UXPA UK events aim to bring together all those with an interest in User Centred Design, Usability, User Experience, Accessibility and Human Factors. Human-centred design is at the heart of what we all do. You may be currently working in the field or a related discipline, looking to move into the area or are generally interested in the subject matter. We have events that are for more senior practitioners and those that appeal to a wide spread of experience levels. Whatever your situation, our events offer an informal and fun way to learn, meet peers and network with the community and possibly even find a job, find a staff member or even find a new client.
Our next event
- 18th September 2014 – Wearable technology curated by Heidi (@heidikawai) and Jack (@imJackH )
- 16th October 2014 – Lean UX curated by Simon (@whatterz) and Monica (@londrareale)
- TBA October 2014 – Workshops
- 14th November 2014 – World Usability Day curated by Kristine (@KristineKarlsen)
- 4/11th December 2014 – Christmas Drinks
What is the format?
For our regular monthly meetings, we generally host events on the third Thursday of every month. We also hold an annual careers event, World Usability Day (WUD) event and a couple of other social events throughout the year including a summer pub quiz and Christmas Drinks. Our regular monthly events feature a speaker or speakers talking about the theme. The actual format of the evening varies according to the topic and organiser. Past event formats include a multi-speaker Pecha Kucha night, workshops and panel discussions as well as the more common multi-speaker event. We always provide snacks and drinks as well as time before and after the event to socialise, network and meet new people. We typically open the doors at 6.30pm, start the programme at 7.00pm and finish the evening around 9.30pm. Many of our main monthly events are held at SapientNitro and we would like to extend our thanks to the team there for their continued hosting and support of the events.
What do people talk about?
As the field of User-Centred Design is ever-evolving and is made up of several complimentary disciplines, our talks reflect that. They cover User Research, Interaction Design, Web Development, Cognitive Psychology, Behavioural Psychology, Ergonomics, Product Design, Visual Design, Economics & Emergent markets. We welcome talks on everything from usability studies to HTML5 integration, from web and mobile to information displays and interactive exhibits. Past themes include social change, inclusive design, label placement in forms and usability at Google. Our speakers and attendees vary widely with some with an interest in research and development in academia and many others with commercial experience in delivering solutions to market, so we hope there is something for everyone.
How much does it cost?
Our regular monthly events are always free for UXPA members. Non-members pay £10 and student non-members pay £5 to help cover costs of the venue and catering and publicity. Some events are free for everyone such as the World Usability Day, Annual Careers Event, Summer Pub Quiz and Christmas Drinks. The UXPA UK is not-for-profit and does not receive any of the membership fees from UXPA International, so we rely on door takings and sponsorship to be able to fund events and administration costs.
I’m interested in being a speaker, what do I do?
We are always interested in hearing from potential speakers. If you would like to suggest a a topic for an event or take part in something we have planned, get in touch with Kristine, our Events Coordinator – email@example.com or the organiser of the specific event you are interested in.
Outside of London
The majority of our events are held in London. But we haven’t forgotten our members and friends outside of London. To help involve our non-London based members and supporters wherever possible we do publish video of the event on Vimeo, tweets on Twitter, photos on Flickr, slides on Slideshare and welcome anyone wanting to write a blog for the event. Search for UKUXPA or UXPA UK. We also try to publicise the theme and dates for future events a few months in advance so if you see one you really want to attend you can make travel arrangements in advance.
We are always interested in hearing from potential sponsors who can help support us fund our events – so please get in touch with Dave Grayson our vice president (firstname.lastname@example.org) who looks after sponsorship to find out more about the packages we offer or check out our sponsorship pages.