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Humantech Meetings: Anthropology and UX Design

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Humantech Meetings: Anthropology and UX Design

Over the past 50 years, we have been experiencing rapid and profound technological changes that impact the way we live and behave. On the one hand technology is making our lives easier, provided it is well designed to meet our needs, and on the other hand technological innovations are forcing us to rethink our laws and ethical boundaries.

The first event in the HumanTech Meetings series, organized by SWPS University’s Center for Innovation will focus on the interactions of humans with technology, including UX design, business, and education. The meeting will be hosted by Dr. Konrad Maj and the panel discussion will be moderated by Dr. Max Bielecki from SWPS University. 

The meeting, which is part of "InnoShare 2019" event, will take place at the Copernicus Science Center.

Lanuage of the event: English with translation into Polish.
Free admission. Registration required.

October 10

HumanTech Meetings

We live in an era of innovation, technological progress and digitalization. This current innovation drive may lead to unpredictable psychological and social outcomes. Therefore, it is crucial to establish collaborations between engineers, programmers, IT specialists and social scientists during initial phases of any new projects related to development of new technologies or services. Such collaborations may help to avoid mistakes and can support better development of new ideas.

The project is planned as a series of meetings, gathering academics and professionals from the technology sector from Poland and other countries. Each meeting will include two lectures, one delivered by a speaker from Poland and one presented by a guest from another country. The lectures will be followed by panel discussions, where panelists will represent different approaches to innovation and technology.

HumanTech Meetings is a project of SWPS University's Center for Innovation. The aim of the project is to initiate cooperation between the technology sector and social scientists to present different perspectives on phenomena such as Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, algorithms, robotics as well as virtual and augmented reality.
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Lecture 1: Anthropology, Design, and Converging Pathways in the Sciences

The world we inhabit is changing faster than we can comprehend. Not only are we experiencing a time of unbridled technological innovation and the subsequent disruption of established social and cultural norms, but we are also witnessing profound changes to our physical environment. This presentation will explore how the comingling of design and anthropological theory and practice provides an example of disciplinary boundaries that have become more permeable in an effort to meet the complex challenges we face.

Christine Miller

Christine Miller, Ph.D. – educator, researcher, and practitioner working at the intersection of anthropology, design, and business. She completed her Ph.D. at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan in an interdisciplinary doctoral program that allowed her to integrate anthropology, management/organizational studies and business. Her dissertation research - an ethnographic study of process formalization and the relationship between innovation and formalization at a Tier One automotive supplier - focused on the sociocultural and organizational dimensions of innovation processes. Her research interests include socio-technical systems and the ways in which sociality and culture influence the design and diffusion/adoption/adaptation of new products, processes, and technologies. She is also interested in communication and knowledge flows, especially between diverse groups and within collaborative innovation networks (COINs). Currently she is a Co-Principal Investigator on an NSF study of Ethics in STEM research (“A Bottom-Up Approach to Enhancing a Culture of Responsible Research and Practice in STEM”). The goal of this project is to design an alternative to traditional ethics education that incorporates a series of group conversations within STEM labs that allow ethical concerns to emerge, be examined, and articulated in a set of locally crafted guidelines that reflect the ethical culture of the lab.

Lecture 2: HumanTech in practice: Post-graduate program in UX and product design. How to teach innovation through practice

Hubert Anyżewski will share his nine-year experience of teaching UX Design to postgraduate students attending an innovative program offered by SWPS University in three cities. It is the first and currently the most popular study program in the region, focused on the development of technological products. An original curriculum, innovative approach to education and over 60 lecturers are just some of the advantages of the program, which has significantly impacted the market of digital products in Poland.

