The University of Waterloo’s Department of English Language and Literature hosts a unique showcase of imagination, creativity, and projects for high-technology sectors featuring the work of students and the insights of alumni.

English + Innovation is open to members the business sector, media and the public – anyone who wants to understand how today’s English students apply their skills and ingenuity to high-tech innovation.

“Waterloo Region continues to experience rapid change, especially as the new Innovation Corridor with the City of Toronto develops. Our English + Innovation event highlights the ways in which good communicators are crucial to the content creation, documentation, and usability that this evolution requires,” says Kate Lawson, professor and chair of English.

Date: Thursday, June 2, 2016
Time: 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm (programme begins at 6 pm)
Location: The Tannery Event Centre, 151 Charles Street, Kitchener
Cost: $20 per person or $160 for a table of eight
Tickets: Reserve tickets on the event website.

Student displays will showcase their research and development on the technological frontiers of gaming, geolocation, creative media, and user documentation. Meet the students and see such projects as:

• Places, Please!: Capturing Theatricality at the Stratford Festival in Video Games
• Around the Clock: Robot Autonomy, Robotic Labour, and the Time of Work
• Everybody’s Everybody’s Autobiography: Radio, Gertrude Stein, and the Modernist Soundscape
• Alice and Schrodinger’s Excellent Adventure
• Gendered or Neutral? Considering the Language of HCI (Human Computer Interaction)
• The Female Voice: .NET and .NET Core Documentation in Light of Gender
• February 23, 2016: Specimens from the Kitchener Public Library Makerbot
• Mind/Control: Neurofeedback, Gameification, Mindfulness

A moderated panel of English alumni and employers from the tech sector will speak, including:

• Iain Klugman (President and CEO of Communitech)
• Elizabeth Chesney Hanson (Manager of Strategic Communications at OpenText)
• Patrick Hofmann (User Experience Designer, Google Australia)
• Richard Lander (Principle Program Manager Lead on the .NET Team, Microsoft)
• Gian Mancuso (Product Designer, D2L Corporation)
• Sherry McMenemy (Director Global Intranet at Volaris Group)
• Scott Wahl (Director of Software Projects at Dematic)

Waterloo’s Department of English Language and Literature offers unique, innovative, and pragmatic degrees integrating the study of media, literature, and professional communication. The projects on display at English + Innovation represent some of the opportunities that these undergraduate and graduate degrees offer students.

High-tech firms need good communicators as much as they need engineers and computer scientists. Come join us to celebrate the success of UWaterloo English’s outstanding students, their presence in the local community, and the insight and imagination they bring to the fields of writing, media, and communication.


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