IxD13 Morning News: And the Award Goes to…

After months of voting, tonight, we find out who the People’s Choice award will go to.

Morning Keynote with Jer Thorp

Data & Human Experience

In this talk, Jer will discuss the intersection between data and human experience. He’ll go into detail a number of projects involving diverse data sets, including the 770,000 words in the Shakespeare Folio, astronomical measurements from NASA, text from nightly news broadcasts, and real-time air traffic reports. Jer will discuss how, by framing data in a human context, we can use it more effectively, and ultimately foster better practices for data-focused design.

Morning entertainment: Steve McNie plays Ukulele

Steve McNie is the force behind the Corktown Ukulele Jam at the core of Toronto’s thriving uke scene. His insightful teaching has inspired hundreds to play better and progress faster. His purposeful mix of awesome song choices showcases the uke’s strength in any style. He’s big on sound, style, groove, feel, and form.

Nom Nom Lunch

Rolls and butter


  • Baby greens with roasted beets, soft goat cheese, spicy sprouts, and sunflower seeds
  • Mint scented Quinoa salad, pickled red onion, roasted tomato, cucumer, and tahini dressing

Main (non veg):

  • Butternut squash bauletti with smoked turkey, sage, brown butter, toasted pecans, and shaved pecorino

Main (veg):

  • Grilled portobello mushroom glazed with aged balsamic vinaigrette with fresh herbs and caramelized onions on an artisan multigrain bun
  • Apple cider curd tarts
  • Chopped fresh fruit
  • Freshly brewed regular and decaffeinated coffee and tea, water

Afternoon Keynote with Albert Shum

Connecting: Emerging Themes for Interaction

Our world is becoming more and more connected, new patterns, new behaviors and new businesses are emerging. Over 35% of the world is connected and growing rapidly. With an always on world, there are amazing opportunities and great challenges. As design thinkers and makers we can help humanize these new experience, providing emotional connections that are center on human values.

This session will share some of the design thinking behind these emerging interactions themes and provide ways for design making that will help us create holistic human experiences to enrich people’s lives.

MFA Interaction Design program at SVA Happy Hour

Special thanks to the MFA Interaction Design program at SVA for this well-deserved happy hour. After Day 2, you will have much to talk about with your fellow attendees. Take a moment to relax and chat with like-minded Interaction Designers about your favorite session from the day.

Interaction13 Awards!

Join us at Steam Whistle Brewing for the announcement of the 2013 top winners: Best in Category, Best Concept, Best Student, Best in Show and the winner of the People’s Choice Award.

You’re probably wondering what to wear, right? It is an award ceremony, so most will be dressed in cocktail attire, but don’t worry, we won’t turn anyone away if you wear your designer jeans.