Action Design + Ethical Technology Boston

For the next session of our Action Design best practices series, we are collaborating with Ethical Design Boston.

Our next session will be focused on Ethics in UX Research.

Empathy. Deep Empathy. Accessibility. Inclusiveness. Localization. As the tech industry matures, more and more organizations are acknowledging how the users of their products often differ from those creating them. To close this gap and design better experiences, product teams have begun incorporating more user research into their development cycles.

Including users in the design process presents several ethical challenges, however. For example, how do we test important business assumptions while ensuring participant well-being and privacy? How do we balance user feedback with subject matter expertise? Using examples from the speaker’s work, this talk explores the sometimes thin line between “human-centric” and unethical.

About Our Speaker

Alba N. Villamil is an independent UX Researcher who specializes in designing products for vulnerable populations like refugees and low-income families. In addition to working with pre-stage startups, she has worked on projects with Code for America, the Harvard Kennedy School, and the Rochester City School District. She studied sociology at Harvard University and social psychology at Swarthmore College.

Event Schedule

Registration info TBD, but we’re aiming for 10 DEC 2018, otherwise after New Year’s.

  • 6:00 – 6:30 pm: Networking

  • 6:30 – 7:30 pm: Talk + Q&A

  • 7:30 – 8:00 pm: Networking

What is Ethical Technology Boston?

Ethical Technology Boston is a community of technology & design professionals looking to incorporate an aspect of social responsibility into our daily work. We meet locally to discuss and evaluate complex real life ethical issues and potential implications that we face in our industries. Through these discussions we learn from each other, develop new practices and gain a trusted network of likeminded individuals. We’re also part of a global online community for Ethical Technology and Design at