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UX design, mobile phones and saving eyesight

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Peek makes tools for professional eye examinations from smartphones. It uses hardware (a lens adaptor) and mobile apps to allow you to see the back of the eye, do general eyesight tests and more. It’s designed for healthcare workers to use in the remotest regions. As a social enterprise, their goal is to bring high quality eye care to some of the poorest regions in the world, to help prevent avoidable blindness.

Kate Tarling will tell the story about how Peek got started and what it’s really like to do user research and design for medical devices in a small startup team where your users are in some of the most inaccessible parts of the world.


With 14 years’ experience working with start-ups, in Government and with large organisation such as American Express, Three and PartyGaming, Kate’s areas of expertise include user research, interaction design and prototyping. She specialises in the design of browser-based and native applications and more recently on handheld devices. With a background in Human Computer Interaction, she’s the author of published academic work. She’s loved the internet since 1996 when she got mistaken for being a web developer and given a summer job that in fact taught her to code.

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