12/9: Making your own cheese Tickets
Dec 9 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
12/9: Making your own cheese

Making your own cheese is fun and easy. In collaboration with 30 days of Innovation, please join us from 12pm-1pm at the University Center 1st floor Atrium to explore the process involved in making soft cheese from scratch using common household ingredients. We will discuss the importance of sanitation, tips for flavoring your homemade cheese, and what resources are available to further your knowledge. For more information please contact Campus Dining at 406 243-6325.

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12/10: Demystifying Sous-Vide Cooking Tickets
Dec 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
12/10: Demystifying Sous-Vide Cooking

Sous-vide (/su??vi?d/; French for ‘under vacuum’) is cooking technique that many people don’t understand and think it’s too difficult to try. As part of 30 days of Innovation, Patrick Browne, former UM Executive Chef, will demonstrate and demystify this technique, showing how easy and useful it is. He will demonstrate and explain how it can simplify meal preparation while giving you better results than traditional methods. Learn and taste for yourself how to prepare things like smoked pork ribs, the perfect steak, and flavored dulce de leche. For more information please contact Campus Dining at 406 243-6325.

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12/11: A Beginner’s Guide to Practical Design & Usability Tickets
Dec 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

As part of 30 Days of Innovation, we welcome software engineer Stephen Sisk to share his experience leading design teams. SIsk currently works for Google, previously for Microsoft.
While many introductions to design are based in the idea that you have infinite time to design a perfect product – this workshop will discuss a more practical approach based on a non-designer’s experience building software on tight deadlines with few resources and high expectations.

We will discuss an engineer’s view of:

1. Improving your product during the planning phase by using design principles

2. Ensuring your product can be used successfully by customers by doing lightweight usability testing.

3. Approaches to common hard problems like “My customers hate it every time I change the product”

We will then collaborate as a group to design a usability test for a real piece of software – if you have one, feel free to bring a design problem you’d like to test. And while all of this is based on experience in the software industry, but is more broadly applicable to any design problem!

Stephen enjoys leading teams to build usable software. He has 15 years of experience in the software industry working at Google, Microsoft and various startups, and has worked on consumer and enterprise products used by millions of people.

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12/12: UM Staff Ambassadors Tickets
Dec 12 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Office of Research and Creative Scholarship is hosting the UM’s Staff Ambassadors on December 12 as part of 30 days of Innovation.  The goal of the day is for the Staff Ambassadors—a group of ~25 UM staff members from across campus—to learn about the breadth of UM research and creative scholarship and to be able to share what they learn with colleagues and the public.

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12/13: The Design Way with Harold Nelson Tickets
Dec 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Join us for the final event of 30 Days of Innovation when the Innovation Factory welcomes Harold Nelson, Friday December 13, 12-1pm. A catered lunch, desert and coffee provided. Free and open to the public.

Design is a term growing in frequency of use in public and private discourse for good reasons although the term is used to designate a diversity of activities that may or may not have anything in common with one another. Students, academics and the public are asking with some insistence; “what the hell is design?” This presentation will initiate a conversation that begins to answer that question.

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