The call for proposals for the 2017 UXPA Boston User Experience conference is now open!

To submit a proposal, please create an account on the SoftConf website via the submission link below.

After creating your account and logging in, click the “Make a new submission” link to start your submission.

Due Dates

  • Proposal submissions due: February 10, 2017 at 11:59pm
  • Proposal acceptance notification: Late February
  • Final Presentation materials due: Late April
  • Conference date: May 19, 2017

Submission Topics

We are looking for both general and advanced submissions for all UX topics from both new and experienced practitioners. Practical topics that give attendees takeaways that they can use in their User Experience careers are encouraged.

Advanced submissions should assume that attendees have 3-5 years experience as practitioners. These submissions should skip the basics and get right to the subject at hand. Such advanced topics may include:

  • Statistics and quantitative measures
  • Metrics and analytics
  • UX Strategy
  • Information Visualization
  • Enterprise software and applications
  • Large-scale, unmoderated usability testing
  • Effective research reporting
  • Organizational management and change

All submissions will be anonymously reviewed by at least 3 volunteer reviewers. The results of these reviews will be compiled and used by the conference committee when determining the conference program. We have documented the review process, if you care to know more.

All sessions are 45 minutes; this includes time for Q&A.

Here are some ideas to help you think of a submission topic:

  • Case studies and success stories
  • Presentation skills
  • Usability “disasters” and how to prevent them
  • Getting noticed as a usability professional
  • Starting up a usability program
  • Tools, tips and techniques for consultants
  • Research topics and advancements in methods
  • Method validation
  • Agile and extreme usability techniques
  • Reasons usability fails (timetable, budget, personality, utility)
  • Fitting usability into the product lifecycle
  • “Out of the box” presentations
  • How to hire a usability specialist: what do they do?
  • Difficulties in working with UI professionals
  • Client perspective of usability-related issues
  • How usability relates to other disciplines
  • ROI – Getting your money’s worth from a usability professional

Other ideas are welcome!

 

Submission Types

Presentation

Present ideas and experiences related to user experience methods, skills, philosophy, design or other relevant, controversial, emerging, or unresolved issues. Conference admission fee waived for one presenter.

Panel

Panels feature three or four people presenting their opposing ideas and experiences. Panels may be conducted in several ways, such as comparative, analytic, or historic. Conference admission fee waived for the panel moderator.

Practicum

Demonstration of a research or design technique with audience participation. For example: a design critique, an online card sorting run-through & analysis discussion, a moderating techniques demo, or a visual meeting. Conference admission fee waived for one session leader.

Out-of-the-Box

The Out-of-the-Box category is for presentations that do not fit into the other categories. These sessions may consist of activities like ten-minute talks, debates, brainstorming activities. Individuals/groups who have a method or topic they want to experiment with are invited to submit an abstract in this category. Conference admission fee waived for one session leader.

Ten-Minute Talk

Whether you are new to presenting at conferences or have a talk in mind that isn’t quite a full 45-minutes, ten-minute talks give you an outlet. Submitters should describe a single ten-minute talk; these will be curated into the sessions by UXPA Boston. Ten-minute talks should fall into one of three categories:

  • Student submissions – for students only
  • Taboo UX – the unspoken areas of UX
  • Curated – any topic

If you have any questions about submissions, please contact the submission committee.

Good luck, and we look forward to your fantastic submissions!