2016 Keynote Speaker
Kharis O'ConnellHead of product Archiact
Kharis is the Head of Product for Archiact—Canada’s fastest growing VR/MR studio. He has over 18 years of international experience in crafting thoughtful products and services. Before joining Archiact, he co-founded the emerging-tech product design studio HUMAN, worked at Nokia Design in Berlin as Lead Designer on a multitude of award-winning products. Prior works also include flagship projects for Samsung–helping to design their first smartphones back in 2008, and an interactive hardware/software installation for Nike in 2006.
Kharis gave the opening keynote at the 2014 Taiwan Design Week in Taipei, is also a startup mentor at the Wearable World / IoT labs accelerator in San Francisco, and advisor to Commandwear Inc and Proxxi Technology Corp in Vancouver, BC.
Call for Entries
Do your interactions bring joy, elegance, clarity, innovation, or impact to users? If so, we encourage you to enter the 2016 Vancouver User Experience Awards!
These awards give the Lower Mainland’s UX practitioners a place to showcase our work and get recognized for the incredible things we create every day. There is no cost to submit your work. Deadline to enter is midnight on Friday, October 7, 2016.Submit an entry
We've refined this year's categories to better represent the breadth of great user experience work being done across the Lower Mainland.
UX for Marketing
Successful marketing depends on creating great user experiences. Your users are your customers and understanding their needs is essential to selling your product. This award recognizes user experiences tied to ecommerce, customer experience, campaigns, contests, and other solutions designed to connect customers to organizations of all sizes and industries.
UX for Emerging Experiences
The future is no longer at a distance—wearables, internet of things, virtual, augmented and mixed reality are already here. These devices are creating a new opportunity for user experience. This new award category allows us to surface the emerging interactions and immersive experiences that our community is creating.
UX for Products
Digital products play an important role in our everyday lives. We depend on them to make our lives easier to manage. Vancouver is brimming with companies whose focus is to create, refine, and hone these product experiences. This new award category allows us to surface the emerging interactions and immersive experiences that our community is creating.
UX for Enterprise
Internal processes should never get in the way of serving customers and helping employees get stuff done. This award celebrates intranets, business applications, and other enterprise-level systems that provide great user experiences for employees, inside organizations.
UX for Good
Non-profit organizations fill a unique and important space in the Lower Mainland. Great user experiences are essential to improving the way non-profits work with their partners, communities, and stakeholders. This award recognizes charities and foundations, social campaigns, professional associations, and public sector enterprises. Entrants should demonstrate how they’ve created a user experience that helps a non-profit organization achieve its goals and/or serve its members.
UX by Students
Student projects help to remind the rest of us of what’s possible. Up-and-coming practitioners are making huge contributions to innovation in this region’s UX community. This award celebrates the work done in courses, extra-curricular activities, or portfolio projects—provided the solutions were not designed for commercial purposes. To submit for this award, applicants must be registered at a B.C. post-secondary institution during the 2015-2016 academic year.
This is the grand-prize category and will be a juried selection from finalists across all categories. The winner represents some of the best in user experience design the Lower Mainland has to offer.
This award allows our community to vote on the best experience. We will allow users to vote on the best experience from among the finalists, across all categories. Voting will open just before the awards gala.
All solutions will be evaluated and scored by the judges on how they satisfy these five criteria.
Is the work delightful to use? How much care appears to be put into creating an experience people will want to use?
How cohesive and refined does the solution feel? How seamless and consistent are users’ interactions with the solution?
Some interactions are complex in nature—how does the experience support clear mastery of the task at hand, while minimizing friction?
What’s new, different, or exciting about this work? How does it stack up to current conventions and patterns we use today?
What results can be attributed to the user experience of the solution? What measurable ways has it impacted business and people?
Chris MastertonSenior UX Strategist and designer Masterton UX Show Bio
Games, apps, intranets, e-commerce sites, and enterprise web: Chris has done it all. As a leading UX strategist for more than 17 years, Chris has a knack for understanding complex needs and designing a solution that’s easy for users to understand.
Chris has produced engaging and accessible interfaces for more than 80 projects including complex websites for clients such as IBM and Western Union; interactive sites for Yahoo, Electronic Arts, and Microsoft; and mobile interface design for Nokia, Motorola, and the NBA.
Today, Chris not only runs his own successful UX consulting company but also teaches at the University of British Columbia. Since 2001, he has been an instructor for User Interface Design for the Web, which is a comprehensive introductory course that helps software engineering students master the fundamentals of UI design techniques.
