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The Human Component: Using Emotional Intelligence to Inform Design

May 16, 2019 - We're so used to incorporating external data to inform our design. "Which feature wins out in A/B testing? Are we getting smiley faces or frowny faces on the Likert Scale feedback widget?" The Data+Creativity guest speaker this month invited us to turn inward. Devin O’Bryan explained how we can use Emotional Intelligence as a catalyst for incredible design.

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How Cognitive Networks Could Improve Crisis Response

February 21, 2019 - In non-governmental organizations, coordination of rapid response teams during emergencies/humanitarian crises faces a lot of challenges because of its linear design. Dr. Victor Soji Ladele, MBBS, who was a humanitarian aid coordinator for the World Health Organization during the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Liberia, proposes deploying a cognitive network platform during emergencies and humanitarian crises that will facilitate a real time coordination mechanism.

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Innovation is the same in any language

Ask Google to translate ‘innovation’ from English to Swedish, and it's the same in both languages. Shannan Callies, the assistant to Exaptive CEO Dave King, and data scientist Frank Evans traveled to Stockholm, Sweden, for the ISPIM Innovation Conference in June 2018.

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Creating a language for educators to audit curriculum

May 24, 2018 - Bucky Dodd and the team at the Institute for Learning Environment Design at the University of Central Oklahoma have developed a way to code curriculum to give educators of all kinds a common language. Bucky presented the concept at the May meetup for Data + Creativity.

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"We cannot afford to not participate."

April 25, 2018 - “As an example of technology's impact, our judicial and economic systems increasingly rely on risk assessment algorithms that use proxy categories such zip code to predict a person’s trajectory—for example, whether or not they’re loan-worthy or at risk to commit a future crime,” Tayo Jolaosho, Exaptive software engineer, led a captivating discussion regarding the importance of ethnographic perspectives in tech. Tayo continued, “In consideration of this increasing reach, we have ethical responsibilities as data creatives to be better informed and more deliberate in our practice. We cannot assume that facts or numbers speak for themselves.”

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From the Dukes of Burgundy to Saturn V Rocket Fuel: So Many Connections

March 15, 2018 - At the Data + Creativity Meetup, a group of about 20 watched the episode “Eat, Drink, and Be Merry” from the 1978 BBC documentary series Connections.

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