Magga Dora

Magga Dora Ragnarsdottir

Senior User Experience Designer at Mad*Pow

 

How to get rid of those pesky users

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Mad*Pow, 179 Lincoln Street, Boston, MA 02111

Please register. It helps us and our hosts plan the logistics. Our meetings are free and open to the public.

Abstract

Your users pay your salary but sometimes they just seem not appreciate all your efforts and the things they say about our apps make you want to wash their mouths out with soap. Why don’t they get that we are trying to help?

Bio

Magga Dora’s mantra is that the world can be made a better place, one experience at a time. She is happy to share her passion for technology to anyone who’s willing to listen – and even those who aren’t. We guess that’s why she’s frequently asked to speak about the topic at conferences and in the classroom.
Magga Dora hails from a tiny rock in the North Atlantic Ocean known as Iceland. There she worked for Iceland’s largest telecommunications company, Siminn, maintaining their self-service website and internal call center applications. Before that she worked for airline management systems provider, Calidris (which is now a part of Sabre Airline Solutions). She worked directly with a large customer base including, but not limited to, Finnair, Emirates and British Airways.

Since 2003 Magga has taught the Graduate Human Factors course at the University of Iceland. That is also where she got her training, first earning her Bachelors in Psychology and then her Masters in Computer Science. She has been producing software and striving for UX perfection ever since.

When not evangelizing user experience she can be found curled up with a book, photographing wild animals in their natural habitat, hurtling down ski slopes or snuggling with her little family.

Evening Schedule

  • 6:30 – 7:00 Networking over pizza and beverages
  • 7:00 – 8:30 Meeting
  • 8:30 – 9:00 CHI Dessert and more networking!

Monthly Sponsors

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Mad*Pow is hosting us and providing pizza.
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Eileen Rudden

Co-founder of LearnLaunch

Thomas Ketchell

CEO of Hstry

 

EdTech as an Emerging Economic Cluster in MA

Tuesday, Nov 11, 2014 at 6:30pm

Scholastic Inc, 100 Talcott Ave, Watertown, MA

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Abstract

Massachusetts has a unique combination of leading universities, nation-leading K-12 schools, curriculum creators, and a dynamic software industry. Our innovation economy, mixing the talent and technology from these sectors, is creating a rapidly growing education technology industry. Rudden will provide an overview of the EdTech industry and the activity and design opportunity in Greater Boston. She recently wrote an op ed in the Globe about the possibilities: Will education technology be the next growth sector?

Rudden will be joined by Thomas Ketchell, CEO of HSTRY, an EdTech entrepreneur and LearnLaunch Accelerator alum who has created a fast-growing interactive timeline for social studies.

Bio, Eileen Rudden

Rudden is co-founder of LearnLaunch, Boston’s Edtech Community, and Campus & Accelerator. Rudden served as Chief Officer, College and Career Preparation at Chicago Public Schools, where she led the efforts of the third largest public school system in the US to ensure that its 400,000 students are college and career ready. She was a 2009 Broad Fellow and graduate of the Broad Superintendent’s Academy. Rudden received her MBA from Harvard Business School, and her BA from Brown University, where she served as a Trustee and is currently Chair of the Advisory Committee on Computing and Information Technology.

She also serves on the boards of the Achievement Network, Education Pioneers, and the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education.

Rudden led the Unified Communications Division of Avaya, a Fortune 500 global business communications leader and was SVP and GM of IBM Lotus Software’s Lotus Notes and Domino. Under her leadership more than 50 million began using the software and she was named to serve on IBM’s Technical Leadership Council. She previously served on the boards of John H Harland Co (NYSE: JH), Agilysys (NASDAQ:AGYS) and SoundBite Communications (NASDAQ:SDBT), where she was Board Chair. She is an active angel investor and a member of the Launchpad Venture Group.

Bio, Thomas Ketchell

Thomas Ketchell is the CEO & Co-Founder of Hstry, which relives historical events through a first-person perspective to bring history to life. He holds a BA in History & Chinese Studies as well as a postgraduate degree in Business & Development. Prior to founding Hstry, he worked in various development roles, including East Africa in 2010 where he built biogas systems. Whilst living in Beijing, he experienced the dreadful quality of the air on a daily basis. Wanting to alert people back home what it was like to breathe in this dirty air, he decided with his colleague Steven Chiu – to re-enact on social media the 1952 Great Smog of London. The success of this re-enactment led to worldwide coverage, which encouraged both Steven and Thomas to co-found Hstry. Hstry is now providing interactive timelines of historical events for both elementary and secondary schools across the globe in line with their vision to become the leading digital learning platform for history. Thomas has given talks across Europe and the US and has recently given a TedX Talk in Belgium on “Teaching History in the 21st Century”.

Evening Schedule

  • 6:30 – 7:00 Networking over pizza and beverages
  • 7:00 – 8:30 Meeting
  • 8:30 – 9:00 CHI Dessert and more networking!

Monthly Sponsors

Thank you to our generous sponsors. If you’re interested in sponsoring BostonCHI, please let us know.

Scholastic, Inc is hosting us and providing pizza.
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Vitamin T is sponsoring dessert

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juhan sonin

Juhan Sonin, Involution Studios

Creative Director

Tuesday, Oct 14, 2014 at 6:30pm

Abstract

Remember doctor’s visits when you were growing up? The wooden tongue depressor. The well-worn stethoscope. That weird thing they jammed in your ears. And now, my young children are getting about that same treatment. But that is going to change.

As design harnesses digital, materials and networking technologies, a very new health experience is just over the horizon. Proactive, lifestyle design. Tracking real-time health data. Non-invasive tools. Custom “just for you” treatments based on your actual genome. These are all real technologies, being used by ordinary people. Together they are leading us to “stage zero” detection and treatment which has the potential to double or better the lifespan of every first-world citizen. Not science fiction, the children of the 2020’s will only know this reality. Tongue depressors will be limited to school craft projects and popsicles. And it is all the product of technology and design.

Design for Life introduces participants to the macro factors shaping these realities, along with an in-depth exploration of the various impacts of and opportunities for design.
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