Calm Technology Keynote at UX Week 2016, August 9-12 in San Francisco, CA

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I’m excited to announce that I’ll be keynoting UX Week 2016, one of the premiere UX Conferences in the United States! Now in its 14th year, UX Week brings together design professionals from all over the world.

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Location

The conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco: 5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA 94111.

Want to Attend?

You can learn more about the conference and see the full lineup of speakers here!

Speaking at {dive} Conference in Rennes, France on July 7, 2016!

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100 attendees. 18 hours.  Infinite possibilities.  On July 7, 2016, 100 people will meet in Rennes, France, a beautiful city nestled in the northwest corner of the Brittany region for a one-of-kind conference. Below are some pictures of the conference venue:

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{dive} attendees—which will be capped at 100 for a more intimate, immersive environment—will have the opportunity to participate in a full day of stimulating, interactive sessions and discover fresh ideas and insights from some of the leading strategists, entrepreneurs and innovators in the world. More about {dive} from UXMag.

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I strongly encourage you to sign up if getting to Rennes, France is an exciting idea to you!

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You can learn much more about {dive} here!

Speaking at UXLx in Lisbon, Portugal from May 24-27th, 2016!

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I’m excited to announce that I’ll be speaking at UXLx: User Experience Lisbon – 24 to 27 May 2016. I’ll also be doing a half-day workshop on Calm Technology there.

User Experience Lisbon provides 4 days of training and inspiration for user experience professionals.

This will be my first time in Lisbon, Portugal and I’m definitely looking forward to it.

Workshop on Designing Calm Technology

Time: 1/2 day (4 hours)
Class size limit: 40 participants

The difference between an annoying technology and one that is helpful is how it engages our attention. Calm Technology is a framework for designing ubiquitous devices that engage our attention in an appropriate manner. The aim of Calm Technology is to provide principles that follow the human lifestyle and environment in mind, allowing technology to amplify humanness instead of taking it away.

This workshop will cover how to use principles of Calm Technology to design the next generation of connected devices. We’ll look at notification styles, compressing information into other senses, and designing for the least amount of cognitive overhead.

Structure and activities
Students will work in groups to solve a series of design challenges, including designing new products, ‘calming down’ a complex ones, communicating the principles of Calm Technology across an organization and team, and entering a product successfully into the marketplace.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Use principles of Calm Technology to design the next generation of connected devices.
  • Design appropriate notification systems into both physical and software products
  • Communicate the principles of Calm Technology to your across your organization and team
  • Use methods of Calm Technology to design technology for generations, not seasons.
  • Enter your product successfully into the marketplace.

Who is the workshop for?

This workshop is for anyone that actively builds or makes decisions about technology, especially user experience designers, product designers, managers, creative directors and developers. Attendees are encouraged to have some background in user experience design and look at http://calmtech.com/ or Designing Calm Technology before the workshop.

Bringing a laptop is not required, as work will be done on paper and in groups.

Want to learn more?

Check out the rest of the conference and the speakers at UXLx!

Calm Technology at the Center for Civic Media on May 12, 2016

I’ll be speaking at the MIT Center for Civic Media this May! The speech will be a lunch talk on Thursday May 12th, 2016. It will be in Building E15 room 334.

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When and Where

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About Civic Media

The Center for Civic Media is a joint effort between the MIT Media Lab and the MIT Comparative Media Studies/Writing program. It represents a group of diverse people and inventors of new technologies that support and foster civic media and political action. The center coordinates community-based design processes locally and internationally. More about MIT Center of Civic Media.

RSVP

You can RSVP for the talk here! The talk is open to more than MIT students and lab members. Please RSVP 24 hours in advance to ensure you’ll be able to get lunch.

Photo of MIT Media Lab by the Knight Foundation.

Calm Technology at IoT Fuse Conference in Minneapolis!

Part of my Calm Technology Book Tour this year will take me to the IoT Fuse Conference in Minneapolis, MN!

Now in its second year, IOT Fuse, a Minnesota-based conference to spark the Internet of Things, is an event focused on uniting doers, makers and hackers with executives, entrepreneurs and innovators.

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I’ll be presenting the opening keynote speech on Friday, April 22 from 8:15am – 9:30am. The World Is Not a Desktop.

Speech Description
How can you design technology that becomes a part of a user’s life and not a distraction from it? Amber Case explores the concept of calm technology, a method for smoothly capturing a user’s attention only when necessary, while calmly remaining in the background most of the time. Author Amber Case presents ideas first introduced by researchers at Xerox PARC in 1995, and explains how they apply to our current technology landscape, especially the Internet of Things. We’ll discuss the importance and challenge of designing technology that respects our attention, principles of calm design—peripheral attention, context, and ambient awareness and calm communication patterns—improving attention through a variety of senses.