The Innovative Evolution: In Tech

Dec 7, 2021 · Calgary, Canada

General Assembly and Calgary UX join forces to bring you "The innovative evolution: In Tech", with Ron Thiele, Founder and CEO, Xpan Interactive and Pushkar P, UX Designer, Archiact.

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About the event
Advancements in education technology have allowed for a broader and more relevant transfer of knowledge. A transfer of knowledge that involves technical innovation increasing at an unparalleled rate. For this special programming, we will explore our society’s habitual consumption of digital media and the opportunity to expand our knowledge base on user experience with a focus on human-centric interactive design. We will look at how the story, social connection, neuroscience, and digital interactive best practices come together to change digital encounters for the better.

Join us for a thought-provoking conversation meant for designers, thinkers, analysts, marketers, and those looking to bring order to the complex world we live in, creating a customer-centric storytelling experience for anyone.


Ron Thiele
Founder and CEO, Xpan Interactive

Ron Thiele is the founder and CEO of Xpan Interactive, a global leader in the development of digital knowledge solutions. Since 2001, Ron has led a strong team of passionate experts to increase engagement, performance, competency, and happiness to over 5 million learners across more than 350 large organizations around the world. His philosophy views virtual learning as a human-centered solution with technology as the conduit. He advocates for open learning cultures as a speaker and has been at the podium at Austin’s SXSW, The Banff Centre, the Institute for Performance and Learning, The Banff New Media Institute, Calgary and Alberta Economic Development, the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, and the American Public Transportation Association.

Pushkar P
UX Designer, Archiact

Pushkar is a UX UI design lead with a focus on VR and AR digital experiences in Vancouver, Canada. His goal is to create the most immersive experiences in virtual and augmented reality. With a BFA in Design and a Masters in Digital Media, he has over 15 years of design and advertising experience in some of the world’s leading design studios and ad agencies.

Over the last few years Pushkar has been working at a world-leading VR and AR game studio - Archiact, where he recently worked on Doom 3: VR Edition. It’s a finalist for VR Game of the Year at the 2021 International VR Awards and has been well received among diehard fans. He is currently is working on a major VR production (undisclosed) in addition to other exciting projects.

Pushkar also teaches Data Visualization and Human-centered design at a VRAR program in Vancouver.

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  • Calgary UX

    Hobnob with Calgary’s finest user experience practitioners and hangers on. Calgary UX aims to inspire and connect user experience professionals across all disciplines and all industries in Calgary. Together with our members, we form new relationships, showcase local talent, and draw inspiration from the larger UX community. Our members include designers, developers, content writers, product managers, researchers, and more. ===== Current leadership team: Andrew Wright – ATB Financial @andrewjwright Jason

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