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2030 NW Pettygrove Street
Portland, OR 97209, US (map)

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  • Wednesday
    Sep 17 2014
    Animation and the Future of UX!

    ISITE Design

    Since the Era of Flash, web animation has had a bad reputation: distracting, baroque, decorative, flash without substance. But with web and mobile sites adopting increasingly app-like interfaces, animation has become mission-critical to optimizing the user’s experience.

    Learn the science behind “tweening” and offloading mental models to the visual cortex. Discover the secrets animation studios use to coordinate massive efforts when designing in the 4th dimension. See all seven animation techniques working together on actual web sites people use today. Rachel Nabors has traveled the world spreading the philosophy and techniques behind web animation, and she’s bringing it home to Portland.

    Our Presenter, Rachel Nabors

    Rachel Nabors is an interaction developer, award-winning cartoonist, and host of the Infinite Canvas Screencast. She deftly blends the art of traditional storytelling with digital media to “tell better stories through code” at her interaction studio, Tin Magpie. You can catch up with her at rachelnabors.com.

  • Wednesday
    Aug 20 2014
    Sass — It’s More Than Just Variables In Your CSS

    ISITE Design

    Syntactically Awesome Style Sheets (Sass) make working with CSS really freakin’ fun. Although variables (yeah, variables in your CSS, how cool is that!) are often highlighted when talking about CSS preprocessers, Sass is so much more.

    We’ll discuss, with practical examples, other major features of the language such as functions, mixins, placeholder classes and selector nesting.

    Our Presenter, Taylor Dewey

    Giving life to creative ideas is the motivation that has been driving Taylor to make websites since 1998. More recently he is fueled by a goal to work with passionate people to create products that people love to use.

    Taylor chose to work with the web because it is a medium where creativity and technology meld and, as a virtual product, constantly evolves into something better. He works for 10up creating user experience strategy, engineering interfaces, developing, and supporting high impact, complex, and innovative content centered digital experiences. Or, in short: he creates really awesome websites that make online publishing simple.

  • Tuesday
    Aug 19 2014
    CoFoundersLab Matchup Portland

    ISITE Design

    CoFoundersLab Matchup Portland is aimed at helping entrepreneurs find co-founders, advisers & interns and to build strong, core founding teams.

  • Wednesday
    Jun 18 2014
    RefreshPDX - Side Projects That Ship

    ISITE Design

    Presentation Abstract

    Starting a side project is easy. Finishing one? That’s a whole lot tougher. Is there a secret to being prolific part-time? What separates the countless projects languishing on hard drives from the few that see the light of day?

    Join Tyler Sticka (Cloud Four designer/developer and creator of numerous side projects) for a discussion on how to identify your best ideas, focus on the right goals, eliminate cruft and maintain your interest level so you can complete your labor of love without losing sleep, your job or your mind.

    About Tyler Sticka

    Tyler designs mobile and responsive websites as part of Cloud Four, and touchscreen games as co-founder of Backabit. He recently launched Colorpeek, a web app for quickly sharing CSS color values, as well as an accompanying Chrome extension. His iOS game Ramps was featured as an iPhone Game of the Week, breaking the US App Store Top 10 at its peak. He also lead the first responsive redesign of the Sasquatch! Music Festival website, which made the 2011 .net Awards shortlist for Redesign of the Year. He writes and draws all sorts of geeky things at tylersticka.com and cloudfour.com.

    Join us after the workshop for a short walk to a local establishment food libation, sponsored by nGen Works!

  • Monday
    Jun 9 2014
    Creative CSS: Animations, Transitions UX Workshop

    ISITE Design

    Refresh Portland presents... Creative CSS: Animations, Transitions & UX Workshop!

    Start thinking of CSS in a whole new light using animations, transitions, and transforms. Plus, learn how to make great UI animations while you’re at it!

    In this workshop we’ll cover the basics of CSS animations, transitions and transforms; techniques for writing them efficiently; combining them with JavaScript and SVG; and specifically look at where motion can be used effectively in our work -- both as classy details and as useful UI animations. It’s going to be a fun day full of web animation!

    What We'll Cover

    1. Timing, offsets, arcs, and other key animation principles for UI work
    2. Where and how animation can improve UX
    3. Capturing CSS animation events with JavaScript
    4. Animating SVG with CSS
    5. Performance considerations and progressive enhancement

    Who Should Attend

    This workshop is for web designers and developers who want to add more sophisticated interactions and motion to their work.

    What You Should Know

    Experience with HTML and CSS is needed to take full advantage of the workshop's content. Some familiarity with JavaScript or jQuery is helpful, but not required.

    What to Bring

    A laptop with your favourite text editor and modern browser(s) is all you need.

    What to Expect

    A full day of learning! Snacks and lunch are provided and ISITE's guest wifi is plentiful and fast!

    About Val Head

    Val Head is a Designer and Consultant based in Philadelphia. Her work ranges from projects on the web to interactive installations to print. She is the author of The Pocket Guide to CSS Animations, teaches CSS animations on Lynda.com, and hosts the All the Right Moves tutorial screencast.

    You can find her on stage speaking at events like An Event Apart and encouraging others to do the same as the co-host of the Ladies In Tech podcast. She’s on the Future Insights advisory board, founded the popular Web Design Day conference, and leads workshops around the world on Animation for the Web and Creative Coding.


    Contact [email protected] with any questions about the workshop.

    Tickets can be refunded up until 2 weeks before the event. Tickets are always transferrable. Contact [email protected] with any ticket refund or transfer questions.

  • Wednesday
    May 21 2014
    RefreshPDX - Capturing Hearts and Minds In a Digital Age

    ISITE Design

    Capturing Hearts and Minds In a Digital Age

    Join us 21 May 2014

    Presentation Abstract

    Let’s face it. People experience brands and make decisions differently in a digital age. Leading researchers such as Forrester and Tempkin prove that companies who are loved win with their customers AND investors.

    Today more and more companies must have a vision, executive buy-in and aligned roadmap  to transform their business to lead in a digital age.

    Join Paul Williams who co-founded ISITE Design 17 years ago for a behind the scenes look at how companies are transforming to capture the hearts and minds of their customers in a digital age.

    Attending this edition of Refresh Portland you will…

    • Learn from real world company stories who have attempted to make this transition
    • Tryout the maturity model and assessment approach ISITE uses to help align, imagine and map the transformative road ahead for our clients
    • Connect with peers for a dynamic conversation on the intersection of business strategy and digital strategy

    About Paul Williams

    Paul Co-founded ISITE Design 17 years ago and over that time has grown company revenues from $10,000 to $10 million with 70 employees and offices in Portland and Boston.

