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Stanford Medicine X 2014
Stanford University
September 5-7, 2014
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Remember doctor's visits when you were growing up? The wooden tongue depressor. The well-worn stethoscope. That weird thing they jammed in your ears. And now, my young children are getting about that same treatment. But that is going to change.

Involution Creative Director Juhan Sonin has been invited to present "Design For Life" at Stanford Medicine X in September. Along with other innovators in patient-centered design, Sonin will talk about design-for-health possibilities and responsibilities.

As design harnesses digital, materials and networking technologies, a very new health experience is just over the horizon. Proactive, lifestyle design. Tracking real-time health data. Non-invasive tools. Custom "just for you" treatments based on your actual genome. These are all real technologies, being used by ordinary people. Together they are leading us to "stage zero" detection and treatment which has the potential to double or better the lifespan of every first-world citizen. It's not science fiction—the children of the 2020s will only know this reality. Tongue depressors will be limited to school craft projects and popsicles. And it is all the product of technology and design.

"Design For Life" will introduces the macro factors shaping these realities, along with an in-depth exploration of the various impacts of and opportunities for design.

About Medicine X
Medicine X is a catalyst for new ideas about the future of medicine and health care. The Medicine X initiative is designed to explore the potential of social media and information technology to advance the practice of medicine, improve health, and empower patients to be active participants in their own care. The “X” is meant to evoke a move beyond numbers and trends—it represents the infinite possibilities for current and future information technologies to improve health. Under the direction of Dr. Larry Chu, Associate Professor of Anesthesia, Medicine X is a project of the Stanford AIM Lab.

About Juhan Sonin
Juhan is the Creative Director of Involution Studios, and has been the creative leader of four different organizations, producing work recognized by the BBC, the New York Times, Ars Electronica, National Public Radio, and Billboard Magazine. Prior to joining Involution, Juhan spent time at Apple, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), a few startups, and MITRE. He is also a lecturer on design and rapid prototyping at MIT.

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O'Reilly OSCON

Open Source Convention
July 20-24, 2014
Portland, OR
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Remember doctor’s visits when you were growing up?
The wooden tongue depressor. The well-worn stethoscope. That weird thing they jammed in your ears.

As design harnesses digital, materials, and networking technologies, a very new health experience is just over the horizon. Proactive, lifestyle design. Tracking real-time health data. Non-invasive tools. Custom “just for you” treatments based on your actual genome. These are all real technologies, being used by ordinary people. Together they are leading us to “stage zero” detection and treatment which has the potential to double or better the lifespan of every first-world citizen. Not science fiction, the children of the 2020s will only know this reality. Tongue depressors will be limited to school craft projects and popsicles. And it is all the product of technology and design.

Join Involution Studios Creative Director Juhan Sonin in Portland this July as he introduces participants to the macro factors shaping these realities, along with an in-depth exploration of the various impacts of and opportunities for design.

About OSCON
Once considered a radical upstart, open source has moved from disruption to default. Its methods and culture commoditized the technologies that drove the Internet revolution, and transformed the practice of software development. Collaborative and transparent, open source has become modus operandi, powering the next wave of innovation in cloud, data, and mobile technologies.

Now in its 16th year, OSCON is a unique gathering of all things open source, where participants find inspiration, confront new challenges, share their expertise, renew bonds to community, make significant connections, and find ways to give back to the open source movement. The event has also become one of the most important venues to unveil ground-breaking open source projects and products.

About Juhan Sonin
Juhan is the Creative Director of Involution Studios, and has been the creative leader of four different organizations, producing work recognized by the BBC, the New York Times, Ars Electronica, National Public Radio, and Billboard Magazine. Prior to joining Involution, Juhan spent time at Apple, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), a few startups, and MITRE. He is also a lecturer on design and rapid prototyping at MIT.

User Experience Conference 2014

May 15, 2014 at 8:00 a.m.
Sheraton Boston Hotel
39 Dalton Street, Boston, MA 02199
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The wealth of tools recently released makes it easier to stitch design assets together into “interactive prototypes.” The limiting factor in these tools is that they rely on the static data in your comps.

Join Involution designer-engineer Ben Salinas as he introduces techniques for gathering real data and incorporating that data into comps and prototypes. In a live demo, Ben will discuss techniques for processing data and generating data as well as how to use these techniques to evaluate the success or failure of a design.

This session will help the intermediate or experienced designer expand their design prowess by breathing new life into their stale and static comps. The participant will walk away understanding the tradeoffs around when to choose to incorporate real data and when a static comp can perform just as well. Most importantly, the participant will have been exposed to the tools they need to incorporate these techniques into their day-to-day design work.

Involution Studios is a sponsor of this year’s Boston User Experience Conference. In its 13th year, the Conference will cover critical topics in usability and user-centered design with practitioners, students, and experts in the field. Participants can partake of unique content and one-of-a-kind learning opportunities for all—newcomers and seasoned professional alike.

