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AIGA Seattle Student Design Exchange

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 11:51

The following details are from AIGA SEATTLE.

AIGA 2015 SSDX: Seattle Student Design Exchange
April 17–25, 2015

The Seattle Student Design Exchange (SSDX) is AIGA Seattle’s first annual 360° experience created specifically for students and emerging designers. Experience a full week of panel discussions, workshops, studio talks, portfolio reviews, and an After Party! We have a jam-packed schedule planned that’s sure to enlighten and inspire.


Jumpstart — April 17th, 6PM-9PM
JumpStart is a panel discussion that marks the start of SSDX. Join a diverse panel of design professionals who will share valuable insights on the interview process, various career paths within the design industry, what design businesses look for in portfolios as well as future employees, and also offer useful tips for getting a job. Our stellar panel includes design leaders from REI, Shore, Urban Influence, Pacific Market International and Substantial.

Workshops — April 18th, 9:30AM-2:30PM
SSDX Workshops will play a tremendous role in each of the attendee’s design education. There are four topics to choose from. Students will gain invaluable exposure to key skills that will help them enter into the wild world of being a professional designer. Topics range from production skills, to writing cover letters, to concepting, and presenting your work. Each workshop will provide a lecture component and a hands-on exercise.

Studio Talks — April 20th — 24th
SSDX Studio Talks are a chance for students and emerging designers to experience and see where designers work and what kind of design they practice. Hear what it’s like to be a designer in the real world from teams at Tag Creative, Graphiti, Digital Kitchen + Methodologie and Substantial.

Reality Check — April 25th, 8:30AM-12:30PM
Reality Check is a lot like musical chairs, but with portfolios. Every 15 minutes students will rotate to another one of our volunteer professional designers to present their portfolio, make connections, network, and receive feedback.

After Party — April 25th, 6PM — 8PM
Come a celebrate the closing of the first SSDX at Markers Space in Belltown. Chat about your experience, rub elbows with fellow students and meet professionals from around the town. We will provide light snacks and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drink options. Don’t miss out on this party!


Internship: UX Design/Development at Oracle

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 11:45

The following information originally appeared in the HCDE Internship Database:

UX Design/Development Internship

The Product team at Oracle Marketing Cloud (OMC) is looking for user experience candidates to help design and build industry leading software.

This internship will provide students with the opportunity to work on the user experience of our SaaS platform. We are looking for candidates who have an interest in either or both design and development.

For the design portion, candidates will work directly with our UX teams and Product Managers to create wireframes, user flow mock ups, and prototypes. For the development portion, working again with our UX and our engineering teams to implement features in our platform.

This is an opportunity to learn more about what it takes to create a best in class user experience, all the way from wireframes to release. For design, familiarity with Adobe products (FireWorks is a plus). For development, necessary proficiency in HTML/CSS/JS and its variants as well as Ruby and specifically Rails.

Application Deadline: ASAP! Job will be listed until May 06, 2015

Pay Range: Over $25/hour
Contact: Tyler Scott,,

Startup Office Hours for Engineering Students

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 11:17

Seattle’s Madrona Venture Group and Perkins Coie Law Firm will be providing free consulting meetings on Friday April 17, from 9 a.m. to noon, for anybody in the College of Engineering (students, faculty, postdocs, etc.) interesting in learning about or talking about start-up companies, particularly anyone thinking about commercialization who wants more information. Meetings are informal and anybody is free to sign up.

Both Madrona and Perkins have been involved in a number of successful UW companies and spinoffs. They held these sessions several times in the past and had a strong response. If you’re interested, please book a slot here:

Lecture: 3D Pathology to Enhance Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosis

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 12:02

The following information was sent by UW Optics Society.

