On October 28 the UID mini-conference took place for the second time, marking the highlight of the User Inspired Design, a mandatory course for all first-year CoID students. Within the course, the students were asked to individually research and then summarise in form of a persuasive paperwhat human-centered design means to them. Top 8 essays and their authors were selected to present their research at the UID mini-conference.
This year, the conference took place at the Aalto School of Business in Töölö, simulating a real conference situation for the students to get a feel for bigger audiences and conference halls. And indeed, it worked; the students were impressed and the stage fright rose.
The conference opened 12:30 with a warm welcome by Professor Turkka Keinonen and Luke Feast, postdoctoral researcher at Aalto University. Following, the first presentations were held by Milla Kruskopf, Mikko Latomäki and Aïcha Konaté, speaking about human-centered design and research methodologies, activities and tools as well as a comparison between design methods and scientific methods. Curious questions from students and teachers made the conference come alive.
During the coffee break the final portfolios of the afternoon UID course were handed in and open for students and teachers to explore. The high quality of the work made a deep impression and let the portfolios be a quite popular and lively break activity.
After the pause, Yucheng Wang, Ralf Sieber, Sara Gottschalk and Jinny Kim continued the discussion about human-centered design with topics on stereotypes of empathic design, responsibility in human-centered design, exploring human nature for holistic design as well as human-centered design and wellbeing.
The conference was closed by Turkka Keinonen at 16:00 with a very positive conclusion regarding the professionality and variety of presentation styles and topics. Students as well as teachers moved on to a more relaxed closing of the course, where everyone seemed to agree: this course as well as the mini-conference were quite a success.