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Science and Technology Showcase 2016 Application

HCDE Blog - Mon, 11/16/2015 - 13:09

The following information is from the UW Science & Engineering Business Association (SEBA).

Are you working on a technology that has potential for commercialization? Do you have a business idea in the science and technology space that you’d like to explore in more depth? Would you like a chance to win cash prizes?

If so, register now for the 10th Annual Science & Technology Showcase (STS) co-hosted by SEBA and Foster Business School’s Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship.

Participating in STS allows you to further explore the commercialization potential of your science– and technology-based ideas by presenting them to an audience of fellow scientists and engineers, MBA students, and a panel of judges that includes prominent entrepreneurs and investors from the Seattle business community.

Since STS takes place in conjunction with a UW Business Plan Competition Networking Night, it is an excellent opportunity to find business partners AND to get valuable feedback on your idea and your pitch.

Last year we gave away EIGHT cash prizes ranging from $100 to $1,000. You can’t win the money if you don’t enter!

What: 2016 Science & Technology Showcase

When: January 21st, 2016 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm (open to the public only after 6pm.)

Where: Anthony’s Forum, Dempsey Hall

Who: Individuals or teams representing a science– or technology-based innovation with commercial potential. It can be something you’ve worked on out of your garage, in your lab (with your adviser’s approval), or in collaboration with the Center for Commercialization (again, please seek approval from your Technology Manager). The idea can be at any stage from pre-proof of principle to completed product.

Deliverables: A poster that explains the idea and its market potential and a one-minute “elevator” pitch. Note: SEBA & CIE will cover the cost of printing your poster. Posters should include a basic understanding of the target market for the proposed technology and the approximate size of this market (in $).

Why: Win money, gain experience, make contacts, and get feedback on your idea and pitch.

Bonus: To help you prepare we’ll be offering a Pitch Clinic run by a local professional prior to the event on January 5th, 2016 (Location and Time TBD). This event will prepare you to effectively communicate your ideas.

The Applications Submission Form is open!

Looking for a team? Looking for team members? Post to the
UW Team Formation Site

Please direct any questions to relations@uwseba.org.

Bonderman Travel Fellowship Application Open

HCDE Blog - Mon, 11/09/2015 - 09:48
Bonderman Travel Fellowship 2016
Deadline: January 11, 2016, 12 noon (PST)

The 2016 Bonderman Travel Fellowship application is now available and we encourage you to consider applying. This fellowship offers University of Washington graduate/professional and undergraduate students (from the Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell campuses) an opportunity to engage in independent exploration and travel abroad.

David Bonderman – the donor – wishes to give students an opportunity to experience learning and growth in new and unexpected ways. Bonderman Fellows will undertake international travel on their own for eight months, to six or more countries in two or more major regions of the world. Through solo travel the Fellows will focus on exploration and discovery, learning about the world and themselves in it.

Up to seven graduate and seven undergraduate Bonderman Fellowships will be awarded in spring 2016. Each Fellowship carries a $20,000 award to be used only for extended solo international travel. Fellows may not conduct research, pursue an academic project, or participate in a formal program or organization.


All applicants must be enrolled (“on leave” status is not considered enrolled) and in good standing at the UW during the quarter the application is due and must hold US citizenship or permanent resident status. Additionally:

GRADUATE/PROFESSIONAL STUDENTS: All students in graduate or professional degree programs are eligible to apply.

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS: All undergraduate students with senior credit standing AND who also meet ONE of the following criteria are eligible to apply:

  • at least a 3.7 cumulative UW GPA by the start of Winter 2016; OR
  • participation and good standing in the University Honors Program (Interdisciplinary, Departmental or College Honors) or in UW Tacoma’s Global Honors Program, by the start of Winter 2016. Undergraduates in one of these Honors programs DO NOT need to have 3.7 UW GPA or higher to apply, but simply must be in good standing in their respective programs, whatever that might mean.

Applications must be submitted by 12:00 pm (noon) January 11, 2016.

More information about the fellowship, information sessions, and the application can be found at: bonderman.uw.edu

Please attend an information session to learn more:

In person Information Session:
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015; 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.; Allen Auditorium (room 181L, Allen Library)

Webinar (Registration required): https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/40042383370648834
Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015; 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015; noon – 1:30 pm

Q&A webinar (Registration required):  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/369200980355077890
Thursdays, Dec. 3, 2015 – Jan 7, 2016; 12:15 –12:45 pm.

Internship: User Research, Blink UX

HCDE Blog - Wed, 11/04/2015 - 17:05

The following information is from Blink UX, members of HCDE’s Corporate Affiliates Program.

User Research Intern
Blink UX
Seattle, WA 

Blink is looking to hire two User Research Interns to work as a team in the execution of primary and secondary research. This is a paid internship located in our downtown Seattle office. It will be 28 hours per week for ten weeks with an anticipated start date in January 2016.

