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Friday, May 15 • 2:00pm - 2:45pm
10-minute talks (students)

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Talk 1 - A Game for Building Trust and Communication Skills - Tina Chou

I will review a simple game that small teams can play to improve their communication skills and build trust (while having some competitive fun!). In the game of Instructures, two teams use wooden blocks to build a structure from a blueprint. The catch: the person with the blueprint guides their team using only verbal instructions. I will share how this game has similarities to design and product development processes as well as my observations from playing with UX teams.

Talk 2 - Creation of an Accessible Nurse Call System with an iPad App - Beth Hadley

For many residents of The Boston Home (TBH) located in Dorchester, Massachusetts calling for help is not a simple task. Most residents have limited mobility due to diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS) or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), making it difficult if not impossible to reach the help button wired to the wall. Many residents of TBH, however, regularly use iPads attached to their wheelchair. Along with my teammates, I have been working with residents and staff of TBH to develop InstaAid, an iPad application that enables residents to call for help more accessibly.

Talk 3 - Changing a Life: Impactful Designs for Sick Children - Wayne Hosley

Providing efficient healthcare to the sick has become a vital role of importance in our healthcare system. In order to complete this task, it is extremely necessary to have the proper tools in order to provide care successfully. For small children with respiratory complications, improper tools have become an increasing problem. 

Talk 4 - Ramp it up! An action based guide for creating accessible websites - Taliesin Smith

The action-based techniques presented here aim to simplify the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. They focus on the POUR principles and accessible design choices rather than compliance with success criteria. Building in the virtual ramp is easier than you think.


Tina Chou

Tina is a student at Bentley University in the MS in Human Factors and Information Design program. A retired sports photographer, she holds degrees in Information Science from Cornell University. In her spare time, you can find her slowly working through her backlog of vintage... Read More →

Beth Hadley

I am a senior majoring in Computer Science at MIT, where I have studied user experience and design from a variety of perspectives, ranging from interactive music systems to accessible technologies. I began the iPad Nurse Call project last year in a class offered at MIT called... Read More →

Wayne Hosley

Wayne Hosley is an undergraduate senior at Tufts University. He studies Engineering Psychology and Human Factors. This year, he has partnered with the Institute for Pediatric Innovation (IPI), a non-profit organization that collaborates with stakeholders throughout the national... Read More →
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Taliesin Smith

MDes Candidate, Inclusive Design 2016, OCAD University
Taliesin is an Instructional Design Specialist at Memorial University. She has a background in front-end development and a passion for web standards and accessibility. She is currently working on a masters degree in Inclusive Design at OCAD University.

Friday May 15, 2015 2:00pm - 2:45pm EDT
Liberty A/B - Unconference

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