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Sustainability and UX: friends or foes?

Brought to you by The User Experience Group

Is it time to bring back the focus of user-centred design to consider health & safety implications, not just for the individual users of technology, but for the planet & the communities in which we live? Join the UX SIG for a relaxed evening of discussion & networking in a popular Cambridge pub.

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About the event

The early days of user-centred design were driven by the need to improve the interaction between people and complex technologies such as aircraft and power stations to improve significant failings in health and safety. The last few decades have seen the focus shift to computer based technologies and increasing emphasis on producing a pleasing user experience. The constant quest for new functionality, and rapidly evolving user experiences, have changed behaviour so that many people are persuaded to continually upgrade to the latest gadgets.  Offering convenience to constantly more mobile users has resulted in a plethora of cloud-based services, which, together with leading blockchain and crypto currency applications have enormous requirements for power and computational resources.

But does focusing on the user at the design stage makes us forget to consider the broader implications for society, such as how the requirements for production and disposal of new technologies affect the environment, or how necessary these large scale infrastructures that consume enormous amounts of energy are? Is it now time to bring back the focus of user-centred design to consider health and safety implications, not just for the individual users of technology, but for the planet and the communities in which we live? How can we fix the problems we have created, and change the way in which we design and develop the next generation of technologies so that similar challenges to our very existence do not emerge from potentially negative aspects, or unintended consequences?

Join us to examine these issues and enjoy your first drink courtesy of our generous sponsor, Akendi, at The Panton Arms, Panton Street, Cambridge. Our SIG Champions will provide a brief introduction and this will be followed by informal discussion amongst attendees. One of our objectives is to gather ideas for a more formal event to be held later in the year, so we will particularly appreciate suggestions for topics or speakers that could contribute to this.

Please note there is limited parking near The Panton Arms which is a 10-15 minute walk from the Grand Arcade car park. An Irish folk group plays in the room every Thursday night from approximately 8pm - delegates are welcome to stay and enjoy the music, but for those who wish to continue the discussion more quietly we can do so in the main bar or outside area.

You can follow @CambWireless on Twitter and tweet about this event using #CWUX.

Sponsored by Akendi UK

We are an Experience Design consulting and training firm. With decades of experience in HCI, Service Design and Innovation, Akendi caters to all your product and service development needs.

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Agenda

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17:45

Registration, networking and time to get a drink before we start!

18:15

Introduction to the topic by UX SIG Champions: Marine Barbaroux, Allan MacLean and Leo Poll

18:30

Discussion

19:00

Further discussion in small groups and networking

20:30

Event close

Speakers

Marine Barbaroux - Head of Design, Geckoboard

Marine is a product and UX designer in Cambridge and has been in and around the design field for more than 20 years. With an education in product design and graphic art, she joined the world of software for a good number of years. Currently, she works at Geckoboard. She's designed a number of products and managed UX teams both in France and in the UK, mentored at Springboard (now TechStar London), and recruited a fair number of whatever-the-flavour-of-the-month-is-UX-o-tronologists you can think of... For her, design is about problem-solving more than anything. The role of a designer is to come up with novel concepts where required, but also make sure those are realistic and achievable. Cooperation is key. In her spare time, she works with acrylics, Photoshop and Illustrator to keep the creative juices flowing!

Allan MacLean - Director, Amdeo

Amdeo specialises in the development and exploitation of high tech innovations. Amdeo principal, Allan MacLean, has worked in research and management roles at the leading edge of Information and Communication Technologies for over 25 years. He was a founder member of Xerox's European Research Centre in the 80's and was a major contributor to building it into one of the world's leading centres of expertise in the user centred design of innovative technologies. In 2002, he co-founded Image Semantics, which he helped lead to become a global provider of innovative mobile applications and services. Allan has frequently advised on funding programmes in the UK, Europe and North America to help improve the fit between technologies and human needs and improve the exploitation of government funded research.

Leo Poll - President Akendi UK, Akendi UK

Technically everything is possible, making it work for people is where the real challenges are. Addressing these challenges from an end-user perspective in a way that makes business sense is what drives Leo. With more than 20 years of experience in Innovation driven Experience Research and Design he is able to bring an ability of strong lateral thinking combined with broad domain knowledge of applications/markets and technical enablers. Previous to his role at Akendi, Leo worked for the mobile phone division of Philips in Le Mans, France, managed numerous international projects whilst employed by Philips Electronics UK, was a member of the global 'Connectivity Programme' board of Philips Research, (Co-)founded Ryppel Ltd, Eversfield Innovation Ltd, Galileo Software Adviesbureau v.o.f.

SIG Champions

Marine Barbaroux - Head of Design, Geckoboard

Marine is a product and UX designer in Cambridge and has been in and around the design field for more than 20 years. With an education in product design and graphic art, she joined the world of software for a good number of years. Currently, she works at Geckoboard. She's designed a number of products and managed UX teams both in France and in the UK, mentored at Springboard (now TechStar London), and recruited a fair number of whatever-the-flavour-of-the-month-is-UX-o-tronologists you can think of... For her, design is about problem-solving more than anything. The role of a designer is to come up with novel concepts where required, but also make sure those are realistic and achievable. Cooperation is key. In her spare time, she works with acrylics, Photoshop and Illustrator to keep the creative juices flowing!

Allan MacLean - Director, Amdeo

Amdeo specialises in the development and exploitation of high tech innovations. Amdeo principal, Allan MacLean, has worked in research and management roles at the leading edge of Information and Communication Technologies for over 25 years. He was a founder member of Xerox's European Research Centre in the 80's and was a major contributor to building it into one of the world's leading centres of expertise in the user centred design of innovative technologies. In 2002, he co-founded Image Semantics, which he helped lead to become a global provider of innovative mobile applications and services. Allan has frequently advised on funding programmes in the UK, Europe and North America to help improve the fit between technologies and human needs and improve the exploitation of government funded research.

Leo Poll - President Akendi UK, Akendi UK

Technically everything is possible, making it work for people is where the real challenges are. Addressing these challenges from an end-user perspective in a way that makes business sense is what drives Leo. With more than 20 years of experience in Innovation driven Experience Research and Design he is able to bring an ability of strong lateral thinking combined with broad domain knowledge of applications/markets and technical enablers. Previous to his role at Akendi, Leo worked for the mobile phone division of Philips in Le Mans, France, managed numerous international projects whilst employed by Philips Electronics UK, was a member of the global 'Connectivity Programme' board of Philips Research, (Co-)founded Ryppel Ltd, Eversfield Innovation Ltd, Galileo Software Adviesbureau v.o.f.

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The Panton Arms, Panton Street, Cambridge CB2 1HL

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