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Upcoming UX Events

Happy New Year (belatedly)! Now that it is February and spring is around the corner, various user experience events are popping up. From today’s email newsletter.

Saturday 2/18 is World Information Architecture Day and several of us are planning to drive to Ann Arbor together for a day of talks about careers, data, innovation, design rules, and more. Register for a FREE ticket and RSVP with the Toledo Web Professionals to be a part of the caravan from Toledo (meeting at the Sylvania Kroger at 7:30am).

Some of you may be interested in doing UX work on Lake Erie innovation projects. Check out ErieHack: first Toledo information session is Wednesday 2/15! Toledo’s hackathon is in March, $100k in prizes awarded in May.

Online, the Experience Design/Agile UX group has been doing regular Google Hangouts for each chapter in the “Lean UX” book. You can still join them for the last two chapters on 2/19 and 3/1.

There is a Design Thinking workshop in Columbus on 2/20. On Tuesday 2/28, Detroit UX is hosting a meetup about voice user interfaces at Grand Circus in downtown Detroit.

Ignite UX Michigan is another event that we regularly carpool to Ann Arbor to enjoy. March 14th is the next evening of 5-minute talks in a nightclub setting. Save the date! Tech Toledo is helping organize it.

March 20th is the next big UX event in the region: an Unconference at Hanson (rescheduled from November). Bring your interesting UX topics or nagging UX challenges to the unconference to discuss with colleagues in small groups.

The next Rosenfeld Media virtual conference will be April 25th. I plan to host another local conference in conjunction with it, but have not started looking into venues, hosts or sponsors. Ideas welcome! The theme this time:

  • Wearables, VR, self-driving cars, the Internet of Things: every invention needs an intuitive, humane user experience to make them work. Easier said than done, right?
  • Let’s tackle rapid change by learning together. Our next virtual conference (tentatively called “To Be Designed: What’s Next for UX”) aims to help you succeed at designing what’s next in your world.

You can give input to the global program by completing a survey (before 2/22) to suggest topics and speakers.

Finally, looking ahead to the fall, the Midwest UX conference is returning to Ohio. After stops in Louisville & Pittsburgh, it is back to a few hours drive from Toledo: Cincinnati, October 12-14, 2017. MWUX is a top-notch UX conference! High-quality conferences like this are more common on the coasts, but MWUX is better, in my opinion, because of the midwest vibe to the program and the whole conference.

Save the dates and start planning your trip. Buy your ticket now, since it will likely sell out. Speaker submission is open until 4/16. Contact me if your company wants to sponsor.

Logistics for URFE attendees

The 5th User Experience Toledo Region conference  (“User Research for Everyone”) is Tuesday, October 11th. If you have not registered yet:

If you have already purchased a ticket, below are some details you need to be aware of. This information is being emailed to everyone who has registered.

Getting there

King Road entranceThe conference will be at the brand new King Road Branch Library, 3900 King Road, Toledo, OH 43617. The library is near Sylvania Southview High School, at the corner of King Road and Sylvania Avenue, across from Kroger.

The library opens at 9am, so please try to arrive around then. Parking is free. If you get there a little early, you can wait at tables outside the library entrance.

There is a LOT of construction at the highway exits near the library (I-475/US-23 and Central Avenue) so give yourself extra time to get there in the morning. Some ramps will be closed!

  • If you are traveling from the north, such as US-23 from Ann Arbor, take Exit 13 for Central Avenue. Go west on Central past Meijer and then north on King Road.
  • If you are coming in from the east, such as I-475 west from downtown Toledo, you can also take Exit 13 for Central Avenue. You could also get off at the Talmadge Road exit and go west on Sylvania Avenue.
  • If you are coming from the south (such as Maumee, Perrysburg or Bowling Green), THE I-475/US-23 EXIT FOR CENTRAL AVENUE WILL BE CLOSED. I recommend you avoid the highway and get to the library on surface streets. Options include: Reynolds (US-20), Holland-Sylvania, McCord, or King Road (via Angola).

Food and drinks

Schedule

  • Introductions will start around 9:30am and the first speaker is at 10am.
  • The general schedule for the day is a 45 minute remote speaker, then a 15 minute break, repeated 7 times.
  • We will start lunch whenever the food arrives: there is no “lunch break” in the program.
  • Toledo Matters Podcast will be there in the morning, doing some interviews. You will be encouraged to tour the library during breaks.
  • The last talk is scheduled to end at 4:45, so we will be done by 5pm.

