World IA Day, Portland: Agenda

Where + When

12pm Saturday 18 February

NedSpace  (in the Union Bank building, corner of SW Washington & Broadway)
707 SW Washington St.
11th floor (…so, great views of the rain from a warm/fun space!)
Portland, OR 97205

2017 Theme: Information Strategy and Structure

In today’s world, organizations are required to rethink how to architect and manage information to maintain a competitive and organizational edge. Many are embracing strategies that are more flexible, moving away from isolated systems and departmental silos. These organizations recognize the need for information to be structured so that it is clear, usable, findable and understandable.

But, the need for information strategy and structure extends beyond the enterprise. Whether information is architected to inform algorithms, to bring awareness to important societal challenges, or to clearly communicate available resources to help those in need; information strategy and structure plays an important role in our everyday lives.


12pm  ·  Gather, network, pastries, coffee, and more coffee!
12:30pm – 2:05pm  · Presenters, livestreaming from Seattle
— Lunch pls bring, or venture across the way to New Seasons —
2:55pm – 3:40pm  · Presenters, livestreaming from San Francisco
3:40pm Raffle giveaways! (including books from O’Reilly and free licenses to Axure, Sketch, and!)

LIVE From Seattle:

12:30pm – 1:30pm
Leslie Owens – Enterprise Perspectives on Information Architecture

In her role as Executive Director of MIT CISR (Center for Information Systems Research), Leslie works closely with CIOs at large global companies. In this keynote, she will examine the priorities and choices that senior leaders face today, and how those decisions may influence a firm’s information strategy. Drawing on insights from research at MIT CISR, Leslie will explore the tension that information architects experience as they try to structure information within a firm that is undergoing digital transformation.

1:35pm – 2:05pm
Nick Sweers – Personalized Help: Using IA to Create a Unique Support Experience
Nick will detail how his team, together with Expedia’s Global Learning Organization (GLO), re-engineered a bland, boring help site into a state-of-the-art support experience for Expedia’s hotel partners worldwide.

LIVE From San Francisco:

2:55pm – 3:40pm
Jorge Arango – Leaving Our Mark

Look around you. You are surrounded by physical environments — buildings, cities — that have endured the test of time. They play a large role in your ability to be effective in the world.

Digital environments, on the other hand, are among our shortest-lived artifacts: they quickly become outdated as technology evolves. And in many ways, they are taking over from physical environments as the contexts in which much we spend much of our time. Information architects can and should design that stand the test of time too.

In this closing keynote, we will look at information architecture as a discipline in the broader context of design for purpose, and how as an information architect you can leave a mark that endures.

3:40pm – 4pm
Raffle & Giveaways!

2016 Reboot!

We’re kicking-off the dust, plugging our networks, filling the post-it walls with programming ideas, and getting in gear to launch a new schedule packed with programming for the end of 2016, through 2017!

We’d love your feedback and participation to get us going, and what’s a reboot without a good party?

November 17th, at Jama Software, from 6-9pm

RSVP on Meetup!

Please join us in our first IxDA Portland quest: design the year ahead! We’ll provide light snacks, tasty beverages, and walls filled with ideas for programs we hope you’ll love in the months to come. We’ll ask you to whip out the old sticky notes, markers, and brain power to make these ideas better and add your own to the mix. Come, co-curate the future together, connect with old friends and new colleagues, and have a jolly ‘ol Thursday evening with us!

It is with much gratitude that we bid adieu to our dedicated + talented prior co-leads Cat and Melissa. We expect they’ll continue to work with us here and there as rescues and extra support are needed. We’re Nina Alter (new to the PDX area from SF, so most of you probably don’t yet know Nina!) and Eva Miller (been around for a while, so many of you probably do know Eva!), and look forward to connecting with all of you at future events and online.

Image permission pending: Thomas Boyd, The Oregonian ©2016