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Design Jam KMDI #1

Knowledge Media Design Institute (KMDI)

Friday, September 9, 2011 from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM (EDT)

Design Jam KMDI #1

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Type Remaining End Quantity
Undergraduate Students Jammers Sold Out Ended Free  
Incoming Graduate Students Jammers 7 Tickets Ended Free  
Graduate Students Jammers 8 Tickets Ended Free  
ThingTank members / Community member / Professional Jammers 9 Tickets Ended Free  

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Event Details

This Design Jam is a full day event designed to welcome all incoming and returning students to the KMD fold, facilitate the exchange of ideas and knowledge across our community and to simply have some fun while creating, making and thinking of novel interfaces. Complete info about this event is available here.


Event Details

Date: Friday September 9, 2011

Time: 10:00 to 17:30 (and post-jam fun at a pub nearby)

Venue: ThingTank Lab, 376 Bathurst Street (just North of Dundas Street West) - view maps


About Design Jams

Design Jams are one-or-two-day design sessions, during which people team up to solve engaging User Experience (UX) challenges. There will be one challenge for all teams, to be announced on the day of the Jam. No need to prepare anything! It’s not a competition and there is no prize to win. 

The format of this Jam is largely inspired by the Design Jam framework developed by the Mozilla Labs. Learn more about Design Jams.


Who should attend Design Jams

Anyone really – Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) & Design Students, Interaction Designers, UX Researchers, Information Architects, UI Designers, Web Designers, Graphic Designers, Developers + more… The day aims to improve collaboration skills and help attendees learn and practice various UX techniques including but not limited to Research, Brainstorming, Sketching, Wireframing and Prototyping.


What happens at a Design Jam?

Attendees sign up in advance. Upon arrival they assign themselves to teams based on the skills they could contribute and what they’d like to learn. Teams are then presented a design challenge that they tackle by doing research, sketching, guerrilla testing and other UX techniques. They are encouraged to share their process and ideas halfway through enabling them to get feedback from other teams as well as other mentors in attendance during the day. The day concludes with final presentations to the entire group. Outcomes could take the form of sketches, storyboards, a video or even a prototype – whatever communicates the idea best.


What happens to the ideas we come up with?

All output materials will be shared on the public Design Jams wiki.



To facilitate the free exchange of ideas, all outputs, visualizations and other contributions made during the day must be contributed under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license. This basically means anyone can use ideas generated at the Design Jam, as long as they credit the original authors. 


The Challenge

The challenge will be revealed on the day, but we’re giving you two keywords right away: “gaming” and “home”.


The Design Jam KMDI is graciously sponsored by Samsung.


Have questions about Design Jam KMDI #1? Contact Knowledge Media Design Institute (KMDI)
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When & Where

ThingTank Lab (basement unit)
376 Bathurst
Toronto, Ontario M5T 2S6

Friday, September 9, 2011 from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM (EDT)

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Knowledge Media Design Institute (KMDI)

The Knowledge Media Design Institute is an interdisciplinary unit of the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto. Founded in 1996 by Professor Ron Baecker. The institute is U of T's first virtual institute. Our researchers and students explore, design, and critique the knowledge media that enable people to communicate, create, learn, share, and collaborate.

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