Technology

  • Bring your laptop and charger so you can multi-task during the day: check email, get some work done, etc.
  • We have reserved a conference room where you can go to take a phone call or work with fewer distractions, if needed.

See you on Tuesday!

Keith

Call for Sponsors: User Research, Oct 11

We need sponsors to help us put on the 5th User Experience Toledo Region conference featuring Rosenfeld Media virtual speakers.

The date of the conference is October 11th, 2016 and the topic is User Research for Everyone.

See the Conference page for additional information.

To make this User Experience Toledo Region conference happen, we need sponsors! Sponsors help pay for the content, food, and other expenses. In return, sponsors get:

  • Recognized in all marketing materials and thanked by the community.
  • The chance to buy tickets for employees, clients, members or guests, at a 50% discount.
  • Part of the announcements at the conference, so attendees can find you easily to talk about job opportunities, your services, and other things one-on-one during the event.

As usual, normal sponsorship is only $100. We want to make it easy for companies to show their support.

In the past, a few companies have wanted to donate more, so we have added a premier sponsorship level of $500 for this year. A premier sponsor gets to address the crowd at the conference (if they want), get 5 free tickets, and a discount code for more tickets.

Contact Keith Instone (instone at user-experience dot org) if you are interested in being a sponsor so we can work out the details. Payments will be make to Tech Toledo, LLC by check, PayPal, or credit card. Sponsorships can also be paid via Eventbrite (with a credit card): you can pay for the sponsorship now and get tickets later, or wait and pay for both at the same time later.

Also, we welcome many forms of community supporters: groups who promote the conference to their members and get something back in return. Contact Keith so we can work out a win-win.

Oct 11: Next UXTR conference

Save the date – October 11 – for the next User Experience Toledo Region conference featuring remote speakers from Rosenfeld Media.

The theme is “User Research for Everyone”. Learn more about the program at userresearchforeveryone.com.

As usual, we will purchase a “group ticket”, book an interesting venue, and provide food, all to create a local professional development experience you will enjoy. We will have a call for sponsors soon and start selling tickets in September. Full details will be posted on the conference page.

If you have not attended one of these before, check out the concept and examples from earlier in 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013.

Logistics for UX conference attendees

The 4th User Experience Toledo Region conference is Wednesday, February 3rd. If you have not registered yet, check out:

If you have already registered, there are some details you should be aware of. This information is also being emailed to everyone who has registered.

Getting there and parking

  • Use 2445 Monroe Street, Toledo, OH as the address to get to the Toledo Museum of Art. Park in Lot #1 and enter thru the Grove Place entrance (the normal parking lot and normal entrance for the main museum). See the map below if you are not sure.
  • Plan to arrive between 8:30am and 9:00am. The museum will not be open yet, so a guard will greet you at the museum entrance and show you where the Green Room is.
  • You will get a parking pass so that when you leave later in the day, you will not need to pay.
  • You do not need to bring a copy of your Eventbrite ticket. “Check in” by finding your badge on the table at the Green Room entrance.

Food

  • Breakfast is included with your ticket, thanks to Owens Corning. The Continental Breakfast includes fruit, muffins, croissants, scones, coffee, tea and juice.
  • Lunch is also included. You will get to choose from a Smoke Peppercorn Turkey Club (Apple wood bacon, lettuce, tomato, Fontina cheese, with peppercorn aioli basil on Cheese focaccia), Italian Trio (Ham, Genoa, Salami, and Prosciutto with spicy Gardiniera, lettuce, tomato, provolone cheese, and garlic aioli) in a spinach wrap, and a Fresh Market salad (Mixed field greens, wheat berry croutons, grapes, feta, and candied pecans with a caramelized vinaigrette).
  • If you have special dietary needs, contact me so I can place a special order for you.

Technology

  • Bring a laptop computer and power supply if you want to multi-task during the conference. Many people follow the Twitter stream for the conference to get more out of the event. Most people check email and get work done.
  • If you need to take a phone call or use a quiet space to get something done, the Yellow Room is nearby and will be available.

