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Akendi presented IoT613 in Ottawa

Akendi proudly presents the 2nd IoT613 conference in Ottawa

September 29-30, 2016 / Akendi proudly presents the 2nd IoT613 conference in collaboration with CapCHI The conference examins how the Internet of Things (IoT) will shape the future with expert talks, hands-on workshops and vendor demo booths. Akendi’s teams from Ottawa, Toronto and the UK contribute by conducting a workshop as well as designing the entire branding system and website for the conference. The conference will be a huge success again boasting sold out audiences for both days of the event. Our teams will enjoy this great learning and look forward to the next IoT event! To learn more about the event, go here to check out the conference website.

Akendi ranked in Profit500 listing

September 17, 2015 / Canadian Business and PROFIT today ranked Akendi number 321 on the 27th annual PROFIT 500, the definitive ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies. Published in the October issue of Canadian Business and at PROFITguide.com, the PROFIT 500 ranks Canadian businesses by revenue growth over the past five years.
Akendi, a product innovation, user experience design and usability research firm, made the 2015 PROFIT 500 list with five-year revenue growth of 165%.
“We’re exceptionally pleased to be recognized by PROFIT,” says Akendi President Tedde van Gelderen. "This achievement is a testament to the skill, ingenuity, and vision of our employees, who are the driving force behind our continued growth and success."
The achievement follows recent business and design recognition for Akendi. Last year, Akendi placed in the Branham300 list as one of the Top Tech Companies for 2014. The Regional Municipality of York, an Akendi client, was also recognized in 2014 with awards from both the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) and the Web Marketing Association for the user-centered design Akendi developed for the york.ca website.
“The PROFIT 500 represent the highest tier of entrepreneurialism in Canada,” says James Cowan, Editor-in-chief of PROFIT and Canadian Business. “They should be lauded for the positive economic contributions they’ve made to their communities—and the entire country. They are examples of what can be accomplished with innovation, discipline and determination."

Akendi is proud to announce the official launch of the redesigned and rebuilt NB Power website

July 10, 2015 / NB Power is the primary electrical utility provider for the province of New Brunswick, currently serving more than 650,000 residential and industrial consumers. Akendi utilized our Experience Thinking(tm) process to create a new user experience for consumers giving them quicker and easier access to the information they need while offering them an enjoyable experience. Akendi talked extensively with users to understand their needs and what they do on the website and developed personas from insights gained in this research as well as research with stakeholders. These insights were then translated into a new information architecture, enhanced user experience and striking visual design that expertly translates business objectives and user requirements into a modern, beautiful, and sophisticated web experience.
The outcome of this project was not only providing NB Power and their customers with a usable, useful and engaging website, but creating a vehicle for them to completely reinvent the way they interact with NB Power, enhancing their relationship with their customers. Affinity Systems implemented the final outcome as designed by Akendi. To see the website introduction, watch the video.

Dominira Saul, Internet of Things UX Talk for CapCHI event Ottawa, Canada

June 23, 2015 / Akendi's Chief Experience Architect, Dominira Saul spoke at CapCHI's final event of the season. His talk entitled 'Designing for Usability in the Internet of Things Era' explored the challenges Designers will face when designing for usability in the era of IoT. While the tools and techniques that we employ as researchers and designers will be largely unchanged, we will be forced to broaden our focus as technology advances. Designers will be required to think in terms of service design and multi-modal interaction as many tasks and interactions associated with IoT span devices and contexts. Stay tuned for future conversations about IoT from Akendi and check out IoT613. (www.iot613.com), the Akendi lead innovation conference which will explore how the Internet of Things will shape the future. If you’re interested in having Akendi present at your organisation, drop us a line at contact@akendi.com.

Dominira Saul, Internet of Things UX Talk for TPMA event in Toronto, Canada

March 31, 2015 / As designers and researchers, the tools and techniques we employ have remained largely unchanged over the past few decades. Currently, the promise of the Internet of Things is forcing us to broaden our focus as we apply those tools. Even the most entrenched interaction, visual, or product designer will be required to think in different terms as many common tasks and interactions that we take for granted become multi-modal. As IoT becomes more and more of a reality, we also have to take stock of the fact that we are not only designing for the interaction between a user and a product, but also product to product interaction and interactions that span modalities, devices, and different contexts of use. Join Dominira as he will examine the concept of the expert user as more and more of these interactions become seamless, ubiquitous and invisible. Register for this TPMA event! If you’re interested in having Akendi present at your organisation, drop us a line at contact@akendi.com.

Akendi at UX Camp 2014 in Ottawa, Canada

November 8-9, 2014 / Akendi is a proud sponsor of this year’s UX Camp Ottawa Nov. 8-9, 2014. Also presenting is Akendi’s own Seneca Brandi as he dives into Bias in the UX Lab. If you’re interested in having Akendi present at your organisation, drop us a line at contact@akendi.com.

Dominira Saul, Shaun Illingworth SAP UX talk in Montreal, Canada

August 13, 2014 / Akendi participated in a introductory presentation on UX for SAP Montreal entitled ‘UX: The history, the hype and the reality’. Akendi Ottawa's Dominira Saul and Shaun Illingworth shared some of Akendi’s insights on UCD and the Experience Thinking process that outlines how we approach user experience in all projects and products. If you’re interested in having Akendi present at your organisation, drop us a line at contact@akendi.com.

