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February 2015

Speaker Series: Why Developers Hate You

02/02/2015 @ 5:45 pm - 9:00 pm
H&R Block, One H&R Block Way (13th and Main)
Kansas City, MO 64105 United States
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The goal of this talk is to look at UX from the eyes of a developer, discussing how they make their decisions about experience and showing UXers how they can break down the wall that user interface designers built up. Most developers have lived in a world where UX was their sole responsibility. Now that green screens and battleship gray are no longer the defaults, devices and platforms drive new interactions with the user. Developers need some additional motivation as times…

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March 2015

UXPAKC Panel: Women in UX

03/02/2015 @ 5:45 pm - 8:00 pm
Sprint Accelerator, 210 W 19th Ter.
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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The goal of this event is to further the dialog on women in design leadership. Despite ongoing progress toward equality, women still haven’t reached significant representation in leadership positions within the tech industry. Is the field of design an exception to this norm? Does the interdisciplinary nature of design play a role in making it easier or more difficult for women in our field? Does a career in design, regardless of gender, place a glass ceiling on upward mobility into…

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April 2015

Interactive Series: Designers and Content Creators: Make Love Not War

04/06/2015 @ 5:45 pm - 8:00 pm
Garmin, 1200 East 151st Street
Olathe, KS 66062 United States
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The tension between designers and copywriters is at an all-time high. Both designers of information, they need to get off their high horses, put their egos to one side and talk to each other. Users come to websites to get information, not to look at design, so content needs to be high up in the priority of a web build. Writers and designers both want to control the show, but if they start with UX in mind, the end result is…

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May 2015

Speaker Series: UX Collaboration Drives Award Winning Results

05/04/2015 @ 5:45 pm - 8:30 pm
Q&A Research, 4638 J C Nichols Pkwy
Kansas City, MO United States
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Join Jeff Swartz, of Level 5 and Alicia Backlund formerly of Sprint (but now with Level 5), as they share their experience of working together on an award winning  intranet overhaul. They’ll be covering topics including key pieces of the UX process, collaboration tools, team dynamics between the client and design firm, user recruitment and more! They will also share what is involved in applying for a UX award (like NNG), and of course what it felt like to be…

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June 2015

The Unmerited Awards: IDSA and UXPA Professionals Share Their Best Failures

06/01/2015 @ 5:45 am - 8:00 pm
Garmin, 1200 East 151st Street
Olathe, KS 66062 United States
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Fail fast and fail often! UXPA and IDSA professionals put their failures on the table to show us what they’ve learned. Four Kansas City design professionals will expose one of their very own personal design failuers. A panel of student judges will assess their efforts and award the most unsuccessful project that produced the most successful learning experience. Join us to hear how to make the most of design projects that don't go as expected.   Our Contestants:   Alex Marshall, Industrial…

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July 2015

Speaker Series: Content Curation

07/06/2015 @ 5:45 pm - 8:00 pm
Hallmark Cards Inc., 2501 McGee Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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Come join us at Hallmark for an event full of creativity and content curation.  You'll go behind the scenes to discuss development, design, and interpretation of an exhibition at a leading art museum. About our awesome presenter: Catherine L. Futter, Louis L. and Adelaide C. Ward Senior Curator of European Arts. Catherine L. Futter has recently been named the Louis C. and  Adelaide Ward Senior Curator of European Arts at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, overseeing the departments of Ancient, European Art and…

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August 2015

Panel: Designing for Accessibility

08/03/2015 @ 5:45 pm - 8:00 pm
Cerner, 10236 Marion Park Dr.
Kansas City, MO 64137 United States
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Come try empathy technologies with experts in the field of inclusive design, implementation, and compliance to gain a better understanding of the impaired experience. Following the hands on experience, the panelists will discuss how they approach design and what thoughts they have to consider when implementing or safeguarding a product. The panel will be engaging in discussion and encouraging questions form the audience. Our Moderator for the evening: Justin Eddings has spent over a decade creating devices and experiences for…

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September 2015

Interactive Series: Phones Aren’t Flat: Designing for People, Data and Ecosystems

09/14/2015 @ 5:45 pm - 8:00 pm
The Nerdery, 100 East 7th Street
Kansas City, MO 64106 United States
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We like to think phones are flat slabs of glass our users touch, but it's not entirely true. Everything we design and build exists as a part of an ecosystem, the physical and digital environment in which the user perceives and uses it. Though we should always have been designing like this, multi-screening, smart homes and wearable devices give us an excuse to think specifically about the real ways people work. We'll discuss how to use technology to build products…

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October 2015

Speaker Series: The Value Race

10/05/2015 @ 5:45 pm - 8:00 pm
Quest Diagnostics, 10101 Renner Blvd.
Lenexa, 66219
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We’re all in a constant race to innovate, but what value are we really creating for whom?  While we often hear of million dollar ideas born from the back of bar napkins, innovation rarely comes from drunken serendipity, but rather from a sober, scientific and structured method. This session explores the fusion of design and venture thinking in large corporate environments and the role we all play while running on the innovation track.  This interactive session will take the audience…

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December 2015

Holiday Cheer with UXPA-KC and Connecting for Good

12/07/2015 @ 5:45 pm - 9:00 pm
ThinkBig Partners, 1712 Main Streeet
Kansas City, 64108
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Join UXPA-KC for holiday cheer in December! Our friends from Connecting for Good will share how they are helping Kansas Citians get online and up-to-speed with computing skills and access to the internet. In the spirit of the giving, we'll be collecting donations of computers and have a raffle with awesome prizes to raise funds for Connecting for Good. You can also meet the new UXPA-KC board and share food and fun with your fellow UX'ers. About Our Presenter: Since…

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