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Startup Weekend EDU

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 13:53


Startup Weekend EDU Seattle
November 21–23, 2014

Startup Weekend EDU is your opportunity to transform education in 54 hours. Design for learning, conduct user tests, receive coaching from experienced education designers and industry professionals, and win prizes that will help take your idea to the next level. Students receive half-price registration.

Read the details and register on the Startup Weekend website » 

Beyond Designing Systems for Users: Talk by Mark Haselkorn

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 13:07
November 5, 2014
4:30–5:20 p.m.
Mary Gates Hall (MGH), room 241

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One of the most compelling directions for Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) focuses on facilitating complex communities in the organization and use of their information sharing environment.  Co-designing this system of systems with a vast and diverse array of stakeholders requires HCDEers to exercise skills and engage in roles that expand beyond the skillset and roles often associated with interface and system design.  Examples from the ongoing Maritime Operations Information Sharing Analysis (MOISA) project are used to explore this exciting and rapidly evolving area of HCDE.

About Mark Haselkorn

Mark Haselkorn is a Professor of Human Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington.  He is Director of the new university Center on Collaborative Systems for Security, Safety & Regional Resilience (CoSSaR) and currently leads the Maritime Operations Information Sharing (MOISA) project, a research partnership sponsored by three Federal Agencies — DHS Interagency Operations Center (IOC), Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment (PM-ISE), and National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NMIO) – with the goal of better understanding the information sharing requirements for regional maritime safety and security.  He also is a lead investigator on an AHRQ R01 to develop work and information centered methods for achieving evidence-based health information technology.  Dr. Haselkorn also conducts research for the Red Cross Global Disaster Preparedness Center and has completed an NSF initiative to define the emerging frontier of “Humanitarian Service Science & Engineering.”

Engineering Student Advisory Council

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 12:52

The College of Engineering Student Advisory Council (COESAC) is seeking nominations, including self-nominations, of students who would be interested in serving on the Council for the 2014–15 academic year.

Apply for COESAC  here » 
Deadline Extended to November 5, 2014

COESAC provides a student perspective on planning and budgeting issues for the College of Engineering. The group, which consists of approximately 12 undergraduates, 5 graduate students, and 3 at-large representatives, meets on Friday afternoons from 3:30–5:00 in the COE Dean’s conference room to discuss a broad range of issues. During the 2013–14 academic year, COESAC submitted recommendations the Dean on issues ranging from changing the admissions model for UW COE departments to providing opportunities for multi-disciplinary capstones. COESAC seeks to include a diverse range of student perspectives in its conversations, and to bring about tangible changes to the student experience in the College of Engineering.

The time commitment involved in serving on COESAC is significant. The Council meets at least once a month, and will often generate its own agenda. Students should be self-motivated to provide a student voice on issues facing the College. The Dean will provide a charge to the Council at the beginning of the year and will come to the Council with planning questions for student input, but the Council will also be asked to identify one to two areas of need within the College and work independently on proposals for solving that need. Applicants should ensure that they are available to meet on Friday afternoons from 3:30 to 5:00 for the duration of the academic year. It has proved just too difficult to schedule meetings at any other time. Dean Bragg or his designee will attend most of the Council’s meetings, except when the Council chooses to meet without him. Although Council members are not strictly “representatives” of any particular student group (that is the role of ASUW), they are encouraged to solicit and present to the Council the views of as wide a cross-section of students as possible.

Students interested in applying to be members of COESAC for the 2014–15 academic year, should submit an application via Catalyst, detailing their qualifications for serving on the Council.

Councilmember Duties

Student Advisory Councilmember Terms of Service:

  • Councilmembers will serve 1-year terms with 1-year reappointment possible.
  • Staggered terms (i.e., some will proceed for re-appointment at end of first year. The council will ask for volunteers to serve an additional year or end terms as needed for staggered terms.
  • Reappointment does not require a new application.
  • Total annual commitment: minimum 35–45 hours, including meeting time, preparation for meetings, and follow-through work arising from decisions at meetings.

