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17 Feb 14 Design Usability Tests to Make Data-Driven Design Decisions – March 13, 2014

UXUsability Testing is an extremely exciting opportunity that connects us directly with our users. Done well, it is among the most productive activities that any team can conduct. Human Computer Interaction (HCI) practitioners in a wide variety of roles benefit from well-executed usability testing.
    Learn how to plan and execute great usability tests to make data-driven design decisions. Make key links between personas and test screeners. Learn about the importance of selecting key tasks for testing and tracing those to the accompanying script. Facilitate better, and observe better. Incorporate key methods, such as system usability scales, into a usability test.

About the presenters:
John McGloon and Teresa Washburn co-manage a User Experience team that has created award-winning medical devices for Welch Allyn, a small, global, medical device company headquartered near Syracuse, New York. Together with their team, they are responsible for all aspects of the user experience—information architecture, human factors, interaction design, and visual design. They also manage user research, including usability testing.

Thursday, March 13, 2014 5:30pm-7pm
Presentation will begin at 6pm with light snacks and refreshments beforehand.

Tech Garden (AXA Towers Plaza) Auditorium
235 Harrison Street
Syracuse, NY 13202

Please RSVP at Meetup:
http://www.meetup.com/ACM-Syracuse-New-York/events/166704192/

08 Nov 13 ACM Syracuse: 2013-2014 Season Kickoff Meetup – November 14th

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Bluetooth®​​ low energy is an advancement in wireless communications that is driving the creation of smarter, wearable, efficient, and connected devices and sensors. ​The award winning ​BLE​ SensorTag from T​exas ​I​nstruments​ is designed to shorten the design time for Bluetooth app development from months to hours. The SensorTag is the first Bluetooth low energy development kit focusing on wireless sensor applications,​ and it is the only development kit targeting smartphone app developers who want to take advantage of the growing number of Bluetooth low energy-enabled smartphones and tablets. ​Come learn about Bluetooth low energy, and take home your own SensorTag!

Proposed Agenda for Thursday, November 14:
7:00-7:15pm: Welcome with light refreshments
7:15-8:00pm: Introduction and guest presentation
8:00-8:15pm: Presentation about the ACM and introduction of e-board members
8:15-8:30pm: Get to know the e-board members

Location:
iSchool in Hinds Hall* (URL)
Room 347 (Katzer Collaboratory)
Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY 13210
Parking available in the Booth garage

*Update: Hinds Hall is not Crouse-Hinds Hall as originally listed.

Meetup.com Event

17 Jul 13 StartFast Tech Meet-Up – Thursday August 1, 2013

StartFast

Please join us for a meeting with several other groups at the StartFast Headquarters on

499 South Warren St.
Syracuse, NY  13202

Thursday August 1, 2013 – 6:30 – 8:00

StartFast is a mentorship-driven startup accelerator designed along the TechStars model. We choose 10 software and internet companies for an intense 3-month program, give them capital, surround them with amazing mentors, provide space, resources and guidance culminating in Demo Day where they have the opportunity to present to hundreds of investors.

Agenda:

6:30pm – Arrive at 499 S Warren St.

6:45pm – Introduction: about StartFast and team pitches

7:00pm – Refreshments and mingling

Come meet the StartFast teams!

Join us at StartFast HQ to discuss scaling your business and post-accelerator funding opportnities.

Drinks and finger foods will be provided. Please RSVP by Tuesday July 30 so that we have a head count for food and drink. Hope to see you there!

Please register on BOTH:

1) Our Meetup.com page:  http://www.meetup.com/ACM-Syracuse-New-York/events/130053762/

2) The Event Page:   http://meetstartfast.splashthat.com/

 

Find out more about the StartFast program at: http://startfast.net/

17 Oct 12 ACM Syracuse – 2012-2013 Season Kickoff Meetup – Oct 25, 2012 – 5:30-?

Come and join all your fellow Syracuse ACM members for the 2012-2013 ACM Season Kickoff Meetup on Thursday October 25, 2012 at:

Rosie’s Sports Pub & Grille
1443 West Genesee St.
Syracuse, NY 13204

http://www.rosiessportspub.com/

We are very interested in hearing about programs you would like us to offer and perhaps there are topics you can present to the group.