Job Responsibilities

  • Create a research plan based on the timeline, business outcomes and project objectives
  • Develop a session guide
  • Lead user interviews (remote and/or in-person)
  • Develop research themes from the collected data
  • Present ideas to our internal client
  • Prepare high impact reports to present the findings and recommendations

Job Qualifications

  • User research/HCI experience or related school experience background in psychology or other social sciences
  • Superlative presentation and written communication skills
  • A high comfort level with computer hardware and software
  • Demonstrates passion for learning and applying modern testing methods and best practices


  • Enjoy working independently and taking ownership of work
  • Ability to focus in a time-sensitive environment
  • Excited about applied user experience research
  • Enjoy small office culture

Apply here »

Volunteer Web Design Opportunity

HCDE Blog - Wed, 11/04/2015 - 17:02

The following information is from HCDE MS student Jina Suh.

Call for Volunteers:
Seattle Country Day School Web Redesign

Seattle Country Day School is looking for volunteers to help redesign their parent portal website. SCDS Website Focus Group is super excited about the potential of UCD process and would love to work with HCDE students who can guide them through the process in designing a usable website. If you have taken HCDE 537 (User Centered Web Design), this would be a great opportunity for you to practice what you learned. This would be a great project to put on your portfolio.

If you are interested or have questions, feel free to reach out to Jina Suh (HCDE MS 2nd year) at jinasuh@uw.edu or SCDS directly at webmaster@seattlecountryday.org.

Book Release Party for HCDE’s Brock Craft — Nov. 9

HCDE Blog - Wed, 11/04/2015 - 14:06
Book Release Party for HCDE’s Brock Craft
November 9, 2015
4–5:30 p.m.
233 Sieg Hall

Please join the department of Human Centered Design & Engineering on Monday, November 9, as we celebrate the latest book release from HCDE Senior Lecturer Dr. Brock Craft—Raspberry Pi for Dummies. Light refreshments will be served. No RSVP necessary.

More information about Raspberry Pi for Dummies »

Puget Sound World Usability Day

HCDE Blog - Wed, 11/04/2015 - 13:29
2015 World Usability Day
November 12, Noon-6 p.m.
Microsoft Headquarters
Building 33, Cascade Room
Redmond, WA

Registration is closed, but waitlist spots may be available.

Join the waitlist »

The theme for the 10th anniversary of World Usability Day is INNOVATION. Led by a group of industry thought-leaders for an afternoon of strategy, stories and substance, the Puget Sound World Usability Day will cover topics from virtual reality to accessibility. See a lineup of speakers here »

After the talks, there will be a networking social with wine, beer and appetizers.

Input Needed from Design Practitioners

HCDE Blog - Tue, 11/03/2015 - 16:05

The following information is from HCDE PhD student Lucas Colusso in HCDE’s Prosocial Computing Lab.

We’d like to learn about your design process.
Participate in an HCDE research project!

HCDE’s Prosocial Computing Lab is studying what kinds of data and processes practitioners use to design.

We are looking to interview professional designers from a variety of backgrounds. We use a broad definition of designers: professionals who design and build apps, software or products that combine hardware and software. You could be a Visual, Industrial, UI or UX Designer; Developer, either Front or Back-end engineer; User researcher; Project Manager; Product Owner.

Participation in the study consists of a 1-hour interview. Questions involve explaining how you currently apply design methods, what tools do you use on your workflow, what information resources you use to inform your designs.

Participants will receive a $25 gift card. If you are interested, follow this link: http://tinyurl.com/hcdeprosocial. We would also be grateful if you pass this link on to your colleagues.

Thank you for your attention!

Lucas Franco Colusso — Ph.D. student
Prosocial Computing Lab
Human Centered Design & Engineering
University of Washington

UW Innovation Challenge: Find Your Teams

HCDE Blog - Mon, 11/02/2015 - 16:14

The following information is from the UW’s Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship.

 UW Health Innovation Challenge
Innovative? Find Your People Nights

Have an idea? Now you just need to build it, create a plan, do some marketing and find funding.


Don’t know how to do all of that?  No worries.

We know people who can help you.

And, we have Prototype Funding $$$!  We’ll tell you about that.

Come meet other students who share your interests. RSVP’s are helpful:

  • November 19, Thursday, 5:30–7:30, HUB 145 + Panel of Past Participants
  • December 2, Thursday, 5:30–7:00, HUB 332

Yes, there will be food & refreshments.

Find out about…

Need team members? Come give a 1-minute idea pitch.
Want to join a team? Come listen to pitches and meet potential teammates.
Students from all colleges and universities throughout the Pacific NW are welcome to attend.
Teams are cross-disciplinary, undergrads and grads.

Questions? Contact Terri Butler at tlbutler@uw.edu.