3D Pathology to Enhance Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosis Thursday April 9th 5:00 pm
EEB 045 Ronnie Das
Research Scientist/Co-Investigator
Human Photonics Laboratory, Mechanical Engineering

In the US, pancreatic cancer is the most lethal across all cancers. This is due to the fact that what causes pancre-atic cancer and how it exactly presents in the body is still by expert accounts relatively unknown. For a traditional diagnosis, biopsies are procured from patients, processed in pathology and observed on glass slides (i.e., in 2D) using simple brightfield microscopy. So what happens when a 3D microscope becomes available? For comparison, computed tomography (CT) brought X-ray imaging into 3D in the mid-1970s and over the last 30 years spun-off many ancillary, but important developments for radiology & clinical medicine. To this end, our research aim is to directly aid pathologists in the early detection of pancreatic cancer by using brightfield 3D microscopy to rapidly and nondestructively image whole, intact tissue biopsies that are directly procured from patients. 3D visualization & reconstruction of biopsies (prior to pathology) may provide a fundamental gain of information (3D morphology, tissue architecture, spatial distribution of cancer cells, etc.) that best represents the in vivo disease state. This information is otherwise inherently lost through tissue sectioning and traditional pathology. Additionally, this vital optical information may be provided to clinicians with little to no cost in time, effort, or the patient sample, which may permit our 3D microscope to be seamlessly integrated within the current pathology workflow and paradigm.

Ronnie joined HPL in 2012 after receiving his PhD in bioengineering from the University of Washington. Currently, his research ob-jective is to aid pathologists in the early detection & diagnosis of pancreatic cancer by directly applying 3D imaging (OPTM) and mi-crofluidic technology to core biopsies (CBs) obtained from patients. Project aims include 1) 3D optical imaging of pancreatic CBs, 2) 3D reconstruction and image processing, 3) exploratory research of whole tissue staining & histopathology, 3) millifluidics device development and 5) novel instrumentation. The project is interdisciplinary and a collaborative venture between mechanical and bioengineering, UW pathology and private industry (VisionGate, Inc.; Nortis, Inc.

Disney Seattle Office Hiring UX Designer

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 12:14

The following information was sent by Disney web developer Matt Savarino, an HCDE MS alumnus.

ABC Owned Television Stations Group (OTVS) is seeking a UX Designer who will be responsible for the visual and interaction design of both simple and complex projects using an iterative process.

This is an exciting role for a passionate designer with a can-do attitude. The successful candidate will collaborate with a cross-functional team of product managers, software engineers, editors, and ad sales staff to create digital experiences. We are looking for someone who is passionate about design, technology, user experience, and local news. The Interactive Designer will constantly strive to improve the customer experience. They will identify and solve design challenges to reduce friction and improve conversion.

See the full job description, here »

Buerk Center Business Plan Competition

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 12:10

The fol­low­ing infor­ma­tion was sent by UW’s Sci­ence & Engi­neer­ing Busi­ness Asso­ci­a­tion (SEBA)

UW Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship Business Plan Competition

Beginning this week, you can upload your 5 – 7 page Executive Summary to complete your 2015 BPC submission. The deadline to complete your entry is 11:59 p.m. on Monday, April 6, 2015. If you haven’t already, you will need to first set up an account on the BPC competition website and complete the team registration form before you can upload your executive summary.

 Please Note: Your submission to the Business Plan Competition may not have more than seven pages of content, including the appendix. However, a title page does not count as content. 

Keep your audience in mind as you put this document together. The judges are all busy people who are taking time out of their weekend to judge the Screening Round. Think about what you can do to make their job easier and make your idea stand out to them. Extra pages in your executive summary will not help you here. If you’re having trouble deciding what to edit out, ask someone who doesn’t know very much about your business to read your executive summary. Do they understand the idea? Are there parts of the plan that could be cut? What do they think is essential to the plan? Use the attached submission checklist to ensure you’re focusing on the right topics. Check out these examples of past entries to see how the teams made their entries visually impactful. Email Amy Sallin if you have any questions.

