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A Faculty of Information Newsletter

17 October 2018

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UXD students look to make buildings more secure

With their innovative plans to facilitate security check-ins at buildings such as condo towers and university dorms, UXD students Christina Park and Dandi Feng have advanced to the next stage of a competition for young entrepreneurs. 

After winning first place in the Next 36 Startup Sprint in September, the two second-year students were awarded several thousand dollars in coaching and professional services to help them prepare for the next round of competition in December.

Although they had to be a bit cagey about the exact details of their prize-winning project  to protect their intellectual property, Christina and Dandi were able to divulge that their innovation ties in to the so-called internet of things.

They say their classwork at the Faculty of Information taught them crucial steps of design including conceptualization, user interviews, iterative process of prototypes, and technical skills such as the use of prototyping and design tools, which they used in the contest. Both students are excited about continuing to develop their project and are already considering possible wider applications.

Christina, who is also pursuing museum studies as part of the Faculty’s Combined Degree Program, hopes to be able to pair the two disciplines at some point in her career. Dandi is looking to do a PHD in design or another UX-related field. 

Events this week


Tomorrow: UX Design Studio and Usability Lab Open House

Come check out the brand new UX studio. Socialize with current UX students and alumni and enjoy some user friendly light snacks and refreshments. 
When: Thursday October 18th, 2018 4:00 to 6:30 pm.
Where: BL Room 116 and BL 119

Reminder: Collecting Our Senses lecture

As we reported in last week's Informed, Museum Studies is kicking off its 50th anniversary year this week with a special lecture, Constance Classen, author of The Museum of the Senses: Experiencing Art and Collections (Bloomsbury 2017), presents from her work on the role senses other than sight play in museum experiences and the collections that create them. More Info.
When: Thursday October 18, 2018, 5:30 pm.
Where: BL Room 728
The Black Graduate Students Association is a new club at the St. George Campus. If you're interested in joining, please contact Entisar Yousif

Mark your calendars

Halloween iTea: Costumes, prizes and networking

Hosted by the Faculty of Information Alumni Association, this event offers a chance to talk to alumni about life after grad school. Costumes are encouraged. Tea and treats provided.
When: October 31, 2018 4:30 pm. to 5:30 pm.
Where: Inforum, 4th floor.

Get a personal development plan 

The Toronto Chapter of the Special Libraries Association is hosting an interactive workshop for professionals at all stages of their careers. Attendees will be asked to think about their professional goals and encouraged to determine their skills and competencies, as well as areas for improvement and growth. More Information/ Registration.
When: November 15, 2018 6:30 pm. to 8:00 pm.
Where: Location: 361 University Avenue, Toronto, ON
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The Greatest 

Disconnection is harder than you think 

In his new book, disconnect, Assistant Professor Tero Karppi examines everything Facebook does to ensure its users don't disconnect. For platforms like Facebook, he argues, user disconnection is an existential threat.

Karppi – who teaches at the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology and holds a graduate appointment at the Faculty of Information – chose to focus on the ever increasing of difficulty of disconnection partly because he wanted to question the conventional wisdom of social media companies, who argue that connecting the world is always a positive thing.

While he doesn't necessarily take issue with that principle, he worries about how connectivity is used to drive particular business models and how our social relationships, desires, and activities can become captured by this logic. As a result of this process, he says, connectivity becomes ubiquitous and the ability to disconnect disappears.

Recently, Karppi has been trying to gauge how people responded to last month’s headlines about the hacking of 50 million Facebook user accounts. "Everyone has heard about it. But maybe out of 50 people, only one did something," he said. "No one quits. Facebook users don't even change their passwords. You know the risks and you still use these sites. This is what I would call user engagement.” Read More

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