IxD13 Morning News: Let’s Get This Party Started!

Good Morning Interaction13 Attendees!

We hope everyone is well rested to conquer this amazing day we have in store for you. Don’t worry, we’ll have  some music to get you grooving and some caffeinated beverages to give you a boost during our first morning break at 10:30 a.m. Get your Breakfast and coffee before you get to MTCC since the first coffee break is at 10:30 a.m. There is also a cafe merchant brewing coffees and tea for purchase before this time in the main exhibit hall for IxD13. Water coolers with biodegradable cups in are in the back of every room. Help yourself to water as you need it and stay hydrated!

From 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. hear the distinctive musical sound of Stewart Hoffman, vibraphone, and Dan Ionescu, guitar. An hour of swinging jazz, and Latin and pop classics performed with eloquence and style.

Morning Keynote: Ravi Sawhney

Our Power to Empower: The Satisfaction of Designing for Social Impact (MTCC-718 at 9:45 a.m.)

As designers we have the unique ability to reach beyond the borders of our own talents and capabilities. We can look outside of our world and see that many who have had great influences on our world, in fact while not labeled designers, designed and impacted society, business and our world. We too can be as influential as the great minds in the world. Musicians saw that their music could change the world; now, we have been empowered to change the world for the better. Creating social impact is in fact one piece of a very large world that flows through our fingertips as we conceive and create not only new user experiences but in fact new, highly empowered users… everywhere.

Afternoon Keynote: Kate Hartman

Social Prosthetics: Technology and the Human Form (MTCC 718 at 4:30 p.m.)

What gizmo can we use to read our minds, expose our hearts, or settle disputes? What gadget can improve our communication with house plants or buildings or glaciers?

We are rapidly reinventing the ways in which we relate to each other and the world around us. Working with communication and body-centric technologies in the creative context enables artists and designers to ask questions, tell stories, and predict possible futures. The projects they create can speak to needs, longings, and desires not currently attended to by existing devices and systems.

In this talk Kate Hartman will present a collection of prototypes, tools, and methods that allow us to reconsider the ways in which we relate and communicate and discuss the challenges and opportunities for work that sits close to the skin.

Nom Nom, Lunch

We have a delicious lunch planned for you today.

Honor System requested at lunch! This year we have a higher percentage of dietary restrictions. Please stick to what you’ve identified for your dietary preferences. Be kind and courteous and do not consume the vegeterian buffet if you did not identify yourself to be a vegetarian. We have enough food based on what the preferences you told us at registration..and you really don’t want to deal with hungry vegetarians..! :)

Lunch seating will be available to attendees in rooms 714 & 716

Rolls & Butter, Tiny Butter Tarts

Salad: Heirloom white bean and parsley pesto salad, Buttermilk kale salad, crunchy cucumber and fresh dill

Main (non-veg): Ontario yellow cornmeal polenta with garlic braised rapini and a ragout of ontario farm raised hen & winter vegetables

Main (veg): Corn & edamame succotash with caramelized onions and smoked paprika served with tofu steaks with a spicy roasted tomato sauce

Dessert: Fresh whole fruits

Beverages: Freshly brewed regular and decaffeinated coffee/tea, water

Sponsored events (recognize and thank sponsors):

RIM Happy Hour

Special thanks to RIM for this well-deserved happy hour. After Day 1, 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.

Opening Party at Hoxton Club

Join the crowd at the opening party for good conversation, fun dance music and the revelry you expect at an Interaction conference! Cuff the Duke, a band formed by members Paul Lowman – Wayne Petti – AJ Johnson – François Turenne, started out in Oshawa before making the move to Toronto in 2002. Their debut album, Life Stories For Minimum Wage was released on Three Gut Records, at the time one of the most exciting indie-labels in Canada.