Hubert Anyżewski

Hubert Anyżewski – Experienced design, technology and innovation Founder and Managing Director. He has built and successfully managed over a dozen companies, including Uselab (acquired by Deloitte CE). He supervised the Experience Design business line for the Central European region for Deloitte Consulting CE and has extensive experience as a VC fund managing partner. A pioneer and international expert in the field of UX & Product Design. One of Google's global Product Design experts (since 2015). Hubert has completed over 500 projects for 45 markets in Europe, the US, Africa, and Asia, winning international awards including the Global Finance award for the Best Digital Banking service in the region (ING Business Online). He founded and was managing the UX Poland conference for 8 years (until 2017), one of the largest UX conferences in Europe. Since 2010, he has built and managed one of the first and largest postgraduate UX Design / Product Design study programs in the region at SWPS University. For several years he has been involved in blockchain projects. He is a speaker at many Polish and international industry conferences.


Kaja Tomczak

Dr. hab. Agnieszka Skala– An adjunct lecturer at the Faculty of Management at Warsaw University of Technology, Agnieszka holds a PhD in Economics. She is a graduate of the Warsaw School of Economics and the Lean LaunchPad Educators Program at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. Her academic work concerns startups and education for technological entrepreneurship. She wrote the monographic study: Startupy – wyzwanie dla zarządzania i edukacji przedsiębiorczości (edu-Libri, 2018), also published in English by Palgrave Macmillan: Digital Startups in Transition Economies (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019). She also co-founded the Innovation Nest Entrepreneurship School (SPIN), which she has been managing since 2011. At Warsaw University of Technology, she runs her own seminar cycle on High Tech Entrepreneurship. She is a member of the Startup Poland Advisory Board as well as since 2015, the coordinator and the author of the research methodology for its annual Polish Startups study.

Kaja Tomczak

Ahmad Piraiee, MBA – B.Sc of hardware engineering, MBA in Strategic administration, MBA in Managerial economics, pursuing Ph.D. in Socioeconomics. Supported the first accelerator in Warsaw (warsaw accelerator), acted as the marketing manager of the oldest accelerator in the World in CEE and established all communication channels at MIT Enterprise Forum CEE, established all communication and strategy at the biggest CVC by PwC, Startup Collider in 23 countries, acted as marketing and communication manager, established all communication channels and strategy at biggest Venture Capital in Poland, powered by mBank, mAccelerator. Holder of a recommendation letter from the Hungarian Ministry of Economy for his contributions to Industry 4.0. Board member of the Committee for Innovation, Technology, and Diversity of the Polish Chamber of Commerce.

Kaja Tomczak

Dr. Konrad Maj (meeting host) – Social psychologist, Head of the HumanTech Meetings project, initiator and Head of the HumanTech Center for Social and Technological Innovations. In his research and teaching he focuses on social influence, media psychology and innovations. Recently, he has been working on a Human-Robot-Interaction (HRI) project. From 2013 to 2016 he held the post of Rector’s Representative for Research, focusing on practical application of research results and social innovations. He visited numerous innovation centers, including the Institute for Social Innovation (ISI) at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA, the ID+ Research Institute for Design, Media and Culture at the University of Averio, Portugal, and Design Factory at Aalto University, in Finland.

Kaja Tomczak

Dr. Max Bielecki (panel moderator) – Psychologist. Assistant professor at the Department of Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience at SWPS University. As a statistician and psychologist, he cooperates with leading research institutions, such as the Medical University of Warsaw, the Institute of Psychology of the Polish Academy of Sciences and Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology. His main research interests include working memory, attention, and eye-tracking studies. He has over ten years of experience in business and R&D consulting. As an expert in behavioral economics, statistics and psychometry, he collaborated with Universal McCann, Maison and Partners, UseLab, and various other companies on projects related to FMCG, finance, insurance and telecommunication.

Date and Location 

Thursday, October 10, 2019, 16:15-18:10

Copernicus Science Center
Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 20
00-390 Warsaw


Coordinator: Ewa Łuczak
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Marketing and PR:
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The HumanTech Meetings project is funded by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, under the “Promotion of Science” funding scheme - contract no. 792/P-DUN/2019.

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