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My introductory presentation to kick start the Usability Professionals Association, Bangalore

My introductory presentation to kick start the Usability Professionals Association, Bangalore

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  • UPA Bangalore Town Hall meeting Oct 19 -Amit Pande President, UPA Bangalore
  • UPA Town Hall - Agenda
    • Introduction to UPA
    • Introduction to UPA founding team and interested parties
    • Objectives and themes
    • Activities: Current and projected
    • Memberships and participation
    • Optional: Post town hall activity – World Usability Day logistics
  • Usability Professional’s Association -UPA
    • Who is UPA?
      • An association that supports usability specialists, people from all aspects of human-centered design, and the broad family of disciplines that create the user experience in promoting the design and development of usable products.
    • Goals of UPA
      • Provide an international network
      • Create an inclusive community
      • Change new product development
      • Increase the body of knowledge about usability and user-centered design
  • Usability Professional’s Association -UPA
  • UPA universe
  • Background to UPA Bangalore
    • Bangalore is a key node in global technology and R&D networks – known as digital innovation center
    • However, its international presence or thought leadership in Design, UX, Usability or innovation driven through these areas has a long way to go
    • From within the UX or design community - commendable but limited efforts across India
    • Simultaneously, new players in ecosystem, new paradigms - emergence of ‘un-conferences’, wikis
    • Closer to the tipping point where Bangalore becomes a peer recognized center for Design/ UX innovation
  • Background to UPA Bangalore
    • Established in June 2007 by UX enthusiasts
    • Foundational ground efforts with Muthu, Sumi Tandon, Revathi Nathaniel, Amrut Pujari, Shanmugam, Anupama, Shazeeye Kirmani, Deepa Bachu, Himanshu Malik and others
    • Chapter developed with key inputs from Daniel Szuc, Jason Huang, Paul Sherman and other UPA long standing members
  • Some Objectives
    • Promote usability and UX concepts and practices in Bangalore
    • Connect the UX and design community within Bangalore - accelerate the evolution of the field
    • Partner with other leadership forums in India and globally who are passionate about this cause
    • Positively influence the usability of the public domain
    • Incubate practical and relevant peer driven projects UX innovation projects
    • Mentor UX professionals and students through Advisory board
  • Modus operandi / Themes
    • Light weight protocols (No ‘officialdom’)
    • Create forums, and practical, useful events
    • Project based
    • Open ended and evolutionary
    • Peer and community driven
    • Content should be interesting
    • Peer authored Wiki and blog
  • Completed activities
    • Finished UPA Bangalore website setup
    • Infrastructures and partnerships for WUD 2007
  • Ongoing activities
    • Academic outreach
      • Conducting usability and design awareness sessions within Tier 3/Tier 4 colleges
    • HEQS – Heuristic Evaluation Quality Score activity
    • World Usability Day, Nov 5
  • World Usability Day
  • Future activities
      • National level Design and UX conference
      • Monthly invited speaker series – similar to Mobile Monday
      • Design workshops
      • Special Projects
      • Design Festival
      • User-Centered Design Award for Indian products
      • Collaboration with Barcamp and other communities
      • Sponsorship associations within industry
      • Special focus on student outreach activities
  • Organization structure basics
    • Top down structure and bottom up innovation
      • Think Web 2.0: Wikipedia, podcasting
      • Think BayCHI, Barcamp
    • Overall light, flat structure
    • Small core team – UPA Advisory Board, UX Executive mentors, President, Secretaries, Treasurer, Officers
    • Officers = Key activity and committee owners
    • Ground rules
      • Need dedicated, passionate, results-oriented individuals
      • No company agendas – explicit or hidden
      • Need constructive criticizers and doers
  • Memberships and participation
    • To participate in the UPA Bangalore organization officially you need to be a Member or Volunteer
    • Membership fees
      • UPA US: $125 but negotiating lower rate
      • UPA Bangalore: To be discussed - subsidized for students
    • Formal memberships for chapter are now open
      • Registration will be setup soon at UPA Bangalore site
    • Please indicate your interest/commitment for:
      • Volunteer activities
      • Initiating key projects
      • UPA Mentor, Officer, Secretary posts
    • Immediate need: Website, Projects, Marketing
    • Future need: PR, newsletter, operations, tech support etc
  • Why to join UPA?
    • Receive publications focused on usability
      • User Experience Magazine
      • Journal of Usability Studies
      • The UPA Voice
      • UPA Monthly
    • Connect to other professionals
      • Provide exposure for your company & its services
      • UPA membership directory
      • UPA group on LinkedIn
      • Connecting with an international audience
    • Attend conferences and other events
      • UPA 2008 Conference
      • World Usability Day
      • Workshops
      • Other conferences and events
    • Find a job or hire someone for your team
      • Consultants directory
      • Job bank
      • Raising profile internationally
    • Develop your professional resources
      • Access to usability resources
      • Usability Body of Knowledge
      • Usability in the Enterprise
  • Next steps
    • Would like to hear thoughts about how to expand UPA Bangalore further
    • Meeting schedule for members
      • Once a month atleast in person
      • Once a month over telecon/web conference
    • Meeting highlights will be posted at UPA site
    • Next meeting: mid November (virtual)