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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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July 30, 2015

Speaker: Kimberly Tee, Microsoft

Title: Choose your own adventure: How to make your HCI degree relevant in a changing industry

Abstract: Over the past few decades, user experience (UX) research has come a long way from its roots in user acceptance testing and usability engineering. In this talk, I will describe what it's like to be a UX Researcher in the Windows and Devices Group at Microsoft, working in large teams of Designers, Program Managers, Engineers, Data Scientists, Marketers and others to build products and features that support the needs, goals and habits of millions of people using Windows on their PCs, tablets or phones. I will discuss current challenges and upcoming trends in UX research from my experience in a changing industry, and I will also describe my experience of going from a human-computer interaction (HCI) research lab at a university to UX research in industry, with some observations about career opportunities for HCI graduates.