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Internship: UX for Healthcare App at Mohcare

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 16:28

The following internship was originally posted to the HCDE Internship Database.

User Experience Framework for a Healthcare App
Mohcare Inc.

MohCare aims to disrupt the health care industry by empowering patients with data and facilitating collaboration between patients and their care teams. We are building an application that lets patients find doctors in their network, read reviews, compare costs, access their family’s health records and has 3 primary functions – schedule appointments, bill pay and prescription refills. There is also a gamification element to the patient’s user profile.

As part of this Internship, we want to focus on the interface – the basic layout, the overall themes, colors, images, buttons etc. Your main objective is to make the app easy to use and make navigation as simple as possible.
This is a great opportunity for creative individuals who aren’t afraid to try new things and think out of the box. If you want to change people’s lives and create a significant impact, then this Internship is for you.
Required Skills: Intern candidate can share how much of these skills they bring to the internship and how much they will need to ramp up. Any coursework in this will be helpful, please point it out in your experience.

Product design around the full app experience through each phase of HCDE:

  • Customer Research
  • Competitive Research
  • Wire Frames describing application flow
  • Axure or other tool to show the prototype design
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Research

Application Deadline: ASAP! Job will be listed until May 23, 2015
Paid? Yes
Contact: Sunita Prahladka,
Posted on Apr 23, 2015.

AT&T and NYU Connect Ability Challenge

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 10:27

The following information is from Challenge Post.

The Connect Ability Challenge is a software development competition (with $100,000 in cash prizes) focusing on assistive technologies.

During this 3 month online hackathon, we’re challenging students and developers to create software & hardware solutions inspired by four real people with disabilities — Paul, Xian, Jason, and Gus — and their struggle to lead more independent and fulfilling lives. Whether you’re a developer, designer, or you have first hand experience in the field, we want you to get involved.

Learn more and register here »

Disney Tech Talk at UW: April 30

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 10:23
Disney Tech Talk at UW Thursday April 30, 2015
6 — 7:30 p.m.
Paul G. Allen Center, Room EE125

A Disney Tech Talk is coming to U Dub! Join us for a conversation with Troy Dennis– Vice President, Technology & Product Development at DATG and Gurjot Tur– Mobile Architect at Parks & Resorts Online on how Disney is innovating in the mobile space.

Pizza & drinks will be served.

Capstone Spotlight: Morning Owl

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 10:52
Morning Owl: Sleep Smarter. Do Better.

An HCDE Master’s Capstone project by Diana Chin, Ann Huang, and Elaine Zhao.

Morning Owl is an iPhone application that helps people improve their sleep quality by identifying environmental disruptors and recommending personalized sleep tips. Our intuitive interface invites both morning birds and night owls to explore their sleep data and learn how to sleep smarter.


See this and all of the 2015 Capstone Projects at the HCDE Open House on June 1, 2015, in the HUB Ballroom on the UW Seattle Campus.


CoMotion MakerSpace Spring Workshops

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 10:27

The following information is from UW’s CoMotion Makerspace:

Need help learning how to 3D print?  Want to meet other people working on Arduinos?  Looking for tips on how to complete your sewing project?  We’re announcing the following group work sessions, recurring weekly: 

Spring Quarter Group Work Sessions Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday 2:30–5:30 3D Printing Laser Cutter Sewing Laser Cutter Arduino 5:30–8:30 Arduino Sewing Laser Cutter 3D Printing Networking

Although the space is also open for general drop-in use on any of the equipment during these hours, during these group work sessions we normally have a staff specialist on the designated equipment (e.g. 3D printers) available to help users, and it is likewise a time for users with common interests in that equipment to gather and share tips, collaborate on projects, and learn from each other.

This schedule is also available for reference on the CoMotion MakerSpace home page — see:

Free talk: “Collaborative Analysis of Large, Multi-modal, Multi-channel Datasets,” by David Socha

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 09:38

The following information is from the department of Computing and Software Systems, UW-Bothell:

Collaborative Analysis of Large, Multi-modal, Multi-channel Datasets
David Socha, Computing and Software Systems, UW Bothell Monday, May 04, 9:30–10:30 a.m.
CELT (Engineering Annex, Room 232)