Meeting Schedule:

  • Monthly meetings, except summer quarter (~8/year).
  • Standing meeting time set annually (1.5 hours/meeting).
  • Dean’s Office staff will attend meetings depending on agenda.
  • The Dean or his designee will likely attend most meetings as well, depending on schedules and the agenda.

Key topics that may be addressed annually by the Student Advisory Council:

  • Budget issues and planning
  • Student recruitment and retention (focus on increasing diversity)
  • Student engagement outside of the classroom
  • Course fees
  • Academic Programs (new programs and expansion of existing programs)

Questions? Contact

User Research Assistant: Google

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 12:44

HCDE Corporate Affiliate, Google, is hiring a User Experience Research Assistant for a 6 month contract position. This position is based in Fremont, WA.

The following description is from Google.

We follow a simple but vital premise in the User Experience group: “Focus on the user and all else will follow.” We’re passionately interested in our users and strive to learn everything we can about their goals and needs, attitudes and emotions to help define the products and experiences we create. The User Experience team is a critical driving force behind gathering these insights and then using them to inspire and inform design. We are a multi-disciplinary team of interaction designers, visual designers, user researchers, copywriters and web developers who collaborate closely with each other and with Engineering and Product Management to create innovative, usable, great-looking products that people love to use.

As a Research Assistant, you’ll have the opportunity to support our research activities in developing innovative, user-friendly, best-of-breed products. We are looking for individuals who have excellent communication skills, are diligent, detail-oriented, and can work fairly independently.

  • User testing preparation activities (ex. recruiting participants or other special user types for user research studies, lab setup, study planning, etc.)
  • Running usability testing sessions.
  • Conducting literature reviews
  • Administering questionnaires, surveys, and interviews.
  • Analyzing and interpreting both qualitative and basic quantitative data.
  • Creating findings and recommendation reports from user studies.
  • Creating highlight videos/screenshots.
  • M.A./M.S./Ph.D (in progress or completed) in Technical Communication, Cognitive Psychology, HCI/Computer Science, or other field emphasizing human behavior
  • Interest in general research and/or user research methods
  • Excellent observation and note-taking skills
  • Detailed oriented and ability to work independently on a variety of tasks
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Can work independently and prioritize time between multiple projects, and be flexible by adapting to changing schedules and different projects
  • Technical aptitude, familiarity with basic graphic and video editing tools preferred

To apply, please submit your resume to Jess Holbrook, Google UX Researcher.

Research Assistant: MOISA Project

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 12:00

The Maritime Operations Information Sharing Analysis (MOISA) team is hiring a 50% RA for Spring and Summer 2015. MOISA is a research partnership sponsored by three Federal Agencies with the goal of better understanding the information sharing requirements for regional maritime safety and security. Sponsoring agencies are the DHS Interagency Operations Center, a congressionally-mandated port security initiative led by the US Coast Guard; the Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment (PM-ISE), established by the White House following the 9/11 terrorist attacks; and the National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office NMIO), the maritime voice of the U.S. Intelligence Community.
MOISA is the flagship project under the Center for Safety, Security, and Regional Resilience (CoSSaR). Established in Summer 2014, the Center is a multi-disciplinary facility and environment where professionals from a wide range of entities (Federal, State, County, City, Tribal, International, Public and Private) team with university experts to align strategies, processes and investments in systems for security, safety and resilience.

  • Represent the research team at safety and security events (community meetings, workshops, and exercises) throughout the Puget Sound region (some travel may be required. E.g., Seattle, Tacoma, Bellingham, Port Townsend, etc.).
  • Act as a liaison for research team and collaborating community members.
  • Maintain effective communication among research team, community members, project partners and sponsors, and Principal Investigator.
  • Schedule and conduct interviews and observations with members of the Puget Sound safety and security community (law enforcement, military, etc.).
  • Conduct qualitative analysis of interview and observational data.
  • Review literature.
  • Write articles, government reports, and academic research papers.
  • Prepare and deliver presentations.
  • Develop, track, and maintain study timelines and milestones.
  • Supervise undergraduate students.
  • Assist in hiring new personnel including writing and posting job ads and conducting interviews.


