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  • 05 Feb, 3:50 pm

    05 Feb, 11:50 pm

    06 Feb, 7:50 am

    Morning Show

  • 05 Feb, 11:35 pm

    06 Feb, 7:35 am

    06 Feb, 3:35 pm

    Parting words

  • 05 Feb, 4:45 pm

    06 Feb, 12:45 am

    06 Feb, 8:45 am

    Q&A with Mel MacCoubrey

  • 05 Feb, 4:45 pm

    06 Feb, 12:45 am

    06 Feb, 8:45 am

    How do we interact when we can’t touch or get out of our house?

    Matt Corrall, Pratik Jain

    Overnight, Covid changed everything. Many personal gestures of goodwill, hugging, shaking hands, sharing space, are no longer available to us. We must reassess what we know about human behavior. What is the future of interaction?

    roundtable30 min
  • 05 Feb, 5:00 pm

    06 Feb, 1:00 am

    06 Feb, 9:00 am

    Using Sex And Porn Online To Change The World IRL

    Brianne McGuire

    How design and altered interactions can shape thinking and behavior towards sex

    talk25 min
  • 05 Feb, 5:30 pm

    06 Feb, 1:30 am

    06 Feb, 9:30 am

    Design for Cognitive Bias

    David Dylan Thomas

    Our users have biases and so do we. My talk explores how design and content strategy can help keep them at bay (or use them for good).

    talk25 min
  • 05 Feb, 6:00 pm

    06 Feb, 2:00 am

    06 Feb, 10:00 am

    Interstitial content

  • 05 Feb, 6:10 pm

    06 Feb, 2:10 am

    06 Feb, 10:10 am

    Designing the Conditions for Equity – a human-centric approach to Ts&Cs

    Phil Balagtas, Sebastian Shahfari-Ibler

    There are myriad Terms & Conditions that govern the products and services we use on a daily basis. While these are all designed for usage, the contracts we sign off to use them don’t necessarily include a rigorous and inclusive human-centered approach. Let’s investigate various guidelines we agree to and apply a new design approach to these Ts&Cs

    talk15 min
  • 05 Feb, 6:25 pm

    06 Feb, 2:25 am

    06 Feb, 10:25 am

    Dreams of justice through discursive design

    Raphael Arar

    How might we use design as a catalyst to create a more desirable, equitable world? Attend this session to learn how to incorporate discursive design—a vehicle for conversation, imagination and critique—into your organization to help your team dream, align and execute on more just visions of the future.

    talk15 min
  • 05 Feb, 6:40 pm

    06 Feb, 2:40 am

    06 Feb, 10:40 am

    The Rise of Meta-design: A starter playbook

    Uday Gajendar

    Designing the conditions for good design to thrive demands a meta approach to strategy, creativity, and humanity.

    talk15 min
  • 05 Feb, 7:00 pm

    06 Feb, 3:00 am

    06 Feb, 11:00 am

    Lunch Show

  • 05 Feb, 4:00 pm

    06 Feb, 12:00 am

    06 Feb, 8:00 am

    Can You Feel It Too?

    Mel MacCoubrey

    Mel MacCoubrey dives into why empathy is important in the AAA videogame industry and how it can help inform not just our games, but our culture as well.

    keynote45 min
  • 05 Feb, 8:10 pm

    06 Feb, 4:10 am

    06 Feb, 12:10 pm

    Beyond a convenient story: Being comfortable with 'incomplete'

    Hrudaya Veena Yanamandala, Eliza McLellan

    As designers we are often forced to tell just one story, to simplify the complex, and to produce things quickly. In healthcare, we solve for sticky problems and to create solutions we often pick the convenient story. This time we are not choosing the convenient route.

    talk15 min
  • 05 Feb, 8:25 pm

    06 Feb, 4:25 am

    06 Feb, 12:25 pm

    Utopia for designers: Making the unthinkable possible

    Nina Krishnan

    This talk offers a nuanced yet unflinching look at the history of utopias and critically examines the role of utopian thought as designers living in an increasingly dystopian world

    talk25 min
  • 05 Feb, 8:25 pm

    06 Feb, 4:25 am

    06 Feb, 12:25 pm

    Delight is dead — be boring instead

    Ryan Bigge

    It’s time to embrace the boring aspects of UX. I’ll share lessons from my ongoing battle against cleverness in design. Learn how visual hierarchy, error message hygiene, and checklists (checklists???) can triumph over bright shiny delight.

    roundtable30 min
  • 05 Feb, 8:55 pm

    06 Feb, 4:55 am

    06 Feb, 12:55 pm

    Ego-system to Ecosystem

    Allison Bouganim

    With the rise of new technologies, overpopulation, climate change, globalized economies, etc.- the systems that we are designing are increasingly more complex and interconnected. We need new, sustainable solutions to aid in these challenges that incorporate transdisciplinary perspectives. There is also an apparent need to shift the oddly myopic focus from humans in the center to humans in the middle and placing attention to the other areas impacted by our work. Systems Thinking, integrated into the Design Thinking process, appears to be a promising approach to this complexity and to address the unintended consequences of our designs.

    talk15 min
  • 05 Feb, 9:15 pm

    06 Feb, 5:15 am

    06 Feb, 1:15 pm

    Documentaries on Mtl

  • 05 Feb, 9:35 pm

    06 Feb, 5:35 am

    06 Feb, 1:35 pm

    Co-create because we can’t empathize out of our privilege

    Ariba Jahan

    Empathy is limited by the lens of our own privilege, bias, and lived experiences, often completely different from the lived experience of our audience, especially during the pandemic. I’ll share how we learned from our audience as we tackled unemployment benefit access!

    talk15 min
  • 05 Feb, 10:20 pm

    06 Feb, 6:20 am

    06 Feb, 2:20 pm

    Interstitial content

  • 05 Feb, 10:30 pm

    06 Feb, 6:30 am

    06 Feb, 2:30 pm

    Can we design our way forward and upward to resilience and progress?

    David Brin

    keynote45 min
  • 05 Feb, 11:15 pm

    06 Feb, 7:15 am

    06 Feb, 3:15 pm

    Q&A with David Brin

  • 05 Feb, 8:00 pm

    06 Feb, 4:00 am

    06 Feb, 12:00 pm

    Afternoon Show

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