|The Bay Area
chapter was founded in July 2000 to serve the growing number of usability professionals in
the San Francisco Bay and Silicon Valley areas. The chapter provides a forum in which
usability professionals can help each other understand new tools and methodologies, to
network, and enjoy fellowship. The group complements the BayCHI groups established in the
area. Meetings are held bi-monthly, so they do not conflict with BayCHIs usability
As many usability professionals
are independent contractors (or the only human-factors representative in their company)
the Bay Area Chapter of UPA should also help create a sense of community among usability
professionals. The chapter also hopes to have two-three social events each year at area
venues where usability folk can get to know each other and have fun!
Seven Steps to Starting a UPA Chapter in
<your town here>
- Contact the UPA office or a member of the UPA Chapters
Committee and you will be assigned a chapter sponsor. Your chapter sponsor will send you
the chapter guidelines and other information you need to start a local chapter. They will
also continue to help you create your chapter bylaws and guide you through the process of
getting approval from the UPA Board of directors for chapter status.
- Round up three to five volunteers in your area who are
interested in starting a local chapter. This is the core team that will help you prepare
the constituting meeting. It may also be smart to arrange one or more informal sessions
prior to the constituting one, to see if there is enough local interest to start a local
chapter, and how many UPA members there are in the region. (You need at least 10 members
to petition for chapter status).
- Write a tentative plan for future meetings and other chapter
activities to present at the constituting meeting.
- Create a petition to form a local UPA chapter. Also include
the suggested chapter name, chapter boundaries and interim chapter officers. The list of
officers includes president, secretary, treasurer (or secretary/treasurer), and additional
officers as approved by the chapter.
- Find volunteers who will help develop the chapter bylaws in
accordance with the suggested guidelines in the UPA Chapter Guidelines, or decide to adopt
the template Bylaws for Chapters. Submit the bylaws to the chapter council, chapter
sponsor and chapter membership for review.
- Organize a constituting meeting with at least 10 people who
are, or prepared to become, UPA members and to support the local chapter. The petition
should be signed at the meeting (with each name printed or typed next to the signature) by
at least 10 members requesting to be recognized as a local chapter of UPA. Have the
president sign the charter.
- Submit the petition, the chapter charter, proposed chapter
bylaws and boundaries to the UPA Chapters Committee and UPA Board of Directors for
To learn more about local chapters please contact:
Martin Rantzer (Martin.Rantzer@swipnet.se)
Janice James (firstname.lastname@example.org).