2019 UX Events to Add to Your Calendar

Get out your planners UXers! We’ve put together a list of the top UX events around the world to watch out for. From interaction design to social change, there are a lot of themes to choose from. 

The events are grouped by relevant topics and you’ll find details like pricing, dates, and more. Read over the list and start updating your calendars! 

 

Design

Interaction 19

Recommended for: interaction design practitioners and design educators.

What we love about this conference is the theme, design in the wild! We also love the focus on education and the local UX community. If you are a design educator, check out the education conference that takes place just before the main event. If you’re a local UX leader, learn more about the retreat made for leaders just like you.

 

Digital Thinkers Conf. San Francisco by Awwwards.

Recommended for: design geeks! See the best of the design world.

What we love about it is the truly stacked lineup. Speakers include InvisionApp, Airbnb, and more design darlings.

 

UX Scotland

Recommended for: UX professionals across all disciplines and service designers.

What we love about this conference is it involves a service design focus!

 

Leading Design New York

Recommended for: design leaders. This conference is intended for leaders of design teams or evangelists of design culture.

What we love about it is the representation of silicon valley/social media titans. Highlight speakers include Facebook, Lyft, Pinterest, and Twitter.

 

An Event Apart

  • Date: Multiple dates
  • Location: Multiple locations, including Chicago, Denver, and San Francisco
  • Website: http://aneventapart.com/
  • Price: Varies

Recommended for: UX professionals with front-end expertise or interest.

What we love about it is this is an event for coders AND designers. We know UX professionals aren’t one-dimensional, and neither is this event!

 

Research-Focused

ConveyUX

Recommended for: UX professionals at all levels.

What we love about it is the opportunity for attendees interested in showcasing a project. Get real-time feedback from other attendees by setting up a project you’d like to show off!

 

Design Thinking and Innovation Week

Recommended for: beginners and hands-on learners.

What we love about this event is that it’s more of a class than a conference! Dive into keynotes, case studies, and more.

 

UXinsight

Recommended for: UX research professionals. Topics include everything from strategic planning to web psychology!

What we love about this conference is the intention behind the topics and planning. In their words, the topics are focused on delving into the intersections of “technology & data (the ‘how’), role & purpose (the ‘why’) and inclusiveness & collaboration (the ‘who’).”

 

CHI 2019

Recommended for: students and academics. The conference offers financial support and volunteer opportunities for students as well as a doctoral consortium.

What we love about this conference is this year’s theme: Weaving the Threads of CHI. The idea is to celebrate “people from different disciplines, cultures, sectors, communities, backgrounds – designers, researchers, practitioners – weaving together into one community, with the common purpose of technology that works for people and society.”

 

User Experience Lisbon

Recommended for: hands-on learners.

What we love about this conference is it combines workshops and inspirational talks for an interactive learning experience.

 

Enterprise UX 2019

Recommended for: enterprise UX professionals.

What we love about it is its niche focus. The challenges facing UX researchers at a 50-person startup look very different from those facing UX professionals in multinational corporations.

 

Mind the Product  

Recommended for: product-focused UX professionals.

What we love about this conference is that it’s truly global. From Asia to North America to Europe, this event is decidedly international.

 

Accessibility and Usability

SmashingConf

Recommended for: accessibility fanatics and hands-on learners (there will be lots of workshops!).

What we love about it is the number of interactive workshops to choose from. Plus, build your own schedule by choosing your perfect combination of workshop and conference tickets.

 

World Usability Day

Recommended for: usability and accessibility professionals.

What we love about it is that this event is truly global. But at the same time, WUD is organized by local groups, making it very accessible for lots of people to attend. Of course, when you get a group of usability professionals together, things also tend to get very interactive!

 

 

Special Interest

Sustainable UX: Design vs. Climate Change

Recommended for: socially-minded UX professionals.  

What we love about this conference is how accessible it is. By taking place virtually and only charging a suggested donation, this conference truly is global and making an impact!

 

World Information Architecture Day

Recommended for: information architecture professionals.

What we love about it is that World IA Day is typically put on at the local level, so it’s a great chance to plug in with the IA community in your city.

 

ACM IUI 2019

Recommended for: AI enthusiasts…and futurists!

What we love about this conference is its unique perspective on UX/human-computer interaction. ACM IUI focuses on the intersection of UX and artificial intelligence, so there’s bound to be some interesting conversations. 

 

SIGGRAPH

  • Date: July 28 – August 1, 2019
  • Location: Los Angeles, CA (There is a SIGGRAPH Asia event every year as well)
  • Website: https://s2019.siggraph.org/
  • Price: TBA

Recommended for: creatives, particularly those with interest in VR, gaming, animation, and similar topic areas.

What we love about it is the focus on interactive experiences. This conference attracts professionals from the most engaging fields.

 

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Have other UX events to add to the list? Comment below and let us know! You can also email your events to sarah@qualaroo.com for consideration.