UX Fall
Mini-Conference in DC

Supported by Ealai – connecting talent with career opportunities.
October 26, 2019,
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Look at the speaker list
Cleveland Park Library
3310 Connecticut Ave NW
This time we prefer to be agile and don't have exact schedule upfront.
Here are the speakers and their talks.
1:00 pm – 1:25 pm
Design With Empathy for an Inclusive User Experience
Marketing Lead at NameHexagon
In over 12 years as a digital professional, Beka has led digital strategy for clients including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the American Beverage Association, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the LOR Foundation, NASBP, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and Federal Emergency Management Agency. Now at Hexagon US Federal, Beka is charged with leading the organization's digital transformation.
Empathy might seem like a soft skill when it comes to digital technology, but it's a necessary skill to develop and practice for anyone who works in digital. When you develop a new experience it's crucial to keep all users in mind to help you meet your goals. This can seem daunting, but an empathy-driven approach will help.

Empathy empowers you make user-centered decisions not just for the projects you create today, but also impacts the broader future of digital experiences. Using empathy at all stages of the process increases your ability to succeed in creating an accessible experience for people of all backgrounds and abilities, and contribute positively toward a more inclusive digital future.

During this interactive session, you'll learn:
  • The relationship between empathy and design
  • How empathy goes beyond accessibility to optimize user experience
  • See case studies of design with and without empathy
  • Learn the legal and ethical obligations to create empathetic digital experiences
  • Learn how empathy will help you create effective, user-centered digital experiences
1:30 pm – 1:55 pm
UX for Data Exploration
Associate Director UI/UX at CCRi
Addie Pierce-McManamon leads the data visualization and interface design team at CCRi, a data science company committed to solving technically challenging problems. Her work at CCRi centers on making advanced analytics accessible, discoverable, and actionable. Addie is the product owner and lead designer on Stealth, a dynamic geospatial application. She has taught graduate level courses in information design as a lecturer at the University of Virginia.
Creating a flexible and elegant UI and UX that allows users to explore and interrogate data is a challenging proposition. Your application interface requires flexibility and must support complex workflows, yet be as clear as possible so that users can focus on their data.

Data exploration tools include a variety of representations in the form of bar charts, heat maps, geospatial, and others. As tools are added to a suite, it is important to maintain consistency. Sometimes this requires re-visiting initial assumptions and incremental implementation decisions to accommodate a growing set of exploration capabilities.

Through a case study, you'll learn about common pitfalls and proven techniques for creating an intuitive interface that allows users to find meaning in their data. We'll also review tips for managing common issues in data-focused UX design and development.
2:00 pm – 2:25 pm
Tetris and the Art of Building Teams
VP, UX and Design at Bixal
With over 20 years of experience in design and business, Will currently heads up the Creative and User Experience teams at Bixal - a rapidly growing design and technology organization who partners with leading Federal agencies to conceive and deliver powerful data-driven customer experiences through holistic digital and communications solutions. As a strategic partner to the Bixal leadership, Will is always looking for ways that user-centered design can drive positive change, and make a real and meaningful impact on the lives of our client's stakeholders.
We're all familiar with the concept of the "T-shaped" individual – where one has deep skills in one area but may also be good at other things as well. In reality, designers may have multiple deep skill sets, or might be a generalist – so that shape may look more like something out of Tetris.

And how all those pieces fit together is very much like piecing together a puzzle, or even better, a Tetris wall. One designer may not fit so well where you first place her, but if you turn her around and try her elsewhere she might fit perfectly and excel in that role.

During my talk I will speak to the art of constructing a solid Tetris wall – one where your team has a solid distribution of skills and the flexibility to shift with the needs of the project(s).
2:30 pm – 2:45 pm Coffee Break
2:45 pm – 3:05 pm
Real-time interactive research with audience
Sketch Ambassador
Energetic digital product manager. Expert in web & mobile apps. Co-founder of Omka.Games, organizer at uxdc.us, co-founded livetyping.com – mobile app development agency, focused on E-commerce.
1. We will start the game on a big screen
2. People join from their phones with regular browsers
3. Have fun for 20 minutes guessing products by their pitching
3:10 pm – 3:35 pm
Maneuvering the job offer
Instructional Technologist with Ealai
David S. Akanbi is a certified eLearning developer with twelve years of professional experience in performance improvement, change management, and knowledge management using instructional systems, human-centered design, and multimedia content development. David has designed and developed performance improvement solutions and technical documents for many Fortune 500 companies. He is currently a Senior eLearning Consultant supporting the Human Resource Department of the U.S Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Washington DC.
David's presentation will focus on the importance of a global mindset in human-centered design.

Emphasis will be on building a portfolio and reputation that appeals to the global market, exploring and navigating global job opportunities, and decoding employer's expectations during the hiring process.

The presentation will end with a five-minute interactive session named "decoding the interview questions." This will give the audience valuable insights and understanding of the dos and don'ts of the interview process!
3:40 pm – 4:05 pm
Design agency vs in-house UX - Hear from someone who's done both
User Experience Lead
Nina Amato is the Lead UX Designer for digital strategy at the 157,000-member American Chemical Society (ACS). Previously Nina has worked for a design agency, where she worked with more than a dozen nonprofit organizations, and as a contractor for multiple government agencies. Nina's 14 years of experience have given her insight into how UX and UI design is performed at different types of organizations.
Learn how UX and UI design vary at different kinds of organizations.

Hear about the interview process from a UXer's perspective.

Gain insight into which type of organization might be a better fit for you.

Nina Amato is the Lead UX Designer for digital strategy at the 157,000-member American Chemical Society (ACS). Previously Nina has worked for a design agency, where she worked with more than a dozen nonprofit organizations, and as a contractor for multiple government agencies.

Nina's 14 years of experience have given her insight into how UX and UI design is performed at different types of organizations.
4:10 pm – 4:45 pm
Blockchain for designers
UX Specialist at Northrop Grumman
Michael has a background in Materials Science and Manufacturing Engineering. He switched his career to UX Design when he realized that was what he had been looking for all along. He currently works for Northrop Grumman as a UX Designer and Researcher.
Blockchain technology is new and exciting, but there seems to be very little recognition of the magnitude of change it will bring.

As designers, we are all focused on bringing the best experiences to our users, so it is important that we understand how this technology is going to impact our work and society.

I'll discuss the very basics of how Blockchain technology works, and then move quickly to discuss several potential applications, and the role designers will need to play in making these applications both acceptable and understandable to our users.
Our Sponsor
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With a combination of microlearning opportunities and flexible projects that generate a novel virtual reputation, our members are well equipped to access global opportunities and stay ahead of their competition in the job market well into the 21st century.
Location: Cleveland Park Library
3310 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008 located near Cleveland Park Station of Red line.

Keep in mind that parking might be time-consuming.
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