    Paul has been recognized as a Top 40 Executive under 40 by the Portland Business Journal and as the Entrepreneur of the Year under 30 for a three-state region by the Small Business Administration. 

Paul is also currently serving as President of the Portland Chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) The Portland EO Chapter has 88 members with combined revenue north of $500 million and 2,000 employees.

    Paul draws from his entrepreneurial roots to help companies transform and become loved in a digital age.

  • Saturday
    May 3 2014
    Portland Windows Phone Day

    ISITE Design

    Get FREE training and expert help to build and publish your apps for Windows devices.

    Are you finally ready to start developing for mobile devices? Perhaps you're interested in learning what's new in Windows Phone 8.1 and how to build universal apps that can be published in both the Windows and Windows Phone Stores? The Portland Windows Phone Day will help you get your app closer to completion and get that much closer to putting the app in the store. In fact we expect many developers will have their application already uploaded to the store by the end of the day.

    While previous events have focused around "learning" to build for Windows and Windows Phone, the focus of this event is geared towards doing the work and helping you "publish" your apps. Whether you’re a first-time developer, or a seasoned pro who wants to take advantage of new features in Windows Phone 8.1, this event is for you.


    8:30 am: Registration/Check-in
    9:00 am: Welcome and overview of DVLUP. Info on prizes.
    9:30 am: App Studio walk through - create an app before lunch.
    10:00 am: Hack/Create apps
    12:30 pm: Lunch, sponsored by TEK Systems
    1:30 pm: Advance talk on Windows Phone development.
    2:00 pm: Hacking continues
    5:30 pm: Dinner, sponsored by DVLUP.
    8:00 pm: Giveaways, goodbyes and hacking continues at home.

    All day: Experts available on hand to help out with any Windows Phone related questions you may have.


    • Everyone who works on an app on the day of the event will receive $50 AdDuplex credit to help get their app in front of mass audiences.
    • Everyone who works on an app on the day of the event will be entered into a raffle to win a surprise!
    • Everyone who creates a new Windows Phone or Windows 8 app in a rolling 30 day period can enter to win up to $1,000 every month at http://j.mp/IAmAWinner
    • Everyone who updates an existing app or uploads a new app to the Windows Phone store within 3 weeks of the event (May-3 to May-24) and submits to a challenge in DVLUP by May-28 will be entered into a raffle to win one of the following:
      • Nokia Lumia Hero device of their choice.
      • AdDuplex credit worth $1,000

    Space is limited so be sure to REGISTER NOW!

  • Tuesday
    Apr 29 2014
    Portland 3D Printing Lab

    ISITE Design

    In March 64 Layer Geeks explored the many options for 3D scanning and got to see large format industrial prints. We kicked off with a high-level overview of what 3D printing is and how it's used. Next, people had a minute to shout out about their projects. Mortuary applications for 3D printing- unforgettable! Then, we took a look at updates in the industry and talked about how we, as a community, can work together. Next, Skylr of 3Digitize.us scanned a slice of pizza and showed us the many ways to do it. Next, Alex of ProtoPlant regaled us with stories of printing on industrial machines, showing us actual large-format prints as well as finely detailed chainmail.

    In April, we'll take a look at how 3D printing is literally changing lives by giving people back the use of their limbs.

    Agenda follows: 0600p : 3D printing for Beginners (optional for pros!)

    0630p : Networking over light food/beverages

    0730p : Intro

    0740p : Community Time - 2 minutes to ask a question or show off your project

    0750p : Ivan Owen - co-creator of the original 3D printed hand prosthetic and supporter of the e-NABLE project

    0830p : More Networking! Note 1: If you'd like to bring a printer, please contact the group organizer, so we can set aside table space.

    Note 2: If you have a project or business you'd like to talk about, please contact the group organizer by private message. We're looking for 15-20 minute presentations. Slides aren't necessary, but we have access to a projector and plenty of table space. Good examples would be demonstrations of a new technique/tool, an overview of a service you provide, a unique project you've modeled/printed, etc. If you know a great speaker, please refer them! Please share this with your network and bring your imagination and enthusiasm.

  • Wednesday
    Apr 16 2014
    RefreshPDX - Lessons from the Battlefield: Working on the Web

    ISITE Design

    After four years of agency employment and four years of freelancing as a web designer and developer, Kristin has learned a lot of lessons, mostly the hard way. She gets asked a lot of questions. How do you get started making websites? How do you get work as a freelancer? How did you last 4 years working at home in your PJs? Why did you quit freelancing and go back to employment, weren't you living the dream?

    Kristin will share all her battlefield-approved tips for surviving life as a contractor, finding work with an agency, and how to become rich and famous in 5 easy steps.

    Our Presenter, Kristin Wille Kristin is a web developer at Daylight Studio in Southeast Portland, where she hacks away at front end code and dabbles in PHP. She also co-hosts the PushPull Podcast, a semi-wildly popular show about working in the web industry.

    When she’s not staring at computers or talking about them, you’ll find her on her mountain bike and enjoying the Northwest outdoors with her two dogs.

    Join us after the presentation for a short walk to a local establishment food and libation!

                            Have questions about RefreshPDX - Lessons from the Battlefield: Working on the Web? 
                                 Contact Matthew Oliphant 
  • Tuesday
    Apr 15 2014
    Digital Dialogues: Owen Jones Urban Airship Rebrand-For tech people too!

    ISITE Design

    This is a combo technology and design event!!

    Relaunching the Urban Airship brand was a task that took as much skill as sending off an actual zeppelin into the skies. Introduced with just as great fanfare, the Urban Airship experience reached impressive heights.

    It fell to Portland's own Owen Jones and Partners to re-launch both the brand and the website. They developed a new logo, extensive illustrations, a robust icon system, and other secondary brand assets. At the same time, they re-architected their product platform and rewrote almost all of the site content. They then melded the creative with a responsive front-end and an Expression Engine back-end to bring the brand to life.

    How did they do it? Come find out as the Owen team discusses the challenges of simultaneously handling a company rebrand and website launch.

    Roles: Lucas Swick - Technical Director Josh Balleza - Art Director

    Digital Dialogues is an event series developed by AIGA Portland in partnership with IxDA and sponsored by FILTER and ISITE Design. Each event provides a sneak peek into a different collaborative case study. Relaunching the Urban Airship brand was a task that took as much skill as sending off an actual zeppelin into the skies. Introduced with just as great fanfare, the Urban Airship experience reached impressive heights.

