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Alternative Interfaces, Artificial Intelligence & Augmented Interactions

This year we explore the opportunities and challenges alternative interfaces, artificial intelligence, and augmented interactions bring to our futures.

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AI seems to be everywhere. It is an acronym fraught with implications and possibilities. We have an idea of what it means, but how do our smart devices know what we want? Who taught my car to parallel park? Is my home spying on me? It’s all very confusing. This year CHIFOO explores the opportunities and challenges alternative interfaces, artificial intelligence and augmented interactions bring to our futures. We will take a deep dive into how smart devices, cars, and homes are changing our culture and even us, while exploring the interactions this new tech makes possible. The possibilities are exciting, inspiring, and at times unexpected. As professionals dealing with communication, interaction, and results we are at the center of this vortex of change, given the charge to provide solid solutions for an uncertain world. We are empowered by these new tools yet challenged by them as well. As the ones responsible for using it all, we must get up to speed on it all quickly.

This speaker series will explore the various ways these themes are playing out in our lives now while determining the potential for the future by examining specific applications of each. By understanding more about what the potential of how to best use the tools, we can provide better solutions in our own work, and create a more friendly world. Please join us for this exciting series.

Please note: CHIFOO wants to make sure that each meeting is a great experience for everyone. If you need an accommodation to help you better enjoy CHIFOO meetings and events please let our CHIFOO Programs Chair know how we can help a few days prior to CHIFOO event.

2019 Speakers and Events

Seda Evis

Seda Evis

Seda Evis is a design strategist and a creative business leader with extensive experience in technology, operations, planning, design and design research. Her superpower is systems thinking in experience design and her hybrid mind, combining creativity and analytics,...

Seda Evis

Designing Safer Spaces

In times of uncertainty, ambiguity and change, how do we create spaces where we can be our authentic selves? How might we make opportunities and...

Stacy Taylor

About the Speaker Stacy Taylor is a product designer at Auth0, where she creates a better user experience for developers and security professionals to provide safe and secure products for their users. She began her career as a librarian doing work in information...

Cheryl Platz

About the Speaker Cheryl Platz is the author of Design Beyond Devices: Creating Multimodal, Cross-Device Experiences and a world-renowned designer whose work on emerging technologies has reached millions of customers across multiple industries. Cheryl's professional...

Dylan Wilbanks

About the Speaker Dylan Wilbanks (he/him) is currently Product Design Manager at Syniti, an enterprise cloud company solving the complex data problems of business. His career has included stops at HP Enterprise, Apptio, and the University of Washington. As a leader...

Kate Pincott

About the Speaker Kate is a Remote Design Coach helping to unblock creatives through connecting to their inner wisdom and throwing in there some design operations strategy too! Kate has spent 11 years in the design and tech industry from small start ups to agencies...

Cyd Harrell

About the Speaker Cyd Harrell, Cyd is well known in industry and government for her creative approach to UX research and service design. She believes you can answer any question as long as you are fearless and creative about methods. She was the VP of Research for...

Kevin Hoffman

About the Speaker Kevin Hoffman, Twitter, Linked In Currently serving a four year term of service as part of the United States Digital Service, where he is the head of design operations for the VA.gov and the lead of the Veteran account experience for VA.gov, which...

Bill Buxton

About the Speaker A Partner Researcher at Microsoft Research, Bill has an over 40-year involvement in research, practice and commentary around design, innovation and human aspects of technology. Following a 20-year career as a professional musician, he morphed into a...

John Porter & Bryce Johnson

About the Speakers John Porter, Microsoft John Porter is a Senior Designer at Microsoft, a PhD candidate at the University of Washington in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering, and an MIT Technology Review 35 Under 35 recipient. Professionally,...

Rachel Beth Egenhoefer

About the Speaker Rachel Beth Egenhoefer (she/her) is a design educator, sustainability researcher, systems leader, critical maker who uses design as a tool for social change. She is a Professor in Design at the University of San Francisco, where she teaches courses...