Games Exchange - June 26 (San Francisco)
- (Apologies for multiple postings in various groups you may be
reading. We want to get this notice out widely!)
On June 26, we're holding an unconference about Games - Innovation
Games®, design games, and serious games: http://www.enthiosys.com/news-events/idsge
This one day event focuses on the use of playful techniques for
gathering customer (and user) requirements, as part of the design
research process, and for other serious purposes, such as citizen
participation in democracy and social movements. Games are also a
terrific method in team building within an organization and for
professional development within a particular occupational group.
I was introduced to Innovation Games a couple years ago Of course,
I'd been using techniques like these for many years - but mostly
within a team rather than with customers and users. Meeting Luke
Hohmann (of Enthiosys, and author of a book about the set of a dozen
games) opened my eyes to new possibilities for adapting methods to the
user experience and user research tasks. And the more I tell people
about these methods, the more I realize how aligned they are with
other participatory design activities.
You're probably familiar with the "unconference" format: we prepare a
schedule in advance (number of parallel meeting spaces and time
assignments), but leave the setting of topics in slots to the start of
the event, when people introduce themselves and declare their
questions and expertise. Everyone has the opportunity to lead a
session whether by presenting or facilitating a discussion on a
question they're interested in. Often we find synergies in unexpected
places, so that two people who didn't know each other before might
combine their topics into a single session. All very fun and
energizing. We're committed to good documentation of what goes on,
and hope this will be the first of many such meetings, locally and in
other places as well.
We're keeping costs low by splitting the expenses, roughly half from
sponsors and half from participant fees. Sponsorships start at a
Advance registration is required. We won't be able to accommodate
Please share this announcement with others who may be interested.
We're looking into hotels for folks from out of town.
Nancy Frishberg +1 650 804 5800 mobile