  • Tuesday
    Mar 25 2014
    Portland 3D Printing Lab

    ISITE Design

    In February 60 Layer Geeks got to see how real Oregon companies team up to create business opportunities using 3D printing. We kicked off with a high-level overview of what 3D printing is and how it's used. Then, we took a look at updates in the industry and talked about how we, as a community, can work together. Next, Rigado Systems, makers of Lumenplay, showed us how 3D printed parts allows them to be responsive to their customers' needs. RapidMade showed us the kinds of products they can make in short order and gave us advice on how to prepare your products to be printed. Lastly, ProtoPasta told us the story of their Kickstarter for desktop 3D printer filament, made with polycarb and carbon fiber.

    In March, we'll take a look at the tools, including an in-depth look at 3D scanning and 3d printed prosthetic hands! Agenda follows: 0600p : 3D printing for Beginners

    0630p : Networking over light food/beverages

    0730p : Intro

    0710p : Show your projects OR

               Community Q&A - Shout out a question, get it answered

    0750p : Sklyr @ 3Digitize.us talks about the state of the art in 3D scanning, with a LIVE demo!

    0810p : Ivan Owen tells us the story of creating prosthetic hands and joining the e.Nable project! 0810p : More Networking!

    Note 1: We also had a LARGE number of printers (including a delta!) represented at our Feb meetup. If you'd like to bring a printer, please contact the group organizer, so we can set aside table space.

    Note 2: If you have a project or business you'd like to talk about, please contact the group organizer by private message. We're looking for 15-20 minute presentations. Slides aren't necessary, but we have access to a projector and plenty of table space. Good examples would be demonstrations of a new technique/tool, an overview of a service you provide, a unique project you've modeled/printed, etc. If you know a great speaker, please refer them!

    Please share this with your network and bring your imagination and enthusiasm. We'd particularly like to get people from bigger corps that are using a lot of 3D printing in their design process (looking at you Nike and Intel :)

  • Wednesday
    Mar 19 2014
    RefreshPDX - Content FTW: Rallying an Army of Internal Content Contributors

    ISITE Design

    As content marketing becomes a core component of a brand’s digital presence, from creating awareness to nurturing a community, marketers and content strategists working with internal teams are faced with a tricky question: Where should the content come from? Once your journeys have been mapped and personas outlined, how do you kick-start a relevant and honest editorial plan?

    In this refreshing look at content strategy, Katie will share her story and tips for rallying a cross-functional team and process to inform a made-to-fit content strategy. You’ll see some tools and templates to borrow for building your own “Team Content” to feed the content pipeline.

    Our Presenter, Katie Del Angel

    Katie is a marketing specialist at ISITE Design, a digital agency that helps organizations create exceptional experiences. Katie is responsible for content marketing and social media within the agency. She oversees ISITE's mini B2B content empire of six in-house blogs, and a growing army of internal contributors. She also manages the agency website content and organizes ISITE's annual experience design event in Portland, Oregon, Delight Conference.

    A recent addition to the Portland office by way of Boston, Katie is still a Chicagoan at heart and thoroughly enjoys a good Chicago-style hot dog whenever she can.

    Follow Katie on Twitter.

  • Tuesday
    Mar 4 2014
    CoFoundersLab Matchup Portland

    ISITE Design

    CoFoundersLab Matchup Portland is aimed to help build founding teams in finding co-founders, advisers & interns. Get started networking now with a potential core team member by creating a FREE profile on CoFoundersLab.com.

  • Tuesday
    Feb 25 2014
    Portland 3D Printing Lab

    ISITE Design

    In January 50 Layer Geeks saw the landscape for 3D printing at the 2014 Consumer Electronics show, learned about 3D printing gearboxes (important to print parts for other 3D printers), and heard the sweet sound of a 3D printed violin.

    In February, be prepared to learn more about how Portland businesses are making use of 3D printing technology for rapid prototyping as well as in finished goods. For this event we're going to try something new. If you're new to 3D printing, come half hour early and we'll give you an overview of the technology so that you can hit the ground running.

    Agenda follows:

    0600p : 3D printing for Beginners

    0630p : Networking over light food/beverages

    0700p : Intro

    0710p : Community Q&A - Shout out a question, get it answered

    0730p : Speaker 1 (To be Announced)

    0750p : Speaker 2 (To be Announced) 0810p : More Networking!

    Note 1: If you'd like to bring a printer, let Shashi know, so we can set aside table space.

    Note 2: If you have a project or business you'd like to talk about, please contact the group organizer by private message. We're looking for 15-20 minute presentations. Slides aren't necessary, but we have access to a projector and plenty of table space. Good examples would be demonstrations of a new technique/tool, an overview of a service you provide, a unique project you've modeled/printed, etc. If you know a great speaker, please refer them!

    Please share this with your network and bring your imagination and enthusiasm. We'd particularly like to get people from bigger corps that are using a lot of 3D printing in their design process (looking at you Nike and Intel :)

  • Wednesday
    Feb 19 2014
    RefreshPDX - Work Life Balance: How to find it when your business becomes your life.

    ISITE Design

    When you love your job, it's hard to step away, especially if you work for yourself. But focusing too much on work can can be detrimental to your health, your relationships, and even the very work you love. Finding a balance between work and life as a business owner is tough, and gets tougher when various challenges come up. Learn a few tips on how to help strike a good work life balance that works for you. Our Presenter, Angie Herrera Angie has been pushing pixels for roughly 14 years, 11 of which have been running 420 Creative, a tiny design studio based in Portland, Oregon. Having learned many of her business lessons the “hard way” and through some incredible peers, her passion for her work the industry has only strengthened over time. Angie is an avid soccer player, bike-rider, and a not-so-great golfer. When she roots, she roots for the Timbers.

    Join us after the presentation for a 1-block walk to The Lucky Lab for food and libation!

  • Thursday
    Jan 30 2014
    Agile Speaker Series

    ISITE Design

    Greetings! 2014 is going to be great. I have teamed up with ISITE DESIGN and people from Silicon Valley to bring experts from the Agile Community to speak on topics ranging from Innovation to Enterprise Agile Transformation. We have speakers lined up from PayPal, Twitter, Ebay, Cisco, Apple, Visa, Walmart.com, Macys.com, etc.

    These meetings will be monthly - happening on the last Thursday of every month at ISITE Design in NW Portland. To make the it even more interesting, we will have networking, food, and wine/beer the first hour, followed by the speaker for the 2nd hour, and then wrap up for the last 30 minutes. And the events will be FREE!

    So, hope you can join us and make 2014 a Success for the Agile community in Portland. Speaker details to follow soon - check the website!