IP Discussion for Startups and Researchers

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 12:08

The following information was sent by UW’s Science & Engineering Business Association (SEBA)

SEBA 1st Tuesday: IP Primer for Technology Startups and University Researchers Tuesday, April 7, 2015
4:30–6:30 p.m.
HUB 332

Fareid Asphahani, Patent Agent at Perkins Coie San Diego and former SEBA Officer, and Ryan Buckmaster, CoMotion Technology Manager, will discuss common issues that startups and researchers face in early stages of technology development with respect to protecting their IP, and provide a brief tutorial of the patent system and procedures as well as resources at CoMotion for students interested in commercializing technologies and ways to be involved. They will also discuss IP protection issues that should be considered during formation and fundraising stages in a technology startup, including patent versus trade secret considerations, patent filing strategies and management, and IP due diligence.

Join us for a great presentation and of course some food and socializing!

Design the Engineering DIscovery Days T-Shirt

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 10:04

Please see the following volunteer and t-shirt design opportunities for Engineering Discovery Days.

  • Sign up to volunteer at Engineering Discovery Days 2015! This event is a great opportunity to share your excitement about the engineering field with K-12 students. All volunteers are given an event t-shirt and provided lunch. Sign up here:
  • We have an opportunity open to all College of Engineering students to submit a design for the front of the 2015 Discovery Days t-shirts.The t-shirts will be purple, and can have up-to three colors imprinted on the front (must use the UW’s brand colors found here:
    • The design should include the phrase, “Engineering Discovery Days” and note that this is the 100th year/Centennial of the event.
    • The design should also include the university’s block “W” and guidelines on how to use it are found here:
    • Attached is the Discovery Days branded logo and title; students can contact Katie Kirkland ( for an .eps version if you would like to include it in your shirt design but it is not required.
    • The maximum imprint area is 12.5” x 17”.
    • All designs must be submitted as a vector file like eps, PDV or ai by 11:59 p.m. Sunday, March 29 to
    • On Monday, March 30 Katie will send all of the designs to the UW Licensing Office for approval, then a panel of students and faculty will narrow down the designs to the top four. Katie will post the top four designs on our Facebook Page ( The most “liked” design will be used on the 2015 shirt.
    • Student designers will be credited on the Engineering Discovery Days Facebook page and website.

HCDE Comics Release Party

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 15:51

The HCDE Comics Student Organization, in association with Dr. Charlotte Lee and Jeremy Kayes, invite you to join them for the release party for their very first comic book: Have the Humans Grow More Arms.

Tuesday, April 7
4–6:30 p.m. (stop in whenever you can!)
HCDE Design Lab, 233 Sieg Hall

Please RSVP online by Wednesday, April 1 »

There will be refreshments, food, and comics-related activities! Copies of the book will be available for sale (cash or card accepted). All funds support the current and future publishing costs.

To find out more about the book, see this article in UW Today »

For questions or comments, please contact

Find the event on facebook » 

Internship: UX/UI Design at Essay Mentors

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 10:14
UX/UI Design Project Intern
Essay Mentors

Essay Mentors helps high school students write better college essays. We have a clear process that we are turning into a scalable, automated, interactive online system. This will allow us to expand to large numbers of students, helping many to get access to a quality college education.

We’re in the process of raising investment to build the full system–right now we need a great demo to show foundations, investors and people contributing to a crowdfunding campaign.

Working from our highly detailed process flowcharts, we need an intern (or two) capable of creating a simple and intuitive UX/UI and making a demo. This will highlight what our final product may look like and the kinds of features it will have.

Depending on the quality of work, this project may be extended to include the full UX/UI design for our upcoming website.

We want this to be a fun learning experience. Interns will be completing a project that we will use in our business.

Required Skills: (These skills may be one person or two)

  • UX/UI in developing interactive websites and/or apps
  • Website design

Desired Skills:

  • Making a video walkthrough of the demo–not required

Special Notes/Application Procedures:

We are in Issaquah, right by a bus that goes straight to the U District. You do not have to be here to do the actual design work, and we can meet online.

Application Deadline:  ASAP! Job will be listed until Apr 19, 2015

Duration of Position: 3 months

Pay Range: $15-$25/hour

Contact: Barak Rosenbloom,, 206–696-2448,

WiUX Registration Now Open

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 16:38

Women in UX (WiUX) Conference
April 11, 2015
Noon — 5 p.m.
Husky Union Building (HUB), UW Seattle Campus

Women in UX (WiUX) is a volunteer student-run conference for undergraduate women looking for careers in UX design, user research, and related fields.

