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UCD 2016: Being Human - London

UCD 2016: Being Human - London

At UCD’16, we will be exploring the philosophical tension between humanity and science in post-digital, networked civilizations. How do we design for our evolving species? What does it mean to be human in a digitized world? Join designers, scientists, technologists, philosophers, artists, writers, and activists in the high-stakes game of designing technology for humanity.

Our line-up of distinguished speakers includes designers, scientists, technologists, philosophers, artists, thinkers, writers, performers, and activists. You’ll know some of them already - by name, and by reputation - and you’ll meet many for the first time.

Everyone you meet at UCD is an inventor - bringing new ideas to life, inventing new ways for technology to fill the gaps in our world, though artificial intelligence, connected products and services, big data, virtual reality and simulated worlds, service design, biohacking, gaming, robotics and sympathetic machines, computer vision, human behaviour analysis, security, automation, and the future of healthcare, energy, social good, civil disobedience, cities, media, cars, commerce, finance, the global poor…

Beyond the debate about the rise of the machines vs. the fall of humanity, be prepared to confront your own digital behavior – there’s no reward without risk at UCD – and to come away with new insight into the high-stakes game of designing technology for humanity.

Join the agitators, the innovators, and the rule breakers at #UCD16.

Over 54 speakers including:

Laurence Scott, Author
Ruby Steel, Senior Design Strategist at Smart Design
Georgiy Kassabli, iOS Accessibility Lead at Facebook
Sarah Buxton, Managing Partner at The Observer Effect
Niharika Hariharan, Service Designer and Proposition Manager at Barclays
Anastasia Dedyukhina, Founder of Consciously Digital
Scott McArthur, Founder of Sculpture Consulting
Zoe harris, Founder of Mycarematters
Simon Dixon, Strategy Lead at NHS Digital
Kate Hammer, Story Designer at Throughline

54 sessions with topics including:

Friday, 14 October

  • The Four-Dimensional Human: Ways of Being in the Digital World
  • The Power of Design
  • Empathy in software engineering. Why it matters?
  • Stories and Lies
  • How can religion shape the service design of the future?


Saturday, 15 October

  • How to flourish in an age of digital distraction
  • Making the artificial intelligent; touching at a distance
  • Will tech squeeze the humanity out of healthcare, or create the space for it to thrive?
  • From mHealth to my health: please stop talking about being the next [insert product name] for healthcare unless you mean it
  • storyFORMing: story design for strategy and product choices

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