Posted on September 2, 2008 in IP, InfoCamp08, patents by Brian RoweView Comments

Introducing our keynote and plenary speakers!

We are proud to introduce our speakers for the keynote (on day 1) and plenary (on day 2) sessions at InfoCamp Seattle 2008: Jacob O. Wobbrock and Tamara Adlin!

Jacob O. Wobbrock is an Assistant Professor in the Information School and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. His research interests are in user interface technology, human performance with computing systems, input and interaction techniques, computer access, universal design, and mobile interaction design. Professor Wobbrock directs the AIM Research Group comprising students from information and computer science. Prior to coming to the University of Washington, Professor Wobbrock received his Ph.D. from the Human-Computer Interaction Institute in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. He also received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Symbolic Systems and Computer Science, respectively, from Stanford University. [More about Jacob...]

Tamara Adlin is the founder and president of adlin, inc., a customer experience consulting company located in Seattle, WA. Prior to forming her company, Tamara created the Customer Experience services team for Amazon Services, which provided complete customer research and site design services for Amazon’s platform clients (including the official NBA online store, Marks & Spencer, Sears Canada, and others).  [More about Tamara...]

I have spoken with Jacob Wobbrock through the WSBA Access to Justice Technology Committee a few times.  He is very knowledgeable over HCI,  accessibility and usability issues.  Hearing him speak is well worth the time.

Posted on July 24, 2008 in InfoCamp08, Ischool, Seattle by Brian RoweView Comments

InfoCamp is a hybrid 1/2 unconference (barcamp)  1/2 conventional conference. Given the recent success of Barcamp Seattle and the innovative work from previous sponsors like ASIS&T – the American Society for Information Science and Technology and the University of Washington Information School this should be a great event (I hope they are both sponsoring again this year).

Topics at last year conference included Designing Intuitive Interfaces, Information Overload and the Demise of Usability. The bulk of the content is produced by the attendees in the form of presentations, panels, demos and round tables.  If you want to see a topic covered add it to the wiki and help make it happen.

Conference rates are $10 for students and $50 for professionals, volunteers get in free.  Register now!

My only suggestion so far is to add a non profit attendee registration rate, of $15 to $20.  This would encourage more diversity in the participants.

See you there!

PS I wonder if we can sneak in a power point Karaoke session?