UX Mega Meetup

Hello UX Melbourne friends! We have a double feature of sorts for you this month as Melbourne prepares to host UX Australia. Join us on the eve of the big event (and the night before a special book club).

We’ve designed two kinds of experiences for you:

Love talks, activities and a vibrant atmosphere? There will be great crowd energy and lightning talks at Zendesk! You’ll be hearing from Amirul Nasir, Zoe Rose, Kira Eviston, SueSue Zhou, Farai Madzima and Benson Low before they lead you into some break out activities.

More into chilled out conversations, ink illustrations and a relaxed atmosphere? We’ll also have space for you at CultureAmp (10/31 Queen St, Melbourne), where the noise level will remain at a gentle hum.

More of an ambivert than an introvert or extrovert? If your moods shift during the night you’re free to move between the venues which are located 100 metres apart!

We’ll be providing the food (thanks REA Group at Culture Amp!) including vegan, vegetarian, gluten free & FODMAP friendly options.

UX Mega Meetup is an alcohol free event this year. You’re welcome to join us at the Mitre Tavern (located in Bank Place, across the road from Zendesk) after 8pm to continue the evening if you’re keen to mix your soda with something stronger.

PLEASE NOTE!

We’re taking RSVPs at this Eventbrite link so we can keep all 10 groups’ responses in one place. 🙂

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ux-mega-meetup-tickets-48950332763

Special Edition UX Book Club: Creative Clarity

We know one week out of one month a year of major UX festivities won’t be enough for smart cookies like you. When all is said and done, and you’re still mulling over Jon Kolko’s keynote two months later, you can come along to UX book club on 11 October to talk about his latest book, Creative Clarity. 🙂

This brief but powerful guide helps you articulate what creativity means, and then navigate bringing that creative thinking into your business, even if (especially if!) you feel it is too chaotic or unprepared for such a thing. In fact, in “a creative environment, chaos is the backdrop for hidden wonderment and success.”

You can read more about the book and purchase it here: https://www.amazon.com/Creative-Clarity-Jon-Kolko/dp/0978853814

DO I NEED TO READ THE BOOK?
Yes, our discussions will be about the book and the topics and ideas that it includes. So we ask that you come to book club having read some or all of the book and be ready to discuss its topics and ideas.

GIVE THE SUMMARY
Would you like to give a brief summary of the book at the start of book club? Contact us before Wednesday, 15 August if you’re interested!

WALKING BUS FROM AND BACK TO RICHMOND STATION
Anyone is welcome to join our walking bus to and from the venue. A walking bus will be departing at 6pm from Holliva directly opposite Richmond Station. Look out for one of the UX Melbourne event hosts who will be holding a sign. A return walking bus will be departing MYOB at 8.30pm for the 10-minute walk back to Richmond Station.

WHAT HAPPENS AT BOOK CLUB
6.00 – Join us at the venue from 6pm for drinks and snacks
6.00 – Walking bus departs from Richmond station to MYOB (See above)
6.30 – One of us gives a 5-minute summary of the book
6.35 – We break into groups for conversation about the book guided by some suggested topics and talking points.
7.15 – We share our group’s discussions and ideas with the full group and continue to discuss the book amongst the whole group.
8.00 – The book club concludes but everyone is welcome to stay and continue the UX discussions!
8.30 – Walking bus departs from MYOB to Richmond Station (See above)

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
Thank you to UX Mastery (https://uxmastery.com) for again sponsoring UX Book Club and another big thank you to MYOB (https://www.myob.com/au) for providing a fantastic venue for our book club – at their brilliant Innovation Hub.

UX Book Club: Orchestrating Experiences

You are invited to join us in reading and meeting to discuss our next UX Book Club book: “Orchestrating Experiences – Collaborative Design for Complexity”.

This brand new book by Chris Risdon and Patrick Quattlebaum is a practical guide for designers and everyone struggling to create products and services in complex environments.

Customer experiences are increasingly complicated — with multiple channels, touchpoints, contexts, and moving parts — all delivered by fragmented organizations. How can you bring your ideas to life in the face of such complexity?

BUY THE BOOK WITH A 30% DISCOUNT
You can buy the book here with 30% off – just use the code uxmelbourne18july30 when checking out.
https://rosenfeldmedia.com/books/orchestrating-experiences/

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE BOOK
There’s lots to discover at the book’s website here:
https://rosenfeldmedia.com/books/orchestrating-experiences/
Read UX Mastery’s fantastic preview:
https://uxmastery.com/book-review-orchestrating-experiences/
Hear the authors talk about the book on the Rosenfeld Review Podcast:
https://soundcloud.com/rosenfeld-media/risdonquattlebaum-podcast

DO I NEED TO READ THE BOOK?
Yes, our discussions will be about the book and the topics and ideas that it includes. So we ask that you come to book club having read some or all of the book and be ready to discuss its topics and ideas.

GIVE THE SUMMARY
Would you like to give a brief summary of the book at the start of book club? Contact us before June 30th if you’re interested!