Stop by for a night of networking – see you there!!!

Please register at http://www.meetup.com/ACM-Syracuse-New-York/events/87363092/

21 Sep 12 ACM Program Survey – 2012-2013


The ACM Council is seeking your input to develop programs that will be a benefit to you and other technical professionals in the Central New York area.

This year we are hoping to offer three distinct program types:

1) Monthly Meetings – 6:00-8:00
2) Professional Development Seminars – All Day Saturday 9:00am – 4:30
3) Full Week Technical Bootcamp – Monday-Friday all day

We would GREATLY appreciate your input – please click the link below to complete the survey.
Click here to take our survey!

08 May 12 Getting Started with iOS Mobile Application Development

ACM Technical Briefing

Our Mobile Development Programming series continues this month with:

Getting Started with Apple iOS Mobile App Development

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 5pm-7pm

Tech Garden (AXA Towers Plaza) Auditorium
235 Harrison Street
Syracuse,NY13202

http://www.thetechgarden.com/

Kevin McKinley and Heather Snepenger of Rounded Development demonstrate the tools and skills needed to get started developing applications for the Apple iOS Mobile Platform.

We begin by discussing the Xcode Integrated Development Environment and Objective-C and other languages such as C and C++ that may be used for development.

Kevin and Heather will walk us through the creation of a VERY basic Android application and explain the “iOS Application Lifecycle”.

Finally, the process of making applications available in the Apple Application Store will be covered.

Both of our presenters are Application Developers at Rounded Development which is located in the Syracuse Tech Garden.

Kevin McKinley attended the School of Hard Knocks and is a Self-Taught application developer.

Heather Snepenger completed a B.S. Applied Mathematics at R.I.T, and is completing Graduate work at Syracuse University.

Pizza and refreshments will be provided beginning at 5:00pm – the presentatin will begin at 6:00pm sharp.

This event is free to all – we would GREATLY appreciate you registering on line at http://meetup.acmsyr.com

20 Apr 12 Meet…network…hear about mobile devices….network… April 26, 2012

Syracuse ACM members are invited to attend this Tech Garden event where you will have a chance to learn more about mobile devices and the demands they will place on your networks.

Thursday, April 26, 2012, 8:00 AM

The Tech Garden
235 Harrison Street, Syracuse, NY

http://www.thetechgarden.com/ 

Tech Meet Up and The Tech Garden are teaming up with CenterState CEO to present this session on mobile devices.

This will be of particular interest to managers exploring mobile options.

More and more employees are using their own mobile devices for business – referred to as the “Consumerization of Mobile Devices” or BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). In doing so, they expect to connect to your network – allowing them to synchronize their corporate email, calendar and contacts to their personal devices.
It’s a growing challenge for companies interested in protecting their corporate data and presents a number of other challenges as well.

One thing is for sure – the mobile web is growing and so is the threat to your network(s).

So, should you allow your employees access your network?

If so, who makes that decision on behalf of the company?

Can your IT team support multiple operating platforms (i.e. Blackberry, Droid, Apple)?

Perhaps you should consider “Mobile Device Management”, however is it right for you?
We’ll discuss this topic and more during the first in our two part series on the ever changing world of mobile devices.

You will hear renowned speakers Tom Huegel and Sam Seriani, Senior Partners with Wireless Business Group http://www.wirelessbusinessgroup.com/about.aspx who are experts in this field.

PARKING LOT AVAILABLE ON HARRISON STREET PLACE AND SEVERAL OFF STREET PARKING IS AVAILABLE IN THE FRONT OF THE TECH GARDEN ON SOUTH WARREN STREET AND ON MADISON STREET. OFF STREET PARKING IS FREE UNTIL 9 AM.
Please register by following the link: http://www.centerstateceo.com/events/eventdetail.aspx?EventID=1060

06 Apr 12 Getting Started with Android Development

ACM Technical Briefing

Our Mobile Development Programming series continues this month with:

Getting Started with Android Mobile App Development

Thursday, April 19, 2012 5pm-7pm

Tech Garden (AXA Towers Plaza) Auditorium
235 Harrison Street
Syracuse,NY13202

http://www.thetechgarden.com/

Kevin McKinley and Heather Snepenger of Rounded Development demonstrate the tools and skills needed to get started developing applications for the Android Mobile Platform.

