October 2015 User Experience and Web Professionals Events

first_imgWireless sensors and the Internet of Things, WordPress Q & A session, and protecting your creative assets are a few of the events you’ll discover in the October 2015 events calendar.If you’re in southeast Michigan and looking for user experience and web professionals meetups, learning opportunities, or networking events, my curated calendar offers you a quick summary of a wide range of events to learn from and meet colleagues and professionals. While I don’t attend every event on the calendar, I usually make it to one or two events each week. I’d love to meet you. If you see me, stop by and say hi!Importance of BrandingDate: October 7, 2015, 6:00pm to 8:00pmLocation: Bamboo Detroit in Detroit, Michigan (map to Bamboo Detroit)Cost: Free, pre-registration requiredAt this month’s Detroit Design Talk, learn about the importance of branding from Scott Rutterbush of Dine, Drink, Detroit and Tara Gardiner of Gardiner Connections. Intended for local business leaders, entrepreneurs, and startups, the Detroit Design Series is an informative series focused on the importance of design within your business. Enjoy sandwiches from Russell Street Deli during the discussion. WordPress Q&A: Get Your WordPress Questions AnsweredDate: October 12, 2015, 6:30pm to 8:30pmLocation: First National Building in Detroit, Michigan (map and directions to First National Building)Cost: $5.00, pre-registration requiredGet your WordPress questions answered at our Metro Detroit WordPress Meetup quarterly workshop. This is an informal meetup where we’ll have several members available to help troubleshoot and answer your questions for both self-hosted WordPress and WordPress.com sites.Wireless Sensors; Changing IndustriesDate: October 12, 2015, 6:00pm to 8:00pmLocation: TechTown Detroit in Detroit, Michigan (map to TechTown Detroit)Cost: Free, pre-registration requiredFor their October meetup, Mobile Monday Detroit hosts presentations on sensors, how they’ve been used in the past and how the Internet of Things has rekindled interest in using sensors in applications. Gerry Roston, CEO of Civionics and Executive-in-Residence at TechTown Detroit and Al Juarez, Director of Business Development, RX Networks are the guest speakers.PHP DetroitDate: October 15, 2015, 6:00pmLocation: Nexcess in Southfield, Michigan (map to Nexcess)Cost: Free, pre-registration required Learn PHP form validation and how to maintain an open source project at this month’s PHP Detroit meetup. Presenters include Sharon Eddings, who is working on developing a social networking site and mobile games using MIT’s app inventor. Aric Watson, currently working on Nexcess projects, will discuss open source project maintenance.Congrats to my colleague Frank Laszlo and PHP Detroit on re-launching the PHP Detroit group! Lunch & Learn: Intellectual Property for Creative EntrepreneursDate: October 20, 2015, noon to 2:00pmLocation: Bamboo Detroit in Detroit, Michigan (map to Bamboo Detroit)Cost: $15, pre-registration requiredEvery business has intellectual property that needs to be protected. Learn the basics of intellectual property law from Maxwell Goss, an attorney at McDonald Hopkins, PLC. Additionally, you’ll learn how you can protect and maximize your creative assets while avoiding costly conflicts with others.The educational session will cover trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and patents. Intended audience is anyone working in the creative industry from graphic design, architecture, web design and development, social media, writing, publishing, photography, etc. Everything You Need for Killer SEO & Website ConversionDate: October 27, 2015, 6:30pm to 8:30pmLocation: Bamboo Detroit in Detroit, Michigan (map to Bamboo Detroit)Cost: $15, pre-registration requiredAt this evening session and workshop, Scott Kloustin will help you learn the basics of converting website visitors into leads, phone calls, or sales.You’ll learn how to set up your website for key search terms, get better search rankings, and convert traffic, and walk away with the knowledge to conduct your own search engine optimization.Scout Kloustin has worked on the web for over 20 years. He works at Quizzle and MyBankrate, leading search engine optimization and conversion,Share EventsIt’s impossible to include every event happening in our area. Do you know of any metro Detroit events not on the list? Share them in the comments. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedJanuary 2016 User Experience and Web Professional EventsWhat to expect from the latest WordPress version, a day in the life of a user experience professional, and tips for meeting your blogging goals are a few of the events you’ll discover in the January 2016 event calendar. If you’re in southeast Michigan and looking for: User experience events…In “Calendar”October 2017 User Experience and Web Professionals EventsA WordPress Q & A workshop, practical tips for accessibility talk, and an evening of lightning talks are a few of the events you’ll discover in the October 2017 events calendar. Each month I compile a calendar of user experience and web professionals events in southeast Michigan and northwest Ohio…In “Calendar”August 2019 User Experience and Web Professional EventsWhat user experience (UX) and web professional events are happening this month in southeast Michigan? Find out in my monthly events calendar! If you work on the web, you know it’s a challenge to keep your skills up-to-date, learn about new methods, and network with fellow web workers. And it…In “Calendar”last_img read more

