I am one of the co-founders of Ladies that UX (LTUX) Budapest. It is a professional group for women working in UX to meet and network. Our local chapter started a special program that is not part of the global LTUX’s community’s main profile.
We think the opportunity to work with more experienced people is one of keys to professional development. That is why the Ladies that UX Budapest initiated a mentoring program for women at the beginning of their UX careers.
We were motivated by the observation that in Budapest very few women work in UX relative to how many express interest in the field. The industry is dominated by men. Through our initiative experienced women UXers in Budapest volunteered to mentor a junior UXers one on one for in four month batches, helping them with questions about research, design, personal projects, career development, etc. The participants were selected based on motivation and were paired with the right mentor based on their interests.
I participated in a mentored service design practice both as a team's design thinking coach and as an event organizer.
This 48 hour event is light on theory and heavy on practice. A true trial-by-fire, it includes research, user interviews, team ideation and prototyping. Jam is a great way to share skills and become familiar with service design specific deliverables.
I held a beginner design thinking workshop at the 2014 Budapest Design Week.
Participants became familiar with the basic principles of design thinking and human centered design. With a real task they learned and experienced the key steps of design thinking: empathize, define, ideate, prototype, test.
Data date was a 48 hour workshop for which I was both an organizer and a design thinking coach. It was about asking questions about open data in a world of decreasing costs of sensors and connectivity. The potential of massive, ever growing big data is clear, and we are witnessing the rise of self-organizing networks, redefining the way we see the city and ourselves./p>
The task of the multidisciplinary groups was to identify a problem in Budapest that they are interested in and, with the help of Design Thinking methodology, to build a solution that includes big data in 48 hours.
Right until the final presentations all the groups worked hard to finalize their projects. It was really interesting to see that only 48 hours was enough to form great teams and to come up with an idea based on research and ideation that would make the capital of Hungary a better, livable city. The project ideas included a way to employ homeless people for oddjobs, commuting according to your mood based on your biological state scanned by sensors, interactive escalators entertaining and informing people while they travel, and an app for Google Glass as a tool to familiarize ourselves with the city that we live in.
The DataDate workshop turned out to be an excellent opportunity for participants to experience what it is like to work in multidisciplinary groups, and to learn from each other.