  • Tuesday
    Jan 21 2014
    Portland 3D Printing Lab

    ISITE Design

    What if I told you that you could print objects the same way you can print graphics on paper? It's now possible, with a technology called additive manufacturing, or 3D Printing! There are many applications for 3D printing including ideation/prototyping, creating finished goods (jewelry), and customizing traditional manufacturing processes. This technology has recently become cheap and easy enough to use at home. It's poised to disrupt the way we design, build, make, and distribute products. The big players in 3D printing are in Europe and the East Coast, but Portland has a burgeoning community of users and enthusiasts pushing the boundaries of what can be done with 3D printing.

    Portland 3D Printing Lab is a group for anyone interested in learning about 3D printing and related topics such as 3D modeling, prototyping, and creating this technology. We meet third week of every month to discuss the industry, our projects, and ways we can collaborate. Join us - we look forward to seeing you there!

  • Wednesday
    Jan 15 2014
    Refresh Portland - Get What You Give: Building a Business with Heart

    ISITE Design

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    Generosity is a touchy feely word often reserved for the non-profits and charities. But what does it look like to build a profitable business that values generosity? How can we create businesses that facilitate exuberant giving?

    In Get What You Give, Mara will share examples of how your brand can succeed with two verbs alone: ask and offer. Through some exercises we’ll explore the many qualities of any ask and offer, and how they can serve entrepreneurs and customers alike.

    All attendees will receive one dollar and a personalized zine on the gift economy.

    Our Presenter, Mara Zepeda

    Mara Zepeda is the CEO and co-founder of Switchboard, a business that arose from solving her own problem, and bootstrapped by designing tattoos. Switchboard is a community-building classifieds platform. On it, members of private networks ask for what they need and offer what they have to give. There are only two types of posts: ask and offer. Switchboard is being used by colleges, summer camps, non-profits, investors, and many other communities that are sick of wading through social feeds, monitoring groups and pages, and ignoring listservs.

    Switchboard is part of Wieden+Kennedy’s Portland Incubator Experiment.

  • Tuesday
    Jan 14 2014
    PDX Digital PM January Meetup

    ISITE Design


    PDX Digital PM is Portland's inaugural monthly meetup for Digital PMs and producers. If that's you and you'd like to attend, please RSVP at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pdx-digital-pm-january-meetup-tickets-9142921725


    For our inaugural event, the theme is "Defining Digital PM - The People and the Role." The agenda is as follows:

    • Introductions and ground rules
    • A quick recap of profile survey results
    • A panel discussion on "the people and the role"
    • Wrap-up and networking


    January 14, 2014 from 6-7PM! Show up between 5:30PM and 6:00PM to mingle and get settled. There will be time to network following the event as well.


    We'll be meeting in the community room at ISITE Design. Beverages and snacks will also be provided thanks to host sponsor ISITE Design!


    Portland's digital project management and production community is underserved when it comes to sharing knowledge and raising the status of the role industry-wide. Project management for the web is still in its infancy, piecing together elements of agency production, software project management, and digital strategy in a diverse role that requires a great degree of smarts and skill. Let's get together to share our stories and experiences in an effort to all be better project managers.

    Want to know more? Visit pdxdigitalpm.com

  • Friday
    Jan 10 2014
    MapCamp Portland Hackathon!
    ISITE Design

    Announcing MapCamp! A 2-day event for mapping enthusiasts in Portland, Oregon.

    What is it? A two-day series of presentations and a hackathon at ISITE Design that rewards teams and individuals that make the best use of Portland city data. We'll be providing food, drink, entertainment and some other surprises.

    Have a dataset, tool or app to demo? Let us know and we'll include you in Saturday morning's lightning talk lineup!

    Why is this going to be awesome?

    • Competitive hackathon with fun prizes in a bunch of categories
    • Talks on interesting new tech/tools/apps from Esri and others
    • Fun surprises!
    • The cozy, conveniently-located confines of ISITE Design and the TiE Pearl Incubator
    • Also, tamales and beer.
  • Tuesday
    Nov 19 2013
    CoFoundersLab Matchup Portland

    ISITE Design

    CoFoundersLab Matchup Portland is an opportunity to find a co-founder for your business, or find a business to join. Brought to you by CoFoundersLab, this event is a finely tuned networking event where you can meet other entrepreneurs and build the team to make your business happen. Start networking now by creating a FREE profile at CoFoundersLab.com!

  • Tuesday
    Sep 17 2013
    IxDA Portland: Progressive Content Strategy

    ISITE Design

    We're back after our summer break and are kicking things off with a presentation by Dedrick Sprick, a Content Strategist for OHSU who has been working with web content for six years. Here's a an overview of his talk:

    "Progressive Content Strategy (A Content Commitment Model) helps think about how different clients may approach the web based on their experience with it, from fearful novice to seasoned expert. The model covers typical views of clients at different stages, what might help them learn and where to focus efforts to help them grow."

  • Wednesday
    May 29 2013
    TiE Pearl Incubator at ISITE Inauguration

    ISITE Design

    Ted Wheeler, Oregon State Treasurer, will be the guest of honor at the TiE Pearl at ISITE launch. TiE leaders attending from Silicon Valley are P.K. Agarwal, CEO, TiE Global, and Vish Mishra, Past President TiE Silicon Valley and Trustee TiE Global.

    Other distinguised guests include Erin Flynn, Associate Vice President, Strategic Partnerships at PSU, TiE Oregon Board Members Diane Fraiman Voyager Capital, and Nitin Khanna CEO, MergerTech.

    Please RSVP to attend this event, enjoy a reception with appetizers and beverages and network with Who's Who of the Portland investment and Startup scene.

    Join TiE Oregon and ISITE Design as we celebrate the grand opening of the TiE Pearl Incubator at ISITE, Wednesday May 29th from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.

    A collaborative workspace focused around digital startup companies, TiE Pearl is now accepting applications for residency from Portland-area startups.

    Tie Pearl is located within ISITE Design's Portland headquarters building, at 2035 NW Overton St, Portland OR 97209. Registration is required for this event. www.oregon.tie.org

  • Wednesday
    Apr 3 2013
    CHIFOO Presents: Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word

    ISITE Design

    Building a Kick-Ass company is more than just difficult—it’s a high-wire act that challenges even the most skilled product development acrobats, and there’s no net. Just look at Tim Cook’s apology for Apple’s Maps application—The company that danced on the wire for so long had to swallow its pride when it kicked its own ass. What can we learn from that catastrophe? More importantly, how do you know when your product is ready to kick ass, and when your ass is hanging out?

    About the Speaker Charles Austen Angell (@AustenAngell) is Founder and President of Modern Edge, Inc. based in Portland Oregon. With more than 25 years of professional experience in Industrial Design, he has worked with industry leaders in Health & Wellness, Mobility, Home Products and Experiential Environments. 