How to Make Time for Innovation: Kindling’s Idea Recommendation Engine

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair Getting employees to actually submit ideas into innovation management software may be an issue for some enterprises. But for others, idea overload is the real issue. Kindling, a SaaS innovation management vendor, learned that executives at two of its major corporate clients stopped using Kindling because they were overloaded with ideas. Kindling is trying to change that by introducing a new feature: an idea recommendation engine. klint finley Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Although innovation management has been around for years, pioneered by companies like Imaginatik, interest has accelerated recently. We recently identified three key trends in idea management, but the are continues to, well, innovate.Kindling’s recommendation engine starts off with a short questionnaire aimed at determining users’ interests – it’s similar to the ones presented when you start using Netflix or Hunch. Users can opt to answer only a few questions or continue to answer many questions. Users can display the reason a particular idea was suggested and downgrade certain selection criteria to improve Kindling’s recommendations. Although the recommendation engine’s utility remains unproven, Kindling product manager Tim Meaney is optimistic that this transparency and feedback mechanism will help make it very smart very quick.Other new features include a redesigned backend and support for user groups.Existing features for organizing ideas include the ability to list ideas by popularity, votes, number of comments, the “Ideas I’m Watching” section that allows users to follow the comments and activity on particular ideas, and a highly configurable e-mail notification system.Kindling can act as a stand alone solution or integrate with Microsoft‘s Outlook and SharePoint. Users can export ideas to Excel, or use the application’s API to export ideas in a variety of ways. “We don’t feel entitled to your data,” Meaney says, “If you decide to leave Kindling at any time, you can bring your data with you – we won’t keep any of it.”Kindling was spun out of the New York City based consulting firm Arc90. The product was released in 2009 (see our coverage) and has landed several big-name clients like The Motley Fool, Symantec and Medtronics.center_img Related Posts Tags:#enterprise#news#Products 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Murillo: ‘Ranieri change positive’

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Sampdoria defender Jeison Murillo has hailed the appointment of Claudio Ranieri as “a positive change” for the team. Murillo joined Samp from Valencia in August and was speaking at Colombia’s training camp ahead of their two friendlies against Peru and Ecuador. “It’s great to play regularly in a League I have already played in, know well and like a lot. “I’ve played in practically all the games. Things aren’t going as we would’ve liked, but the change in coach is a positive change for us. Results are improving.” Ranieri has collected seven points since taking charge of Samp, although they still find themselves in relegation trouble. The former Inter man, meanwhile, has played eight times this season but was dropped for the last three games.last_img read more

1st ODI: Dhoni, India get battle-ready for South Africa

first_imgSouth Africa are chasing their maiden one-day international series win in India on the back of a Twenty20 series victory and the return of pace bowlers Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel. The tourists are relying on their fast bowling strength irrespective of conditions. South Africa won impressively at Dharamsala and Cuttack to win the T20 series 2-0 – with Kolkata washed out on Thursday – despite Steyn and Morkel being rested. India were bowled out for 92 on a lively pitch at Cuttack.No wonder then that India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is being clear in his preferences for the five-match series which starts at Kanpur on Sunday.”We want to make the most of the home series,” Dhoni said. “Don’t want a lot of grass cover. It is also difficult for the spinners with dew as well.”If South Africa are banking on their pace attack, India are looking to their spin offensive led by Ravichandran Ashwin to pose a challenge for South Africa, which is known to adjust well to conditions around the world.MS Dhoni under scrutinyThe South African batting lineup is fairly settled with the likes of one-day captain AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla and Jean-Paul Duminy proving themselves on Indian soil and are further strengthened by Indian Premier League regulars.Both second-ranked India and third-ranked South Africa are looking to find their rhythm after losing by identical 2-1 margins to Bangladesh recently.”It’s a great start in what promises to be a very challenging tour for us,” De Villiers said in Kanpur on Saturday. “In the T20 series, I don’t think a lot of people expected us to play the way we did. It’s going to be challenging but we have got very important momentum on our side and we are hoping to build on it tomorrow.”advertisementSouth Africa have lost three of their previous four ODI bilateral series in India with the Graeme Smith-led team of 2005 remaining undefeated 2-2 in a five-match series but de Villiers wants this time to be different.”I was part of that series when we drew 2-2. We’re hoping to win the series this time. We have shown the world that we can beat India in India,” de Villiers said.For India, Test captain Virat Kohli and two-time ODI double-centurion Rohit Sharma are the stars in an enviable batting lineup as the team hopes to settle well in limited overs games ahead of the World Twenty20 to be held across India in March and April.The match at Kanpur will be followed by ODIs at Indore (October 14), Rajkot (October 18), Chennai (October 22) and Mumbai (October 25). The Tests will be played in Mohali (November 5-9), Bangalore (November 14-18), Nagpur (November 25-29) and New Delhi (December 3-7).Probable XIs: India: 1 MS Dhoni (capt), 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Rohit Sharma, 4 Virat Kohli 5 Suresh Raina 6 Ambati Rayudu 7 R Ashwin 8 Umesh Yadav 9 Mohit Sharma 10 Axar Patel 11 Amit Mishra/Bhuvneshwar KumarSouth Africa: 1 AB de Villiers (capt), 2 Hashim Amla, 3 Quinton de Kock, 4 Faf Du Plessis, 5 JP Duminy, 6 David Miller, 7 Farhaan Behardien, 8 Dale Steyn, 9 Morne Morkel, 10 Kyle Abbott/Kagiso Rabada 11 Imran Tahir.last_img read more

