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  • 14 Oct 2010 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    Catch up with the latest news from TriUPA!

    What's inside:

    • Letter from the President
    • Upcoming Events
    • Member profile with Heather Hesketh

    File Attachments
    Download file:
    TriUPA Newsletter October 2010.pdf

  • 31 Aug 2010 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    World Usability Day 2010, on November 11, 2010, will focus on how products and services impact and facilitate communication around the world. Here in North Carolina, the Triangle Usability Professionals Association (TriUPA) and the Carolina Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) are teaming up to sponsor a communication game to encourage more communication among chapter members in addition to the annual World Usability Day celebration.

    How do you communicate in everyday life? Put your communication skills to the test with the “Amazing Place” game. We’ve posted photos of a variety of locations around the Triangle to the TriUPA Facebook page . Your task is to identify these areas by communicating with other people, and the goal is to connect with TriUPA and HFES members and meet new people. To make it interesting, we’ve made it a competition.

    The Game:

    Our game is inspired by the DARPA Network Challenge, envy of The Amazing Race participants, and the WUD 2010 theme of Communication. We’ve posted photographs of locations around the Triangle. Your mission is to identify the locations we’ve posted and take a picture of you and your team at each location. Then post your pictures by following the instructions at the TriUPA Facebook page by the deadline of November 1, 2010.

    The Rules:
    A person or team wins the game by accumulating the most points. Accumulate points by identifying the most locations and gathering the most members to participate with you. Ties will be decided by the date of posting. Earlier dates beat later dates.

    Post a photo of yourself at one of our mystery locations = 1 point
    Each additional TriUPA or HFES member in the photo = 2 points
    Each additional non-member in the photo = 1 point
    Electronically inserting your image into our photos = 0 points! (Don’t cheat, we’ll know!)

    You are encouraged to work with other people –that’s the whole point. You could find all the locations yourself but what fun would that be?

    Prizes:

    Prizes will be awarded in several categories:

    • First photo posted.
    • Person or team with the most points
    • Person or team in the most locations
    • Most connected person
    • Picture with the most people

    The Logistics:


    We’ll get you started by providing a Facebook group. How you use technology and communication to meet the challenge is up to you and your imagination!

    1. Go to the TriUPA Facebook page to find the photographs of locations. We’ve already started posting photographs on the Facebook page and all of the locations will be posted by September 1. Be sure to check the Facebook page for updates.
    2. Connect with other TriUPA and HFES members on Facebook to identify the locations and meet up for photos. You could find all the locations yourself but what fun would that be?
    3. Post your photos on the Facebook page.
    4. The deadline for uploading photos is November 1. The winner will be announced at our WUD celebration.

    What is World Usability Day?

    It's about making our world work better.

    It's about "Making Life Easy" and user friendly. Technology today is too hard to use. A cell phone should be as easy to access as a doorknob. In order to humanize a world that uses technology as an infrastructure for education, healthcare, transportation, government, communication, entertainment, work and other areas, we must develop these technologies in a way that serves people first…

    World Usability Day was founded in 2005 as an initiative of the Usability Professionals' Association to ensure that services and products important to human life are easier to access and simpler to use. Each year, on the second Thursday of November, over 200 events are organized in over 43 countries around the world to raise awareness for the general public, and train professionals in the tools and issues central to good usability research, development and practice.

  • 19 Aug 2010 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    Keep up with the latest news from TriUPA in the July 2010 Newsletter!
    Inside you'll find a letter from the President, recaps of our latest community events, and more.

    File Attachments
    Download file:
    TriUPA Newsletter July 2010_0.pdf

  • 31 Mar 2010 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    Take a moment to read the first edition of the TriUPA Newsletter for 2010!

    Inside:

    Letter from the President

    Upcoming Events

    Member Profile with Janey Barnes

    World Usability Day 2009 Recap

  • 05 Mar 2010 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    Local. Fun. And bursting at the seams with new tools for growing your business.

    Why should you come to the Innovate Carolina Conference on April 10, 2010?

    To UNDERSTAND your customers better than you ever have before
    To FIND leading-edge tools to separate you from your peers at your company
    To DISCOVER how the thought leaders in innovation are creating growth
    At Innovate Carolina, you will MEET YOUR PEERS within the innovation and product development space who live right here in the Carolinas. You might find your next job, business partner, or new fellow comrade. Hosted by Product Development and Management Association, Carolinas Chapter.

    For more information:
    http://innovatecarolina.wordpress.com/

  • 21 Sep 2009 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    The Triangle Area ColdFusion Users Group (TACFUG) is planning a conference called CFinNC for October 17-18, 2009 on Centennial Campus at NC State University. The topics will be ColdFusion, Flex/Flash, AIR and miscellaneous other topics. The presenters will range from triangle speakers along with presenters from all over the US. Registration for this conference is FREE for attendees.

    If you are interested in learning more about Flex or other Adobe technologies such as AIR and Coldfusion this is a great opportunity to receive FREE training. For more information or to register please visit: http://cfinnc.com/

  • 16 Sep 2009 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    STC competitions offer an excellent way for you and your team to get recognition for your technical publication, help system, artwork, training, or any other form of technical communication. Each year, the STC Carolina Chapter generally sponsors the following competitions:

    The Call for Entries has been distributed. Start working on those Competition Forms for items you or your colleagues want enter! Remember, you do not have to be an STC member to enter (but members save money on the entry fee, and even more by submitting entries by the Early Bird date.

