Guest Blog: NPUC and "The Future of Design and Software Development"

The New Paradigms in Using Computers (or NPUC) workshop at IBM's Almaden Research Center is an annual exploration of new cutting edge user experiences for computing devices. It brings together speakers and attendees from academia and industry for a single day of presentations and informal discussions focused on a single topic. This year NPUC will take place on July 9 and focus on "The Future of Design and Software Development."

Software development and design has evolved from an arcane art practiced with exotic, obscure tools into a multi-billion dollar industry based on exotic, obscure tools. With all of the advances that we have made in user interface technology and design processes in general, we should be able to create a better user experience for design and development in particular. At NPUC 2009, innovators from both academia and industry who are working to make the design and software development process more natural, accessible, and social will present their work:

Part of the fun of NPUC is that it attracts world-renowned researchers, passionate people new to the field, and everyone in between. And NPUC doesn't just provide a forum to listen to great talks and engage other attendees in informal conversations; if you have an idea or a demonstration you're eager to share you can submit a proposal to present a poster or a demo of your own work at NPUC. To find out how to attend or how to submit a poster or demo proposal, visit the NPUC '09 home page:

Jeff Pierce & John Barton
NPUC '09 Co-Chairs