  • Full-time graduate student status at the University of Washington
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, the ability to communicate clearly and concisely, and to relay information accurately.
  • Highly organized, resourceful, and independent; strong ability to prioritize, work efficiently, and maintain attention to detail while handling multiple tasks with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and independently determine appropriate communications and procedures to handle sensitive information with tact, diplomacy, and discretion.
  • Willingness to actively participate by offering suggestions for improving team efficiency, effectiveness, and productivity.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience with business process modeling notation (BPMN) or other model-based approaches to systems engineering.

If interested, please send resumes to

Groupon Hiring Product Designer: Recent Graduate

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 12:22

HCDE Corporate Affiliates partner, Groupon, is looking to hire a recent graduate for a Product Designer position. The following job description was sent by Groupon.

Excited to change the face of local commerce? To design the web and mobile tools for local merchants that allow them to compete with online and big box retail, and reduce the friction in their interactions with consumers? Or to design the web and mobile applications that consumers use to find great products and services around them?

This is exactly what product designers at Groupon do. The heart of product design lives with determining the functional and interaction design of a product. From there, activities can spread out to include user research, product strategy, visual design, and front-end development.

Product designers collaborate with other members of the design team, product managers, and engineers to deliver great experiences for local merchants and their consumers. Product designers cultivate deep empathy for their users, and translate this understanding into inventive and delightful product designs that cross channels and devices (email, web, mobile, and tablet).


  • Work closely with product managers, engineers, and other designers to complete project
  • Sketch, concept generation, and other ideation exercises to push the boundaries of what we build
  • Create Workflows, wireframes, and other elements of making explicit the functional and systems core of a product’s design, across all relevant channels and devices
  • Craft prototypes of proposed product designs
  • Participate in design strategy and design exercises to create new and improve existing products, both in and outside personal expertise
  • Get design insights and feedback from user research, from in-home and in-store interviews to screen-sharing usability


First and foremost, applicants should be awesome, empathetic design thinkers who can engage in creating end-to-end experiences, from vision to production.

  • Strong portfolio featuring examples of product and interaction work
  • Ability to think about high-level product vision and contribute a vision of a fantastic user experience
  • A strong, clean visual design sense, valuing usability, simplicity, and consistency or ability to work within an established visual design system
  • Great design communication skills; able to tell the story of a design from end to end
  • Solid grounding in fundamentals of HCI, human cognition, and user-centered design principles and practices
  • Proficiency with qualitative user research methodologies
  • Ability to follow interface guidelines, style guides, and best practices when designing for new platforms, and an ability to intelligently challenge and improve them when necessary
  • Experience with design in the modern, highly interactive web
  • Comfort working in fast-moving, agile development environments
  • Healthy sense of humor

 Preferred, but not required:

  • Proficiency in HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and the technologies that you’re designing for
  • Experience with e-commerce and local business
  • Familiarity with quantitative testing methodologies: A/B testing, log analysis, and other forms of data-driven design
  • Knowledge of accessibility and localization and internationalization design guidelines

Interested applicants, please submit a resume and portfolio to Kristen O’Brien, Groupon Campus Recruiter, at Interviews will be held on campus next Friday, November 7.

Groupon Hiring Design Intern

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 12:10

HCDE Corporate Affiliates partner, Groupon, is looking to hire a recent graduate for a Product Designer position. The following job description was sent by Groupon.

We’re looking for a talented design intern to complement our growing design team in Groupon.

Groupon has not only been deemed the fastest growing company ever by Forbes Magazine and the Wall Street Journal, it’s redefining the way that consumers and merchants interact around the globe everyday. As a crucial part of our multi-disciplinary design team, you will define user experience, explore visual solutions, partner with product partners and engineers and take a part in user research in the real-world iterative design process.

What’s in it for you?

