Bring your community to the global stage in 2022

We are a non-profit of communities, built for the communities. Our goal is to provide a global stage for grassroots UX communities, and to showcase UX stories from the field through them. Because we’ve all seen the shiny, the perfect, the ideal – but we rarely get to see the real and the different. From Malaysia to the US, from Switzerland to New Zealand, from Japan to Belarus, we want to show the world not just the global successes, but also the local peculiarities, struggles, and golden nuggets.

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2021 Themes

Local peculiarities

The local qwirks, cultural aspects, user mindsets, or usage characteristics, that the world may not know anything about. Example topics could be: Cultural perspectives of design; The local web – peculiarities in UX based on local business, culture, language; Design leadership in the developing world; etc.

Non-stop learning

Never-ending learning is the hallmark of our practice. How do you make this happen? Example topic may include: Challenges absolved – case studies of a formidable problem that your team overcame; Academic research; Methods for continuous education within a design team; Fuck-up hours – how we failed and what we learned from it; etc.

Community

We are more than the sum of our parts. What did you achieve with a community of users, or as a community of designers? Topic thought-starters: Perspectives and achievements of local design communities; Academia vs. Industry – knowledge transfer or parallel worlds?; Ethical Design & Inclusion; etc.

Design management & operations

We are not machines, but we still need to function well-oiled. How is design fitted into an organization, and how is smooth functioning achieved? Topics could be, but are not limited to: Operations – making design efficient and effective; Fundamentals of UX measurement & reporting; Metrics and UX strategy; etc.

Business & Design

Fields are converging, and there is more connecting business and UX than what sets them apart. How do we make the most of this situation? You may want to talk about: Business success & UX Maturity; Incorporating UX into agile / SAFe operations; Business and design – arguments for and against integration.

+1: Workshops

Maybe you don’t just want to bring a presentation, you want to teach a skill? Or want to do both? Perfect! We are planning to run workshops in parallel with the main event. Participation in these will be limited, and charging for this type of content can be discussed. The topic should be hands-on, and relevant for designers. For example: Qualitative data tagging in UX research; Futurecasting in practice; Interactive hands-on session on a tool or technique; etc.

Submit your application for 2022

Our 2020 event

Remember 2020? It wasn’t the year we were expecting. But there were a few highlights, like when 20 local communities came together and entertained 7000 registrants on June 10th. Take a look back at our 2020 story, or our 2020 videos. We are keeping what worked and adding some more awesomeness.

What worked

  • You as community organizer get to pick your topic and speaker
  • The stage is yours for the duration of your timeslot
  • Freedom of format – roundtable discussion, presentation or fireside chat? Up to you! 
  • A breakout-room will be available after your event, to allow for direct interaction with the audience
  • Featuring a community comes at no cost to you

What we are improving

  • More structure – we have identified a few key themes – your topic should fit into one of these
  • Different time-slots: 30 minutes or 60 minutes – your choice
  • Option for workshops – if you need more interaction, and more time
  • More pre-event communication – featured social posts of your community, topic and speaker

Wonderful teams we have worked with

Who we are

So who’s behind this initiative? People like you – practitioners –  who in their spare time have been running their own communities, organizing live events in their respective cities, while live events were still possible. We cover 6 continents, and most of us have only ever met online.

Peter Horvath
Dr. Idyawati Hussein
Jesse Anton
Estefania Olmos
Keith Instone
Gathigia Njiiri
Johannes Lehner
Hans Barroga