HCDE Grace Hopper Experience Sharing Event

HCDE Blog - Mon, 11/02/2015 - 12:33

The following information is from HCDE PhD student Nan-Chen Chen.

HCDE Grace Hopper Experience Sharing Event
November 13, 3 p.m., 232 Sieg Hall

***Please RSVP here: http://tinyurl.com/hcde-ghc-sharing-rsvp


Dear HCDE students,

The Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) is one of the biggest events in the world for supporting women in tech. HCDE students who attended the 2015 GHC would like to share their experience with others who may be interested in the event or attending in the future.

We will start the sharing event with a short introduction to GHC and give information about the funding resources to go to GHC. Then we will split people into groups to let people talk to each other about GHC!

Snacks will be provided.  Please RSVP here to help us better organize the experience sharing event: http://tinyurl.com/hcde-ghc-sharing-rsvp

World Usability Day: Call for Volunteers

HCDE Blog - Wed, 10/28/2015 - 10:39

Puget Sound World Usability Day
November 12, 2015
Microsoft HQ, Redmond WA

The 2015 World Usability theme for the 10-year-anniversary is INNOVATION. Innovation can mean different things to different people but most can agree it includes inventions and changes in products and services that improve a situation or solve a problem in a new way.  Innovation in User Experience means that people can do what they need and want to, with technology, products and services that enhance their experience.

Innovation also means revolution: 2015 is the year to grow our UX revolution and bring our message to the general public: No-one should have to suffer through products and services that get in their way. People should not be made to feel stupid by technology.

The Puget Sound World Usability Day is seeking volunteers to help ensure the event runs smoothly. If you are interesting in volunteering, please contact the WUD Volunteer Coordinator, Allan Luik, at allan@uxpaseattle.org.

Returned Peace Corp Volunteer Panel

HCDE Blog - Wed, 10/28/2015 - 10:21

The following information is from the UW Career Center.

This Thursday the UW Career Center will host a panel discussion of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, who will share their experiences from service.

What is it like to serve in The Peace Corps?
Returned Peace Corp Volunteer Panel
Thursday, October 29
201 Gowen Hall, UW Seattle Campus
6–7:30 p.m.

This event is an opportunity to hear and learn about the stories of recently returned Peace Corps volunteers. The panel will consist of volunteers from a variety of fields who will be able to answer specific questions regarding programs, cultures, and locations. This will be a chance to be inspired by the work the Peace Corps has accomplished thanks to the dedication of our volunteers and the support of the communities that we serve.

“Does the Globe Get a Say?: Research & Teaching Insights on Designing in Context,” talk by Cindy Atman

HCDE Blog - Mon, 10/26/2015 - 10:27
Does the Globe Get a Say?: Research & Teaching Insights on Designing in Context


OCTOBER 28, 2015
4:30—5:20 P.M.

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What does design look like? How do designers spend their time scoping out a problem, discovering user needs, developing alternative solutions and communicating about design decisions? How do students understand and apply issues of context when they are solving design problems? How can we take the insights from the answers to these questions to inform design teaching and learning? In this talk, Cynthia Atman will offer some answers to these questions using findings from two decades of research on designing in context.


About Cynthia Atman

Cynthia J. Atman is a professor in the department of Human Centered Design & Engineering, founding director of the Center for Engineering Learning & Teaching (CELT), and the inaugural holder of the Mitchell T. & Lella Blanche Bowie Endowed Chair at the University of Washington. Atman and Dr. Jennifer Turns are co-directors of the Consortium to Promote Reflection in Engineering Education (CPREE), a $4.4 million grant from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, whose goal is to implement reflection in engineering classrooms. Her research focuses on engineering design learning with a particular emphasis on issues of design context and the use of reflection to support learning. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the ASEE. Dr. Atman holds a PhD in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University.




Info Session: Master of Science in HCDE *EASTSIDE*

HCDE Blog - Fri, 10/23/2015 - 16:08

Info Session: Master of Science in HCDE *EASTSIDE*
November 17, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Eastside Executive Center
10220 NE Points Dr., Suite 100, Kirkland, WA

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Join HCDE’s academic advisors as we bring the HCDE Master’s Info Session to the east side of Lake Washington. Learn about the Master’s curriculum, application process, tuition costs and financing, and potential career paths for Human Centered Design & Engineering graduates.

Bring your questions and join us!

Find more about the Master of Science in Human Centered Design & Engineering at hcde.uw.edu/ms.

Call for Proposals: Scholars’ Studio

HCDE Blog - Fri, 10/23/2015 - 11:53

The following information is from the UW Library’s Research Commons.

Graduate students and postdocs! Looking for opportunities to present your research? Need feedback on your presentation style? Submit a proposal for a 5-minute TED-style talk and join us at the 2015 — 2016 Scholars’ Studio series.