*** Please RSVP so that we can plan for seating and refreshments and notify you of changes in venue:

Abstract: This informal talk describes my research team’s inquiry into how professional software developers collaborate “in the wild” and how it is informing ways to study other physical-cyber-social systems. In February 2014, I used nine GoPro cameras and six high-quality Zoom H2n audio recorders running concurrently to collect six terabytes of video (380 hours; 981 files), audio, full-room time-lapse imagery, screen capture (292 hours), photographs (thousands), field notes, and interviews of a professional industrial software development team in action over 11 days (see Figs 1–5, attached). This BeamCoffer dataset allows researchers to observe collaboration and cognition creating, and being created by, the multi-model interactions between the people and their surrounding materials, artifacts, tools, and environment. Multiple data recorders used concurrently for each modality provide a wider “field of view” than normal, enabling researchers to pursue a wide range of research questions over different temporal and special scales and using a variety of units of analysis, such as an individual, a task, a type of work (e.g., triage), a location in the room (e.g., one workstation), a time of day, or a practice (e.g., standup meetings). This contextually-rich, qualitative data affords a level of analysis that has largely not been possible before, revealing fine-grain details and context of how individuals and teams collaborate. In addition, I have institutional review board (human subjects) approval and consents from the organization and individuals recorded to grant access to vetted other researchers.
This dataset is an example of the type of large, multi-modal, multi-channel datasets that are increasingly easy to gather given recent advances in sensor technology. They could enable research in a variety of domains of action, such as healthcare workers caring for infants in a neonatal intensive care unit, mechanical engineering students doing group projects in a makerspace, or nuclear engineers collaborating to control a nuclear power plant.
Their size and complexity, however, quickly make these datasets problematic for researchers to navigate, understand, and analyze. To address this, we are using this dataset as a proof of concept around which to build an ecosystem of software tools to help individual researchers, and communities of researchers, collaboratively navigate, browse, understand, analyze, and contribute back into such datasets. This will help prepare for larger datasets with more modalities, more channels, collected over longer temporal and spatial time scales.

Bio: David Socha is an Assistant Professor in Computing and Software Systems at University of Washington Bothell, where he teaches and researches about the human side of creating and evolving cyber-human systems. Before UW Bothell, David spent 19 years working in a variety of software organizations as a programmer, architect, manager, teacher, ScrumMaster, product designer, change agent, and agile coach. He earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Washington Seattle in 1991, after completing a B.S. in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.


Call for Proposals: UW eScience Institute Incubation Program

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 09:34

The following information is fromthe UW eScience Institute.

Call for Proposals - UW eScience Institute’s Incubation Program: Data Science for Social Good 

University of Washington’s eScience Institute will be running the third offering of its Data Science Incubation Program this summer, the focus of which will be Data Science for Social Good.

We invite short proposals (1–2 pages) for 10-week exploratory data-intensive science projects requiring collaboration in scalable data management, scalable machine learning, open source software development, cloud and cluster computing, and/or visualization.

We are trying a new experiment this session: We are inviting proposals that have an applied “social good” dimension and converge around the theme of “Urban Science and Analytics.”  This incubator session is modeled after similar programs at the University of Chicago and Georgia Tech. The successful projects on those websites may be useful as inspiration.

The goal is to provide greater opportunity for interaction and collaboration between the participants in the program by attracting participants with overlapping interests while still allowing for interdisciplinary breadth.

As always, we accept proposals in any area, but we hope to solicit proposals from researchers working broadly in sociology, education, policy, information, and politics in an urban context.  We welcome proposals submitted by academic researchers, public agencies, non-profit entities, and companies with focus on policy-relevant projects.

This incubator session is sponsored in part by a grant from the MacArthur Foundation and an emerging campus-wide initiative at UW called Urban@UW (details to follow).

Important dates:

  • Apr 21: 1-hour information session, 10:00 am — 11:00 am, Data Science Studio
  • May 4: Applications due
  • May 18: Notification
  • Jun 15: Kickoff meeting

Each project will involve one or more project leads who will come and join us in the Data Science Studio on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the summer from June 15th to August 21st.

Each project lead will “own” their project (and its results) and be responsible for its successful completion, with the eScience team providing guidance on methods, technologies, and best practices in extracting knowledge from large, noisy, and/or heterogeneous datasets as well as general software engineering.

In addition to working closely with eScience mentors, each project lead will work with a team of four students assigned to assist with their project. These students will be selected, paid, and supervised by the eScience Institute. The project team may also include external mentors and stakeholders.

In reviewing the proposals, we will be looking for high-risk, high-reward science that this program can help push in a new direction.  In addition, we hope to select a set of projects with shared requirements; we find that participants are most successful when they interact with each other as well as with our group.

A link to the application can be found here:

Capstone Spotlight: Reimagining an Autism Research Website

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 12:38
Autism Research with a Heart: Reimagining an Autism Research Website.

