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Upa Bangalore Town Hall Oct 19

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

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