From little things, big things grow

first_imgYou can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League in the following ways:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.auSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2014)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksBig things ahead Growth.That was the message Touch Football Australia CEO Colm Maguire and his NRL counterpart David Smith spread when the heads of the two football entities came together on the morning of day one of the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League at Coffs Harbour.When the strategic alliance between the two sports was signed in August last year, it created the biggest sporting community in Australia.More than 1.1 million players are part of the community born out of the partnership between the two codes.A new brand called NRL Touch Football was unveiled and the inclusion of Smith and NRL head of football Todd Greenberg to the TFA board means the sporting bodies are working closer than ever before.  “The partnership is all about growth,” Smith said.“We are talking about two sporting associations coming together and make it a bigger sporting community, and that is very much in-line with the NRL’s objective to be the biggest sporting community in the country. “We are on the way to doing that.”Maguire said it was a significant day for touch football.“Over the last few years, and in particular last year, we have worked through a strategic alliance with the NRL,” Maguire said.“Today we are unveiling a brand that will take us towards a more united way and aligned way.”NRL great Nathan Hindmarsh said he would be getting plenty of enjoyment from the partnership.“For someone who has played rugby league for a living and no longer can do that in a competitive way, I look at touch football as my game to play,” the former Eel, Blues and Kangaroos forward said.“I will enjoy playing with my three young boys; it [touch football] is a great family game.”   By BEN HARRISlast_img read more

10 months agoMan City defender Laporte stands by supporting Rabiot after World Cup snub

first_imgMan City defender Laporte stands by supporting Rabiot after World Cup snubby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City centre-half Aymeric Laporte has defended his support of PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot over his World Cup row.Laporte publicy backed Rabiot when he rejected a place on France’s standby list, which infuriated local fans.However, the City defender told Bein Sport: “People take it as they want. I did not necessarily support his act but the person. I spent a lot of years with him in the youth national team, I know he’s a very good boy. “I know a lot of things hurt him and I supported the person he is. This is not his gesture obviously, it’s not something I would do or applaud. I applaud the person that he is.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

9 months agoChelsea make €25M contract offer to Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Chelsea make €25M contract offer to Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barellaby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea have offered Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella a massive contract package to move to London this month.TMW says a five-year deal worth €5m-a-season has been tabled to the Italy U21 international.Chelsea have also offered Cagliari a massive €55m for the Sardinians to sell.Barella is a specific request of Blues boss Maurizio Sarri, while his No2 Gianfranco Zola has been on the phone to the player regularly about life at Cobham.However, the player is still to be convinced about leaving for abroad at this stage in his career. last_img read more

