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Make Data Work
Sept 29–Oct 1, 2015 • New York, NY

Designing happiness with data

Pamela Pavliscak (SoundingBox)
4:35pm–5:15pm Thursday, 10/01/2015
Design, User Experience, & Visualization
Location: 3D 03/10 Level: Non-technical
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Happiness is part of the zeitgeist. Every month there seems to be a new book about happiness coming out, from the bestselling The Happiness Project to Happy City to Hardwiring Happiness. There is Pharrell’s “Happy,” #100HappyDays, and apps like Happify and Happier.

Yet so much of the news about technology tells us that the internet makes us anxious, our smartphones take us out of the present moment, and social media ensnares us in a dopamine loop. If you give a cursory look at what makes people happy, rarely is an app or a website in the mix. Happiness, it seems, is not a screen.

Can happiness and technology co-exist? The answer may just be in the data. Based on a combination of big data analysis and small-scale studies, this session will look at what we can learn about happiness online and the implications for designing technology.

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Pamela Pavliscak


Pamela Pavliscak (pronounced pav-li-check) is the CEO of SoundingBox, where she advises designers, developers, and decision makers on how to create technologies with emotional intelligence. Pamela is also on the faculty at Pratt Institute’s School of Information and is leading an effort for IEEE Standards for ethics and artificial intelligence. Pamela explores our conflicted and emotional relationship with technology and often speaks on creativity in the digital age, generation Z, and emotion and technology, most recently at SXSW and Collision.