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  • gravitytank hosts the Haas School of Business Design and Innovation Strategy Club

    gravitytank's San Francisco office hosts UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business Design and Innovation Strategy Club for a hands-on workshop. We will immerse students in our integrated design process through conversations with gt'ers across our three disciplines - research, design, and strategy. We will also work together on a live project focused on wellness and public transportation. Specifically, we will explore ways to improve citizen's perception of cleanliness and health on SF's muni system during the cold & flu season. Stay tuned for results.

  • The New Craft of Presenting

    gravitytank's San Francisco office hosts The New Craft of Presenting with Charlie Sutton, Creative Lead & Head of Studio, Advanced Design at Nokia. Using simple exercises, Charlie will demonstrate how to lower pre-talk stress, get an audience's attention, and maintain focus.

  • ILN BLUR Workshop

    Chris Conley, Justin Rheinfrank and Elizabeth Glenewinkel will present a workshop at the Innovation Learning Network's BLUR conference in L.A. We'll work with attendees to consider the increasingly blurred lines between life and health, and create a visual map of healthcare from the patient's everyday perspective. Given the rapidly changing landscape, we'll envision the role their organization can play in the transformation.

  • CIW YOU(th)

    As part of Chicago Ideas Week's youth programing, gravitytank will be hosting local high school students for an orientation to innovation work through hands-on experience and behind-the-scenes tours of its workplace. Visiting students will brainstorm, prototype and pitch a solution, tour the office, and engage with key team members from each core capability.

  • EPIC2020 - Education, Food, and Data Analytics

    Amy Guterman and the EPIC Junior Board are planning an evening of presentations by local Chicago social entrepreneurs in education, food, and data analytics. Melanie Kahl (Third Teacher Plus), Todd Jones (Every Last Morsel), and Andrew Means (Data Analysts for Social Good) will talk about their work and the impact design has had on it. The event will take place over drinks at Rockit Bar and Grill on October 9 at 6:00 pm. Sign up here

  • Service Experience Conference

    Justin Rheinfrank will be speaking at the Service Experience conference hosted by Adaptive Path in San Francisco. He'll explore the world of rough and ready prototyping of services through storyboarding, spatial mock-ups and pilot experiments.

  • Better World By Design Conference

    gravitytank's David O'Donnell will present with workforce.io representative John Dillow at the Better World By Design Conference in this weekend in Providence, Rhode Island. Their presentation will explore how to effectively incorporate reflection into the design process using workforce.io as a case study. workforce.io is an innovative entry level hiring platform that features job skill badges and behind-the-scenes videos that gravitytank developed in partnership with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

  • Communicating The New Book Launch

    gravitytank is pleased to host the Chicago-area book launch party for "Communicating The New: Methods to Shape and Accelerate Innovation" by Kim Erwin, professor at The IIT Institute of Design. This new book features insights from gravitytank partners Michael Winnick and Martha Cotton, and features some of our past work.

  • White House Champions of Change

    Elena Valentine and John Dillow will represent workforce.io in the White House Champions of Change event that features individuals, businesses, and organizations who are working to create meaningful pathways to employment for young Americans. Together with White House Officials, participants will learn more about the Presidents Youth Jobs+ initiative, honor organizations who have embraced the call to action, and youth who have been served by these local programs.

  • Mayoral Breakfast

    workforce.io, a gravitytank-incubated startup, was recognized by Mayor Rahm Emmanuel for supporting the City's One Summer Chicago youth employment program. Using workforce.io , young adults have created online profiles that will help them keep in touch with their mentors and carry their new job skills into employment after the summer. gravitytank also built new, easier to use online applications for the summer program that increased overall participation and private sector jobs by 15% over the prior year.

  • 9th annual Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference

    Sept 15-18, London, England. The 9th annual Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference. Martha Cotton will curate a paper session entitled "Reflections on Ethnography and Ethnographers." In this session, authors representing a variety of industries and regions will reflect on the state of the union for ethnographic research in industry, examining where we've been, where we are now, and where we're going.

  • Qualitative Research Consultants Association

    Mike Youngblood , of gravitytank's San Francisco office, was recently invited to speak to the Canada chapter of the Qualitative Research Consultants Association in Toronto. His talk, Beyond Words: Conducting Simple and Effective Observations in Stores, Malls, and Other Public Settings, will be appearing as a journal article in the fall. Stay tuned!

