[Video] Judith Fehse: Social Meets Local

Judith Fehse will present the challenges in designing mobile social interactions and will showcase her master’s project, a smartphone application that brings local communities together.
In our digitized everyday lives, are bulletin boards, free local newspapers and advertising pillars still suitable for sharing things and encountering people? In her MA project in Interaction Design at the Zurich University of the Arts, Judith pursues research in order to combine location-aware smartphones with playful experiences. The result of her work, based on user-centered inquires, is a service for smartphones that stimulates the exchange of skills and goods. It allows people to explore their neighborhood and to engage with strangers in novel and surprising ways.

Judith Fehse is a passionate interaction designer who is fascinated by the impact technology has on society and people. Through design research and strategic thinking, she always wants understand how people act, how technology works and then designs new tools that support people’s live and shape their behavior. Currently she is working on her master’s thesis at Zurich University of the Arts specializing in Interaction Design and conducting design research in the mobile social media space. She holds a German diploma in „International Business Information Technology“ from the University of Cooperative Education in Mannheim, Germany. During and after her diploma studies, she worked within different design teams at SAP AG in Walldorf, Germany and Palo Alto, California, USA, where she applied design methods to help invent SAP’s next-generation products.