The year 2000 was a good one for UPA. Our membership grew from 900 to 1600 members in 35 countries. We opened our first European chapter, in Linkoping Sweden. Over 700 usability professionals attended last year's conference, our largest conference to date.
As an organization made up primarily of volunteers, we have much to celebrate in our accomplishments of UPA in Y2K.
The Professional Development committee produced and distributed a wonderful poster, describing the process and key points of usability and user-centered design.
The Membership committee ran our first UPA Membership survey. Results will be published soon.
The Publications and Communications committee had a busy year.- The book, "Design by People for People: Essays on Usability" is on its way to the printer. It is a wonderful collection of essays that takes us through developments of our field.
The Web Committee is working on our website, with a "members only" section to appear in the next few months.
The Sponsorship Committee has brought in a record number of corporate sponsors.
Members have a lot to look forward to 2001. The new Board of Directors met in January and each committee is working on key deliverables for the coming year. The Board also voted to decrease student member dues to US$20 a year. This is a strong signal that the UPA supports the education and training of Usability Professionals.
The Publications Committee has established a production process for the planned UPA magazine, "User Experience." An editorial board has been organized and articles have been collected. The first issue is expected in the first half of 2001.
The conference this year is starting to come together and promises to be our best so far. UPA has much to celebrate as we move into our tenth year. I am proud to be part of such an exciting organization and look forward to working with all of you in the coming year.