A native Australian, Mr. Angell has traveled extensively through Europe, the Americas, Africa, China, Southeast Asia, and Australia examining the role of culture, politics and geography in shaping our evolving global design industry. Mr. Angell is passionate about creating new markets and designing product relationships that transcend cultural borders to enhance our shared human experience.

Mr. Angell is the Chairman-Elect on the Board of the Industrial Design Society of America and was the Chairman of the 2012 IDSA International Conference in Boston, “THE FUTURE IS…” He was one of the original five trustees for the Design Foundation, a public charity supporting design education through educational and social responsibility. Through his numerous speaking engagements, publications and teaching, Mr. Angell is committed to increasing the value of human creativity to benefit human society and commerce. Mr. Angell is a graduate of Purdue University.

  • Wednesday
    Feb 20 2013
    IxDA & AIGA: Digital Dialogues

    ISITE Design

    Digital Dialogues is a quarterly event series developed by AIGA Portland in partnership with IxDA and sponsored by FILTER Talent and ISITE Design. Each event provides a sneak peek into a different collaborative case study.

    Location: ISITE Design in the Community Room, 2030 NW Pettygrove Street

    Register: http://digitaldialogues-thebrigade.eventbrite.com

    Price to attend | Free for AIGA members, $10 for non-members

    Food / Beer / Wine will be provided.

    Join the team from The Brigade as they give us a glimpse into their process of designing, developing and managing the Spotify On Tour project.

    Spotify asked the Portland design studio to create a memorable and socially engaging experience that introduced concertgoers and their Facebook friends to the vast Spotify music library. In response, The Brigade transformed a tour bus into a giant, crowd-controlled boombox.

    Using their iPhones, connected users could play any song in the Spotify library, creating a massive, party-curated playlist blasting from the bus (which also doubled as a bar). They built a unique experience while also handling everything from the Boombox app and backend architecture, to social media engagement via a microsite and Facebook app, Instagram, and Twitter.

    Anything can and will happen on tour. What do you do when cellular reception is disrupted, the satellite is blocked and somebody spilled a beer on the pep wave router? Find our how The Brigade designed a system to withstand the rigors of the road.

  • Wednesday
    Jan 16 2013
    CHIFOO 2013 Speaker Series Presents: Achieving Kick Ass Innovation—Graphical tools for Quantifying and Accelerating Product Development

    ISITE Design

    Free for CHIFOO members, $5 for non-members.

    The prevailing view of innovation is wrong. The traditional view of product development is that there is a fundamental dilemma between innovation and time to market. You can have one or the other, but not both. But this is not true. This session will provide graphical tools that you can start using immediately to help your product teams accelerate both innovation and time-to-market. These tools can be applied to organizations of all sizes – from start up to large global organizations – and will be applied to relevant case studies.

This will be a highly interactive session where you will learn how to apply the following graphical tools:

    Making Better Decisions Faster: Management’s role in accelerating innovation and time-to-market Applying “Just Right” processes: Optimizing process within your organization The Innovation Framework: Poising teams for success Creating Effective Teams: Time is gained or lost at the team level Eliminating Political Roadblocks: They slow teams and hinder innovation Participants will also receive free downloads of the tools that they can customize to their organization to begin accelerating product innovation.

    About the Speaker Jeanne Bradford (@jeannebradford)is the co-author of Innovate Products Faster: Graphical Tools for Accelerating Product Development, and a principal of TCGen, a Silicon Valley based management consulting firm, practicing in the area of product development best practices.

    Jeanne has been a business and technology leader across a broad range of high tech companies over her twenty-five year career. She has led global organizations to deliver compelling products and technologies for some of the industry’s leading companies, including Apple, Cisco and AOL. While at Apple she led the re-architecture of the Apple new product development process, resulting in faster time to market of the Macintosh product lines. Additionally, she was a key contributor in the teams responsible for delivering simultaneous global launches, global manufacturing readiness, and customer feedback programs.

    As a results-driven leader, Jeanne has a proven track record in building lean, global teams that deliver high value. Her strengths & expertise include product roadmap execution, remote development, product development best practices, and program management. Jeanne is a frequently invited industry speaker on the topic of product development best practices and the application of social technologies to the product innovation process.

    She earned a MBA from Santa Clara University and a BA in mathematics from the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO.

  • Tuesday
    Jan 15 2013
    IxDA Portland: Wearable Technology

    ISITE Design

    Sit up Straight! - How Wearable Technology can Support Healthy Living

    Have you ever wanted to send a hug from far away, automatically track your daily activity, or have your clothing correct your posture? What if your insulin delivery went from being a plastic shot in your pocket to a beautiful ring on your finger? How ubiquitous can pervasive technology really be? We will look at the rapidly changing future of wearable technology where health and wellness companies are early adopters.

    Wearable technology syncs with daily life so that we don’t simply think about our health when something hurts, but rather utilize the ever present technology to get and stay healthy. Notoriously unattractive medical devices are being slowly re-engineered into desirable artifacts to carry with pride. Janna will bring a working prototype and samples to interact with and discuss. With 20 years of experience in apparel and health related design, as well as 10 years working in technology, Janna brings a unique perspective of how these two seemingly disparate materials can continue to merge to create the ultimate user experience.

    About Our Guest Speaker Currently the Senior User Experience Researcher (say that 10 times fast) at Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield, Janna C. Kimel has been practicing design and design research since 1991. In the 1990’s Janna could be found in theatrical costume shops and running a business making adaptive apparel for people with special needs. With the turn of the century she became fascinated with technology and how it could be combined with her favorite material, textiles. Janna has woven together a career stitching seemingly disparate disciplines together.

    As the principal of a small consultancy, third brain studio, llc, she had the opportunity to partner with innovative agencies such as Ziba, IDEO, Lunar, and health care companies including EnteroMedics, Providence, and our very own Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. In addition, Janna spent several years working with Intel’s Digital Health Group where she was part of the team who brought you the Intel Health Guide 6000. She has published and presented on motivation, behavior change, user research and wearable technology. She is a ramblin’ wreck with a master’s degree in industrial design from Georgia Tech.

  • Wednesday
    Nov 7 2012
    CHIFOO Membership Thank You party/mixer

    ISITE Design

    More details to come - watch CHIFOO.org and your email inbox for details. There will be food and drinks served and an opportunity to network and hang out with other CHIFOO members and guests. We will also talk about important CHIFOO business like elections and the 2013 speaker series.

  • Friday
    Oct 19 2012
    Guts for Glory Startup Game Jam
    ISITE Design

    Make games and help save lives through organ donation!

    Pixel Arts presents the Guts for Glory Game Jam in association with Gaming For Social Good's first game summit!