Submit a Proposal »

Jobs & Internships with GE

HCDE Blog - Thu, 10/22/2015 - 16:44
UX Leadership Program & Internship Opportunities at GE

GE is hiring about 15 graduating Master’s students for Program Managers for their UX Leadership Program. UX Associates selected will be part of a cutting-edge leadership program designed to develop and accelerate the next generation of UX leaders at GE through a two-year developmental program.

Find GE at the UW Science & Engineering Career Fair on October 28, 2015 to discuss the available positions.

Learn more about the UX Leadership Program »

HCDE undergraduates: GE is also hiring student interns who will have finished sophomore year by Summer 2015. Learn more at the Career Fair on October 28!

Student Job: UX Developer — iLearn Lab

HCDE Blog - Thu, 10/22/2015 - 16:29
Hourly Student User Experience (UX) Developer
iLearn Lab

University of Washington Information School

Location: UW Information School, Mary Gates Hall
Position Title: Student UX Designer
Anticipated Start Date: 11/1/2015 (or as soon as possible)
End Date: 12/15/2015, possible extension through the academic year.
Deadline to Apply: 10/30/2015

Position Description
The University of Washington Information School is currently searching for a student to work with the iLearn Lab on the Learn Together project. This position will work up to 20 hours per week.

In this position, the student will:

• Perform user studies onsite with LearnTogether customers.
• Lead the collaboration between dev, content and customers to iterate application concepts and designs.
• Apprentice to a master UX designer who will oversee and guide your work.
• Implement designs in HTML and CSS.

• Currently enrolled student at the University of Washington.
• Ability to implement responsive designs in HTML, CSS and Bootstrap.
• Technical enough to work directly with programmers.
• Strong experience and abilities in user analysis.
• Ability to travel to onsite locations and at least 4 Saturday or Sundays to meet with the master UX designer.
• Creative collaborative attitude.

This position is open to all qualified University of Washington students. This position does not cover tuition and is not benefits eligible. Questions regarding compensation should be directed to Angela Czaja, HR Coordinator, at peter164@uw.edu.


To apply
1. Please include a cover letter briefly describing your skills and experiences relevant to this type of position in one page or less.
2. Provide a link to your portfolio.
3. Attach a current resume that includes your work history and academic accomplishments.

iSchool students, please submit all application materials via iCareers, job # 3527.
Non-Information School students can apply through Husky Jobs, number 95921

Please submit all applications no later than October 30th, 2015 to be considered for this position. All applicants will be contacted within two weeks of the closing date.

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

Science & Engineering Career Fair 10/28

HCDE Blog - Thu, 10/22/2015 - 16:23
UW Science & Engineering Career Fair
October 28, 2015
Noon-5 p.m.
Husky Union Building (HUB)

The University of Washington Science & Engineering Career Fair is geared towards uniting science and engineering students and the continually growing number of companies in the Pacific Northwest and throughout the nation. We pride ourselves on bringing high caliber Husky students and businesses together.

Show up and talk with companies looking to hire full time, internships, and co-ops!

Learn more and submit your resume for the online resume book »

Colloquium: ‘Geek Heresy,’ Kentaro Toyama

HCDE Blog - Wed, 10/21/2015 - 14:13

The following information is from the UW Department of Communication.

Colloquium: Kentaro Toyama to give talk Titled, ‘Geek Heresy’ Friday, October 23 from 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Communication building, room 126

SYNOPSIS: Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology

Over the last four decades, the United States saw an explosion of digital technologies that penetrated every corner of the country; yet during the same time span, the American rate of poverty didn’t decrease, inequality skyrocketed, and the country became more politically polarized than ever. In other words, a golden age of innovation didn’t lead to improved civic engagement or better lives for poor people living in the world’s most technologically advanced country. This simple fact – which flies in the face of Silicon Valley triumphalism – should give pause to efforts to tech-centric efforts to cause social change.

Based on a recent book with the same title, this talk draws lessons from over a decade of research with information and communication technologies (ICT) in education, politics, and international development and describes technology’s Law of Amplification. Amplification explains why technology’s immense power routinely fails to cause the social progress it promises, and why in an age of abundant technology, foundational human development matters all the more.

BIO: Kentaro Toyama is W.K. Kellogg Associate Professor at the University of Michigan School of Information and a fellow of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT. Until 2009, Toyama was assistant managing director of Microsoft Research India, which he co-founded in 2005. At MSR India, he started the Technology for Emerging Markets research group, which conducts interdisciplinary research to understand how the world’s poorest communities interact with electronic technology and to invent new ways for technology to support their socio-economic development. Prior to his time in India, Toyama did computer vision and machine learning research and taught mathematics at Ashesi University in Accra, Ghana. Toyama graduated from Yale with a PhD in Computer Science and from Harvard with a bachelor’s degree in Physics. http://kentarotoyama.org