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UXPA UK World Usability Day 2016 – Sustainability and Green UX


18:30 - 21:30

ThoughtWorks, 76 Wardour Street Soho W1F 0UR

Sustainability and UX design are innately intertwined since they are both about creating the best experience for people. The UX design lens can improve efforts to “end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all” by giving disadvantaged individuals a seat at the table.

Be sure to mark your calendar for World Usability Day 2016 (November 10th)! As the day approaches, ask yourself “is it me or the design?” Your answer may be a starting point for improving user-friendliness and sustainability on a local and/or global scale.

Date: Thursday, 10th November 2016.


18:30 – 19:00 – Mixing and mingling with drinks and nibbles
19:00 – 21:00 – Presentations
21:00 – 21:30 – Networking


Paul-Jervis Heath, Principal at Modern Human

In September Giant Pandas were reclassified from endangered to vulnerable. The news was less favourable for the Eastern Gorilla. At the same time they were reclassified as critically endangered. Their population has declined by 70% over the last 20 years. Globally, there has been a 52% average decline in the populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish around the globe between 1970 and 2010. How do we know the global outlook for the conservation of threatened species? How do conservation organisations decide on the actions to protect those species? And, how is human-centred design being used to help secure funding for conservation research, to gather data about endangered species, to report on the fate of those sepcies and inform conservation decisions?

Paul-Jervis Heath will talk about design research with Zoologists, Conservationists, with Park Rangers in Africa and fieldwork at London Zoo. He’ll talk about how Modern Human are using human-centred design to support conservation from the scientist gathering data about endangered species through to the conservationist planning conservation actions on the ground.

Mike Gatman, Lead Consultant Program Manager at ThoughtWorks

The challenge of reconnecting unaccompanied child refugees with their loved ones is a growing problem with the global refugee crisis. In Kakuma refugee camp filmmaker Lieven Corthouts sought out a solution after living there for 5 years and talking with refugees struggling to find their families. ThoughtWorks collaborated with Lieven to design and user test a ‘Find Me’ web application with refugees, which exposed the challenges of cultural barriers, limited technical literacy and the western bias applied within the design process.

Mike Gatman is a project manager and coach from ThoughtWorks who looked after the Find Me initiative. He is an agile/lean enthusiast who brings the user to the heart of every delivery, with a background in digital projects across media, telecommunications, banking and retail. Find Me was his first foray into the humanitarian sector.

Fiona Kelly, Customer Success Manager at FoodCloud

FoodCloud connects businesses that have too much food to charities in their communities that have too little. Using our technology platform, participating businesses can upload details of their surplus food. FoodCloud provides a simple way for food businesses to contribute to their communities in a meaningful and practical way and reduce their impact on the environment. Many retailers find themselves with perfectly good food that they cannot sell. This high quality food is often wasted at a large cost to businesses. Good food that can feed people should never be wasted. FoodCloud offers businesses a solution by using this food to support the work of the charity sector in Ireland and the UK. This solution has been developed through a close relationship with the business and charities to understand their needs.

Since the creation of FoodCloud in 2014 Co-Founders Iseult Ward and Aoibheann O’Brien were one of Time magazines Next Generation Leaders, Ben and Jerry’s Join Our Core Winner and winner of the 2016 Green Awards. Most recently FoodCloud’s UK partnership with FareShare and Tesco won the Sustainable Future Award at the IGD awards. The three-way partnership between FareShare, FoodCloud and Tesco is live across 900 stores and has already delivered the equivalent of 1.4 million meals to local organisations. By the end of next year, the organisations aim to send all of Tesco’s edible surplus food to charity. Fiona will outline FoodClouds journey so far and how they have perfected their solution.


ThoughtWorks, 76 Wardour Street, Soho, W1F 0UR
We thank our sponsors Futureheads for supporting this event. See you on the night!


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