About UXPA Boston
The Boston Chapter of the User Experience Professionals’ Association is a highly active community for persons with individual and professional interests in usability, user experience design, and their many related fields. UXPA Boston is a regional chapter of the User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA). Membership is free and includes user experience events, access to job listings, and a role in the vibrant Boston usability community.

About Involution Studios
Involution designs and builds exceptional software for innovative and visionary companies. We specify, architect, design, and develop applications for web, mobile, desktop, devices, and emerging technologies. Involution deploys small and experienced teams to create applications that are highly usable and appropriately beautiful. Founded in 2004, complex, mission critical software has always been our business. We've produced high-quality applications that are being used every day by over 150 million people. Our clients include Apple, AstraZeneca, 3M Health Information Systems, McAfee, Microsoft, Oracle, Personal Genome Project, Partners HealthCare, and US Department of Health and Human Services.

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GET Conference
April 30, 2014
8:30 AM to 5:30 PM (EDT)

Ballroom at the Hotel Marlowe
25 Edwin H Land Blvd
Cambridge, MA 02141
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Involution Studios is a sponsor of this year’s GET Conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts next month. Organized by PersonalGenomes.org, the Conference is planned each year to coincide with World DNA Day, which celebrates the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003, as well as Watson and Crick’s 1953 conclusion that DNA molecules have a 3-D double helix structure.

Topics covered by GET Conferences have included:
• Omics such as personal genomes, microbiomes, immunomes, and metabolomes
• Sensors, including health and environmental sensor technologies and self-tracking
• Policies covering access, sharing, governance, privacy, IP, and so forth
• Data and IT platforms, visualization, modeling, applications, and tools
• Traits and measurement, interpretation, and new products and practices
• Medicine: preventive, predictive, personalized, and participatory

In its fifth year, the GET Conference will bring together leading thinkers to discuss how we measure and understand people and their traits. This event explores the frontiers of understanding about human biology and serves as an annual forum to debate the technical, commercial, and societal impacts.

About PersonalGenomes.org
PersonalGenomes.org is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose mission is to make a wide spectrum of human biological information accessible and actionable to increase biological literacy and improve human health. We support the Personal Genome Project and produce the GET Conference.

About Involution’s Health Design Practice
For almost 10 years, Involution has been building software for health companies of every shape and size, from household names like AstraZeneca and Walgreens, to research leaders like the Personal Genome Project and Partners HealthCare. We also work with the most exciting and progressive health startups. We’ve made digital healthcare our top focus.

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March 1, 2014
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From protein to pixel to policy, design-for-health possibilities and responsibilities are immense.

Involution’s Creative Director Juhan Sonin talks about design-for-health possibilities in an upcoming UNTETHER.tv interview with host Rob Woodbridge.

What we call “health” is made up of episodic issues and interventions … we are most conscious of our health during the moments when we’re face-to-face with a clinician.

In “Design for Life,” Juhan posits that continuous but noninvasive collection of individual health data may hold the key to those “teachable moments” in data that signal potential outcomes and prompt micro behavior shifts that, in turn, offer feedback and affirm new behaviors. If health is beautifully integrated into our daily life, so that we're getting continuous assessments, we’ll be able to adjust in near-real time.

This design space needs to chew on the massive volume of data and massive volume of human factors and their interrelationships — from what we're eating, how we're moving, how we work, and what makes up our genome, and expand that to an entire system picture of a human living on Planet Earth. All of that interconnecting and interlocked information tissue needs to be condensed into a single decision space that's not a data dump but a highly personalized, insightful crystal ball.

About Juhan Sonin
Juhan is the Creative Director of Involution Studios, and has been the creative leader of four different organizations, producing work recognized by the BBC, the New York Times, Ars Electronica, National Public Radio, and Billboard Magazine. Prior to joining Involution, Juhan spent time at Apple, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), a few startups, and MITRE. He is also a lecturer on design and rapid prototyping at MIT.

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TEDxDenisonU
March 1, 2014
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Herrick Hall
Denison University
Granville OH
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Join Involution Studios’ founder, entrepreneur Dirk Knemeyer at TEDx Denison this Saturday as he shares his perspective on “Real Utopias: From Dreams to Practice.”

As miraculous as the changes to the world over the last 20 years seem, since the Internet became mainstream, most of those changes are conveniences and not truly meaningful difference in our world. In “Utopia in our Pocket” Dirk proposes that, thanks to the proliferation of the smartphone, we can start to think about radical changes that will fundamentally shift the way we live for the better.

TEDxDenisonU will consist of 13 talks by 14 speakers on topics ranging from social entrepreneurship to the origins of pride and success.

TEDx was created in the spirit of TED's mission, "ideas worth spreading." The program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level.

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Involution Columbus at CodeMash
January 7-10, 2014
Kalahari Resort
Sandusky, OH
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CodeMash is a unique event that educates developers on current practices, methodologies, and technology trends in variety of platforms and development languages such as Java, .NET, Ruby, and PHP. Held every January at the Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, Ohio, CodeMash provides a world-class technical conference that includes hands-on workshops on topics ranging from test-driven development to improving communication skills.