  • Gain experience working in a fast-paced, professional environment alongside engineers, marketing professionals, project managers, sales staff, and company executives.
  • Learn proper workflow procedures and software techniques.
  • Learn how to translate client requests into effective design solutions
  • Develop the vocabulary to speak about your work in a professional environment.
  • Build a solid skill set and prove it in a formal environment to provide a firm foundation for your design career.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Be pursuing or possess a BA, BFA, HCI, or other design-related degree
  • Present a diverse portfolio of mobile and web design samples
  • Be able to develop complex, conceptual solutions through the lens of users
  • Be able to solve complex problems using logical reasoning
  • Be extremely attentive to minor details
  • Possess exceptional communication and presentation skills, including the ability to translate ideas into tangible design solutions while clearly articulating the reasoning behind them
  • Maintain a solid understanding of standard design principles, including grid systems, color and typography
  • Be a dedicated team member with an enthusiastic, proactive, positive attitude
  • Be proficient in Adobe Creative Suites

 Primary consideration will be given to candidates who:

  • Are already active members of the design community
  • Possess prototyping skill
  • Has experiences on both web and mobile designs

Interested applicants, please submit a resume and portfolio to Kristen O’Brien, Groupon Campus Recruiter, at Interviews will be held on campus next Friday, November 7.

HCDE Research Group Hiring Admin Assistant

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 12:09

The Maritime Operational Information Sharing Analysis (MOISA) research project, comprised of HCDE faculty, students, and community members, seeks an undergraduate to serve as an administrative assistant and research aide.

Duties of this position will include:

  • Scheduling meetings and field visits
  • Assisting with SharePoint maintenance
  • Providing administrative support to research team
  • Taking thorough notes and meeting minutes

The team is looking for students with these qualities:

  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Experience with SharePoint 2010
  • Organized, efficient, and punctual
  • Comfortable working in teams
  • Administrative skills, particularly planning and scheduling
  • Available to attend weekly team meetings (Tuesdays from 10–11 a.m. Sieg 420)

The job will require approximately 10 hours per week at the standard student rate of $12 per hour.

If interested, please send resumes to by Friday, November 14, 2014.

Revel Hiring Marketing Associate

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 12:00

HCDE Corporate Affiliate partner, Revel Consulting, is hiring a Marketing Associate. Details below via the Revel website.

Revel is a consulting firm. But, we’re not a typical consulting firm. Thick layers of bureaucracy and hierarchy don’t exist here. And for you, this means you’ll be interacting directly with key players on a regular basis and must possess the tact, diplomacy and judgment to do so. As a person who stays five-steps ahead of the team, you take considerable initiative to manage your duties and responsibilities to meet your objectives. And, you innately yearn for success.

In this position, you will execute all phases of Revel’s outbound marketing. This will include pulling from a multitude of disciplines including, but not limited to, writing, graphic/visual design, event planning, public relations, communication, photography and change management.

You’ll do this by gaining a deep understanding, appreciation and affinity for Revel’s identity and how can continually evolve to meet Revelers and their clients’ current and future needs. As the right fit for the position, you’ll have a large opportunity to grow, develop and harness your innate talent. But, it will be up to you to seize the opportunity. You will interact with countless number of people and teams. But, the bulk of your interactions will be with Revel’s Strategy & Insights and Revel Foundry teams.


  • Manage and execute all phases of outbound marketing (including advertising, newsletters, public facing events, social media, press releases, etc.)
  • Create and distribute internal company communications
  • Manage inventory of collateral and internal IP
  • Support other teams in concepts and planning for internal company-wide events
  • Manage and create the content and capabilities of multiple web properties
  • Contribute to brand and marketing messaging, both internally and externally, across all company offerings and initiatives to ensure consistency of brand identity and messaging
  • Regularly report on key performance indicators for main marketing channels

An ideal candidate will have:

