World Usability Day 2010, Sponsored By Bloomberg

  • 11 Nov 2010
  • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • The NY Institute of Technology Auditorium, 1871 Broadway btw 61st and 62nd St (just north of Columbus Circle), New York, NY 10023


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View Sylvia Harris's presentation (25MB).

Download the Program Guide.

Check out Silvia Harris' Citizen Designer Facebook page.

Every second Thursday of November, people from around the world unite to promote the need for user-friendly designs, products, and services. Since its inception in 2004, World Usability Day has spread from a single event at the Boston Science Museum to over 180 events in 44 countries.

This year's theme is communication, and on November 11 we'll be offering presenters from very different backgrounds who share a passion for improving communications on a very large scale.


  1. The Lineup. You will hear perspectives on communication from experts in three different fields: Elizabeth Rosenzweig from digital technology and user experience, Sylvia Harris from visual design and citizen advocacy, and John Hockenberry from syndicated media and journalism.

  2. Our Sponsor.
    BloombergIf you've never experienced Bloomberg's hospitality before, now's your chance. Their generous support makes this event possible, and they're hiring (see details below) so be sure to beef up your portfolios and bring your business cards!

  3. It's Free To Our Members. The networking aspect of this event alone is worth its weight in gold, which makes this the best deal in town. If you're an annual paid member of NYC UPA, you can sign up right now. If you're not, join now. If you're not sure, contact us at and we'll let you know. There will be no walk-ins or cash handling at the door, and security will be tight.


Thursday November 11, 2010

5:30-7:00 Networking & Refreshments
7:00-8:30 Presentations
8:30-9:30 More networking & refreshments


The New York Institute of Technology Auditorium
1871 Broadway, New York, NY 10023 between 61st-62nd Streets (2 1/2 blocks North of Columbus Circle)


Elizabeth is principal of BubbleMountain Consulting and the founder of World Usability Day. With over 20 years of industry and academic experience, Elizabeth conducts user centered research, designs technology products and services, writes for industry journals, and lectures at conferences around the world.
Video: See Elizabeth on CNN.
Website: World Usability Day

Sylvia Harris is New York's "Citizen Designer". As an expert in public-interest communications and information design, she has devoted twenty-five years to the development of accessible public services. An advisor to many of the country's largest public and private institutions, Ms. Harris guides clients through a communications planning process that includes strategic planning, policy development, and innovation management. Her firm, Sylvia Harris LLC, has produced communications strategies for public services and public places, including New York Presbyterian Hospital, Medicare and Downtown New York.
Video: Sylvia at White Rabbit
Sylvia's Website

John Hockenberry is a journalist and host of WNYC's The Takeaway. He is also a contributing editor for Conde Nast's Portfolio and Metropolis magazines. Winner of four Emmys and three Peabody Awards, John has written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, I.D., The Columbia Journalism Review, Details, Wired, and The Washington Post.
Video: John Hockenberry on Usability
Website: The Takeaway



Bloomberg is the world's most trusted source of information for businesses and professionals. Bloomberg combines innovative technology with unmatched analytic, data, news, display and distribution capabilities, to deliver critical information via the BLOOMBERG PROFESSIONAL® service and multimedia platforms. Bloomberg's media services cover the world with more than 2,200 news and multimedia professionals at 146 bureaus in 72 countries. The BLOOMBERG TELEVISION® 24-hour network delivers smart television to more than 240 million homes. BLOOMBERG RADIO® services broadcast via SIRIUS XM Radio and 1worldspaceTM satellite radio globally and on WBBR 1130AM in New York. The award-winning monthly BLOOMBERG MARKETS® magazine, Bloomberg BusinessWeek magazine and the BLOOMBERG.COM® financial news and information Web site provide news and insight to businesses and investors.

Interested in joining their team? The Bloomberg UX Team in New York is hiring for multiple full-time user experience-related positions.

To apply, follow the link and specify the "Referral Source" as "Bloomberg Employee" and "Specific Source" as "Elaine Kwong". For further information, contact Elaine Kwong,, or introduce yourself at World Usability Day.

User Experience Specialist

Experienced Interaction Designer – 10+ Years

Visual GUI Designer – 5+ yrs

Usability Analyst – 5 to 10+ Years

Sr. User Experience Researcher – 10+ years

C/C++ Framework Developer for GUI Applications

C/C++ GUI Software Architect

Senior Software Engineer – API Development Team


The NYIT Auditorium on Broadway is a brand new, multi-purpose venue featuring a state-of-the-art auditorium and reception areas. The 6,769 square-foot event space is just steps from Columbus Circle, Central Park, and Lincoln Center, and is convenient to all public transportation.
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Deadlines, Transfers, Policies

All registration activities are handled by our volunteers. Please be advised that on the day of the event, we will do our best to manage transfers and late requests; however, our primary focus will be on day-of-event logistics.

Regular registration closes at noon Wednesday November 10, 2010.

Requests for refunds for tickets purchased online will be honored until noon Wednesday November 10, 2010. Please send refund requests to

Tickets are transferable on or before noon Wednesday November 10, 2010 by sending a request to

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