  • Dietitians in Business and Communications

    Kyleigh Wawak will be speaking to the Chicago chapter of Dietitians in Business and Communications (DBC) about gravitytank's work in food and healthcare innovation.

  • Kiran Jain at gravitytank

    gravitytank San Francisco hosts Kiran Jain, founder of Civic Design Labs and Oakland Deputy City Attorney on 8/22 to discuss ways design thinking can foster creativity, collaboration and culture change within City Hall.

  • Communicating the New

    gravitytank is pleased to be featured in the new book "Communicating The New: Methods to Shape and Accelerate Innovation" by Kim Erwin, professor at The IIT Institute of Design. On sale now!

  • Leading By Design

    gravitytank SF's Elizabeth Glenewinkel leads a workshop on Designing Service Experiences at California College of the Art's Leading By Design Program. Elizabeth co-founded this 6-month executive program in 2010. The project-based program provides executives and senior professionals the insights, skills, and confidence to lead change and create lasting business and social value.

  • Design for America

    gravitytank continues its work with Design for America's summer studio at Northwestern University. The six-week program engages students in social impact design by pairing student design teams with community organization clients. gravitytank's Pooja Merai and Autumn Sanders kicked off the program's weekly workshops with a brief presentation and immersive exercise. Participants developed research plans describing what they aimed to learn through their research. They outlined discussion protocols and practiced interviewing one another in preparation for their first week of fieldwork. Carey Stansbury and Elena Valentine follow up in week two with a work session on synthesis and analysis. They'll guide participants and share tools to help them begin to understand the data they've collected in the field. gravitytank has collaborated with Design for America's student-led summer program since 2011.

  • UX Book Club Chicago with Smart Design's Dan Saffer

    gravitytank's interaction design capability hosts UX Book Club Chicago and author Dan Saffer for a discussion about designing with details and his latest book, Microinteractions.

  • Red Bull Creation

    GT designer David Hull is participating this week in Red Bull Creation! Red Bull Creation is an annual maker competition where teams create projects that are highly kinetic and electronic based and are devised to fit the theme that Red Bull defines at the beginning of the 72 hours.

    Check it out http://creation.redbullusa.com/

  • Antonio García named finalist in Co.Labs/Target Retail Accelerator

    Out of 70 entrants, Antonio's team has made it to the final round of competition. Now they'll pitch their mobile web app to Target executives and judges from Dropbox, Github, Mixpanel and FastCompany. The winning prototype will be announced on July 1.

  • Redesigning Design Research at IDSA Midwest District Conference

    As designers, it’s hard to go through the day without hearing the words prototype and iterate. We’re constantly pushing ourselves to be more creative and develop innovations with a meaningful story to support them - fast. Often research doesn’t fit very well into this process and we need to find new tools that can quickly get us smart about people, places and things. Michael and Jonathan will share how Dscout (a digital research tool) has helped gravitytank designers learn about user experiences and shape concepts, and teams source product inspiration.

  • Medical Records Panel Discussion

    The Nightingale Team (Amy S., Amy G., Defne, Kunal and Stephen) will be participating in a panel discussion at the Chicago Health 2.0 Tech meet up where they will discuss the importance of user experience in the design process.

  • Everything Communicates

    Jonathan Dien and Robert Zolna will be sharing their thoughts and stories about communicating innovation at the International Housewares Show in Chicago. Their talk will address approaches for better alignment, understanding and action towards consumers and their experiences with the goal that deeper empathy creates more meaningful value. Everything Communicates focuses on deconstructing a holistic approach to creating tangible consumer stories and the tools used to develop them.

  • Design+Business Workshop

    Lucas Daniel will be conducting a workshop for the Design+Business club at the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business. The session will explore how to reframe problems in the context of the real world where challenges are often ambiguous and perfect data is not always available.

  • Digital Sketching Workshop

    Andres Parada will be conducting a day long workshop on the topic of Digital Sketching and Rendering at Arizona State University.

  • Empowering Effective Teaching

    As part of our work for the Gates Foundation on meaningful teacher feedback, we created a card game, Multiple Choice, that engages the players on productive feedback techniques being employed by some of our nations most innovative schools. Maris Grossman and Elena Valentine shared the results of this work and facilitated a work session with Multiple Choice for 20 Florida school districts at the Empowering Effective Teaching Convening.

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