  • A bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Communication or Graphic/Visual Design
  • 2+ years marketing, design and/or event planning/execution experience
  • Medium to deep knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud (Particularly InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop)
  • A foundational understanding of HTML & CSS
  • Articulate and effective written and verbal communication skills (knowledge of AP Style a plus)
  • Strong project management and organization skills
  • Diligence in delivering results
  • The ability to seek, accept and act on feedback
  • A distaste for double-spaces in-between sentences and serial/oxford commas

You’ll also probably work in an environment that is subject to:

  • Frequent interruptions and changing priorities (this is a fast-paced office environment)
  • Staying seated for extended periods of time
  • Occasional evening and weekend work

We won’t hide it. This job will be challenging. But, if you are comfortable operating autonomously within ambiguous environments, you’ll probably find the experience of being a Reveler quite rewarding. We hope you’re up for the challenge.

To apply, send your resumé, cover letter and portfolio to

Join HCDE for UW’s Ride in the Rain Challenge

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 12:55
Who: you
What: bike
When: November
Where: UW campus
Weather: questionable

It’s time for UW’s annual Ride in the Rain challenge, hosted by Cascade Bicycle Club. From November 1 to 30, bike regulars and the bike curious will be challenging themselves to commute on two wheels as the UW and Seattle Children’s face off for the second year in a row!

HCDE students, faculty, and staff, please join us on the HCDE Rain Riders team! Whether you are interested in riding every day in November or just a few times a month to try it out, we want YOU. Every day you ride, sign in to the Ride in the Rain portal and log your trip for that day. It’s that easy. If the first HCDE team fills up, we will begin recruiting for a second one.

Questions? Contact the HCDE Rain Riders team captain Leah Pistorius at

2014 U Lead We Lead: Husky Leadership Initiative Kick-off Event

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 10:18

Wednesday, October 29
6–8:00 p.m.
HUB Ballroom Register HERE

The Husky Leadership Initiative is proud to present its annual kick-off event U Lead We Lead: Cultivating Leadership. On October 29, students and other members of the University community will dig into stories from local luminaries who will each share their story and perspective on leadership and call you to action.


Full speaker bios available here. SARA LOPEZ
Coach’s Coach
Inclusive Education  GINNY GILDER
Olympic Medalist
Local Hero
Startup Advocate
Science Champion

Reflection and its Relevance to Engineering Education and Human Centered Design: Talk by Jennifer Turns

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 16:01
October 29, 2014
4:30–5:20 p.m.
Mary Gates Hall (MGH), room 241

Find the event on facebook »

Reflecting, or exploring the meaning of experiences and the consequences of the meanings for future action, is a form of thinking that warrants greater attention. Reflection can be a means to improve performance, achieve goals, and even grapple with what one scholar (Robert Kegan) calls “the mental demands of modern life.” In this talk, Dr. Turns will discuss efforts to operationalize, understand, and support reflection. As part of this, she will describe the activities of the recently funded Consortium to Promote Reflection in Engineering Education (a consortium of twelve higher education institutions). She will also focus on how reflection connects to human centered design and HCI, and particularly the design opportunities that are related to reflection.

About Jennifer Turns

Jennifer Turns is a Professor in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering and Director of the Laboratory for Human Centered Engineering Education. She researches the intersection of engineering education, cognitive/learning sciences, and user-centered design. Her engineering education work has focused on engineering design learning, knowledge integration, and disciplinary understanding, and has involved the use of a wide variety of research methods including verbal protocol analysis, concept mapping, and ethnography. Turns’ ground-breaking research makes her one of the most highly– respected specialists in the engineering education field.

Navigating UW’s Innovation Landscape Roundtable

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 14:06
Navigating UW’s Innovation Landscape
UW Center for Commercialization
Friday, November 7, 4–6 p.m.
C4C New Ventures Facility, Idea Lab

If you’re curious about innovation or entrepreneurial outcomes of your research, this event is for you! Several members of the startup community will be talking about various aspects of UW’s innovation landscape in round table discussions.

Register here »

Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Ebola Training Hackathon by Shift Labs

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 16:25

Together we will make a first person simulation and an interactive walk-through of an Ebola Treatment Unit designed for the World Health Organization (WHO) Training Center in Liberia.

