World Usability Day - Detroit

Join us for World Usability Day, an annual event held around the world the second Thursday of November. It's an inclusive event, bringing people together to learn about and discuss how usability affects our daily lives in the services and products we use. 

This year's theme for World Usability Day is engagement

• How can you engage people to use technology products and services? 

• What kind of design thinking needs to be incorporated, to keep people engaged? 

Detroit UX (Jodi Bollaert & Deborah Edwards-Onoro) is proud to partner with Ladies That UX Detroit (Emily Bowman) to host a second World Usability Day Detroit event. This year we will enjoy two talks that explore how emerging technologies can enhance engagement within our families and our communities. Please RSVP on the Detroit UX Meet-up site.  We hope to see you in the "D" on November 13!

Engaging Children - Getting Them Excited About Potty Training

Presenter: Cora Cowles, Senior Experience Architect, Organic

This year, we (Organic) released a mobile app for Pull-Upscreated to actively involve children in their potty training success. Throughout the use of the app, we made very deliberate decisions about when and how to involve the child, encouraging them to anticipate and ultimately look forward to their upcoming potty breaks. 

About Cora

Cora Cowles is a Senior Experience Architect at Organic, Inc. Her clients have included Kimberly-Clark, Pulte, Ford, General Motors and Quicken Loans among others. Her particular interests include User Research and Information Architecture. 

Cora acknowledges that merging the needs of the user with the needs of the business is not always easy, but finds it is one of the most rewarding parts of her job.

Stop Broadcasting! What Detroit is Doing to Pay Attention Online

On the Internet, most governments are pushing out the information they want their constituents to know, instead of paying attention to what their constituents want to know about their city. A few early adopters are figuring out that serving their constituents the information when they want it, how they want it, and when they want it makes good sense.  

The city of Detroit wants to join that league of early adopters, and has an aggressive plan to better serve our citizens online.

About David

Dave Lingholm is Director of Digital Media and Community Engagement for the City of Detroit. A new employee in a new role within city government, he has been tasked with ensuring the city is responsive to citizens online.  

Prior to joining the city, he guided two Blue Cross Blue Shield blogs through significant reinventions and doubled traffic year over year. He also resurrected projects like Dig Downtown Detroit and helped the Detroit Regional News Hub grow into a trusted source for news about the city for journalists around the world.

Lingholm holds a Masters in Training and Development from Oakland University and lives in Detroit with his wife and daughter. He enjoys long walks with his dog and won't stop talking about the good happening in southeast Michigan.  

Parking and Venue Information 

Parking is available at Grand Circus Parking, across the street from Grand Circus, or at the Detroit Opera House parking garage, located on Broadway. Parking is $10 (unless there's a special event).  

The Detroit Opera House parking garage is a short walk up Broadway and around the corner from the Grand Circus space. Here's parking information from the Broderick Tower website (PDF).

Grand Circus is located inside the Broderick Tower; the entrance is at 1570 Woodward Avenue. 

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