An HCDE Master’s Capstone Project by Diane Conrad and Muna Haddadin. This project was sponsored by the UW’s Research in Early Autism Detection And Intervention (READi) Lab.


See this and all of the 2015 Capstone Projects at the HCDE Open House on June 1, 2015, in the HUB Ballroom on the UW Seattle Campus.


User Experience Research Intern: Mercedes-Benz

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 09:49
Internship at Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America
User Experience Research Intern

MBRDNA’s Customer Research Center is looking for an intern interested in transportation UX research. The position will be located at MBRDNA’s Portland, Oregon office. We work closely with Daimler Trucks in performing customer research and user-centered design, working primarily with commercial vehicles.

Work will include statistical analysis, advanced in-vehicle integrated systems development, and optimization of the driving environment.

The internship will begin in June, 2015 and continue until December 2015.


  • Knowledge of human factors methodology, questionnaire development, in-the-field interviewing, and usability testing
  • Ability to work in a team but also work independently
  • Proficiency with standard Windows applications
  • Ability to work full-time (40 hours)

Education: Human factors (or similar) undergraduate or graduate student

To Apply: To apply, go to

If you have any questions, please email:

HCDE STC Student Chapter Discussion

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 18:28

Join a Discussion about Forming an HCDE Student STC Chapter! Thursday, April 23, 2015
4:30 — 5:30 p.m.
HCDE Design Lab, 233 Sieg Hall

The Society for Technical Communication (STC) offers students a wealth of benefits and resources that can enrich their education, expand their skills, help them start networking for jobs, and prepare them for real-world careers in technical communication.

Some of the many benefits include:

  • Heavily discounted dues
  • Membership in the Academic Special interest group (SIG) and one additional SIG
  • 14-day advance to the STC Job Bank
  • Member discount program on software, products, and services
  • STC’s Salary Database so you know where the jobs are and the average salaries in the field
  • Access to 140 on-demand seminars
  • And much more

Come join us for a discussion about forming a UW HCDE Student STC chapter. Light refreshments will be available!

For more information contact Sandy Bartell,

Free screening of Ex Machina

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 14:09

Information about the following opportunity was sent by A24.

Members of the HCDE community are invited to an advance screening of the upcoming film EX MACHINA on Thursday, April 16 at 7 p.m. at Regal Meridian.

Advance (free) registration is required:



Synopsis: Alex Garland, writer of 28 Days Later and Sunshine, makes his directorial debut with the stylish and cerebral thriller, EX MACHINA. Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson), a programmer at an internet-search giant, wins a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the company’s brilliant and reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac). Upon his arrival, Caleb learns that Nathan has chosen him to be the human component in a Turing Test—charging him with evaluating the capabilities, and ultimately the consciousness, of Nathan’s latest experiment in artificial intelligence. That experiment is Ava (Alicia Vikander), a breathtaking A.I. whose emotional intelligence proves more sophisticated––and more deceptive––than the two men could have imagined.

USAID Open Data Hackathon

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 12:14

The following information is from the USAID Research and Innovation Fellowships Team.

USAID’s Latin America and Caribbean
Open Data Hackathon 2015
April 30th & May 1st 2015
OpenGov Hub in Washington DC,  and online via virtual participation Register Here »

How can we tackle crime and violence in Mexico and Central America?
Can data from project evaluations in the 1980s shed new light on projects in the region today?

These are the types of questions we are looking to answer; that’s why we at USAID are hosting a Latin America Open Data Hackathon. The LACHack, as we affectionately call it, will explore these challenging questions.

As you may be aware, Central America is one of the most violent regions in the world; Honduras and El Salvador have the highest murder rates compared to any other country. The region’s ongoing crisis requires attention from the foreign assistance community. USAID’s LACHack is your chance to help shape these efforts!
Join us in exploring and creating tools that can help USAID, regional governments, and other stakeholders refine our understanding of crime and violence in Mexico and Central America.

This is your opportunity to influence foreign assistance programming by using open data to generate new regional insight.

Additional Questions?
Contact Alana Marsili, Open Data Specialist,

E-Portfolio Workshops

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 12:09

The following information is from the Center for Experiential Learning & Diversity (EXPD). 

Are you working on an e-portfolio this spring, or interested in getting started on one? Join the Center for Experiential Learning & Diversity for any or all of these sessions to get tips, tools, feedback, and connect with other students working on e-portfolios. Need to give yourself some deadlines for completing critical pieces of your e-portfolio? These workshop dates could be helpful for that and would allow you to dedicate time toward completing those pieces. Bring your laptop!