Ebola Training Hackathon
Friday-Sunday, October 24–26, 2014
Living Computer Museum, SODO Seattle

Shift Labs, a health technology startup led by HCDE Professor Beth Kolko, is hosting this hackathon to help the World Health Organization with its Ebola training efforts. The doctors behind the new curriculum asked Shift for some digital simulations of Ebola Training Units to augment the didactic classroom materials. Shift Labs is pulling this together quickly in response, and on a shoestring budget, so they’re holding a hackathon at the Living Computer Museum in SODO, starting Friday, October 24 at 5 p.m. and running through Sunday, October 26 at 3 p.m. The team has architectural plans of the US-sponsored hospitals being built in Liberia, photos and videos from on the ground, and personal protection equipment. Experienced Ebola responders will be on hand to answer questions.

The full schedule and more information is available here »

The event is drawing public health professionals, Unity game developers and artists, UX specialists, and online training specialists. If you have any of these skills — or if you just want to help make this happen — we encourage you to sign up for a ticket and join us for the weekend (all or part) to help us create some great materials that will help the caretakers take care.

For more information, contact

Community Data Science Workshops

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 21:47

The following opportunity is from the Network Collectives website.

The Community Data Science Workshops in November 2014 are a series of project-based workshops being held at the University of Washington for anyone interested in learning how to use programming and data science tools to ask and answer questions about online communities like Wikipedia, Twitter, free and open source software, and civic media.

The workshops are for people with absolutely no previous programming experience and they bring together researchers and academics with participants and leaders in online communities. The workshops are run entirely by volunteers and are entirely free of charge for participants, generously sponsored by the UW Department of Communication and the eScience Institute. Participants from outside UW are encouraged to apply.

There will be a mandatory evening setup session 6:30–9:30pm on Friday November 7 and three workshops held from 9am-4pm on three Saturdays in November (November 8, 15, and 22). Each Saturday session will involve a period for lecture and technical demonstrations in the morning. This will be followed by a lunch graciously provided by the eSciences Institute at UW. The rest of the day will be followed by group work on programming and data science projects supported by more experienced mentors.

Setup and Programming Tutorial (November 7 evening) — Because we expect to hit the ground running on our first full day, we will meet to help participants get software installed and to work through a self-guided tutorial that will help ensure that everyone has the skills and vocabulary to start programming and learning when we meet the following morning.

Introduction to Programming (and November 8) — Programming is an essential tool for data science and is useful for solving many other problems. The goal of this session will be to introduce programming in the Python programming language. Each participant will leave having solved a real problem and will have built their first real programming project.

Importing Data from Wikipedia and Twitter APIs (November 15) — An important step in doing data science is collecting data. The goal of this session will be to teach participants how to get data from the public application programming interfaces (“APIs”) common to many social media and online communities. Although we will use the APIs provided by Wikipedia and Twitter in the session, the principles and techniques are common to many other online communities.

Data Analysis and Visualization (November 22) — The goal of data science is to use data to answer questions. In our final session, we will use the Python skills we learned in the first session and the datasets we’ve created in the second to ask and answer common questions about the activity and health of online communities. We will focus on learning how to generate visualizations, create summary statistics, and test hypotheses.

Our goal is that, after the three workshops, participants will be able to use data to produce numbers, hypothesis tests, tables, and graphical visualizations to answer questions like:

  • Are new contributors in Wikipedia this year sticking around longer or contributing more than people who joined last year?
  • Who are the most active or influential users of a particular Twitter hashtag?
  • Are people who join through a Wikipedia outreach event staying involved? How do they compare to people who decide to join the project outside of the event?

An earlier version of the workshops was run between April and May 2014 and the curriculum we used in the Spring is available online.

Sign up and Participate!

Participants! If you are interested in learning data science, please fill out our registration form here. The deadline to register is Thursday October 30. We will let participants know if we have room for them by Saturday November 1. Space is limited and will depend on how many mentors we can recruit for the sessions.

