MWUX 2014 Call for Cities

Erik Dahl recently announced the Call for Cities for the Midwest UX 2014 conference.

If you are not familiar with the conference, 2014 will be the 4th year (April 2011 Columbus, May/June 2012 Columbus, October 2013 Grand Rapids).

I would agree with Erik: it is a must-attend User Experience event for people in the Midwest. It also draws from outside the Midwest: people from the coasts have commented they like the “vibe” here, not what they expected from flyover country.

We submitted a MWUX 2103 proposal for the Toledo region (PDF). We were not expecting to win, but it was useful to throw together a proposal. Inspired by not finishing last in 2013, I’d like to try again for 2014.

It will be hard to compete with the larger cities in the Midwest, so we will have to be “creative”. Our base of user experience professionals who live and work in the Toledo region pales to the numbers in cities like Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, Cleveland, Cincinnati, but we do have a good location between all of them. We do not have established IxDA or UXPA local chapters, but we have AIGA Toledo, which regularly out-performs larger AIGA chapters. UX-related meet-ups are sprouting. The sponsorship and attendee support for the May 29 Rosenfeld Summit was amazing.

So, I am willing to do some work to create a proposal. Who wants to join me? Contact me. I will also be contacting lots of people directly. We have a month: submissions are due July August 31st.

Here are the key criteria to start thinking about:

    • A core group of organizers and producers
    • A location that is convenient for attendees from the Midwest
    • Venues capable of seating 450 people theatre-style; 2-3 smaller rooms capable of seating 200 people each; and 3-6 rooms suitable for small sessions and workshops
    • A selection of hotels near to the conference venue(s) at various prices and quality
    • A plan for providing Internet access (wi-fi)
    • Catering services at the venue(s)
    • Potential venues for conference social events and receptions
    • A strong and vibrant local design community
    • A summary of the process by which the submission was created