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UX Events

Tools for wireframing, prototyping, user research and test, creating diagrams, measuring user engagement and other activities from the UX Design universe.

A great way of learning more about User Experience and getting in touch with professionals who share the same passion as you is to attend UX Conferences and Events that happen annually around the globe.

The events listed below are the ones we have been to or we would like to attend in the near future. Make sure you charge your smartphone, bring some business cards in your pocket and consider including one of these events before or after your next trip.

Our global events wishlist:


IA Summit

Focused on Information Architecture • 20 to 90 minutes sessions, besides the workshops • Big names like Morville, Dan Brown, but open to any submission
✈ Location: US (city may vary)


Interaction

Interaction Design Association (IxDA) initiative • Broader theme about design and tools • For students, professionals and design community
✈ Location: not fixed, world wide


UX Week

Four days of community, inspiration and skill building for professionals • Straightforward themes and schedule • Big companies and cases
✈ Location: San Francisco, CA


User Interface Conference

Design inside the business • For designers and managers of the industry • ⅔ of workshops, ⅓ of talks
✈ Location: Boston, MA


An Event Apart

Several events during the year, pick the best date and place for you • Intensely educational two-day learning session • For designers, developers, writers, managers
✈ Location: US (city may vary)


Interact

Every two years since 1984 • Academic topics on HCI • Supported by the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP)
✈ Location: Worldwide (2013 was in Africa)


UX Lisbon

"The biggest European event for UX professionals" • Great speakers (like Luke Wroblewski) in past editions • Workshops on research, design and strategy
✈ Location: Lisbon, Portugal


UX London

3 days of inspiration, education and skill development for UX designers • A specific topic each day • Awesome venue
✈ Location: London, England


European IA Conference

Workshops and talks • Broad range of topics, from academy to cases • Focused on (but not only) Information Architecture
✈ Location: Europe


UX Sofia

UX design and usability conference • Workshops and seminars • Tour around Bulgaria
✈ Location: Sofia, Bulgaria


NordiCHI

Every other year in a Nordic country • Papers, demos and a Doctoral Consortium • Competition for Students
✈ Location: Nordic Countries (Europe)


UX Australia

Conference and hands-on workshop • Many speakers from the Australian community • Big names like Dan Saffer and Donna Spencer
✈ Location: Melbourne, Australia


Interaction South America

The South American edition of Interaction, with worldwide speakers • Workshops, papers and cases • All lectures in English, Portuguese (or Spanish) and Sign language
✈ Location: South America (country may vary)


World IA Day

Simultaneous events in different cities across the globe • Each edition focuses on a specific theme in Information Architecture • Brought to you by The Information Architecture Institute
✈ Location: Everywhere


World Usabiity Day

Worldwide event with a local touch • Simultaneous events in different cities across the globe • Each edition is focused on a theme in Usability (2013 - Healthcare)
✈ Location: Everywhere


UX Conference

Conference on User Experience design • Hints, thoughts and discussions on business and design • In Europe
✈ Location: Lugano, Switzerland (last two editions)


UX Mad

Inspiration is the tone • Different faces and themes • Fair price and good perks
✈ Location: Madison, WI


UX Strat

Focused on the strategic side of UX • More about customer experience, less about design and interface (which is great) • Recently-created event, first edition in 2013
✈ Location: Atlanta, GA, US


UX Fest

One day only • Sessions divided in 3 main categories: Design & Behavior, Business & Branding, Development & Optimization • Product demos included
✈ Location: Boston, MA, US


Convey UX

Trends in UX • Great speakers • And you get to visit the Experience Music Project in Seattle
✈ Location: Seattle, US, WA


Lean UX NYC

Lean, lean, lean • 3 days of UX, MVP, kanban, design thinking and business • 20-minute talks and workshops
✈ Location: New York, NY, US


Delight Conf

One day of talks, one day of workshops • Big names from big companies (and startups too) • "For brands and professionals who care about making experiences people love"
✈ Location: Portland, OR, US


