event, we’re giving seven people a chance to share their ideas about product design — for seven minutes each. Of course, if you prefer simply to take it all in, you’re welcome to participate as an audience member.

June 14, 2007
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Main Dining Area in the Accelerator Centre
295 Hagey Blvd.
Waterloo, Ontario

GOAL: To connect people in this community who are interested in providing business value through the design of a product’s user experience. This event will showcase a variety of local voices in preparation for a monthly series kicking off in Fall 2007, most likely as a new Communitech peer-to-peer group.

FORMAT: Speakers may use PowerPoint, show off some multimedia, demonstrate something online, or just shoot from the hip. Simply make sure it’s 7 minutes and no longer. After each soapbox talk, we’ll have up to three minutes of discussion or Q&A, if desired.

TOPICS: Anything goes, as long as it’s related to product design or user experience. Present some of your work; talk about a design problem you’re facing; rant about a device you don’t like; effuse about your favorite product; share some results from a usability test; question the value of market research in product development; relate an experience with redesigning a product. Heck, you could even perform a song about Web 2.0, if you’re so inclined!

If you’d like to present, remember that only 7 slots are available for the soapbox. They will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis, so RSVP soon.

If you’d like to attend this free event, no registration is required. Hope to see you on the 14th!