Lisa Min, Akendi ProductTO Experience Mapping in Toronto, Canada

August 6, 2014 / Akendi’s Senior Experience Architect, Lisa Min facilitated a discussion at ProductTo’s meetup on Experience Maps and User Journeys. Focusing on the introduction to Experience Maps. Lisa touched on what they are and why we use them. She also discussed their value and shared a little insight on how we do it at Akendi.

Patrick Noonan Akendi user experience design tech in motion panel toronto june 2014

June 24, 2014 /Akendi Experience Architect, Patrick Noonan moderates the latest Tech in Motion panel debate on The Future of Mobile slated for June 24th, 2014. Taking place at Bitmaker Labs on King St. W., the latest in their mobile summer series sponsored by Microsoft and Blackberry is sure to get the juices flowing as many organisations are shifting their strategies to include mobile. What does the future hold for mobile? Can’t wait to find out!


Cindy Beggs, Akendi, Misa conference Ottawa, grey county website user experience design

June 9, 2014 /Akendi Vice President, Cindy Beggs presented with Grey County on our recent work visitgrey.ca at this year’s Ontario Chapter MISA conference. It highlighted Akendi’s process for working on this exciting project and detailed Akendi’s role in the making of this incredible new site. This was Akendi’s first participation with the Municipal Information Systems Association (MISA). Keep an eye on our Case Studies to learn more about this project!

Akendi at CHI 2014

April 28, 2014 /Akendi is exhibiting at CHI 2014 conference in Toronto from April 28th to May 1st! Come by booth #9 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and see what goodies we have for you.

Be Spatial UX Design, Dominira Saul, Chief Experience Architect, Akendi

April 28, 2014 / Dominira Saul, Chief Experience Officer at Akendi, is presenting at this year's URISA Ontario conference, Be Spacial '14, in Guelph, Ontario on April 28th, 2014. This presentation will take a thought-provoking look at the increasingly mainstream use of GIS, why we're seeing this and what this means for everyone involved.

Mobile UX Design Meetup, Patrick Noonan, Akendi

January 21, 2014 / Patrick Noonan, Experience Architect at Akendi, recently spoke at Mobile UX (MUX) meet-up in Toronto, Canada. He presented 'Taking the Lab out of Mobile Usability'. Through use of a case study, Mr. Noonan illustrates research methods that overcome the limitations of mobile usability testing. If you missed it, don't worry, we have a short video on our YouTube channel that sums it all up for you.

CapCHI event, Dominira Saul in Panel of Advisors

December 10, 2013 / Akendi’s Chief Experience Architect, Dominira Saul, joins CapCHI’s December 10th event as a member of the Panel of Advisors. An event for startups to present their products and business concepts, the panel will provide valuable feedback from UX, Human Factors, Design and Computer Human Interaction to help improve their products and activities. For more information or to attend - click here.

Tuesday December 10, 2013 6:00 to 9:00 pm
Fox & Feather Pub and Grill 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada.

CMTS event, Dominira Saul about UX Design Process

October 2, 2013 / Why so Serious? Understanding the UCD Process. Akendi's Dominira Saul presented at the CMTS conference. About the Akendi UX Design process. It was great.

Sounds Design for UX

April 18, 2013 / Sound Design for User Experiences Patrick Noonan, of Akendi, will present audio design recommendations that target the limitations of mobile GUI’s. These recommendations will highlight the suitability of audio features on the mobile platform and illustrate how when the same user-centered design process traditionally applied to visual elements is applied to audio elements, the result is rich, immersive mobile experiences that can save your next mobile interface design. Join us in Waterloo, Ontario.

Thursday April 18, 2013 5:30 to 7:00 pm
FELT Lab 1440 King Street North, St. Jacobs, Ontario.

RGD Ontario Headstart

March 08, 2013 / HeadStart Studio Open Doors by RGD Ontario. Akendi will be one of the Top Toronto creative studios to welcome you for a studio open house. Check out work and chat with creative directors and senior designers at each studio. This event is a great opportunity to meet and network with other designers before the beginning of the HeadStart conference sessions the following day. This event is a great opportunity to meet and network with other designers before the beginning of the HeadStart conference sessions the following day. This event is a great opportunity to meet and network with other designers before the beginning of the HeadStart conference sessions the following day.

Thursday March 08, 2013 5:30 to 7:00 pm
Akendi Toronto Office 30 Duncan Street, Suite 203, Toronto, Ontario.

AR

February 21, 2013 / Augmented Reality? Akendi's Daniel Iaboni will give a talk on Augmented Reality for the uxWaterloo group. The last few years have seen augmented reality finally breaking into the mainstream. Designers have an exciting opportunity to create augmented reality interfaces. To do so, they need to consider not only the context of use, but also the environment in which the information is presented. Daniel Iaboni is dedicated to creating and improving designs to provide an exceptional interaction among users, their environment and their tools. To do so, he draws upon extensive knowledge from the fields of engineering, computer science, psychology and anthropology. In this session he’ll walk us through important concepts in designing for augmented reality, including input and display technologies, current interaction techniques, and approaches to prototyping.

Thursday February 21, 2013 5:30 to 7:00 pm
FELT Lab 1440 King Street North, St. Jacobs, Ontario.

Akendi UK office in Cambridge

February 1, 2013 / Akendi Cambridge moves offices! Akendi UK moved offices! We're still in Cambridge, but have a great new office in St. John's Innovation Centre, Cowley Road.

User Experience SIG Bring and Share

July 12, 2012/ Bring & Share - - Akendi's Leo Poll will present in the ‘Bring & Share’ session of the User Experience SIG “New Forms of Interaction – Don’t Touch!” event in Cambridge, UK.

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