Push Conference

Coders and UXers, unite! • Speakers from different backgrounds and expertise • Multiple inspirational themes
✈ Location: Munich, Germany


Blend Conference

Only face-to-face conversations: no device allowed and no wifi :) • Diversity of themes, speakers and public • Organized by the local community
✈ Location: Charlotte, NC, US

Events about creativity and technology:


SXSW Interactive

More than a week of music, film and creativity in one single event • Keynotes, workshops and showcases about cutting-edges technologies and ideas • UXers: keep updated on trends for the year
✈ Location: Austin, TX, US


99u

Two days of talks from creative visionaries • Focused on idea execution rather than idea generation • UXers: if you dream big, listen from successful people how to become one by doing it
✈ Location: New York, NY, US


Emerge Conference

Two days of conference about world's challenges and transformational change • For university students and young professionals • UXers: for the young designers who are willing to change the world
✈ Location: Oxford, UK


Pivot

A gathering of leaders and thinkers of the social business • 2 days and more than 50 sessions of "the most deeply interactive conference ever" • UXers: social business is, in the end, all about user experience
✈ Location: New York, NY, US


Smashing Conf

2 days of talks and workshops on how designers and coders "work and play" • topics from atomic design to career insights • UXers: challenges at work that we share with our fellows designers and coders
✈ Location: Freiburg, DE


MIT - Internet of Things

Papers, demos and workshops about the new frontiers of the Internet • Cutting-edge researches aiming to change the interaction between humans and objects • UXers: learn about upcoming challenges for designing interaction beyond mobile-tablet-browser
✈ Location: Cambridge, MA, US


dConstruct

Two days of workshops + one day of conference about the intersection between technology and culture • Talks from designers, musicians, researchers, comedians • UXers: inspiring (and unusual) talks for those who create digital products
✈ Location: Brighton, UK


Cyberworlds

International conference about cyberworlds (virtual worlds, telepresence and e-life) • Speakers from universities and companies around the world • UXers: understanding the basis of virtual worlds
✈ Location: Yokohama, JP


Service Design Conference

2 days of conference for students and professionals • International speakers and cases • UXers: for those who want to design user experiences holistically
✈ Location: World Wide (country may vary)


OFFF

International design festival • Space to exchange products, projects and ideas • UXers: for those who are interested in visual design and art
✈ Location: Barcelona, New York or Paris (may vary)


The Feast

A conference about innovation to solve the world's challenges with big names and big ambition • Talks, workshops, hands-on activities and a global dinner party • UXers: you can join the proposed challenges without leaving your hometown
✈ Location: New York, NY, US - dinner: worlwide


Future of Web Design

Workshops and 2 stages of talks about the hot topics in web design • Big names from the industry • UXers: keep on track with web design and learn some new html and css tricks
✈ Location: New York, NY, Us (city may vary)

Get together with local UX groups:

IxDA

IxDA intends to improve the human condition by advancing the discipline of Interaction Design. IxDA has multiple groups around the globe that organize local events and leverage local knowledge sharing.

UXPA


The User Experience Professionals Association supports people who research, design, and evaluate the user experience of products and services.

Meetup

A great hub to search for local UX events around your area, or even to create your own. Plenty of UX groups that meet regularly in major cities around the world.

UX Book Club

The UX Book Club seeks to enhance the abilities and knowledge of user experience professionals, while building a passionate local community. 100+ local book clubs in many different cities.

Follow up on new events in your area:

The links below are updated regularly and display local UX events filtered by city, topic, price and other criteria. Great tool for searching for events in a specific location and date. Make sure you save these links on your bookmarks too :)


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This list was created by Fabricio Teixeira and Caio Braga, and illustrated
by Bruno Oyama. This is a personal list and has no intention to be exhaustive in any sense. The bear that appears on the drawings is a reference to the polar bear book - one of the most remarkable pieces in the recent Information Architecture literature.

We hope you find it helpful.