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Community meeting/workshop schedule



Every Wednesday at On Tuesdays 2:30 00 PM ET, folks from the IDRC, Fluid community, and others get together to learn and chat about some introductory topics as a form of knowledge sharing. Users who are remote typically join via Vidyothe inclusive design community gathers together to learn and discuss various topics in the form of a workshop or a design critique.

  • Workshops provide the inclusive design community an opportunity for engaging with a broader community to spur our creative processes with topics that may align with our projects, be lateral with, or challenge our ideas by providing alternative perspectives. It also provides the opportunity to make connections with the work of those in the broader community.
  • Design critique (or more informally a "crit") is an opportunity for us to come together as a small group and examine and discuss a creative artifact - a design wireframe, a persona, a newly-implemented UI or software component, etc. These design crits are informal, constructive, specific, and respectful. It's a forum where anyone from the community can bring their designs and receive feedback. For more information, refer to "Design Crits - Additional Information" below.

Note about dates and times: In order to be flexible, occasionally the date and times of the meetings will change. Please note these changes in the Upcoming schedule below.

TBD April 27 

To join the conversation please login to our Vidyo conference in the fluid_standup room. You may need to install the Vidyo app on your computer or portable device before joining.





Links / NotesSEOKatya BovykinaMarch 23 Reserved for OCADU Vision & Mission Project March 30 Case Studies of User Creativity in Computing: Codesign and Convivial Design ToolsColin, Sepideh, and DanaApril 6 Wiki GardeningFluid TeamApril 13 TBD April 20 

join us remotely at this Zoom web conference room.

In-person meetings have been suspended due to closures related to COVID-19.

Creative Commons and Community Conduct

Contributions to community workshops and design crits are done under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. This includes audio and video recordings, notes, and artifacts taken during these meetings.

Community workshops and design crits follow the Fluid and Inclusive Design Community Code of Conduct. Attendees of these meetings are expected to understand and respect the guidance in the Code of Conduct.


Check out the Meetings page for more reoccurring events.

Check out the Collaborate page for more ways to get involved!



Meeting format



TimeLinks / NotesCoordinator
Community Meeting: Ontario Digital ServiceWorkshopSpencer DanielsOctober 6, 20202 - 3:30pm ET
Coding to Learn (part 1)WorkshopSepidehNov. 102 - 3:30pm ET
Coding to Learn (part 2)WorkshopSepidehNov. 242 - 3:30pm ET
Jonathan Hung
GSoC 2020 RetrospectiveWorkshopJustin??????


Workshops from previous years can be seen on the Previous Community Workshop Topics page. Video recordings may not have captions. If you would like to contribute to captioning any of the videos, please reach out to us through the fluid-work mailing list.


Meeting format



TimeLinks / Notes
Community contributor guide for web projectsCritJon, NedSeptember 29, 20202 - 3pm ET


IDRC Website co-design workshopWorkshopCheryl & UttaraSept. 15, 20202 - 3:30pm ET
Community Meeting: Care for the Future (AMC Plenary screening)WorkshopCheryl LiSept. 1, 20202 - 3:30pm ETVideo recording of the Care for the Future AMC Plenary (Youtube)
IDRC WebsiteCritCheryl LiAug. 18, 20202 - 3:30pm ET
Jonathan Hung
GSoC 2020: Controller Input ProjectCritTony Atkins

Aug. 11, 2020

10 - 11am ET

Presentation slides (Google Slides)

Zoom video recording

Zoom chat transcript

Video demo of plugin (Youtube)

Github repo

Accessible Survey toolsWorkshopDavid, Gloria

Aug. 4, 2020

2 - 3:30pm ET

Agenda and notes (Google Doc)

Fable IntroductionWorkshopAbidTuesday May 26 ( 2 - 3pm ET)
Video Recording
DEEP 2020 - brainstormingWorkshopGloria, VeraMay 19


Google Doc


Problems Machine Learning can SolveWorkshopTedApril 1

Video Recording


Google Doc

MyL3WorkshopSepideh, Dana, and PhilipMarch 25

Video Recording

Google Doc

(Floe) Preference Exploration and Self-Assessment (MyL3)

Designing and Programming with MultiplicityWorkshopPhilip TchernavskijMarch 18
Meeting Notes

Skills Development: Remote collaboration strategies

WorkshopJustinMarch 11
Notes (Google Doc)
Assessment ProcessWorkshopLorna LoFebruary 26
Skills Development: Accessible web design, implementation, and validation tools and techniquesWorkshopJon HungFebruary 19



Notes (Google doc)

Making OCAD You - PassportWorkshopIDRCFebruary 12
  • Local only
  • Special time (2 - 3pm)

Discussion about IrisbondWorkshopEduardo JaureguiFebruary 5
Kindle AccessibilityWorkshopJoAnna HuntJanuary 28
Special date and time (10am ET)
Machine Learning: What it can and can't doWorkshop

Ted Thompson

January 22

Meeting Notes


Video Recording

Google Summer of Code 2020 planning & brainstormingWorkshop
January 8
Google Summer of Code 2020 with the Fluid Project

Suggested Future topics



Agile development: planning

Assistive Technology demos from actual usersGuest?
Teacher to talk about education plans (EP)Guest?
Students with learning disabilities to talk about their experiencesGuest?
People working with students on mindfulness and mental healthGuest?
Talk to people who teach children to program
Lighthouse Labs?
Someone from able gamers to talk about how people with various disabilities interact with gamesGuest?
People working with young adults with autismGuest?
Rose? How people engage in social connections and relationshipsGuest?
Empathy Toy

Engage with OCAD students to talk about their projects and/or areas of study. ( MDes and others)Guest?
Introduction on Design Principles
Design TeamIntroduction to ProgrammingAlan
Music TherapyTheresa
Someone who has developed software for older adults


Someone who works with brain sensing tech

Someone to talk about

entrepreneurs ship

entrepreneurship and marketing ( how to reach people to use our software and services e.g. P4A, Outside-in, hack-a-thons, etc.)

