Crash Course in Human Centered Design - Sydney

Oct 12, 2018 11:40 AM - 1:00 PM

CBU, Sydney, NS

Location:  Atrium, Verschuren Centre, Cape Breton University, Sydney, NS

Date: Friday, October 12, 2018

Time: Lunch and Networking: 11:40 am, Presentation: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Cost: Free (lunch – please advise of any special dietary requirements)

RSVP: Please use our Online Registration process to register by Wednesday, October 10, 2018.


This event qualifies for 1 Professional Development Hour (PDH) for the Engineers Nova Scotia CPD program.


Presenter: Jane Ouillette, Mechanical Engineering Graduate, Dalhousie University


Description: Human-centered design is a creative approach to problem solving, equally suited for designing a new wallet and a creating an organizational diversity and inclusion policy. It’s a process that starts with the people you’re designing for and ends with new solutions that are tailor made to suit their needs. Human-centered design is all about building a deep empathy with the people you’re designing for; generating tons of ideas; building a bunch of prototypes; sharing what you’ve made with the people you’re designing for; and eventually putting your innovative new solution out in the world. This session is fast paced, interactive, and gives a taste of the potential this process can have to drive innovation in your organization.


Bio: Jane Ouillette is a recent Mechanical Engineering graduate based in Dartmouth, NS. Jane learned about Human Centered Design while volunteering with Engineers Without Borders and has used many concepts of this process in her own work as a design engineer. She sees huge potential in using empathy and connection with stakeholders to solve seemingly impossible problems, and is now part of the NSGovLab fellowship cohort that is using Human Centered Design principles to learn and suggest solutions related to provinces aging population.