we release this first issue of the UPA Voice, we are getting ready to
attend the '99 UPA Conference in Scottsdale Arizona. This last
conference of the current millennium (depending on how you count)
looks toward being another great one. Preliminary registration
has been good and this is one conference you won't want to miss.
The theme of the 1999 conference is Horizons to the Future - appropriate as we
share our experiences as usability professionals and plan for our role in our
organizations and industries in the new millennium.
The theme also reflects the dramatic
natural landscape we will enjoy from high in the Sonoran Desert at the world-renowned
Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Phoenician promises to provide us with a
comfortable and luxurious setting in the midst of the rugged beauty of the Camelback
Thomas Landauer will
deliver the keynote address The World Needs You Desperately. Brenda
Laurel will speak on Balancing Values in Design.
The UPA continues to actively promote growth and diversity in our membership. We want to
attract new usability specialists, experienced usability practitioners, as well as
professionals from other disciplines who
can benefit from membership in the UPA. Our program this year features a variety of topics
that will make the conference a rewarding experience for everyone who attends.
In response to requests from our members, in this conference we have
significantly expanded our
tutorial selection. The tutorials offered represent some of the best professional
educational opportunities available to learn more about usability. We also have six
exciting workshops in which you can participate.
This year we are also introducing business case studies into the conference program.
As always, the UPA conference will continue to emphasize interaction among
attendees, with opportunities for sharing ideas at breaks and meals, and during conference
sessions, where organizers are asked to reserve one-third to one-half of the total session
time for audience participation.
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