World Usability Day 2013: 3 Events in Michigan!

World Usability Day is the largest gathering of industry professionals,world-class academics, government leaders, and students facilitating the progression of usability, user experience, and user-centered design. In 2012, the World Usability Day community held over 150 events in more than 40 countries. During the last five years, over 1,500 conference participants from all parts of North America representing industry, government, and academia have attended the annual event at Michigan State University.

This year’s theme is healthcare: collaborating for better systems. The importance of user-centered design in healthcare is truly life or death. Whether it’s new medical devices or technologies; drug research, patient forms or medical record sharing; emergency disaster planning or increasing the functionality of hospitals and everyday healthcare delivery, everyone is affected in some way by the intersection of usability in healthcare.

We are happy to promote 3 amazing events to celebrate World Usability Day 2013, right here in Michigan.

“World Usability Day 2013”

Hosted by Michigan State University Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting.

Michigan State University’s World Usability Day event will cover usability and accessibility topics relevant for IT and UX professionals. There will be a range of great speakers presenting on a number of topics:

Top 10 Healthcare Usability Myths Debunked!
Lorraine Chapman, Director, Health UX, Macadamian

Behind the Curtain: Content and Design Issues in the Online Privacy Policies of Internet-Focused Organizations
Anna Langhorne, Assistant Professor, University of Dayton

A Web for Everyone: Accessibility as a Design Challenge
Whitney Quesenbery, Co-Director, Center for Civic Design; Independent Researcher, WQusability

Bill Hart-Davidson, Associate Professor, Michigan State University

Registration details

Date:       Thursday, November 14, 2013
Time:       8:30 AM to 12:00 PM   (1:00-3:00PM — Tours of the UARC (Kellogg Center))
Cost:       $20
Location:   Michigan State University Union, Ballroom, East Lansing, Michigan
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“World Usability Day in the ‘D’ (Detroit)”

Brought to you by The Michigan Chapter of ACM SIGCHI, The Southeastern Michigan Chapter of STC, and The Michigan UxPA

Crescendo-ing…er …“Crash-scendo-ing”…in early October.
Dave Mitropoulos-Rundus, User Experience Architect at Quicken Loans, Principal of Clear Usability, LLC, and Director of the annual Internet User Experience conference.

This talk will focus on the usability aspects of Attendees will walk away with not only a deep understanding of what did and did not work with the site as it rolled out in early October, but with recommendations relevant to anyone who is a stakeholder for a company or organization who needs their website and other customer touch points to be inviting and promote successful use for a very broad range of visitors.

Registration details

Date:       Thursday, November 14, 2013
Time:       9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Cost:       $5, please pre-register online no later than 6:00pm on Tuesday November 12, 2013
Location:   15th Floor Auditorium, Compuware building (1050 Woodward Ave. (or One Campus Martius)Detroit, MI 48226)
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“World Usability Day Detroit”

Brought to you by the Detroit User Experience Group

Speakers and Topics:

Connecting the Dots Using Content Strategy: Making Health Insurance Easy
Jeff Greer, Content Strategist at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan

How To Infuse Your Medical User Interface With Pure Sweetness.
Steve Tengler, User Experience Director at Altia, Inc.

Registration details

Date:       Thursday, November 14, 2013
Time:       6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Cost:       $5, pre-registration only
Location:   Grand Circus (1570 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI)
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