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The State of Mexico's HCI: an Overview

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This is my presentation for the 2012 ACM SIGCHI-LA workshop held in Bello Horizonte, Brazil, during July 2012

This is my presentation for the 2012 ACM SIGCHI-LA workshop held in Bello Horizonte, Brazil, during July 2012

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  • 1. The State of Mexico’s HCI: an Overview Mario A Moreno Rocha UsaLab UTM MexicoWednesday, July 11, 2012“the always interesting story of Human Computer-Interaction and usability in Mexico is at its peak”- multiple academic efforts- important number of labs and institutions- growing market and professionals- the best moment for HCI in Mexico
  • 2. The unfriendly 80s SIGCHI-LA Workshop 2Wednesday, July 11, 2012“usability started in the 80s hidden into Software Engineering as a ‘new tests to be made on products of software’”- input of another areas of knowledge was unheard of- engineers just didn’t considered the users as an important part of the development
  • 3. The crisis of the 90s SIGCHI-LA Workshop 3Wednesday, July 11, 2012“during the bonanza years of the early 90s, the Mexican government granted a record number of scholarships to Mexicanstudents, many of them were exposed to the study of HCI”- the economic crash of 1994- students started to came back- spreading the word of User Centered Design
  • 4. HCI in the new millennium SIGCHI-LA Workshop 4Wednesday, July 11, 2012“the Develop Consortium of the 2001 ACM SIGCHI Conference (Seattle) was devoted to Latin America, creating momentum for theMexican HCI community”- formalised the Mexican SIGCHI Chapter- next step to incorporate HCI studies into school’s curricula and proper facilities- HCI courses, quest for labs, increased number of Mexican HCI students
  • 5. History of today SIGCHI-LA Workshop 5Wednesday, July 11, 2012“since then, the study of HCI and the practice of usability has come to age”- usability as an educational agenda turned into an industrial activity when our alumni became active- new software development companies started to grow and multinationals eyed Mexico- new professionals incorporated into HCI: translators, anthropologists, graphical designers, etc
  • 6. undergraduate and graduate studies an usability industry conferences and meetings groups and associations SIGCHI-LA WorkshopWednesday, July 11, 2012
  • 7. Challenges and opportunities SIGCHI-LA WorkshopWednesday, July 11, 2012“HCI is not free from problems and challenges, but those are nothing but opportunities to turn our communities strong andbetter prepared”- fell short of a critical mass to secure a place on the Mexican computing community
  • 8. research and studies practitioners and markets communication, involvement and collaboration SIGCHI-LA WorkshopWednesday, July 11, 2012- research and studies (turn HCI into a career option for every student)- practitioners and markets (bigger and international markets; a robust and more professional practitioners)- communication, involvement and collaboration (better communities)
  • 9. SIGCHI and our community SIGCHI-LA WorkshopWednesday, July 11, 2012“being SIGCHI our role model of any HCI community, it’s really important to understand the extent of these resources”- cultural and language aspects (first, second generations trained abroad, third and fourth in Mexico)- technology are here to change the pace of the game, theory cannot cope with the speedy thech changes, so we have to excel inorder to attract younger audiences
  • 10. The next 20 years SIGCHI-LA WorkshopWednesday, July 11, 2012“the development of Human Computer-Interaction and usability in Mexico is a comprising labour in which we all have a place”- started in academia, turned into a practice- laboratories, academic programmes started to appear, triumph of international competitions turned the attention of theindustry and the demand of easy to use apps started to appear- researchers and practitioners created momentum
  • 11. Wednesday, July 11, 2012“the last 20 years created the foundations of HCI in Mexico, the next 20 years will see its consolidation”