How Far Is Tiger Woods Behind Jack Nicklauss MajorWinning Pace

When Tiger Woods teed off Thursday afternoon to begin this year’s Masters bid, it was the start of just his third appearance of the 2015 season and his first competitive round since a back injury forced him to withdraw on the first day of the Farmers Insurance Open in early February. As Woods shot a 1-over-par 73 in the first round, all eyes were on his form — even though he’s done little of note over the past two seasons to warrant the attention.Famously, Woods has won 14 major golf championships over his stellar career, a tally that ranks second only to Jack Nicklaus’s 18 major titles. A win at the Masters would give Woods 15, but he hasn’t won a major since the 2008 U.S. Open. In the intervening years, his game and personal life have been thoroughly ravaged, with injuries taking a particular toll recently. What once seemed to be destiny — Woods’s overtaking of Nicklaus as the winningest major champion ever — now looks like a fool’s notion.With Woods in action again at Augusta, where he’s won four green jackets, we tried to track how far his major championship-winning pace (and therefore his chances of catching Nicklaus) have fallen in recent years. The biggest strike against Woods? The fact that he is 39 years old — well past the prime of major winners since the PGA Championship switched to stroke play in 1958:If you toss out all major winners currently younger than 461The age at which Nicklaus won his final major. to prevent the sample from being skewed toward younger, still-active champions such as 25-year-old Rory McIlroy (whose future major totals are as yet unknown), the average major-winner in golf is about 32.5 years old. And only 12.5 percent of all major titles since 19582Excluding those of Julius Boros and Peter Thomson, who were left out of the aging-curve sample because they won major titles both before and after 1958. were won by players aged 39 or older. By any measure, the time for winning majors is quickly running out for Woods.Of course, Woods’s track record is better than just about any other major-winner ever. Through age 32, when Woods last won a major, he led Nicklaus 14-11 in the trophy count. (Even now, after a drought of more than six seasons, Woods is only one major short of Nicklaus’s pace at the same age.) To estimate how many major wins remain in a player’s career, we ran a Lowess regression for players at each age who had won at least one major to that point in their career.3Specifically, we derived a multiplier for each age to estimate total lifetime majors based on the player’s career-to-date major count. As an example, the multiplier for an age-26 golfer is 3.0, meaning you should expect his career total of major wins to be 3.0 times what it was after his age-26 season. For Tiger Woods, who won eight major titles through age 26, this leads to a career major estimate of 24. And by that method, Woods’s mean expectation was to pass Nicklaus for most of his career after his banner 2000 season — even after being afflicted by injury (he missed the second half of the 2008 season with a torn ACL) and scandal (he was limited to 12 tournaments and zero wins in 2010 after his many infidelities came to light):Since a major-less 2011, though, Woods’s projected career major tally dropped below the number necessary to pass Nicklaus. Our system now sets Woods’s expected remaining majors at a mere 1.2 — and that might be too high. The regression uses Woods’s entire track record to date, perhaps not realizing how much his form has slipped in recent seasons. It’s also worth noting that Nicklaus was an incredible outlier. He won more majors after the age of 37 (four) than all but 14 golfers have ever won in their entire careers. So at a certain point, it was probably unrealistic to have expected Woods to follow the same pace, even before witnessing how much his game — and health — have slipped in recent years.Woods front-loaded so many major titles that he’d only need a comparatively modest per-tournament win rate over the remainder of his career to pass Nicklaus. But even given that head start, Woods’s abrupt decline goes to show that there are no sure things in sports. read more