The inaugural conference will take place on Saturday, April 11, from noon — 5 p.m. in the HUB rooms 250 and 214, on the UW Seattle Campus.

Registration is now open to the greater UX community »

If you are interested in sponsoring the event, speaking, or volunteering to host a workshop, see the WiUX website or email the organizers at for more information.


Internship: Intel Hardware Interaction Designer

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 15:08

The following internship description was sent by Intel, an HCDE Corporate Affiliates Program member.

DCG Hardware Interaction Designer Graduate Intern

Come intern with Intel’s DCG (data center group). Bring the creative process and design thinking approach for 6–12 months on a product development team with a focus on design for user experience for complex thermal/mechanical systems for the High Performance Computing industry. Be responsible for developing and executing effective prototyping techniques and modeling, product development processes, brainstorming practices, storyboarding, product visualizations, and customer feedback mechanisms. The successful candidate will need to be highly motivated, creative, bold, empathetic, passionate, and willing to tackle big challenges.

Time period: From April-June 2015
Job Category: Engineering
Primary Location: USA-Oregon, Hillsboro
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Job Type: Student/Intern
Regular/Temporary: Temporary

The ideal candidate should exhibit the following behavioral traits:

  • Effective interpersonal skills and ability to work with large teams of diverse disciplines
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Innovative and entrepreneurial attitude with drive for high quality work and attention to detail


You must possess the below minimum qualifications to be initially considered for this position. Preferred qualifications are in addition to the minimum requirements and are considered a plus factor in identifying top candidates. Experience listed below would be obtained through a combination of your school work/classes/research and/or relevant previous job and/or internship experiences.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must be pursuing a Master of Science in a Design discipline (i.e. Systems Engineering, System Architecture and Modeling, Product Design, Interaction Design, Industrial Design, User-centered (UCD) or User-experience (UX) Design, Human Factors Engineering.
  • Must have the unrestricted right to work in the US without requiring sponsorshipMust have at least 3 months experience in the following:
  • User-centered design and build consensus around its use and application in a fast paced environment.
  • System Modeling, Storyboarding, Concept Model Design, User Flows, Sketching, and Mind Mapping

Applicants may apply online via the Intel jobs website, and additionally send their resume to Asmae Mhassni, Senior Systems Engineer.

UX Speaker Series: Sarah Zuberec — “Extend the Mileage of Your UCD Toolkit”

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 14:34
Extend the Mileage of Your UCD Toolkit Sarah Zuberec March 13, 2015
11:30 a.m. — 12:20 p.m.
Loew Hall, Room 216

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Your degree in Human Centered Design & Engineering has provided you with theories and methodologies to solve design problems for people – a UCD Toolkit. Early in your career, most of these design problems will be categorized as product design. You’ll be making “things.” As your career progresses, the problems that you work on may become more complex. These problems may be focused on organizational design, business design, or systems design. The good news is that you’ll be able to rely on your UCD Toolkit to address these amorphous and difficult problems. Sarah will provide some examples where she applied her UCD Toolkit to address these gnarly problems.

About Sarah Zuberec

Sarah Zuberec has worn many hats in her 20 year career, but she hasn’t strayed far from her roots in Human Factors and User Centered Design. Whether leading user experience organizations or driving marketing programs at Microsoft or owning cross-platform customer experiences as a product manager at Amazon, she’s been able to ensure that the business and technical organizations understand that the best customer experiences are informed directly by customers’ wants and needs. Quite simply, when people are the center of the system, then usually everybody wins. She’s shipped many products for many different audiences. She particularly enjoys working on big, amorphous problems that are integral to the success of the business. Sarah is currently a part-time lecturer in the HCDE department. She holds an undergraduate and master’s degree of Applied Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto where she specialized in Human Factors and Interface design.

Watch the full UX Speaker Series on the HCDE website »

Senior UX Designer: Smashing Ideas

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 15:33

The following info was sent from HCDE alumni working for Smashing Ideas.

