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Building an Industrial Ecosystem: Crafting Optimal Internet of Things (IoT) Interfaces for Automation

  • Joseph Kenny, Creative Director, User Experience at GE Digital – Manufacturing Software
  • Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 6:30pm
  • Constant Contact, 1601 Trapelo Rd, Waltham, MA 02451

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Creating optimal interfaces for the industrial IoT requires a multi-faceted approach. Sound methodology, bulletproof technology, user-centered design and realization of a customer’s ROI are requisites in today’s industrial world. We will review the unique regulatory and environmental challenges that are part and parcel of any manufacturing solution. Finally, our discussion will focus on how these sometimes competing requirements can be harnessed within a single ecosystem.

This presentation will walk through a real-world manufacturing scenario based on actual events. The scenario follows various personas through an unplanned equipment outage. It outlines personal and business impacts of current analog processes. In contrast, we will depict a realistic future when IoT systems are integrated. We’ll show how the impact of manufacturing issues can be minimized or eliminated altogether when plant operators’ needs are articulated and supported.

Please join us in discussing the promise and issues surrounding the industrial IoT. Take a peek into the future of automation and manufacturing as it is impacted by the emergence of an industrial ecosystem.


Joseph Kenny is the Director of User Experience for Automation solutions at GE Digital. He leads UX, designing visualization paradigms for the automation/manufacturing edge and IoT cloud solutions. Creating intuitive and seamless experiences specifically focused on the operator interfaces, Joe brings to his role at GE a wealth of experience in online application design, computer-based training, online marketing, multimedia development and broadcast television expertise.

Previously Joe worked at CSC GBS (Global Business Solutions) as Creative Director. In this consulting role he designed many complex web application solutions for Fortune 500 companies. He was a Senior Designer for ZDNet, an acknowledged thought-leader in online publishing. And while working at WGBH television,, he designed interfaces for interactive teaching software and was the Technical Director of Animation for the Emmy Award winning game show “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?”

Event 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. Interested in sponsoring BostonCHI? Let us know!

Constant Contact is hosting us.

VitaminT is sponsoring dessert.

Getting there

Constant Contact has plenty of visitor parking. Drive around to the main building entrance overlooking Rte. 128, and park in visitor parking. When you enter the main entrance, there will be signs directing you to the elevator block and upstairs to Constant Contact’s Great Room.

Constant Contact at
1601 Trapelo Road
Waltham, MA 02451

ImagineCare: Empowering Patients with Behavioral Science and Technology

  • Jamie Thomson, Director of Experience Design at Mad*Pow
  • Olga Elizarova, Senior Behavior Change Analyst at Mad*Pow
  • Thursday Feb. 16, 2017 at 6:30pm
  • At Constant Contact, 1601 Trapelo Rd, Waltham, MA 02451

Please register. It helps us and our hosts plan.


As new sensor technologies began to flood the healthcare market, New Hampshire-based health system Dartmouth-Hitchcock saw an opportunity for a remote health monitoring service that didn’t just throw technology at people, but took a truly human-centered approach. They partnered with Mad*Pow to design ImagineCare – a technical and human system that empowers people to live healthier lives and manage chronic illnesses. This talk will provide a breakdown of the behavioral science framework behind ImagineCare, and a glimpse into how theory was applied in practice. Come hear the story of how Mad*Pow helped shape a wide variety of behavioral levers and design details that add up to a holistic, motivating, personal experience that is now empowering people to better manage their health.

Short bio of Jamie Thomson

Jamie Thomson is inspired to change the world through research-driven design. As a Director of Experience Design at Mad*Pow, she helps clients craft a clear vision for the future of their products and services, and then execute on that vision through elegant interaction design and robust information architecture. She takes perverse pleasure in untangling the complexities of the healthcare ecosystem, whether from the patient, payor, or provider perspective. Jamie holds a B.S. in Information Systems and an M.S. in Library and Information Science at Drexel University. Prior to joining Mad*Pow, Jamie built her research and design chops in Philadelphia working at Digitas Health and Messagefirst, working with clients in healthcare, technology and higher education. When not busy analyzing or designing something, Jamie can be found outdoors cycling or skiing, or indoors playing board games and making craft cocktails.

Short Bio of Olga Elizarova

Olga Elizarova has a DDS degree from Samara State Medical University in Russia. A long and winding road drove her from dentistry and clinical work, to pursuing a graduate degree in public health from Brown University. Olga ended up exactly where she’s meant to be, working in the Digital Health and Behavior Change space as a Senior Behavior Change Analyst at Mad*Pow. It was her curiosity that drove Olga to the world of design. Once she stepped foot into the world of design, there was no turning back. She is passionate about improving people’s experiences with technology by designing solutions that make a difference and might possibly save lives.

Thank you to our generous sponsors. Interested in sponsoring BostonCHI? Let us know!

Constant Contact is hosting us.

Mad*Pow is sponsoring pizza.

VitaminT is sponsoring dessert.





Boston Interactions Winter Party 2017

People gathered in the Asgard's 'castle' room
  • UXPA and BostonCHI host
  • Boston Interactions Winter Party
  • January 24, 2017 at 6:00-9:30pm
  • The Asgard, 350 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA


Please register. It helps us and our hosts plan.

BostonCHI, UXPA Boston, and other usability and interactions groups of Boston, invite you to join us for our annual winter party at The Asgard, 350 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA between Central Sq and Kendall Sq.

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