    In a 20-hour challenge, you will work with fellow game developers to create a game prototype for the purpose of furthering the goals of a Portland nonprofit organization!

    We will be working with Donate Life Northwest for this game summit. Participating developers will be creating a game prototype dedicated to aiding the mission of this organ donor registry nonprofit, the goals of which are outlined in the immediate link! http://www.donatelifenw.org/content/what-we-do

    General schedule: Friday, October 19th: 6pm-10pm (Team Formation and Brainstorming) Saturday, October 20th: 9am-5pm (Production) Sunday, October 21st: 9am-5pm (Production) Sunday, October 21st: 5pm-7pm (Postmortem)

    Facilitated by Corvus Elrod, this Game Jam will be focused on creating a deliverable for Donate Life in the long run; the event will be set in a production environment, allowing developers to consider aspects of game development such as budgeting, client input, marketing, and their own quality of life on a day-to-day basis. That being said, production managers, marketers, and advertising agents are welcome to sign up as participants!

    We have room for 45 participants and will not be counting RSVP's in other locations, though walk-ins are welcome if space permits.

    Light breakfast and full lunch will be provided; provide restrictive dietary information on your registration.

    Please also consider bringing $10 for a suggested donation to Pixel Arts!

  • Tuesday
    Sep 18 2012
    IxDA Portland: Mentoring & Portfolios

    ISITE Design

    You are invited to our September event. We are pleased to host presentations from two members of our local interaction design community.

    First, Elena Moon will give a fireside chat about mentoring:

    "Two years ago Jos Vaught, an itinerant English teacher, was passing back through Portland and wanted a career change. Elena Moon, a grizzled UX veteran, wanted to pass along her hard-won knowledge before she died. One day, Jos asked Elena, 'What exactly is it you do again?' A formal, two-year UX apprenticeship ensued. Join Elena as she shares tales of guiding Jos from a baby-bird designer to a soaring interaction eagle, capable of leading projects for direct clients and Portland's top agencies."

    For the second part of the evening, Jeremy Pair will give a presentation on creating an effective portfolio:

    "What does a good UX/UI portfolio look like and how can you safely show work that's under an NDA? Before coming a UX/Content Strategist, Jeremy Pair was a recruiter in the interactive design world. He'll share some of the best ways to show your work to recruiters and employers, as well as sharing tips on how to find work in Portland".

    Event Date: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 Time: 6 - 8 pm Place: ISITE Design 2030 NW Pettygrove St. Portland, OR

    In the Community Room.

    Opening Remarks 6:00pm Elena Moon 6:10pm Jeremy Pair 6:45pm Q&A / Drinks 7:30pm (at Lucky Lab)

    NOTE: Alcohol is no longer allowed at the IxDA events that take place at ISITE Design. If you'd like to bring other snacks and non-alcoholic beverages to this no-host event, please feel free.

    We look forward to seeing you there.

    -Barbara Holmes, Jeanne Turner, Francis Storr, and Chad Mortensen

  • Wednesday
    Sep 5 2012
    CHIFOO Presents - Sit up Straight! - How Wearable Technology can Support Healthy Living

    ISITE Design

    Admission is free for CHIFOO members. Admission for non-members is $5. You can also join us prior to the event at the Lucky Lab for CHIFOOd.

    Have you ever wanted to send a hug from far away, automatically track your daily activity, or have your clothing correct your posture? What if your insulin delivery went from being a plastic shot in your pocket to a beautiful ring on your finger? How ubiquitous can pervasive technology really be? We will look at the rapidly changing future of wearable technology where health and wellness companies are early adopters.

    Wearable technology syncs with daily life so that we don’t simply think about our health when something hurts, but rather utilize the ever present technology to get and stay healthy. Notoriously unattractive medical devices are being slowly re-engineered into desirable artifacts to carry with pride. Janna will bring a working prototype and samples to interact with and discuss. With 20 years of experience in apparel and health related design, as well as 10 years working in technology, Janna brings a unique perspective of how these two seemingly disparate materials can continue to merge to create the ultimate user experience

    Presenter is Janna Kimel, Senior UX Researcher from Regence Group.

  • Tuesday
    Jul 17 2012
    IxDA Portland: Mobile and Location

    ISITE Design

    Joe Davies, the CTO of White Horse, will present a redux of a presentation he did at WebVisions about mobile and location:

    " There is a world—no, a universe—of data available to mobile devices that can be combined with location data to generate a much more engaging and personalized mobile experience. Who’s using it? How can you? Get creative!! This presentation will explore how latitude and longitude can be combined with time of day, sunrise/sunset calculations, weather reports, phases of the moon, alignment of the planets, biorythmic patterns, proximity to family and friends, etc… in order to generate meaningful “lifestyle” applications and immersive gaming experiences--all with novel visualizations and a sense of humor."

    Event at ISITE Design in the Community Room.

    Social/networking 6:00 - 6:30pm Presentation 6:30pm. Drinks/socializing afterward: 8:00pm - at a place nearby (tbd)

  • Wednesday
    Jul 11 2012
    CHIFOO Presents: Behavior Change Systems for Healthy Living

    ISITE Design

    This panel will present the creation of Behavior Change Systems for healthy living by exploring the following three essential areas: (1) Theory—The Cognitive Psychology of Behavior Change, (2) Strategy—Systems Thinking Modeling (how you model ecosytems and values), and (3) Tactical—Examples of Behavior Change Systems (do’s/don’ts).

    About the Panelists John Weiss is Executive Creative Director of WebMD Health Services, and his work is guided by purpose, passion, simplicity, beauty, innovation, and surprise. He is responsible for crafting online experiences that change behavior and ultimately improve lives. John oversees all aspects of design across digital and traditional mediums within the organization. With over 13 years of experience in interactive and experience design, John has built and led high performing design teams as the Director of Experience Design at Waggener Edstrom, and Experience Director at Ascentium. Through smart design that empowered their audience and strengthened their brand, he has designed compelling work for clients such as BMW, Microsoft, U.S. Air Force, T-Mobile, Subaru, Amazon, Motorola, GE, Disney, Honda, and Intel. John founded FiveEdge Media in 2003, a Portland/Seattle-based Experience Design agency that conceived, prototyped, and designed innovative visually compelling application and experience designs with great attention to detail for over 28 clients which led to a successful acquisition in 2008. John is deeply passionate about creating authentic experiences that are truly meaningful—experiences that are rooted in elegant design, built with innovative technology, and create lasting relationships and shape the future.