We begin by discussing the Eclipse Integrated Development Environment (IDE) and the Android Software Development Kit (SDK) including how to get them and configure them.

The software necessary for development will be reviewed including:

• Java
• XML
• Sqlite

Kevin and Heather will walk us through the creation of a VERY basic Android application and introduce the “Android Application Lifecycle”.

Finally, the process of making applications available in the Android Market will be covered.

Both of our presenters are Application Developers at Rounded Development which is located in the Syracuse Tech Garden.

Kevin McKinley attended the School of Hard Knocks and is a Self-Taught application developer.

Heather Snepenger completed a B.S. Applied Mathematics at R.I.T, and is completing Graduate work at Syracuse University.

Light snacks and refreshments will be provided beginning at 5:00pm – the presentatin will begin at 6:00pm sharp.

This event is free to all – we would GREATLY appreciate you registering on line at http://meetup.acmsyr.com

09 Feb 12 Getting Started with Windows 8 and Windows Phone Development

Please join us for a very informative introduction to software development on Windows 8 and the Windows Phone platform.

Wednesday February 29, 2012

New Horizons Syracuse
6711 Towpath Road, Suite 100
East Syracuse, NY 13057

Windows 8 and Windows Phone 7 are Microsoft’s entries in the tablet and mobile spaces. The Metro User Interface makes it easy for developers to deliver unique multi-touch experiences to both platforms with a single set of program code.

Andy Beaulieu will introduce the platform and tools for Application development on these platforms. Additionally Andy will introduce WinRT and XAML. And of course, our discussion of “apps” wouldn’t be complete without addressing monetization!

Andy is a professional software developer and trainer with over 15 years of experience building applications for Windows and the Web. Located in Syracuse, NY he is well versed in many Microsoft technologies including Silverlight, ASP.NET, ADO.NET and WindowsForms. Andy has been awarded a Microsoft MVP Award for Silverlight, and is a member of the WPF and Silverlight Insiders groups.
Pizza and refreshments will be provided beginning at 5:00pm – the presentation will begin at 6:00pm sharp.
This event is free to all – we would GREATLY appreciate you registering on line at:

http://meetup.acmsyr.com

The fun doesn’t stop when the meeting ends:

Microsoft will be releasing the Windows 8 consumer Preview on this date so after the meeting you can download it and begin living the “Metro Experience”!

13 Dec 11 Professional Development Committee – 2012 Programs Meeting – Monday Dec 19, 2011

The Syracuse ACM Professional Development Committee has traditionally offered a wide variety of introductory technical education programs. These programs are designed for members interested in getting a fast overview of the new and “hot” technology of the day!

Past seminars have included such topics as:

  • Linux Configuration
  • Web Development
  • Flash Development
  • SharePoint Server

Recently we took a survey of our membership and found that the following topics were the MOST in demand:

  • Android Development
  • iPhone Development
  • Windows Phone 7 Development
  • Web Application Development
  • Cloud Computing
  • Website Design
  • Open Source Programming
  • Cloud Computing
  • Microsoft SQL

Our programs have always been on a Saturdays from 9:00am until about 4:00pm. For this year we have also discussed having a series of short evening courses with Wednesday as the preferred night.

One option we’ve discussed is having a series of three “mini-courses” on Mobile Development:

  • Android
  • iPhone
  • Windows Phone

I am looking for members who are interested in helping to plan programs and also those who can help present all or part of them too!

If you are interested in assisting the Professional Development Committee, I encourage you to attend our planning meeting for next year that will be held:

Monday December 19, 2011 – 5:30 at the Blue Tusk:

Blue Tusk
165 Walton St.
Syracuse, NY 13202

We meet in the back room!

If you can attend PLEASE indicate on the Meetup.com site!

http://www.meetup.com/ACM-Syracuse-New-York/events/44340282/

Hope to see you there!

Fred Nelson,
Acting President, ACM Syracuse