Refresh Pittsburgh

A community of web designers & developers working to refresh the web design industry in Pittsburgh.

Next Meetup:

March 16 / 6:30pm

Left Field Meeting Space

“Enabling Collaboration”

Ben Callahan

“Let’s Work Together”

Brad Frost


December 2017 Meetup!

It’s time for our December, Meetup!

Please join us on Tuesday, December 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Stack (5740 Baum Blvd. 3rd Floor Pittsburgh PA, 15206)!

Street parking near Stack is available, and the East Busway is nearby.

As always, this is a free event, but all attendees must RSVP so we can get an accurate headcount for the night.  Just follow this link and let us know you are coming!

Afterward, we’ll head over to the Sharp Edge Beer Emporium to hang out, grab some drinks and food, and talk shop (as we always do). The Sharp Edge is just one block away from Stack, and is within walking distance.

This month we’re focusing on conversational apps with Chris Maury, founder of Conversant Labs.

“Creating Conversational Apps: how to design, develop, and manage voice-based applications”

The increasing diversity of products being designed, created and managed by product teams requires a broader set of skills to successfully bring these products and features to market. The heuristics we have developed in managing web and mobile applications don’t translate to the world of conversational applications, yet the knowledge of best practices exists. Who knows better than a blind person, the requirements for a voice based interface? In this talk we’ll explore the process of building and managing conversational applications: The design process, choosing the right technology, and how to integrate them into a data driven product release cycle.

Chris Maury has over 6 years of experience in designing and developing mobile and web based applications. He is the founder of Conversant Labs which develops conversational technology, including audio-based smartphone interfaces, for blind and visually impaired consumers. Conversant Labs has been recognized for their work in accessible technology, winning the 2015 UpPrize Social Impact award from the Forbes Foundation and the Bank of New York Mellon. Chris sits on the advisory boards for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Disability Resource Center as well as the Andy Warhol Museum’s Accessibility Initiative where he has helped them to design and create accessible mobile applications that perform for both the disabled and general populations. He is also the co-organizer of the Pittsburgh Accessibility meetup with over 250 members, focusing on the promotion of awareness and innovation in the field of Accessibility. Events feature leaders in Accessibility, include workshops for solving specific challenges for the disabled and resources to help support new ideas in accessible design.