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Sep 09 2013

September UX Events in Boston

Published by under Events,Networking,Social,Workshops

If you are in the Boston area, check out some of these UX events:

Feel free to comment and share other events!

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Aug 23 2013

UX Trivia Pub Night 9/5 - Postponed

Published by under Events,Social

Update (9/3): There are not enough people signed up for the event. We will reschedule for another day and time.


Join HFIDO for a night at The Pub! Meet fellow HFIDers, enjoy a drink, and play a UX trivia game for a chance to win prizes! Appetizers will be provided and drinks can be purchased at The Pub.

  • Date: September 5, 2013
  • Time: 7:30PM EDT
  • Place: Harry’s a.k.a. The Pub (Inside the Bentley Student Center)

Please RSVP through Facebook or Eventbrite.

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Apr 19 2012

Resources from Stanford’s Persuasive Tech Lab

“The purpose of [Stanford’s] Persuasive Technology Lab is to create insight into how computing products – from websites to mobile phone software – can be designed to change people’s beliefs and behaviors. [M]ajor projects include technology for creating health habits, mobile persuasion, and the psychology of Facebook. The Persuasive Tech Lab has a variety of resources compiled here to help you get started.” Read more.

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Jan 30 2012

Upcoming UX Events

Seminar on Capturing Test Data - Tue., 1/31, 1-2 pm @ online Mad*Pow event
Our very own Dan Berlin is hosting a webinar covering “Best Practices for Consistent Capture of Usability Test Data” on Tuesday, January 31 from 1-2 pm. This seminar is for experience designers seeking to improve their data collection methods and foster straightforward data solicitation, moderation techniques, and capture of usability test data. Best practices will be shared for capturing usability test data in consistent and comparable ways to ensure that your collected data leads to actionable insights.

An Experience Research Director at Mad*Pow, Dan received his BA in Psychology from Brandeis University, spent seven years supporting hard-to-use interfaces at a cable technology firm, jumped into the world of usability through the MBA and MS in Human Factors in Information Design program at Bentley University, and then spent his first two years in the field at a digital marketing agency building a usability research practice and investigating neuromarketing techniques.

View presentation!
UPA Boston, February Meeting - Wed., 2/1, 6-9 pm @ One to One in Charlestown
A multidisciplinary panel from digital marketing agency One to One, “Mobile Mantras: An Experience Design Roundtable” discusses current experience design best practices for mobile development.

Panel Participants:

  • Brian Assmus, Flash Developer
  • Frank Dellario, Senior Mobile Producer - Mobile Technology
  • Matt DiGirolamo, User Research Consultant
  • Rob Fitzgibbon, Associate Director, Experience Design
  • Hannah Liberty, Senior Information Architect
  • Michelle McNulty, Lead User Experience Consultant
  • Ryan Travis, Web Developer

6:00 - 7:00 pm Refreshments & Networking
7:00 - 7:30 pm Announcements
7:30 - 9:00 pm Presentation and Q&A

RSVP here.
Networking, Knowledge Sharing, and UX Methods - Wed., 2/8, 5-8 pm @ MathWorks in Natick
The MathWorks Usability Group invites you to spend the evening with a lively group of UX pros for knowledge sharing and networking. We’ll have short talks and displays to share research, design methods, and practices. You’ll have the opportunity to meet MathWorks UX team members as well as other regional UX professionals. We’ll also have lots of delicious food available, so come hungry!

RSVP by Wed., 2/1.

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Jan 26 2012

5 Tips to Enhance Your (UX) Personal Brand


  1. People make up their minds about you in the first 30 seconds of meeting you. Here’s the kicker: it’s an unconscious decision. They’ve already decided how they feel about you, but they just don’t know it yet.
  2. Most people get nervous delivering speeches. Even thinking about delivering speeches makes people sweat. Unfortunately, they unconsciously communicate that nervousness to the audience, and the audience reads it as an attack, again unconsciously.
  3. Once an audience believes it’s under attack, it stops listening and prepares (unconsciously) for flight.
  4. Most presentations fail because the speaker presents information to the audience in a way that unintentionally ensures it will be instantly forgotten. Here is the surprising alternative: by changing a few sentences at the beginning of your talk, you can increase audience retention by four or five-fold.
  5. To increase your charisma, focus on a single emotion that you feel about your content or the person you’re meeting, for three minutes before the beginning of your meeting, speech, or presentation.
  6. BONUS! People believe non-verbal communication over verbal communication every time.


Learn more communication theory from Dr. Nick Morgan via his blog and videos.

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Aug 29 2011

UPA Movie Night Tonight - FREE

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UPA Boston Movie Night - Objectified - August 30, 2011

UPA Boston invites the Boston design and interaction community to a special summer screening of the movie “Objectified” on Tues, August 30 at the Regent Theatre, Arlington MA.


Basic Info
Networking at 6:00-7:00, movie starts at 7:15PM
• Seating for 500. RSVP required
• Free popcorn and soda!
All are welcome!

Please RSVP:



About Objectified:
Objectified is a feature-length documentary about our complex relationship with manufactured objects and, by extension, the people who design them. It’s a look at the creativity at work behind everything from toothbrushes to tech gadgets. It’s about the designers who re-examine, re-evaluate and re-invent our manufactured environment on a daily basis. It’s about personal expression, identity, consumerism, and sustainability.

Read more

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Mar 03 2011

Reminder: hFIDO Social Tomorrow

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There are still slots open for tomorrow’s low-key gathering at Abby Swain’s hip Harvard* home.
To reserve your spot, please go to

* Harvard Square, not Harvard the town. But “Square” not does alliterate well with “hip”.

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Feb 28 2011

hFIDO Happy Hour This Friday

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Join your fellow HFIDers for drinks and munchies. Classmate Abby Swain has graciously opened up her home for an evening of cocktails and conversation.

Due to space constraints, there is only room for 15 people (Bentley students and alums, adults only). To reserve your spot, RSVP on our Eventbrite page.

Please be considerate and only RSVP in the affirmative if you know you will be able to attend.

Date: Friday, March 4 
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 10:00 pm
Who: HFID Students and Alums
Where: Abby Swain’s apartment
988 Memorial Drive
Apartment 181
Confirmations only, please
Questions: Email Azilah.

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Jan 31 2011

HFIDO Meet, Greet, and Shmooze Event

Published by under Academics,Discussion,Social

Announcing a new date!

Due to the impending storm, the event has been moved from February 2nd to February 9th. We look forward to seeing you!

Date Wednesday, February 9th
Time 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Place Smith 122

To copy this to your Google Calendar, just open the hFIDO Events Calendar here:

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Nov 06 2010

UX Trivia Night with UPA Boston

Published by under Contests,Events,Networking,Social

Celebrate World Usability Day Boston 2010

Join us for UX Trivia Night - aka “The Smackdown” - and celebrate the 6th annual World Usability Day.

Whether you’re a UX novice, expert practitioner, or anywhere inbetween, this is chance to have fun, engage in good-natured competition, and learn a few things to boot. This will not be the UX SAT’s. Simply get together a team of 3-6 people, or join a pick-up team there, and give it a shot.

This year, hundreds of events will take place across the globe to raise awareness for, and celebrate, usability and user-centered design — from Australia, to Brazil, to Belarus.  More on World Usability Day.  Come participate in Boston’s festivities!   Continue Reading »

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Oct 11 2010

Meeting other HFIDers at a pub?

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How about we all meet at a pub on a nice Friday night?
Pick up a bar, Pick up a drink and Yap about HFID

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