As the best accessory to our smartphone, apps have woven themselves a part of our everyday lives. As shoppers, business-people, travelers or parents, when we have a question or problem, the solution is often “there’s an app for that”. The average smartphone user has 65 apps downloaded on their device and uses certain apps everyday (Flurry). Our love for apps has lead to the companies powering their concepts to rapidly grow in numbers, design and functionality - which is why differentiating your app in lasting ways is so critical.
An important piece of the app experience, Skyhook believes that flawless User Experience is the secret sauce needed to ensure that your app will stand out. UX has quickly become the topic of conversation in any tech company with their eyes on the future - and for those competing to create the best app experience, UX needs to be addressed now.
If you want to learn the tricks to dynamic UX, meet leaders in the space and discover the best UX out there, there are a number of can’t-miss events designed to get you there.
Here's this years guide to the top UX events to attend:
1) UX Cambridge
Date: September 10-12, 2014
Location: Cambridge, England
Attendees include: Redgate, Akendi, InfoQ and Rosenfeld represent some of this years sponsors and partners bringing the flare to UX Cambridge while speakers from FatDUX, Modern Human, Acuity and DoveTailed will bring you the UX insights you’re craving.
Why attend: With tutorials like The UX of Sound, workshops including Mobile UX in a Multi-Device World and hands-on lessons like Getting Physical with Design, UX Cambridge will help bring your UX skills to the next level. But it’s not all just learning, Coffee Breaks and the Social Evening will give you the chance to catch up with whole range of companies and people striving to create great UX.
Date: January 22-24, 2015
Attendees include: Last year attendees included Zillow, Blink, Ubermind, Forrester Research, Zappos, IBM, GoToMeeting, and Rhapsody.
Why attend: Convey UX will train and inspire you to lead your company in UX. It is where lovers of great UX meetup to share, listen and learn, “where the sharpest speakers are carefully selected to cover the hottest design topics”. After attending a handful of the 30 sessions to choose from you'll leave ready to generate the best UX in your field.
Date: February 9-11, 2015
Location: San Francisco
Attendees include: The international 2014 conference featured attendees from Facebook, GE, Philips, MailChimp, SAP, Orange, Intel, Frog, TomTom, Microsoft, and many more.
Why attend: Interaction emphasizes the seamless UX needed to create meaningful relationships between your products and services and the people using them. Covering the full gamut of experiences that you can perfect, Interaction includes talks, workshops and activities that will push you to understand, apply and celebrate UX.
Date: April 15-19, 2015
Location: New York City
Attendees include: Time, Inc., Spotify, Fjord, The Lean Enterprise, Huddle, Carbon Five, and IBM
Why attend: “From the UX Designer to the CEO, it takes an entire organization to execute LeanUX successfully. At LeanUX NYC, the world’s leading minds on Lean will teach you how organizations are incorporating Lean Startup, LeanUX, and Design Thinking to deliver real value for their customers and drive top-line growth”. Topics from Collaborative Ideation to Behavior Driven Design will help you crack the code on making UX a piece of your business strategy. Hearing from the pros applying it every day, you’ll come away with knowledge and skills on design, customer discovery, product/market fit, decision-making, and process design, among others.
Date: June 14-17, 2015
Location: Charleston, SC
Attendees include: Last year giants from Huge Inc., Brain Traffic, MailChimp, Draplin Design Company, Merge and more were a part of the rad Giant gathering.
Why attend: The Giant Conference was created in 2013 to bring together the leaders and lovers of UX to learn from one another, grow the industry, get inspired and have fun doing it. Four days of workshops and sessions with your UX heroes will help you get the UX insights that will bring your business to the next level.
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