Interested in being a mentor? If you already have experience with Python, please consider helping out at the sessions as a mentor. Being a mentor will involve working with participants and talking them through the challenges they encounter in programming. No special preparation is required. And we’ll feed you! Because we want to keep a very high mentor-to-student ratio, recruiting more mentors means we can accept more participants. If you’re interested, email Also, thank you, thank you, thank you!

The workshops are being supported by the UW Department of Communication and the eSciences Institute.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Benjamin Mako Hill at

Kirkland Startup Weekend: Maker’s Edition

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 18:18
Kirkland Startup Weekend: Maker’s Edition
November 14–16, 2014
Register here »

The Kirkland Startup Weekend focuses on Makers. Participants will be challenged to make a usable product over the course of three days. All ideas are welcome, but toolkits are provided for ideas revolving around robotics; sensors and wearable tech; techno or functional art; practical non-electronics; and aeronautics. HCDE Professor Beth Kolko will join the roster of impressive judges for the weekend event.

Find the event on facebook »

Learn more and register for Kirkland Startup Weekend here »

Usability Intern: Dine Safe King County

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 09:23

The following job description was recently posted in the HCDE Internship Database.

Want to hone your usability, design, and project management skills while contributing to a high-profile project? King County, Washington, will implement restaurant inspection score signs in 2015. This transparency and public health project will be a first in our region, but in other municipal areas, like Toronto, inspection score signs at restaurants have been around for over a decade. The signs seem to bring down overall cases of food poisoning, by as much as 30%.

Research on what makes inspection score signs effective is inconclusive. We know that their implementation lowers food poisoning and hospitalization rates, but researchers debate if they cause safer restaurant practices or because consumers choose better scoring restaurants. King County will implement scores by mid 2015, but with little public input on the design of these posted scores and new scoring system. Most input is coming from restaurants, which may impact the usability of these scores and signs for the general public.

This project will bring together inquisitive, driven, and ambitious students to engage King County residents in commenting and testing proposed restaurant scoring signs and score formats. The team will work loosely with Sarah Schacht, an open government expert who has been successful in pushing King County to adopt a new posted restaurant score system. This project is not affiliated with King County Public Health. It is an independent project coordinated by community members and public health advocates. The aim of this project is to involve members of the community in the design process of this tool for public health.

This user-testing and citizen feedback process will be designed by the students participating, to meet project goals. Goals include:

  • Executing a user testing process that reaches a representative sample of King County residents. From this process, produce useful data for members of King County Board of Health.
  • Provide opportunities for King County residents to offer feedback and suggestions on restaurant inspection score signs. Present feedback in formats that are intuitive and a quick read for Board of Health members and members of King County Council.
  • Complete online and in-person feedback and user-testing of restaurant inspection scores, signs, and restaurant risk categories.
  • Presentation to decision-makers, including public health employees, King County Board of Health members, and King County Council members.
  • Complete a short report on the testing and community feedback process, highlighting score types and sign design that are most intuitive and useful for consumers.
  • Provide participating volunteers (like you) a professional development experience, developing usability testing, public engagement, and project management skills.

We are looking for two interns, an undergraduate and graduate student from HCDE. The position would be around 10 hours per week, with some weeks closer to 5 hours. The project would last until January of 2015. The team would meet together once to twice a week around the UW/University District. Preferably, interns would have a flexible schedule that would include working on weekdays and weekends, as well as longer days that might involve public events or usability testing. Interns should be comfortable working independently and interacting with members of the public to conduct testing. Interns should be able to speak with small groups of people and clearly communicate directions or concepts.

Please contact Project Coordinator Ethan Fletcher if you are interested, or have any questions.

Special Notes/Application Procedures:
If you are interested, please submit a link to your LinkedIn profile, as well as a single page or shorter piece on why you would be interested in working on this project, and how you see it being beneficial to your academic studies or career.

Application Deadline:         ASAP! Job will be listed until Nov 19, 2014

Paid?  No

Contact: Ethan Fletcher,, 2069797232

Posted to the HCDE internship database on October 20, 2014

Frontend Web Dev: MoorageMarket

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 09:18

The following job description was recently posted in the HCDE Internship Database.

