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World IA Day Seattle will be held at Impact Hub, located in the historic 220 & Change building in Pioneer Square.

Impact Hub Seattle
220 Second Ave South, Seattle, WA 98104
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Metro, Sound Transit and Light Rail will get you to within walking distance of the Impact Hub. If you're driving, check out this Parking Map.

Doors open at 8:30 for registration. Knowledge-sharing commences at 9:30 and continues to 4. Happy Hour (sponsored by General Assembly) afterwards at the Impact Hub from 4:30 - 6:30..

We are pleased to be able to supply lunch (veg and non-veg selections), coffee, tea, water and snacks. I'm afraid we will not be providing fizzy beverages (sodas), but as the event is in Pioneer Square, you'll be able to find what you need without too much difficulty.

WiFi will be provided by Impact Hub. Power is available, but outlets are limited. Bring a power strip and make a few friends.

Free! Both the conference and the food are free. Now aren't you glad you registered before we sold out?

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For as long as the wifi holds out, we'll be streaming live on Ustream starting at 9:30 AM on Saturday. Note that we're only streaming the main stage talks, and not the InfoCamp presentations.


8:30 - 9:30 PST

9:30 - 9:45 PST

9:45 - 10:30 PST
Architecting Happiness: how happiness data can change our lives, our cities and our economy

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The Happiness Alliance, a national nonprofit based in Seattle, has been providing the Gross National Happiness (GNH) Index to cities, communities, campuses and companies since 2011. The GNH Index is a survey that provides the user with their own unique happiness data results. Over 38,000* people have taken the survey, some reporting that their results inspired them to make significant changes in their lives. During this talk we will explore the definition of happiness, the conception and trajectory of the happiness movement and the opportunities and challenge facing the interface between happiness data and humans. Our plans are to include an audience driven interactive experience with the happiness data and discussion about the future of happiness data for personal, social and economic positive change.

Check out the Happiness Handbook.

Laura Musikanski Laura Musikanski Executive Director, The Happiness Alliance

10:30 - 10:50 PST
Taming big data with ontologies

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Big data helps us manage data sets that are too large and complex to manipulate or interrogate with standard methods or tools, and significant IT investment is going towards managing and maintaining big data. Ontologies help us easily integrate information from many sources so that essential information is easy to find. Some examples: social data – integrate and summarize thousands / millions of tweets quickly; power grid event aggregation and summary; retail transactions and web searches & visits; pharmaceutical – R&D and Clinical Trials. Join Wendi as she helps us understand the techniques for creating an ontology to manage “big data."

10:50 - 11:00 PST

11:00 - 11:45 PST
Desiring Ecologies: Meaning-Making in the Network Wilderness

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As networked information ecologies get more complex, interdependent, and unpredictable, designers must focus on the simple, foundational, and emergent. Connected networks are growing beyond our ability to grasp them as a whole. The big changes will catch us by surprise. Our best chance to positively impact these systems is by influencing the creation of effective small pieces that work as part of a holistic ecology.

This talk will explore the changing role of the information architect in the emerging wave of connected computing. It will propose strategies for reframing the way we approach information design in order to better create enriching and empowering experiences for users. We’ll look at examples from technology, cultural movements, and nature in order to frame a set of guidelines for creating systems that desire collaboration and clarity as an innate function of their underlying nature.

Andy Fitzgerald Andy Fitzgerald Interaction Designer

11:45 - 12:00 PST
InfoCamp Pitches

12:00 - 1:00 PST

1:00 - 1:45 PST
InfoCamp Unconference Session 1

(Session 1 of 2; multiple tracks)
The fine folks at InfoCamp are going to run a mini-conference within the conference. This is your chance to pitch a session to your fellow IAs. More details to come.

1:45 - 2:00 PST

2:00 - 2:45 PST
InfoCamp Unconference Session 2

(Session 2 of 2; multiple tracks)
The fine folks at InfoCamp are going to run a mini-conference within the conference. This is your chance to pitch a session to your fellow IAs. More details to come.

2:45 - 3:00 PST

3:00 - 3:45 PST
Off-grid Solar: How SunFunder uses information to bring electricity to emerging markets

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Sameer is the Co-Founder and Chief Design Officer of SunFunder. He will talk about how design and information plays a key role in the functioning of their business. He will talk about the information challenges of formalizing this unstructured ecosystem that spans different geographies, populations, solar technologies, business models, politics, regulations and price points. He will also talk about the challenges of extracting reliable information and working in the absence of information due to the low technology, high human capital nature of many of these businesses. Also learn about the new taxonomies they use to help normalize risk assessments across the portfolio and adapting to the dynamic needs and opportunities of the sector. He will also talk about how a simplified vocabulary, simplified design of the technology systems helps SunFunder scale it’s own operations.

And finally he will also talk about story telling, including the qualitative impact of these investments, along with the measurable social and environmental impact that investors care about. When everything comes together, investors are happy that their money was used to bring about measurable, positive change in the world, while earning them a financial return; and at the same time thousands of people around the world end up with reliable access to electricity and lighting and become a part of the emerging solar energy revolution and all the cascading benefits it brings.

Sameer Halai Sameer Halai Interaction Designer

3:45 - 4:00 PST
Closing and Thanks

4:30 - 6:30 PST
Happy Hour

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