Senior UX Designer
Smashing Ideas

Creatives at Smashing Ideas are knowledge-seekers, consumer-champions, strategists and storytellers. What excites and unites us is crafting relevant and meaningful solutions that delight clients and customers alike. We’re seeking a passionate and highly-motivated UX Designer to become part of this dedicated and delightful team, designing for a wide range of projects and clients.  You’ll play a key role in the interpretation of business goals and customer needs, in order to translate it into compelling, elegant and engaging experiences.

This role requires 6 years of experience working in UX and reports to the UX Director.

  • Apply solid user experience and usability principles while looking for opportunities to innovate.
  • Demonstrate excellent knowledge of all aspects of the UX approach and the ability to apply them flexibly across a variety of project types.
  • Promote collaborative work practices, and identify opportunities to improve quality and increase efficiency through collaborative design.
  • Ensure work is to the highest possible standards at all times, and that client presentations are engaging and inspiring.
  • Analyze and validate the user and content requirements, define the flow and structure and create wireframes and specifications to describe the intended user experience.
  • Demonstrate cross-functional understanding; clearly articulate purpose and value of other disciplines within the company, and identify when their input is most valuable.
  • Partner with our development team to evaluate and recommend technical solutions.
  • Lead and/or participate in immersive user research, research analysis, concept testing, usability testing, and analytics.
  • Uphold and evangelize our Lean UX and Agile best-practices to colleagues and clients alike.
Does this sound like you?
  • A passion for ideation, exploration and problem-solving.
  • An outside-in approach to user engagement; equates ambiguity with opportunity.
  • Expert in information architecture & interaction design for both web and mobile.
  • Proactive and organized, able to manage a diverse project portfolio.
  • A willingness to challenge conventions (including your own).
  • Welcomes critique of your work and ideas as an opportunity for improvement.
  • A deep understanding of UX processes, practices, and activities.
  • Can clearly communicate and defend solutions with compelling reasoning and research.
  • Can jump out to the 10,000 mile view and tackle big assumptions, then zoom back down to the details and make sure everything fits together sensibly.
  • Ability to lead user experience exercises such as content strategy and experience mapping.
  • Can effortlessly present work to clients, internal teams, and executives for review and feedback.
  • Can write well, as it pertains to crafting personas, experience narratives, and other related artifacts.
  • A desire to develop and maintain strong working relationships with clients and teammates.

Learn more and apply on the Smashing Ideas website »

Transportation Systems Engineer: IBI Group

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 10:30

The following information was sent from Jill MacKay, Senior Project Manager at IBI Group, and an alumna of HCDE’s Technical Communication program.

Transportation Systems Engineer
IBI Group
Seatlle, Washington, United States

Position Summary:
Engineers thrive on solving problems by putting their logic and creativity together. They are able to invent, explore, and question to enhance the areas around us. IBI Group engineers work in multiple disciplines and collaborate on larger initiatives. The Team has the opportunity to work on unique and leading edge
projects with a local focus to make a global difference.

IBI Group’s Seattle office is searching for a Transportation Systems Engineer to join its growing team. We are in search for an individual that is motivated and eager with an excellent opportunity for professional growth!

Are you looking for a challenging opportunity to work on exciting projects across the western US alongside a dynamic team of experienced professionals? Then come discover what IBI has to offer.

  • Analyze feasibility of, and prepare business cases for, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) projects
  • Prepare technical specifications, drawings, cost estimates and other documents as needed for bid packages and system procurement
  • Attend and participate in meetings with clients and other team members
  • Perform field reviews, testing and construction oversight tasks, including communications with contractors and vendors
  • Prepare high quality technical reports and proposals
  • Create flowcharts, diagrams, and other documentation
  • Assist with project management tasks
  • Familiarity with Systems Engineering processes a plus.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook)
  • Able to work independently on tasks, be self motivated, manage time and meet deadlines
  • Possess excellent investigative and problem solving skills
  • Able to communicate effectively and confidently present finished work
  • Working knowledge of AutoCAD and/or MicroStation or Adobe Creative Suite a plus

If you are interested in the position, please send your resume and cover letter to Jill MacKay at Access with SPL Library Card

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 10:54

The Seattle Public Library offers free access to, an online resource featuring instructional videos that teach software and computer skills. Previously the access was for in-library workstations, but patrons with a valid library card can now use it for free outside the library.

