2020-09-15 Homecoming Trivia Night

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A very warm welcome home for our CapCHI family!

We are excited to kick-off the 2020–2021 season with a trivia networking event. The evening will feature an introduction to the CapCHI executive team, followed by an overview of the fantastic season we have lined up. Then, we will break out into several rooms to get to know each other, and test our wits with a round of carefully crafted UX brain teasers.

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CapCHI Statement on Anti-Racism

CapCHI Statement on Anti-Racism

This past week we have witnessed the impact of racism. Racism is dehumanizing to everyone, especially the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) community. UX is founded on human-centred principles. As UX professionals, we therefore have a responsibility to identify systems that negatively impact the people our work is intended for. As a community of UX designers, researchers, engineers and educators, we must be committed to fighting prejudice, and working together to eliminate racism. CapCHI is committed to being an organization where everyone is respected and belongs.

Scaffolding Anti-racism resources: https://docs.google.com/…/1PrAq4iBNb4nVIcTsLcNlW8z…/preview

NYT Antiracism list: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/29/books/review/antiracist-reading-list-ibram-x-kendi.html?referringSource=articleShare

2020-05-05 COVID-19 Design Jam

CapCHI WDO COVID-19 Design Jam, May 5, 2020 6-8 pm...

The World Design Organization (WDO) recently partnered with IBM and Design for America to create a global mobilization effort in response to COVID-19. Their 24-hour COVID-19 Design Challenge had teams from around the world tackle seven identified problem spaces. The second round will refine proposed recommendations.

You are invited to a two-hour design jam that will dovetail into the WDO COVID-19 Design Challenge. Hosted by our very own Hala Hawa and Raquel Alves, and facilitated by Kevin Grignon from IBM Ottawa, our two-hour event will further examine outcomes from the WDO initiative.

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2020-04-07 Ethics in UX (Online)

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We are excited to announce this event has been rescheduled online!

You are invited to a panel discussion on ethics in user-experience research and design. Professionals from government, not-for-profit, academic, and private sectors have been invited to discuss ethics from their perspective. Following these short talks, we will break out into virtual rooms to discuss specific themes in smaller groups. Afterwards, we will return to the main room to for a moderated discussion, when we will open the floor to everyone.

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2020-02-18 Startup Showcase

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Several new businesses have been invited to present their product or service to the CapCHI community. Each entrepreneur will have five minutes to introduce their company and underline some of the key challenges they have faced in the first few years since launch. Following each presentation will be a short question period, and later in the evening there will be time to meet the presenters to discuss their challenges in greater detail.

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2020-01-21 CapCHI meets Civic Tech: A Mixer!

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Welcome back! Let’s start off the decade on a positive note by getting to know another amazing local community group: Ottawa Civic Tech! Members of Ottawa Civic Tech have been gathering and working on projects together for four years. During that time, they’ve fostered civic engagement between citizens, elected officials, and public servants; hosted over a hundred talks, including by a number of internationally renowned speakers, and; developed several unique civic-minded projects, such as the Meeting Cost Calculator, DemocracyKit, Is This Blocked in My Department, and Big Little Contracting.

This social mixer will be an informal way for the communities to meet and get to know each other. We’ll start the evening with a short introductory presentation from each group, and then leave the night open for mostly unstructured conversation. We’ll have a few back-up activities and games on hand to keep conversations moving, if necessary.

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