WALKING BUS FROM AND BACK TO RICHMOND STATION
Anyone is welcome to join our walking bus to and from the venue. A walking bus will be departing at 6pm from Holliva directly opposite Richmond Station. Look out for one of the UX Melbourne event hosts who will be holding a sign. A return walking bus will be departing MYOB at 8.30pm for the 10-minute walk back to Richmond Station.

WHAT HAPPENS AT BOOK CLUB
6.00 – Join us at the venue from 6pm for drinks and snacks
6.00 – Walking bus departs from Richmond station to MYOB (See above)
6.30 – One of us gives a 5-minute summary of the book
6.35 – We break into groups for conversation about the book guided by some suggested topics and talking points.
7.15 – We share our group’s discussions and ideas with the full group and continue to discuss the book amongst the whole group.
8.00 – The book club concludes but everyone is welcome to stay and continue the UX discussions!
8.30 – Walking bus departs from MYOB to Richmond Station (See above)

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
Thank you to UX Mastery (https://uxmastery.com) for again sponsoring UX Book Club and another big thank you to MYOB (https://www.myob.com/au) for providing a fantastic venue for our book club – at their brilliant Innovation Hub.

UX Book Club: Technically Wrong by Sara Wachter-Boettcher

Our next book is Sara Wachter-Boettcher’s Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech

About the Book:
“Buying groceries, tracking our health, finding a date: whatever we want to do, odds are that we can now do it online. But few of us ask why all these digital products are designed the way they are. It’s time we change that.

Many of the services we rely on are full of oversights, biases, and downright ethical nightmares: Chatbots that harass women. Signup forms that fail anyone who’s not straight. Social media sites that send peppy messages about dead relatives. Algorithms that put more black people behind bars.

Sara Wachter-Boettcher takes an unflinching look at the values, processes, and assumptions that lead to these and other problems. Technically Wrong demystifies the tech industry, leaving those of us on the other side of the screen better prepared to make informed choices about the services we use—and demand more from the companies behind them.”

GET THE BOOK
Here are some ways to buy the book:
http://www.sarawb.com/technically-wrong/
https://www.booktopia.com.au/technically-wrong-sara-wachter-boettcher/prod9780393634631.html

DO I NEED TO READ THE BOOK?
Yes, our discussions will be about the book and the topics and ideas that it includes. So we ask that you come to book club having read some or all of the book and be ready to discuss its topics and ideas.

WHAT HAPPENS AT BOOK CLUB
6.00 – Join us at the venue from 6pm for drinks and snacks
6.30 – One of us gives a summary of the book
6.35 – We break into groups for conversation about the book guided by some suggested topics and talking points.
7.15 – We share our group’s discussions and ideas with the full group and continue to discuss the book amongst the whole group.
8.00 – The book club concludes but everyone is welcome to stay and continue the UX discussions!

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
Thank you to UX Mastery (https://uxmastery.com) for again sponsoring UX Book Club and another big thank you to MYOB (https://www.myob.com/au) for providing a fantastic venue for our book club – at their brilliant Innovation Hub.

UX Book Club: Designing Agentive Technology: AI That Works for People

How do you apply artificial intelligence to design useful and valuable products and services?

Our next book, by Christopher Noessel, provides both a conceptual grounding and practical advice to unlock agentive technology’s massive potential.

Advances in narrow artificial intelligence make possible agentive systems that do things directly for their users (like, say, an automatic pet feeder). They deliver on the promise of user-centered design, but present fresh challenges in understanding their unique promises and pitfalls.

GET THE BOOK
You can buy the book here with 30% off – just use the code melbournebc18ma30 when checking out.
http://rosenfeldmedia.com/books/designing-agentive-technology/

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE BOOK
There’s lots to discover at the book’s website here:
http://rosenfeldmedia.com/books/designing-agentive-technology/

Watch Christopher’s talk about Agentive Technology at Google:
https://youtu.be/cciGZ3BsLwA

DO I NEED TO READ THE BOOK?
Yes, our discussions will be about the book and the topics and ideas that it includes. So we ask that you come to book club having read some or all of the book and be ready to discuss its topics and ideas.

GIVE THE SUMMARY
Would you like to give a brief summary of the book at the start of book club? Contact us before March 19th if you’re interested!

WHAT HAPPENS AT BOOK CLUB
6.00 – Join us at the venue from 6pm for drinks and snacks
6.30 – One of us gives a 5-minute summary of the book
6.35 – We break into groups for conversation about the book guided by some suggested topics and talking points.
7.15 – We share our group’s discussions and ideas with the full group and continue to discuss the book amongst the whole group.
8.00 – The book club concludes but everyone is welcome to stay and continue the UX discussions!

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
Thank you to UX Mastery (https://uxmastery.com) for again sponsoring UX Book Club and another big thank you to MYOB (https://www.myob.com/au) for providing a fantastic venue for our book club – at their brilliant Innovation Hub.

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