Today we face glaring social issues that feel overwhelming and seemingly out of our control. Instead of accepting these issues as the status quo, what if we approached them like we approach design problems? In this talk we will discuss how to create a UX strategy for social impact by looking at the ongoing development of Compost Connect, an online platform that promotes food waste diversion and community composting. Nearly 40% of all food is wasted in America. With such a grandiose problem, at what scope level does it become an approachable challenge? How might we identify the key stakeholders for user needs discovery? What is the opportunity in a field where technology is not commonly used? We will begin to answer these questions and ask many more.
Special thanks to See3 for hosting the event! They will be providing drinks and light refreshments!
Allison Chen is an interdisciplinary creative who specializes in user experience design. She currently works at Shure - manufacturer of world-renowned microphones, wireless systems, and other audio equipment - where she designs software to monitor and control the gear. She is also co-founder of Close the Loop solutions, a sustainability-focused enterprise currently developing Compost Connect, an online platform that promotes food waste diversion and community composting. Allison has a background in Industrial Design (BFA) at RISD and mentoring students in human-centered design at Northwestern. She believes good design puts people first and serves real needs; her lifelong goal is to leverage design to make the world a more inclusive and sustainable place.