GGD#53 ‘Body as Interface’ and ‘Interpreting the body’

Our July Girl Geek Dinner is hosted by Scott Logic 

Wednesday July 20th

In July Tamara Chehayeb Makarem will be presenting on, ‘Body as Interface’, exploring that notion in user interactions. Jennifer Gaudion will be presenting on ‘Interpreting the Body’ examining the ways we can interpret data from the body.”


TamaraChehayebMakarem-PhotoTamara Chehayeb Makarem is a User Experience Designer at Scott Logic. Before moving to London, she worked in New York where she designed cross-platform mobile applications for clients such as Microsoft, MDLIVE, and Songza.

At the Bristol Girl Geek Dinner, Tamara will be presenting her talk ‘Body as Interface’, exploring that notion in user interactions.

Tamara came up with the notion of using the Body as an interface while analyzing the work of artists in the field of Design and Technology and creating her interactive art installations. While people usually associate interfaces with devices or applications, Tamara suggests that the body itself is an interface.

In her talk, Tamara will expand on her idea of “Body as Interface” and link it to the body senses to show how it can allow us to create alternative experiences for users. She will explore the plausibility of the use of the body as an Interface and how it might have practical effect using examples in art installations, wearable technology and day-to-day interactions.

Tamara believes that there are two categories in which the body is used as an interface: the first one is within a controlled environment. The second one is when the device becomes part of the body. She believes that by viewing the body as an interface, we can stop designing interfaces and start designing experiences. She has recently published a blog post articulating her view


SL-B-31Jenny Gaudion will be presenting her talk “Interpreting the Body” examining the ways we can interpret data from the body. Jenny is a Software Developer for Scott Logic and helps find solutions to real-life problems using software. Having got into computing from a degree in Maths and a love of puzzles she thinks that interpreting the body presents an exciting challenge and is looking forward to innovations in this area making it feel like we are living in the future.

After the presentation and any questions we will open the floor up for a discussion,  if anyone feels like they would like to bring along any ppt’s or links that they want to share for discussion then please bring it along on a USB or mail the team with info and we can share this during the discussion period. Don’t forget – you don’t have to work in the industry or be a geek, this is a group for anyone with an interest in the subject!

Please sign up on our meetup page here MEETUP

Do come along for pre-presentation mingling as we will be there from 6.30pm. As always, we welcome men to our group, but to keep our audience predominantly female, we ask that all men are accompanied by a woman (just add a +1 on the meetup).


Scott Logic, 25 King Street, Bristol, BS1 4PB map


Wednesday 20th  July 6.30/7  – 9pm