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

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The State of Mexico's HCI: an Overview

  1. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 6. undergraduate and graduate studies an usability industry conferences and meetings groups and associations SIGCHI-LA WorkshopWednesday, July 11, 2012
  7. 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. 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. 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. 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. 11. Wednesday, July 11, 2012“the last 20 years created the foundations of HCI in Mexico, the next 20 years will see its consolidation”