Latest A11y models and principles to follow, and language to use ( e.g. things that the MDes students are taught )Jutta?
Accessibility in the Toronto Public LibraryGuest?

Case Studies of User Creativity in Computing (Monthly)

  • Minecraft (led by: Michelle and other
  • Self (led by: Antranig / TBA)
  • Logo (led by: Antranig and Michelle
    • )
    • Sound Shapes ( Shaw Han??? )
    • IFTT (Jon)
    • etc
     Search engine optimization

    Skills Development workshops (Monthly?) Below are some examples of topics that could be covered.

    • Refreshers (e.g. using ARIA)
    • best practices
    • using new features (e.g.
    to help improve searching for our content, websites, and etc.)Guest?
    • new CSS, HTML, JS)
    • new frameworks
    • new tools
    • design techniques
    • etc.

    Offsite Visit: LocationTopicContact
      BluedotDesign practices and considerations STEAMLabs  

    Yura Zenevich

    Underground Hack Lab?

    IDI Partners (e.g. UofT, Ryerson, etc)
     Toronto Rehabilitation Institute



    KidsLearningCode/GirlsLearningCodeTeaching children to program
    Kathryn BarrettCentre for Social InnovationEntrepreneurship and marketingAdil DhallaCognitive Aging Lab (Ryerson)Designing for older adults ( ? )Sara Gallant

    Challenges / Hack Session / WorkshopFacilitator




    Workshops from previous years can be seen on the Previous Community Workshop Topics page.




    Links / Notes

    Discuss about onboarding into the Fluid communityJustinMarch 16Notes
    APCP Self-assessment dashboardJuttaMarch 9 
    IDRC Web Site Design: ( site map )Sepideh, Dana, JonMarch 2Notes
    Case Studies of User Creativity in Computing: Super Mario MakerSimonFebruary 24

    Super Mario Maker: Nintendo's essence, in your hands by Christian Nutt (Gamasutra)

    Moneyball, but for Mario—the data behind Super Mario Maker popularity (Ars Technica)

    Super Mario Maker Bookmark (Nintendo web catalogue of courses)

    Mario Maker Mornings: Part 83 [Don't Underestimate 8-Year-Old Kids]

    IDRC Web Site Design: (next steps, who will do what, goals, and etc.)

    MichelleFebruary 17


    Design Sketches

    Start Focused Fluid Infusion 2.0 release testing.Justin/MichelleFebruary 10

    Test Plans

    Testing Tasks

    Mailing List Thread

    Communication in Open Source Communities: How we can make things betterJustin / MichelleFebruary 3Fluid Project Communication Synchrospetive
    Communication in Open Source CommunitiesJustin / MichelleJanuary 27Fluid Project Communication Synchrospetive
    GSoC 2016 project brainstormingJustinJanuary 20

    Project Ideas - Brainstorming

    GSoC 2016 Projects


    eHealth and Digital Services Innovation in SwedenVivian VimarlundJanuary 13 




    Check out the Meetings page for more reoccurring events.

    Check out the Collaborate page for more ways to get involved!


    Design Crits - Additional Information

    A critique (or more informally a "crit") is an opportunity for us to come together as a small group and examine and discuss a creative artifact - a design wireframe, a persona, a newly-implemented UI or software component, etc.

    These design crits are informal, constructive, specific, and respectful. It's a forum where anyone from the community can bring their designs and receive feedback.

    The idea is to focus on tangibles, not on abstract plans:

    • What have we designed or built?
    • why is it like this, what are its strengths, and how can we make it better?

    Since these meetings are participant driven, there will be occasions when the crit will not meet. Meetings will be announced in the schedule above, and to the relevant mailing lists (i.e. inclusive design community list, and fluid-work).

    Why do Critiques?

    Techniques like UX Walkthroughs, Inclusive Design Mapping Tool ("Petals & Flowers"), or User States and Contexts will help us concretely assess and discuss an artifact from different perspectives. It's based on the idea that creative work gets stronger when it is discussed amongst peers and diverse ideas are considered.

    Crits help us to: 

    • amplify the strengths of a design
    • suggest alternative trajectories
    • reflect on our work through the lenses of different users
    • identify areas of confusion
    • focus on tangible artifacts, not just abstract ideas or goals

    Design crits are intentionally informal and casual

    We try to keep design crits very informal and casual on purpose. This makes it easier for participants to share designs (requiring less time preparing formal presentations), and opens up more time for organic conversations. A formal presentation of your project or design is not required, and we encourage a more conversational approach.

    Presenting at Design Crits

    Design crits are a great opportunity to discuss designs, refine ideas, ask questions, and get feedback. To get the most out of a design crit:

    • Come prepared with specific design issues to share - this will help focus the discussion on the topics that will help you.
    • Try not cover too much or expect to have every question addressed.
    • Design crits are intended to be 1 hour in length to help keep the discussion productive and specific.
    • If needed, another design crit can be scheduled to continue the discussion, or you can take advantage of the Inclusive Design Community mailing list to reach a broader audience.