    Katey Deeney is Director of Experience Design at WebMD Health Services, and she has almost 15 years of experience designing effective, delightful solutions to complex user challenges. She has researched, evaluated, and designed mobile, software, and web interactions for brands including Microsoft, Boeing, Amazon, and T-mobile. Her professional knowledge is complemented by advanced academic work; she earned her MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design and her MS from the University of Washington. As an educator, Katey has taught both design studios and lecture courses to graduate and undergraduate students. In addition, she has guest lectured for courses at the University of Washington in several academic departments, including the Information School, Human Centered Design & Engineering, and Communication in Digital Media.

    Aaron Wasler is the Creative Director at WebMD and a multi-faceted designer whose work encompasses strategy, design, and technology. His projects have included the design of brand identity, catalogs, packaging, environments, exhibitions, interactive installations, websites, and user interfaces. Prior to joining WebMD, Aaron enjoyed various positions such as Design Director, SVP of Branding & Creative, Senior Art Director, and Senior Information Architect. Aaron has successfully built and led multi-disciplinary teams of varying sizes while creating award-winning work in a variety of design disciplines. During the last 15 years of his design practice and while working as a design educator, Aaron has developed new and innovative design research and methodologies. Most of all, Aaron is a passionate storyteller who truly believes in design thinking and the power of design to both inspire and inform. Aaron holds an MFA in Graphic Design from Maryland Institute College of Art and a BA in Design from Brigham Young University.

  • Wednesday
    Jun 13 2012
    CHIFOO Presents: Beyond the Buzz…Feel the Game with ViviTouch™

    ISITE Design

    CHIFOO Member Admission: FREE. Non members: $5 at the door. All events include door prizes and raffles.

    Why do gamers who usually demand the most cutting edge technology still accept the primitive buzzing technologies that do not recreate the real feel of the game? They must have not yet experienced what ViviTouch can add to their gaming experience. ViviTouch enables a gamer to experience thousands of sensations in a versatile language of feedback in the palm of the hand. This allows game developers to change the way that their games interact with the gamer.

    Tom will present the exciting consumer reactions from the recent introduction of this technology to gamers and game developers. A case study of the Mophie Pulse gaming case that turns the iPod Touch into a gaming platform with a rumble experience that surpasses console controllers will also be presented. Tom will introduce how game developers can enable gamers to truly experience ViviTouch for iOS, Android, and other platforms by using available design guides and SDKs.

    User experience designers can use this innovative technology to communicate useful information through the sense of touch, such as who is calling or messaging, or enabling a user to feel different parts of their screen, to even potentially enable sightless typing on a touch screen. ViviTouch can become a new tool for user experience designers to integrate to create truly innovative user interfaces.

    Tom joined AMI in September 2007 as Vice President of Engineering. Prior to AMI, Tom was the Engineering Program Manager for Skypilot Networks, a developer of low cost / high volume wireless infrastructure products. Prior to Skypilot, he held senior management positions in engineering and project management for several companies, including Intel, Raychem, Ericsson Fiber, WaveSplitter, and Siros Technologies. Tom has led the development of numerous successful products and projects in the wireless, LCD display, data storage, and fiber optic industries.

  • Tuesday
    May 15 2012
    Hackathon for Social Good

    ISITE Design

    Join web and mobile experts on Tues., May 15th in an all day Hackathon for Social Good. Hackathons are events when programmers and designers meet to work collaboratively to build programs and applications.

    Location: ISITE Design 2030 NW Pettygrove Street Portland, OR 97209 SCHEDULE:

    09:00am - Coffee and Sign in

    09:30am - Opening message; review the day's process

    09:45am - Brief presentations from non-profit groups:

    My Way Home Dog Rescue: http://mywayhomedogrescue.org/ An organization created by a group of people who are committed to improving the quality of dogs’ lives. Their goal is to make a difference by pulling dogs from over-crowded shelters, fostering them in volunteers' homes, and finding them great forever homes.

    Nursing Mother's Counsel: http://www.nursingmotherscounsel.org/ NMC is dedicated to the support, promotion and protection of breastfeeding, and they provide free prenatal breastfeeding education classes, including teen parent classes, free peer counseling phone support, and low-cost breast pump rentals and lactation consultant visits for low income breastfeeding mothers.

    p:ear http://www.pearmentors.org p:ear creatively mentors homeless and transitional youth. Through education, art and recreation programs, p;ear builds positive relationships with each young person to affirm personal worth and to create more meaningful and healthier lives.

    10:00am - Brainstorm ideas for web and/or mobile tools or apps; Divide into groups to develop projects.

    10:15am - Break

    10:30am - Develop design, programming and production plan and assignments; begin design and development.

    12:15pm - Lunch break

    01:15pm - Project development

    04:15pm - Finalization and testing

    05:00pm - Present projects to judges

    5:20pm - Hackathon winner announced

    If you have a great coding and design mindset, put your talents to the task and help create tools to solve local community needs.

    Teams will compete to deliver the most compelling and appealing solutions, and the winning team members will win a free day pass to WebVisions, where the Hackathon winners will be announced on the Main Stage.

  • Tuesday
    May 8 2012
    Photoshop + Illustrator User Group

    ISITE Design

    Photoshop & Illustrator Users. Join fellow users for a presentation, discussion, networking and giveaway!

    We focus on a level beyond absolute beginner (experience with either or both programs).

    No charge to attend. No membership fees. RSVP not needed.


    "Vectors to Bitmaps and Vice Versa (Auto Trace and Rasterization)" with two professional presenters: Rick Vazquez and Nancy Wirsig McClure (using both Photoshop and Illustrator).

    Plus discussion with other users: designers, photographers, UI folks, artists....


    Every month we give away a Peachpit book to one attendee.

    This month we'll also be giving away Adobe Creative Suite. You are eligible to win this BIG prize if you attend THIS meeting AND attended a prior meeting in 2012. If you're not eligible this time, learn about the next BIG giveaway in November on our web page.

    Get announcements of monthly meetings: Join the Google Group.

  • Wednesday
    May 2 2012
    CHIFOO presents Mobile as Analytics for Life $5

    ISITE Design

    Julie is on an early morning training run. She has done some running over the last year, but this will be her first marathon. She doesn’t have a training partner, but a voice in her ear expertly nudges her on, while her mobile device records her pace, her route, and saves it to a training log in the cloud. A friend comments later on Facebook about her commitment, noting that he has trouble running so early in the morning.

    Tryouts for the high school soccer team are in three months, but Steve is starting his training now. A device in the midsole of his shoe and in the soccer ball he uses measures direction and acceleration, and compares his data to his peers and to the pros. An app on his mobile device records his statistics, shows him where he is strong and where he is weak, and gives him a training program to elevate his game.

