Toronto TransitCamp was built on everything we had learned over the course of 3 BarCamps and 12 DemoCamps, and carefully designed to use the techniques that had worked so well in the technology field to solve a very-non technology problem. We issued an announcement for the event in mid-January and held it less than three weeks later, an intense period in which we found twelve sponsors (at a $300 sponsorship cap to keep a level playing field), located a venue, crafted the TransitCamp pledge, carefully sorted through applications for the 100 participant spots, and worked with the TTC to secure their participation. The event was held at the Gladstone Hotel on February 4th, 2007, a freezing cold (5° F!) Superbowl Sunday, in a collection of rooms with deficient heating and an average temperature of 60° F, and brought together designers, transit geeks, bloggers, visual artists, tech geeks and cultural creators. This talk will cover some of the careful experience design elements that went into making the event successful and will leave plenty of time for questions about how you can apply the lessons to your own projects.
Jay Goldman has been
providing a human side to technology for over ten years, as a technologist, user
experience specialist, and visual designer. His career has been focused on the
interaction between people and technology, and his insights have helped to
greatly improve products on mobile, web, and desktop platforms, including IBM
DB2 and Mozilla Firefox. Jay led Radiant Core's Professional Services Team on a
wide variety of award winning engagements across many industries, and is now
helping tech startups to change the world as a consultant on products,
technology, and design. He has been instrumental in the continued growth of the
BarCamp community in Toronto and was one of the co-conductors of the very
successful TransitCamp event held in partnership with the Toronto Transit
Commission. Jay has been published in the Harvard Business Review and has
written The Facebook Cookbook for O'Reilly Media.