Want to work in an exciting new startup and help define product direction? Are you motivated, independent, and self-driven? Now is your chance to build customer facing products from end-to-end. Are you looking to work on new technologies? Do you want to be part of the cloud and marketplace sharing revolutions? MoorageMarket is for you.

MoorageMarket connects boaters with dock owners through our community marketplace. From extensive customer interviews, we offer marinas the turnkey solutions they want with our cloud based marina management platform. We are applying proven techniques from the hotel and home rental industry to this underserved market. We make life easier for boaters, and we help marinas maximize their utilization.

We are looking for a highly motivated, frontend web developer to implement new features and refine existing core functions. This is an immediate, long-term opportunity. It will be part-time while we get to know you and could become full-time.

This is a great chance to work at a Seattle startup and to get valuable startup experience as we grow. We are post-revenue and are currently in a local accelerator program.

We are looking for someone who wants to be challenged with creating innovative solutions to problems we face as we extend our presence through the use of mobile platforms and third party APIs. We work closely with our customers to develop the features they want, and the process of developing, testing, and refining is constant.

Required Skills:

  • *HTML5, JavaScript, CSS, Ajax, jQuery
  • *PHP, Ruby
  • *MySQL or Oracle
  • *Programming ability in Perl or Python
  • *Passion for building new products
  • *Proven ability to take projects from idea to deployed
  • *Strong sense of ownership and drive
  • *Best coding practices including design reviews, code reviews, and testing
  • *Experience with agile development

Desired Skills: 

  • *Strong skills in one of Java, Scala or C++
  • *Strong skills in Perl or Python
  • *Experience in startup environment
  • *Familiar with cloud services like AWS or Azure
  • *Familiar with distributed systems
  • *Familiar with GitHub

Application Deadline:    ASAP! Job will be listed until Nov 16, 2014

Duration of Position:           6 months

Pay Range: $25,000/year

Contact: John Martin,, 206.317.4633

Company URL:

Posted to the HCDE internship database on October 17, 2014

Student Web Developer Position

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 14:35

The Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability office ( is looking for a web developer to help create new interactive online interfaces for Green Certification programs and Sustainability Snapshots, updating and building new features for the sustainability map, create features to better browse and find content on the site, integrate a new blog with the existing website, as well as general development and maintenance work on the ESS website as needed. The developer will also have opportunities to propose features to create and add to the site to improve navigation, usability or discoverability of content.

Candidates should have experience with Drupal (Drupal module development preferred); Web development experience including strong knowledge of HTML, CSS, JavaScript, JQuery, PHP, and/or other development languages, computer programs and design software; strong organizational skills and ability to manage competing deadlines and prioritize time accordingly.

To apply, go to HuskyJobs ( and search for job #83766.

Employer-Led Workshops

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 14:33

Join the UW Career Center for a new event series: to hear straight from top employers how to be successful in your job or internship search, as well as strategies for developing your personal and professional life both during and after college.

Employer-Led Workshop: Interview Tips (presented by Google)
Wednesday, October 22
12:30 — 1:20 p.m. at the Career Center (134 Mary Gates Hall)

 The most exciting part of looking for a job? Searching, finding and applying. The most nerve-racking part? Interviewing. But it doesn’t have to be this way. This course guides students through exercises to help them prepare for an interview – both in-person and virtually. It also outlines tips and tricks that the Google University Programs team has developed over the years.

No pre-registration or RSVP is required for these workshops, and space will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Questions? Email .



Employer-Led Workshop: Transitioning to Life After College (presented by Northwestern Mutual)
Wednesday, November 5
12:30 — 1:20 p.m. at the Career Center (134 Mary Gates Hall)

Employer-Led Workshop: Internships: What They Are and How to Find One (presented by Liberty Mutual)
Wednesday, November 19
12:30 — 1:20 p.m. at the Career Center (134 Mary Gates Hall)