  • Peer Interviews: Friday, April 17, 2015, 12:30–1:50pm, MGH 173R
    • Develop content for your e-portfolio by engaging in relaxed and conversational interviews with your peers to identify key learning experiences, strengths and abilities gained from those experiences.
  • Artifacts/Examples of Work: Friday, April 24, 2015, 12:30–1:50pm, MGH 173R
    • How do you select relevant, appropriate, engaging, and demonstrative papers, photos, videos, art pieces, and other examples of your work to share through your e-portfolio? Who is your audience and what do you want to show them to tell your story? Brainstorm and get feedback from peers and facilitators.
  • Open Work Session: Friday, May 1, 2015, 12:30–1:50pm, MGH 173R
    • Drop in to work on your e-portfolio, get feedback on it from peers and facilitators, or just make sure you dedicate time to getting it done!
  • Presentation Practice Session: Friday, May 8, 2015, 12:30–1:50pm, MGH 171E
    • Will you be presenting your e-portfolio later this spring? Come practice with us and get critical feedback from peers and facilitators! Bring even a rough draft of your portfolio and presentation ideas to try out; it doesn’t need to be complete or polished. This is an opportunity to get feedback on your ideas while you still have time to edit before your final presentation.
RSVP for any session at

Capstone Spotlight: UW Athletix

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 16:14
UW Athletix: An app to help Husky fans connect with their teams and to improve the Husky gameday experience.

An HCDE Master’s Capstone Project by Katelyn Barrows, Allie Choy, and Laurel Stone. This project was sponsored by HCDE Alumnus Erik Jones, Chief Technology Officer at UW Intercollegiate Athletics.


See this and all of the 2015 Capstone Projects at the HCDE Open House on June 1, 2015, in the HUB Ballroom on the UW Seattle Campus.


UX Interviewing Workshop

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 15:56

 The HCDE Graduate Student Association invites current HCDE students to:

UX Interviewing Workshop Saturday, April 18th from 2 — 5 PM HUB Rm 250 REGISTER HERE FB Event // WordPress


Details: Learn how to improve your interview skills with UX professionals! We’ll start off with two speakers on their UX interview process, one from a UX Research hiring perspective, and another from the UX Design perspective.  After that we’ll break off into small groups to do several interactive workshops lead by various UX leaders, including whiteboarding and roleplaying exercises.



2:00 — 3:00 : Talks on interviewing, one on UX Research by UX Research Manager, Miki Konos, from Microsoft and one on UX Design (TBA)

// 15 minute break //

3:15 — 3:45 : Two 20 minute each small group interactive workshop sessions with UX leaders in the field

// 15 minute break //

4:00 — 4:40 : Two 20 minute each small group interactive workshop sessions with UX leaders in the field

// 20 minutes socializing //


Volunteers Needed for Engineering Discovery Days

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 13:24

The following information was sent from the HCDE Student Association:

On Friday, April 24th and Saturday, April 25th, the College of Engineering is hosting it’s 100th annual Engineering Discovery Days event!

Local K-12 students will have the opportunity to meet current engineering students, learn about on going projects, and participate in hands-on activities. The idea around the event is to get these young ones excited about engineering!

HCDE will be hosting an outdoor exhibit with four main demos/activities:

  •  Smart Watch Design Station
  •  Demo of the Hummingbird Cane and the Fit Shirt projects created by some of our very own undergraduate students
  •  A chance to try out the Osmo educational gaming system. ( )
  •  A demo of “Magikolor”, a project created by some of our own HCI+D students!

We’re really excited for this outreach opportunity and encourage you all to volunteer to help out at our booth. Shifts are an hour long, and you can feel free to sign up for one or more!


Please sign up here »

Teaching and Learning Symposium

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 11:33

The following information is from the UW’s Center for Teaching and Learning.

2015 Teaching and Learning Symposium
Tuesday, April 14, 2 – 4:30 p.m.
HUB Ballroom

Many at UW are actively engaged in examining how teaching affects student learning – the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) research. Each spring the Center for Teaching and Learning hosts the annual UW Teaching and Learning Symposium to provide a forum where all who share this interest can learn of their colleagues’ work and engage in discussion. The event includes a keynote talk and two poster sessions. Posters presented each year range from classroom/action research to published SoTL research.

Cindy Atman, Professor of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) and Director of the Center for Engineering Learning & Teaching (CELT), will give the Keynote presentation:  “Using Reflection to Support Student Learning.”

The symposium is open to the entire University, and no reservations are required.

Details, including poster titles, presenters and abstracts are posted online »