Erik Dahl, Director of Design Strategy at Involution Studios Columbus and UX designer Scott Sullivan will be on hand to talk about product development and principles of applied UX design.

Physical Computing Product Development with Arduino
Learning to Code is Awesome and You Still Love What You Do
Scott Sullivan
Thursday, January 9, 2014
9:45 AM

Ever want to make your code talk with the real world? With the Arduino and the Processing language (Java with training wheels), doing this is actually pretty simple. In this session, we’ll walk step-by-step through a real-life client project involving hardware prototyping and development with Arduino, making these devices talk wirelessly, and displaying physical data in a custom graphical interface.

This presentation will cover the basic principles of using the Arduino and sensors to get data from the physical world, and then how to make sense of that data with simple visualizations using Processing. It will also remind you how cool code is.

Beyond CSS and Color Wheels: Applied UX Design
Erik Dahl
Friday, January 10, 2014
10:45 AM

Design is much broader and more powerful than CSS, color theory, and grid systems. All that stuff is important, but let's discuss and apply design in the broader sense to up-level your next project. This talk will outline some design principles as well as design techniques or strategies that you can use on your next development project to make better products.

Building real products involves an ongoing series of design compromises. How do you make the most of all of these choices? There is no ideal process or magic bullet for integrating design or creating amazing user experiences. However, understanding and applying UX Axioms will allow you to adapt to the situation at hand and build products that resonate with and delight your end users.

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Involution Studios Presents Health Axioms at Mass Innovation Nights
January 8, 2014
6:00-8:30 p.m.

Progress Software
Bedford, MA
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Monthly Innovation Nights are designed to help local innovators increase the buzz around new products and companies. Start-ups and entrepreneurs present their latest works and the social media community turns out to blog, tweet, post pictures and video, add product mentions on LinkedIn and Facebook, and otherwise help spread the word.

Join Involution Studio's Creative Director Juhan Sonin and Principal Jonathan Follett, and see Involution's new Health Axioms.

Health Axioms


About the Health Axioms
We believe living the Health Axioms is better for our pocketbooks, smarter for our lives, and allows us to directly impact our health. Health Axioms put you in touch with habits to improve your health, life, and well-being. Thirty-two beautifully illustrated cards in a pocket-sized deck remind you of simple, profound, and sometimes surprising principles of better health. On the back of each card, you'll find essential insights, tips, and help in manifesting that axiom in your life.

You can learn more about how we created the Health Axioms here.

Juhan Sonin at Creative Mornings Nov 15, 2013

 

Juhan Sonin at Creative Mornings
November 15, 2013
Boston, MA

Involution's Creative Director Juhan Sonin will be speaking at Creative Mornings Boston, a breakfast lecture series. Juhan will be detailing his Studio Axioms for starting, running, and evolving a successful design studio pulled from his 20 years of experience as a Creative Director in software design.

Studio Axioms
Looking back on his life, Noel Coward famously observed, “Work was more fun than fun.” Great design studios provide work opportunities that are challenging, creative and rewarding. That isn’t easy. An exceptional studio is one that not only thrives in business, but also supports the growth of its employees’ IQs and positively influences the world. Starting that great company takes planning and courage, but Surviving and Sculpting takes nerve, a commitment to instinct, and a steadfast dedication to vision. Join design provocateur Juhan Sonin to learn about the art and science behind building a successful design studio, his twenty years of experience evolving design studio culture, and serving as the Creative Director of Involution Studios.

About Juhan Sonin
Juhan is the Creative Director of Involution Studios, and has been the creative leader of four different organizations, producing work recognized by the BBC, the New York Times, Ars Electronica, National Public Radio, and Billboard Magazine. Prior to joining Involution, Juhan spent time at Apple, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), a few startups, and MITRE. He is also a lecturer on design and rapid prototyping at MIT.

Juhan Sonin at UXCamp Ottawa

 

UXCamp Ottawa
November 9-10, 2013
Canadian Museum of Civilization Theatre
Ottawa, Canada
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Involution's Creative Director, Juhan Sonin, will be delighting audiences at this year's UXCamp Ottawa.UXCamp Ottawa was created by those and for those who want to learn and share about user experience. This year's event will cover topics like user research, usability, information architecture, interaction design, service design, and just about everything related to the creation of compelling products and experiences.

About Juhan
Juhan Sonin, an emeritus of Apple, NCSA, MIT and MITRE, is the Creative Director of Involution Studios where he is responsible for all product design and service delivery in the shop. Since 2008, Juhan has also been lecturing at MIT on design and rapid prototyping for Course 2.009. In the last eighteen months, Juhan released several pieces of OS services like Staffplan, PainTrackr and hGraph.

Juhan's work has been featured in the New York Times, Newsweek, BBC International, Billboard Magazine and National Public Radio (NPR). His designs have aim to infect United States health policy. Juhan also previously served on the CCHIT Personal Health Records Workgroup and is currently involved with the national electronic health record design standards.

 

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