That’s about it! Not everyone will be there the whole day. Some are coming just for the introductions at 9am, then they have to go to other things. Others are popping in for the afternoon sessions. That is OK. Check out the program schedule to help you plan your day with us.

Keith

 


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It will be as easy as A-B-C to get to the 4th UX conference!

 

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The Grove Place entrance

 

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Find your way to the Green Room, on the ground floor of museum, down the hall past the bathrooms and off to the right

 

 

Ticket and Sponsor news, UXTR conference

Tickets are still on sale for the 4th User Experience Toledo Region conference, February 3, at the Toledo Museum of Art. Enjoy a day of expert remote speakers, presenting on Product Management and User Experience. $50 per person.

The response from sponsors has been great so far!

More sponsors are welcome – see the Call for Sponsors.

See the Conference page for more information.

Update on PMUX, 2/3

Some important updates for the 4th User Experience Toledo Region conference, set for February 3rd.

  • The location will be the Toledo Museum of Art. A great venue for “corporate events“! We will be in the Green Room (“A large room featuring an installation by sculptor Albert Paley, 30-foot sage green walls, and louvered windows”). With fantastic catering.
  • We have had enough potential sponsor respond to help us determine the attendee cost: $50. This will cover the all-day conference and lunch. Sponsors and supporters will get a discount. Tickets will go on sale starting on Monday, January 11th, using Eventbrite.
  • If you have already contacted us about sponsoring, we will be sending you a discount code. You will then be able to pay for sponsoring and register employees/clients/whomever as attendees at the same time, if you wish. If you are not sure about sponsoring, check out the Call for Sponsors for the benefits of helping finance the conference.
  • Rosenfeld Media recently published the schedule and titles of each presentation. Our Program lists our tentative timeline and details on the sessions. Check it out to learn more about the speakers and what they will be covering as they explore the intersection of Product Management and User Experience.

The Conference web page has more information if you are not familiar with the format (a local conference with virtual speakers).

Keith

Call for Sponsors: PMUX, Feb 3

We need sponsors to help us put on the 4th User Experience Toledo Region conference featuring Rosenfeld Media virtual speakers.

The date of the conference is February 3rd, 2016 and the topic is Product Management and User Experience (PMUX).

See the Conference page for additional information (what we know so far, at least). We are still negotiating with a venue, so stay tuned for more information on where we will be gathering on 2/3, and other details.

To make this User Experience Toledo Region conference happen, we need sponsors! Sponsors help pay for the content, food, and other expenses. In return, sponsors get:

  • Recognized in all marketing materials and thanked by the community.
  • The chance to buy tickets for employees, clients or members, at a discount (cost for tickets and sponsorship discount is still TBD).
  • An opportunity to present to attendees at the conference (to talk about their services or mention job opportunities, for example).

As usual, normal sponsorship is only $100. We want to make it easy for companies to show their support.

In the past, a few companies have wanted to donate more, so we have added a premier sponsorship level of $500 for this year. A premier sponsor may want to be the exclusive sponsor of a specific part of the conference, such as the program, venue or breakfast.

Contact Keith Instone (instone at user-experience dot org) if you are interested in being a sponsor so we can work out the details. Payments will be make to Tech Toledo, LLC by check or PayPal or any other way you want. (Update 1/11) Sponsorships can also be paid via Eventbrite.

Also, we welcome many forms of community supporters: groups who promote the conference to their members and get something back in return. Contact Keith so we can work out a win-win.

Holiday Mixers & February Conference

Another email newsletter for the UX community in the Toledo Region went out yesterday.

The first section is about the holiday mixers in December. The Tech Toledo Geek Dinner Holiday Mixer is the main one: hope you can make it on December 10th.

The second section is about the February 3rd conference on Product Management and User Experience, another local event based on a Rosenfeld Media virtual conference.

The speakers are spectacular, as usual. Learn more about them: Marty Cagan, Jeff Gothelf, Laura Klein, Jeff Patton, Tomer Sharon, and Christina Wodtke.

The virtual conference event page has additional information, but do not register: we will get a “meeting room” ticket so we can participate together as a community at some cool location here in the Toledo region. It is more educational, more fun and less expensive to do it together.

Save the date – February 3 – and watch for more details!

Keith