    Analytics, the marriage of computer science and statistics, allows us to derive meaning from large sets of data. Historically it has been the domain of business strategy and marketing, used to zero in on patterns which enable strategists to forecast future market behavior and improve outcomes. New mobile technology allows users to collect their own data, connects them to the best science, and does so in a way that is personal, social, and highly targeted. The Nike+ Sensor records running performance, the Adidas miCoach Speed Cell measures multi-directional motion for sports training, the Withings scale and blood pressure monitor helps people monitor their health, and UP by Jawbone measures activity level, sleep cycles, and eating patterns.

    How has user-centered design shaped the direction of these new technologies? In this presentation, Jeanne will explore the ways that people have integrated these devices into their lives and discuss whether the technology has followed through on the promise to improve health, performance, and lifestyle.

    About the Speaker

    Jeanne Turner is a passionate and versatile interaction designer who is dedicated to creating delightful experiences through greater understanding of user needs, goals, and motivations. After earning a BA in Computer Science with a focus on Human-Computer Interaction, she’s spent the past 7 years using her skills to build both mobile applications and web environments for clients including Ecotrust, Vanderbilt Owen School of Management, Tektronix, Harvard Business School, Starbucks, and Amazon. Jeanne is also an invaluable part of the Portland interaction design community, serving as the leader and co-leader of the local chapter of IxDA since May of 2008.

  • Tuesday
    Apr 17 2012
    IxDA Portland: Sketching Workshop

    ISITE Design

    Join us for a sketching workshop with guest presenters Cecilia Case and George Reiswig.

    A major part of the interaction designer’s job is in the ideation and creation portion of the design process. Sandwiched somewhere between user research and high-fidelity prototypes, sketching is a powerful, portable, fast and creative tool to bring to bear for capturing ideas, working through possibilities and communicating to stakeholders. Whether or not you are comfortable with sketching, we hope to encourage active participation while we discuss the creative process, sketching techniques, and an important part of sketching, critique. You will also work on exercises and examples to help you expand your sketching and drawing repertoire. Bring your favorite sketching media!

    Everyone is welcome -- designers and non-designers alike.

    This is a casual, non-sponsored workshop. Feel free to bring snacks or drinks to share

  • Wednesday
    Apr 4 2012
    CHIFOO - Home Energy Monitoring and Management Systems (HEMS)

    ISITE Design

    Up to 57 million smart meters are expected to be deployed in the United States in the next two decades, which presents an unprecedented opportunity for greater visibility into home energy use. Smart meters themselves are not, however, customer-friendly portals, nor do they give utilities the option of communicating with their customers directly. This is where in-home displays (IHD), or the more comprehensive home energy monitoring and management systems (HEMS) come into play. Monitoring devices for the home, such as the Kill-a-Watt, have been around for more than a decade, but the first technologies on the market can be considered analog, at best. In the past several years, more mature HEMS have evolved which can give customers detailed information about every energy-using device in their home.

    The most sophisticated HEMS, such as Tendril’s Connect platform, allow homeowners to control their lighting, appliances, and even electric vehicles remotely, truly transforming a home into a smart home. But, these systems are only just emerging on the market, and there is no road map for how utilities use them to communicate with customers. In this talk, Emily will discuss the evolution of these devices and what the latest technologies on the market are capable of, as well as how HEMS play a pivotal role in the evolution of the smart home.

    About the Speaker

    Emily Kemper is an Associate Member of the American Institute of Architects, and is the only public member of the Oregon Governor’s Board for Residential and Manufactured Structures. In her capacity at PECI, she is working to leverage emerging technology into existing and new residential energy efficiency program models, while advancing industry and public knowledge of energy efficiency in homes and buildings. Emily hails from Cincinnati, Ohio, and has a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and a Master’s degree in Building Science. Her current research includes home energy monitoring systems, saving energy through behavior change, and smart homes. Her hobbies include photography, blogging, and following Nissan LEAFs around Portland on her bike.

  • Wednesday
    Mar 14 2012
    CHIFOO presents: "Security *IS* a Game: Using the Blender Game Engine for Security" with Jeff Bryner $5

    ISITE Design

    SecViz.org is a great resource for security visualizations, but most suffer from a lack of interactivity. Completing kinectasploit for DEFCON19 made me realize the utility of game engines for interacting with security tools and security information. Jeff will start with a recap/encore performance of kinectasploit (http://p0wnlabs.com/defcon19), which uses gestures to drive a first-person shooter 3D game environment to break into computers on victim virtual machines. Then using the same technology, Jeff will walk through a couple scenes using standard corporate security data in a 3D, kinect-driven environment made possible by the blender game engine.

    Kinect and gestures are two of the most prevalent game-changing technologies to affect user interfaces since the keyboard and mouse. Applying these tools to real-world data is challenging, fraught with pitfalls, and a heck of a lot of fun! Let’s discover the boundaries of current technology by pushing it until it fails!

  • Wednesday
    Feb 8 2012
    CHIFOO Presents: Missing the Point: The Expanding World of Gestural Interaction $5

    ISITE Design


    The paradigm of physical computing is well and truly here—sensors and microcontrollers are getting cheaper and more robust, and they are easily programmable. Long associated with gaming, these sensors are making their way into our everyday ‘utility’ devices. For example, think about the average smart phone: it likely contains a proximity sensor, an accelerometer/orientation sensor, an ambient light sensor, a gyroscopic sensor, and a moisture sensor. Cameras can recognize head motion and facial gestures; they can track body movements and compare them to motion models.

    As these sensors become part of everyday interactive devices, we are ushering in new forms of gestural interaction, which is changing how we interact with digital experiences and data, and changing the nature of our computer-mediated communications. In this talk, Elizabeth will offer some observations and speculations on how the world of physical computing, broadly construed, is changing the way in which we interact with our devices, each other, and interactive digital experiences.

    About the Speaker

    Dr. Elizabeth Churchill is a Principal Research Scientist and manager of the Internet Experiences group at Yahoo! Research. Originally a psychologist by training, Elizabeth has focused throughout her career on understanding the ways in which people interact—whether their interactions are primarily face-to-face or are technologically mediated. She has published within the areas of theoretical and applied psychology, cognitive science, human-computer interaction, and computer-supported cooperative work. Elizabeth has a BSc in Experimental Psychology and a MSc in Knowledge Based Systems, both from the University of Sussex, and a PhD in Cognitive Science from the University of Cambridge. She regularly teaches at the University of California, Berkeley’s School of Information. In 2010, she was recognized as a Distinguished Scientist by the Association for Computing Machinery. She is the current Vice President of the Association of Computing Machinery’s (ACM) Special Interest Group on Computer Human Interaction (SigCHI).