    • Entries are due by October 9.
    • Early Bird rate ends September 18.

    If you're shy about submitting your work, sign up as a judge. Assessing the work of other technical communicators invariably gives you insight into your own work. Judge Training day is a great networking opportunity too. You don't need to be a member to judge, so recruit those non-members in your office. Judge training is October 17. This year, the door prizes include four signed copies of "The Well Fed Writer" by Peter Bowerman.

    Contact: Betsy Kent <lizkent@nc.rr.com> for more information.

  • 09 Sep 2009 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    What: Escape the Lab: Conducting Remote User Research and Usability Testing

    When: full-day workshop: 9a - 5p | Thursday 10/1/09 | coffee & lunch included

    Where: Council for Entrepreneurial Development in RTP

    How: Capacity is limited -- Register online now to reserve your spot!

    Intended audience
    Researchers, designers, and product managers who want to watch real people use technology from the comfort of their own desks. (While saving travel costs and the planet!).

    About the workshop
    Nate Bolt, one of the pioneers of remote UX research -- and author of the forthcoming book, Remote Research -- will lead this hands-on workshop covering the latest remote UX techniques and tools.

    Give us a day and we can teach you all the rocket surgery you need to conduct qualitative studies the real-time, native environment way.

    Learning Objectives
    What we’ll cover...

    • Strengths and weaknesses of remote ux research
    • Study design & scripting
    • Participant recruiting options
    • Moderating in the remote environment
    • Tools for screen sharing, recording, and communication
    • What can go wrong and what to do about it

    About the speaker
    Nate Bolt, president of Bolt|Peters, is fascinated by the personal, social, and cultural role of technology, and how research and design can transform those roles. After pioneering and directing the User Experience department at Clear Ink in 1999, which included the construction of Natural Environment and Remote Observation laboratories, Nate co-founded Bolt | Peters. He now serves as el presidente, where he has overseen hundreds of user research studies for Sony, Oracle, HP, Greenpeace, Electronic Arts, and others. Beginning in 2003, he led the creation of the first moderated remote user research software, Ethnio, which is being used around the world to recruit hundreds of thousands of live participants for research.

    Nate regularly gives presentations on native environment research methods in both commercial and academic settings, and is currently co-authoring Remote Research, a book on remote testing. Working with faculty at the University of California, San Diego, he created a degree titled “Digital Technology and Society,” which focused on the social impact of technology. He also completed a year of communications studies at the Sorbonne in Paris, where he was jailed briefly for playing drums in public without a license.

  • 06 Sep 2009 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    Would you like improve the sustainability of our world?

    Are you passionate about user centered design, graphic design, industrial/product design, engineering, human factors and/or psychology?

    If so, then you should participate in our TriUPA World Usability Day design competition!

    Participants will tackle a design issue where user centered design and usability is central to the success of a solution that drives sustainability.

    Sounds great! What do I need to do?

    1) Sign up to participate by September 23, 2009.

    2) Attend an Information Session.

    You don’t have to attend this session to participate in the challenge, but if you have questions or would like more information, please join us on September 17th (Thursday) at 6pm at Capstrat (1201 Edwards Mill Road, First Floor Raleigh, NC 27607).

    3) Pick a topic from our list of suggestions, or create your own!

    4) Present your design ideas, findings and solutions.

    Participants are invited to share their solutions during our World Usability Day event to be held November 12th from 6:00 - 9:00PM, at the SAS Auditorium. Presentations need not be formal and can be a poster, informal oral presentation or PowerPoint format. All participants should plan a presentation around 7 - 10 minutes.

    For more information or questions about this year’s event contact:

    Rebekah Sedaca, rebatilley@yahoo.com

    Laura Blanchard, laura.blanchard@mac.com

  • 14 Aug 2009 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    Please save the date for our annual Triangle area World Usability Day celebration.

    The theme this year is: Designing for a Sustainable World.

    World Usability Day 2009 is approaching design from cradle to cradle. Coming from a user-centric perspective and looking beyond form and function, we are exploring the impact design has on our world. For this year's event we've lined up a great speaker and planned a killer design competition. See below for more information.

    Speaker
    Amy Hathaway, a Water Quality Engineer from the City of Raleigh, will be talking about the Fred Fletcher Park Water Garden design project. The project is unique in that it addresses the environmental issues of storm water runoff, water pollution and erosion in an aesthetically pleasing way that creates an enjoyable and educational park experience for visitors.

    Design Challenge
    In keeping with this year’s theme, we are featuring a design challenge. The challenge is open to club members, undergraduate and graduate students in related fields and asks them to solve some of today’s sustainability design issues. Participants will present their solutions and ideas during this year’s event. Learn more about the design challenge >>

    For more information or questions about this year’s event contact:

    Rebekah Sedaca - rebatilley at yahoo.com or Laura Blanchard - laura.blanchard at mac.com

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