This year I am organising Limerick’s very first Design Jam with William Kennedy. Design Jam Limerick is a one-day design session during which people will team up to tackle an engaging user experience (UX) challenge: how to make Limerick become Fab City. User experience design is the practice of creating positive experiences of technology for people. Design Jams are being held internationally to promote the idea that technology has to be designed with a concern for positive user experience.
The event is organized by William Kennedy and I, both final year students in Digital Media Design at the University of Limerick. Design Jam Limerick aims to get designers, developers, and members of the public together to learn and collaborate, while working on actual design problems. We are really excited to bring Design Jam to Limerick and about the great support we are getting from the local chapter of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA) and the department of Computer Science and Information Systems in UL.
The theme of the session will be how to challenge and change the negative perception of Limerick city using Emerging Technologies and OpenData. The city has very rich archives and a lot of public data sets are available online. However, they could be put to better use for the benefit of locals and visitors using emerging technologies. Design Jam will be a great opportunity to propose creative designs to this effect. The session will champion open-source thinking and sharing.
The Design Jam will be a fantastic opportunity to meet people from different backgrounds passionate about the present and future of Limerick. And we are lucky to have secured three excellent mentors for the session, Mark Congiusta, Kathryn Parkes, and Cristiano Storni, all experts in User Experience Design.
Design Jam Limerick will take place on the 28th of April from 9:30am to 5:30pm, at the Strand Hotel (City View Suite) in Limerick. Participation is free for everybody, but requires ticket reservation via Eventbrite. In order to cover the costs, sponsorship would be greatly appreciated. Sponsors can contribute via Eventbrite as well.