Jordan HessTechnical Director Finger Food Studios Show Bio
Jordan is a veteran software developer who is obsessed with creating solutions that bring his clients’ vision to life. As the Technical Director at Finger Food, he draws from over 12 years of experience in the industry to lead a multidisciplinary team comprised of UX designers, software developers, technical artists, and QA staff. Since joining the company in 2012, Jordan has led the development and maintenance of over 30 apps. Particularly, the Sphero SPRK apps, which are currently being used to teach thousands of children how to code in classrooms across North America.
Over the years he has built a strong understanding of mobile interface design principles, user experience design, and user engagement. Jordan's technical expertise includes iOS and Android app development, cloud-based backend solutions and architecture, and connected devices. Previous to his role at Finger Food, Jordan held lead engineering roles at Electronic Arts, Ubisoft Entertainment, and Capcom Vancouver.
Jacqueline AntalikDirector of User Experience OpenRoad Show Bio
Jacqueline Antalik serves as the Director of User Experience at OpenRoad Communications. With over 15 years of experience in the web/IT industry, she has worked on large mission-critical systems and developed a strong background in human computer interaction, business and system analysis, information architecture, workplace learning and technology, writing, and consulting. What motivates Jacqueline, as a user experience designer, is the opportunity to connect with end-users, to hear their thoughts and pain points, which she can then draw upon to design and deliver a positive and meaningful user experience.
Prior to joining OpenRoad, Jacqueline spent ten years with TELUS as an Interaction Design and Usability Specialist. While there, she worked on both internal and external client engagements, which included the Justice Institute of British Columbia, Prospera Credit Union, the BC Government, and the Vancouver Canucks.
Dominique BohnExecutive director of service reform Ministry of environment Show Bio
Dominique Bohn wants to make government services better, mostly with computers. She works for British Columbia’s provincial government as the Executive Director, Service Reform. This fall, she’ll wrap up a brisk but intensive project with the Province’s Environmental Assessment Office and will deliver a beautiful digital service, giving both staff and citizens a clearer view of this critical process.
Dominique is driven to improve how citizens experience government service and has tackled large-scale work in patient safety (Health Canada) and digital learning (Alberta Education). Before joining the Service Reform, she was with the Ministry of Justice bringing service design methods to bear on the big challenges facing the administration of courts. She also helped found the Province’s user experience design practice, and implemented a citizen-focused, evidence-based approach to web, resulting in the award winning project gov.bc.ca.
Dominique holds a PhD in Victorian studies (culture and technology) from the University of Saskatchewan. Her well-received and feisty conference presentations have focused on design leadership and the power of design to revolutionize government policy and technology.
Miles NurseDirector of user experience Unbounce Show Bio
Miles has been fortunate to work with some of the world's biggest brands and technology companies operating as a futurist, catalyst and innovator. He brings a broad perspective to the Vancouver UX awards; a blend of cultural insights, stories and perspectives from his travels abroad, combined with experience in Marketing, Software, Game & Educational organizations. His experience includes leading incubation efforts at Microsoft Game Studios, working as a Creative Director in multiple marketing agencies, driving product experiences in two start-ups, running a Digital Design School and currently works as an Educational Product Manager & Director of User Experience at Unbounce.
Ryan OpinaVP of user experience Engine digital Show Bio
Ryan is the Vice President of User Experience at Engine Digital and has spent the last 15 years working across physical and digital product design. A frequent speaker on the intersection of design and business strategy, he is continuously looking for new ways to apply unconventional approaches to interaction, function and content in order to influence businesses that are integrating digital in completely new ways.
Julian RichardsDirector of User Experience SAP Show Bio
Julian Richards leads UX for SAP’s enterprise social software division. Prior to his role at SAP he was a design lead at TELUS digital. Julian has also served as VP and Head of Multi-Channel Customer Experience for HSBC’s banking operations in Canada. His UX career started at Blast Radius back in the 20th century, where he worked primarily with clients at Nike, Nintendo and Heineken.
Mallory O'Connor (jury chair)Practice lead, enterprise experiences and innovation Habanero Show Bio
Mallory has been active in building the UX community in Vancouver for over 17 years. She co-founded VanUE together with partners from Habanero and OpenRoad, and lead the team in creating the Vancouver UX Awards in 2014. She has served as an awards judge, organizer, and this year will act as the jury chair, facilitating the judging panel with the nearly impossible task of choosing winners in each category. With a background in strategy, interaction design and information architecture, Mallory focuses on creating great workplace experiences in her role as the Practice Lead, Enterprise Experiences and Innovation at Habanero.
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