April Nerd Interface: Designing with Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Mind

Apr 26, 2018 · Chicago, United States of America

How do you ensure the products you’re designing are inclusive and work well for all types of people and situations?

One way is to introduce diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) principles into your design and development process. DEI is often talked about in relation to hiring and company culture and not tied back to the day-to-day work of designers and developers. Join us for a discussion and hands-on workshop centered around integrating DEI principles into design work and teams.

We will explore:
- Definitions of diversity, equity, and inclusion and how it applies to design
- Examples of products that had DEI in mind and those that did not
- Methodology for ensuring your design considers real people and situations

Agenda:
5:30-6 p.m.: Networking, Food, Drinks and Craft Beer Tasting
6-7 p.m.: Nerd Interface
7-8 p.m.: Continued networking and Drinks

Nerd host:
Gregg Walrod - Head of Software Engineering, Chicago - The Nerdery

Gregg is a proven business leader that focuses on the employee and client experiences. He works as the Head of Software Engineering where he leads and supports the Chicago-based team. He has worked in numerous leadership roles in his 12-year services business career, which includes leading Geek Squad in China. In his spare time, Gregg is an avid music lover and loves to travel abroad.

Nerd speaker:
Natalie Yee - Senior Experience Designer, The Nerdery

Natalie designs native mobile apps and leads DEI initiatives at The Nerdery. She finds joy in choosing the perfect emoji reaction in Slack and only uses dot grid notebooks. After work, she likes eating Japanese food, hanging out with her cat, and reading (preferably all at the same time).

About The Nerdery (http://www.nerdery.com/):

We are a custom software design and development company built on the belief that passionate nerds are the driving force behind business breakthroughs. Our vision is to be the best place in the world for Nerds to work; our purpose is to redefine what’s possible through technology.

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