Speaking

I am available for speaking engagements at conferences or organisations – any opportunity to spread the word on UX!

rob@uxcentral.com
@robccowie

Inaugural IDF Gauteng UX meet-up hosted by Open Window

The Interaction Design Foundation is an independent non-profit initiative with an objective that sounds like a paradox: that of increasing the level of global design education to an Ivy League standard, while at the same time reducing costs to as low as possible.

Presented on Real World User Experience at the first Gauteng UX meet-up at the Open Window campus.

In September, also presented to 3rd year Interaction Design students on UX at Discovery.

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GIBS Design Thinking Forum 2016

We look at how design thinking leads to faster time to market, quicker decisions, lower project costs and less re-work. This new way of thinking is transforming the way people do business and driving innovative solutions that people love. This forum also explores Drive Breakthrough Thinking which gives employees the freedom and the structure to identify challenges, develop concepts, test prototypes and implement finished solutions​​​​.

Part of the panel at The Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) forum on Design Thinking. Presented on the theory and practice of Design Thinking based on my experiences.


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World Information Architecture Day 2016

World IA Day is a one-day, annual celebration focused on the practice and education of Information Architecture. Our celebration brings together a diverse community including information architects, user experience designers, content strategists, product managers, developers, scholars, and students. We come together to talk about and shape the future of Information Architecture.

Presented at the South African WIAD event at the University of Johannesburg on the topic “IA Entropy” – a concept which I define as “The gradual decline into disorder of the structural design of shared information environments”.

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Tech4Africa Conference 2015

Presented on UX Research at ‘Africa’s SXSW’ – held this year at FNB Stadium.
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Digital Business Models Conference 2015

Presented on the importance of UX when drawing up a digital business model – specifically around getting closer to your customers in order to design better digital products and services.

The Digital Business Models Conference 2015 will unpack key trends in emerging innovation, technologies and tools impacting digital business model designs. The conference will also address issues around capacity, ICT landscape, security and risk considerations in going digital. Delegates can also look forward to ground-breaking case studies from companies that have caused significant advances and major disruptions in the digital ecosystem. Strategy and the essentials of designing a cutting-edge digital business model will be addressed.

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UX South Africa Conference 2015

The UX South Africa Conference is the largest event on the South African UX calendar – more than 300 delegates attended in 2015. My talk was titled UX Research – Tales From the Trenches in which I spoke about the importance of research, and gave some examples from personal experience.

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University of Witwatersrand talk 2015

Gave an introductory talk on UX to final year IT students at Wits.

 

Discovery Leadership Conference 2014

Presented our concept in the finals of Inspiring Excellence (Discovery’s annual innovation competition) to the 900 leaders of Discovery at the Sun City SuperBowl.

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Tech4Africa Conference 2014

Tech4Africa is billed as Africa’s SXSW. I presented on various aspects of User Experience including building a team, creating a UX strategy and a practical way of working.

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