SPL card holders, access via the SPL portal here »

The library offers over 1,600 courses and more than 90,000 streaming videos. Users can learn to retouch photos, design websites, record songs, create spreadsheets, animate 3D graphics and more. Software topics covered include Adobe Creative Suite, Blackboard, Avid, Open Source and more.

Khosla Ventures Design Internship Program

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 16:36

Khosla Ventures invites students enrolled in a related degree program to apply for a paid 3 month summer internship with Khosla portfolio companies.  By participating in Khosla’s internship program, you will have the opportunity to:

  •  Learn:  Apprentice with designers at leading startups and get real world experience
  • Collaborate:  Work with the brightest entrepreneurs in the industry
  • Grow:  Focus on challenging problems and develop your portfolio

Internships are available for students with skills in one or more of the following areas:

  • visual design
  • interaction design
  • user research
  • front end development

Applications received before March 15 will be given priority consideration.

Learn more and apply »

UX Speaker Series: Nick Finck — “Finding a Niche & Building a Personal Brand”

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 11:46
Finding a Niche & Building a Personal Brand Nick Finck, Head of User Experience, Amazon Web Services March 6, 2015
11:30 a.m. — 12:20 p.m.
Loew Hall, Room 216

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There are many things you learn as a UX designer that come from classrooms, articles, or books. This series covers UX career progression from the perspective of what is not yet covered in a book. In this first presentation of the series I am going to talk about finding a niche in what you do within the field of UX and how to build a personal brand that can enable you to get the kinds of jobs and engagements you want as you grow you career.

About Nick Finck

Nick Finck is a user experience professional who has worked in the web industry for over a decade. He specializes in information architecture, interaction design, usability and user research for web and mobile.

Nick has created web and mobile experiences for Fortune 500 companies including Adobe, Intel, REI, Boeing, Google, and He lives and plays in Seattle, Washington, where he’s the Senior Manager of User Experience at Amazon Web Services (AWS), a highly reliable, scalable, low-cost infrastructure platform in the cloud.

Mariam Asad — “Illegitimate Civic Participation: Supporting Community Activists on the Ground”

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 11:23

Please join UW SIGCHI for a special guest lecture: 

Illegitimate Civic Participation: Supporting Community Activists on the Ground Mariam Asad

Friday, March 13
3:00 p.m.
Design Lab, 233 Sieg Hall

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In this talk, Mariam will discuss her work in examining the way Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) support forms of community activism that operate outside formal political and institutional channels. By working with activists concerned with issues of housing justice, she was able gain insight into the way ICTs play a role in complementing forms of civic engagement that challenges, rather than works with, institutional authority. She argues that ICTs are instrumental in supporting and shaping three alternate information practices—situating, codification, and scaffolding—that each serve the goals of direct democratic engagement. She also shows how local activist communities engage in these three practices through their varied use of ICTs, including the ways they provide mechanisms for informal but politically significant—and legitimate—civic engagement.

This free event is open to the public. Please invite others!

Facebook Jobs & Info Session

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 11:14

The following information is from the UW Career Center.

Product Designer, Intern/Co-op 87509

Product Designer, University Grad

Millions of people use Facebook everyday to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, share links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet.

Facebook has a hacker culture that is always focused on having the greatest amount of impact. This means that we move fast, solve hard problems, and hire some of the most talented and passionate people in the world.

Majors/Master’s Recruited: Int. Design, Vis Com Design, MSIM, HCDE, HCID, Informatics

Resumes due March 3, 2015

Facebook Info Session
March 11, 2015
5:30–7:30 p.m.
MGH 134

*The focus of our session will be tailored to students interested in Product Design Internship and full-time positions.


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