Tiger Woods Completes His Staggering Career Comeback

From ABC News: The first time Tiger Woods won the Masters, becoming the youngest to ever do it, he decimated the field and crumbled in his father’s arms. “We made it,” Earl Woods told his then-21-year-old son. Woods is now 43-going-on-60, still donning his trademark Sunday red. He scaled Augusta National this weekend for the fifth time,1Jack Nicklaus has the all-time record with six victories at the Masters. holding off a number of contenders, some of whom grew up watching him transcend the sport, on the back nine. What once seemed inevitable was anything but just a few years ago, as Woods battled surgeries and off-the-course maladies.“Maybe the son of golf has returned,” broadcaster and former Masters champion Nick Faldo said as Woods left the 17th green.It had been 3,954 days since Woods last won a major. Somehow, it felt even longer. Winning a major is an accomplishment reserved for a select few, but for a 10-year span beginning in the late 1990s, it was as synonymous with Woods as audacious drives and timely putts.This didn’t come out of nowhere. Bettors knew there were signs that he was putting it all back together. But it was also known that this might have been the best remaining shot he had at summiting Augusta.Suddenly a man who went five years without a win on tour has two in the past seven months. His turn-back-the-clock performance materialized when it mattered most. He now has three top-10s in his past four majors.He did it by playing Amen Corner at one-under on the final day, while the other two members of the final pairing played it one–over.Just as he has previously, Woods bashed the par-5s (-8), going three-under on them over the final round. He approached the 15th hole in a three-way tie with Xander Schauffele and Francesco Molinari, detonated his tee shot and immediately began walking toward the hole as it soared through the sky. He two-putted his way to a birdie and an outright lead and never looked back.The last time Woods won the Masters, his chip-in on the No. 16 green provided the signature highlight of his career. Playing the same hole 14 years later, Woods added to his legend. He struck an 8-iron to the center of the green, spinning it back down the hill where it stopped 4 feet from the pin. As pandemonium played around Woods at the tee box, a replay showed him at-ease cooing “come on” to his ball at it inched closer to history. That wasn’t the only time precision paid off for Woods on par-3s, which he played four-under for the tournament, the best four-round score among his five wins. When Molinari and Tony Finau found the water on No. 12, it was Woods who found the green and two-putted his way to par.Nine players entered the weekend within a shot of the lead, the most in Masters history. That historically congested scoreboard continued Sunday, as each hole seemed to carry implications for the top 15 in the standings. The win marked the first time Woods came from behind in the final round to win a major.Most unbelievable was the winding path Woods had to take just to get back to Butler Cabin. His career first began to go off the rails with a knee injury that cost him half of the 2008 season, and although he played well in 2009 (leading the PGA Tour in money won), he also blew a Sunday major lead for the first time ever when Y.E. Yang overtook him at the PGA Championship.Then came The Accident, which brought to light an ongoing pattern of behavior that tore apart Woods’s personal life. Even that may not have been the low point, however. Woods only dropped to 52nd in the World during his post-scandal struggles — and eventually fought back to reclaim the No. 1 ranking in 2013, winning five events and once again taking the money title. But in the years that followed, Woods would play so poorly and infrequently that he dropped to 674th in the world in early 2017. Such a pronounced valley in performance (particularly relative to the rest of his career) led plenty of pundits to write off Woods’s chances of ever winning another major. Those takes look scorching hot in retrospect, but it’s difficult to find an established veteran player whose ranking dropped outside the top 600 and who managed to claw back to win a major. Then again, Woods is one of the greatest pure talents in golf history — if anyone was going to rewrite that record book and make such an astonishing comeback, it would be him.Age comes for everyone, of course. And the aging curve for golfers heads south well before 45, which will be here for Woods in no time. But even as younger players increasingly dominate the sport, there’s still room for perhaps the greatest golfer of all time to enhance his legacy.It was Woods’s first Masters victory in 14 years, snapping Gary Player’s all-time record of 13 years between wins, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The win is Woods’s 81st on the PGA Tour, one shy of Sam Snead’s all-time record. It’s also his 15th major championship, three shy of Jack Nicklaus’s record. When asked about Woods’s rekindled pursuit of history on Sunday, Nicklaus said, “he’s got me shaking in my boots.”Golf’s prodigal son has officially returned, and what happens next is not known. But no one will again underestimate what Tiger Woods is capable of on a golf course. read more

Ohio State mens soccer prepared for undefeated Dayton Flyers

Junior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov patrols the penalty box during a match against Wright State Sept. 17 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The teams tied 0-0. Ivanov received a red card against the Raiders, and cannot play against Dayton.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe Ohio State men’s soccer team (2-2-2) is looking to bounce back Friday when the Dayton Flyers (5-0) come to Columbus.The Buckeyes’ last two matches ended in scoreless shutouts, and the team will be looking to capture a win without starting junior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov. Ivanov cannot play against the Flyers after being shown a red card in Tuesday’s match with Wright State.Stepping in for Ivanov is fellow junior goalkeeper Andrian McAdams.McAdams, who finished Tuesday’s match in relief of Ivanov, will be making his first start since the Buckeyes exhibition match against Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne Aug. 20. McAdams said he will be ready for the challenge.“(I’ll prepare) the same way I’ve been preparing,” McAdams said. “I’ve been around for a while. When the moment comes, you’re not expecting it, but you always have to be ready.”The young Buckeye team is looking to find the back of the net against the Flyers after two straight matches without a goal. This is the first time since 2000 OSU has played to consecutive scoreless draws.Freshman midfielder Christian Soldat, who recorded two shots on goal against the Raiders, said he thinks the team is close to finding a way to get the ball between the posts.“(Tuesday’s game) was good despite the tie,” Soldat said. “The effort is going to continue to roll, and we’ll start racking up wins.”In its first five games, Dayton outscored its opponents 14-3. The Flyers have not allowed a goal in their last three contests, but neither has OSU.“(Tuesday night) was our third-straight shutout, so that’s a good thing for this group of players,” Buckeye coach John Bluem said. “If you are able to defend well, you are in every game.”Bluem said despite Ivanov being out for the match, the team’s spirits will not be down and the squad will continue to attack.“We’ll pick up the spirits of our guys, after the red card, for Friday’s game,” he said. “I think we do have good attacking players we’re just not quite in sync yet.”Friday night’s match will be held in Jesse Owen’s Memorial Stadium at 7:30 p.m. and will be OSU’s third-straight match versus an in-state opponent. OSU then travels north to take on No. 15 Akron Sept. 24 in its final game before Big Ten Conference play. read more