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October 2009

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World Usability Day is Coming!
November 12, 2009

UPA's World Usability Day 2009 is just around the corner.. now just six weeks away! Is your local Chapter participating with local events on November 12? Have you registered your event, or need help promoting or registering your event?


UPA Argentina Begins!
The local chapter for Argentina is underway. We have launched a provisional web site (http://www.upassoc.com.ar/), and a sponsor has been appointed to us (Lucia Filgueres, president of UPA Brasil). We have had several new members joining UPA this week, and we'll be planning more events in the near future.

URL: UPA Argentina - Official Website

DFW UPA Hosting WUD Activities at Sabre
DFW-UPA will host its World Usability Day event at Sabre, where we will showcase 25 interactive booths on our campus. Plus, we will give tours of the campus by the eco-team. Any UPA member can register to attend by contacting Brian Sullivan (brian.sullivan(at)sabre(dot)com)

Chapter Events

Arizona UPA:
Thursday, October 8 - Convenience, credibility, and content w/Kath Straub
(Tempe, AZ) - Kath Straub will be giving a presentation entitled "Convenience, credibility, and content: Designing web content to engage consumers" from 6-8pm at the University Technology Office on the ASU campus.

UPA Minnesota:
Thursday, October 8 - Hot Topics and Cool Demos - UX Work at Trane Corporation
(Minnesota) - The Trane St. Paul usability and user-centered design team will present a practitioner's retrospective on the design and development of a new generation of control products with similar interface and interaction characteristics for 4 different delivery platforms: web application, thick client, hard-key sensors, and browser-based touch screen.

The users of the products range from building tenants to service technicians. Topics include highlights from the challenges and successes we encounter conducting user analysis, task analysis, usability testing, product development, field trials, and product launch.

New Jersey UPA
Thursday, October 8 - Usability NJ’s October Happy Hour
(Princeton, NJ) - We invite all members and non members to join us for our October Happy Hour and network with other usability professionals. We're meeting at Triumph Brewery on 138 Nassau Street, Princeton, New Jersey.

UPA France (FLUPA):
Tuesday, October 13 - IHM'09: 21th Francophone Conference on Human-Computer Interaction
(France, Luxembourg) - The 21st conference of the francophone research on Human-Computer Interaction will be coming soon. This year's conference will be held in Grenoble from October 13 to 16.

IHM'09 offers communications sessions, demonstrations and lectures and workshops delivered by experts in the field: as many opportunities to allow the GUI to reach new highs in discovering the latest scientific advances, exchanging experiences and sharing our knowledge.

TriUPA (North Carolina):
Tuesday, October 15 - UX Trivia Night - Downtown Raleigh
(Raleigh, North Carolina) - Come out and join us for the second ever TriUPA UX Trivia Night. You’ll be able to show off your UX knowledge while answering user friendly trivia questions in a quest for fame and prizes. We'll be at the Flying Saucer (328 West Morgan Street, Raleigh, NC) starting at 6:30 pm.

German UPA:
Wednesday, October 16 - Symposium for Information Design
(Stuttgart, Germany) - Symposium for Information Design deals this year with a journalistic representation that is increasingly in the world of Convergent Media and Newsroom in importance of interactive infographics. The Symposium will be held on October 16 at the Hochschule der Medien (HdM) in Stuttgart and is aimed at media professionals, journalists, communication professionals and designers.

New Jersey UPA:
Tuesday, October 20 - October Meeting - Presentation by HFI
(Woodbridge, NJ) - Cindi Lu from Human Factors International will be presenting on a wide variety of topics, to be determined at a later date. The presentation will be held at the MISI Company building on 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge, NJ.

NEOUPA (Northeast UPA):
Tuesday, October 20 - Remote usability studies: Get great results while saving time and money
(Akron, OH) - Jason Holmes and Aaron Rosenberg will be presenting on the topic of remote usability testing. They’ll be discussing the tools available, pros/cons of remote testing, and show results from remote usability studies. (Summit IT Solutions inside Gala Commons, 2215 E. Waterloo Rd., Suite 111.)

Scottish UPA (Scotland):
Tuesday, October 20 - Election Ballot Usability with Caroline Jarret and Clare Barnett
(Scotland) - Remember the 2007 Scottish Parliament elections, when the ballot paper came in for a lot of criticism for poor usability? Spurred by this, and concern about other elections, the Electoral Commission commissioned User Vision and Effortmark to conduct usability tests with a range of voters in Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

LSCUPA (Low Country, South Carolina):
Saturday, October 24 - LSCUPA at Charleston Barcamp
The Lowcountry South Carolina Chapter of Usability Professionals Assoc. (LSCUPA) will be participating in Charleston BarCamp, an ad-hoc, user generated unconference, on Saturday October 24th. An organization comprised of both experienced and novice usability practitioners, we will present the various phases of our latest service project, including what both we and the nonprofit we partnered with have learned thus far. Representatives from LSCUPA and the local nonprofit will be available to speak to how this partnership benefited both organizations.

Contact Us

Send your feedback, news and event notices to upamonthly2009 (at) usabilityprofessionals.org

Thanks for reading!

Robert Skrobe
Editor - UPA Monthly

About UPA Monthly

The UPA Monthly is sent to all UPA members during the first week of the month. The newsletter usually includes announcements, chapter events, and links to articles on usability and the user experience.


The following individuals donate their time and effort to make the UPA Monthly possible:

Pauline de Robert (UK Chapter), French Translations
Michele Visciola (UPA Italia), Italian Translations
Silvia Zimmermann (Swiss Chapter), German Translations
Alberto Lacalle (Spanish Chapter), Spanish Translations
Adriana Betiol (Brazil Chapter), Portuguese
Tadashi Kobayashi (HCD-Net), Japanese Translations
Ali Berkman, Turkish Translations
Daniel Novichkov (UPA Russia), Russian Translations
Daniel Szuc (UPA China-Hong Kong), Former Editor and Contributor

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