It's World Usability Day (tomorrow)! (so where are the Ottawa events?)

UPDATE: So, colour me schedule challenged. This post is really for tomorrow, Nov. 10 but went live today, Nov. 9. Well, maybe the early action will encourage locals to throw together a WUD event ;) Thanks to "anonymous" for the flag in the comments.

World Usability Day logo
It's World Usability Day and sadly, there are no official events in Ottawa. With all the govvies in town, the accessibility and usability standards released this year, with all the private firms specializing in usability, hell with 205+ people turning out for UXCamp Ottawa this past weekend... why are there no WUD events being hosted here?

What is WUD?

Here's some info from the official website:
World Usability Day was founded in 2005 as an initiative of the Usability Professionals' Association to ensure that services and products important to human life are easier to access and simpler to use. Each year, on the second Thursday of November, over 200 events are organized in over 43 countries around the world to raise awareness for the general public, and train professionals in the tools and issues central to good usability research, development and practice.

How can I participate?

Since you can't go anywhere in Ottawa for WUD, why not follow WUD discussions on the Twitter (@UPA_WUD), the WUD hashtags (#WUD and #WUD2011) and engage in UX discussions with the folks on #UX.

A little usability inspiration

While we might sometimes forget that usability has to do with more than the web, I selected a video from Seth Godin that reminds us that usability impacts everything. And that everything is broken. Go forth and discuss.


(Source: @Corneliux on Twitter)