Have you heard? We’re moving the UXPA party over to www.uxpa.org, where we’ve soft-launched our new website. We are going to start a number of discussions over there as that site evolves. While this discussion forum has served as well as we’ve made the transition over the past year, we don’t want folks confused as to where we live. Next Friday the 26th, we’ll be taking this site down and redirecting to here.
Thanks to everyone for the feedback, and join the party over at www.uxpa.org!
Creative Commons licensed image from flickr user Ben Fredericson (xjrlokix)
UXers, you continue to amaze me.
Both the reviewer survey and submissions are now closed. I’m thrilled to report that a record 413 of you signed up to be reviewers! And it’s a good thing, too, because we have over 300 submissions to evaluate!
Without a quality program, there’s no conference. So thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for everything you are doing to help ensure this year’s event is top-notch.
Good question. Here’s how it works:
- First, a small team looks over EVERY submission to make sure they really are anonymous. We’re pretty hardcore about reviews being purely about merit.
- Then we hand them over to our fabulous team of reviewers. Reviewers will be assigned 3-5 submissions to evaluate based on their responses to the reviewer survey. (If you said you were interested in mobile, we’ll try to direct those kinds of submissions to you. Ditto for specific submission types, like Tutorials or Ignites.)
- The reviewers look carefully at each of their assigned submissions and ask themselves questions like, “Is this any good? Would I want to go to this session? Do I even have enough information here to understand what the speaker is planning to talk about? They have two weeks to do this very important work.
- Subcommittee chairs look at the reviewers’ feedback and make recommendations about which submissions they think should be accepted.
- A subset of the conference committee will meet in person during the second weekend in March to establish the conference program.
- Allowing some time for follow-ups of any issues that come up during that meeting, submitters will be notified of their acceptance status in late March.
More exciting things!
- Registration will open just as soon as we can let you know what it is you’re registering for (that is, what the conference program looks like).
- And there will likely be a second call for proposals for Idea Markets and Posters, so if you didn’t get your submission in, or if your talk didn’t quite make the program, that’s another avenue you can pursue.
As always, looking forward to seeing all of your smiling faces in Washington, DC!
-Danielle & Christina
We’re whipping up something great, and we need your help!
It’s been almost a month since we shared a peek into what’s going on with 2013 conference planning, and boy has a lot happened since then! Ideas are pouring in for next year’s events, and we are actively seeking volunteers to turn those ideas into reality. With your help, the 2013 committee can be one of the strongest yet.
We’ve also made some progress toward the launch of a brand new conference web site and improved proposal submission system!
One thing we’ve learned, though, is that change takes time. While we previously thought we would be ready to receive your DC conference submissions in November, we now anticipate opening the official Call for Proposals in January. With your help, we’ll get those submissions reviewed and the program planned quickly, so registration might begin as early as March. (One date that won’t change – the conference will be held July 9-12 at the Washington Hilton.)
Again, we can’t do it alone. So please take a minute and let us know how you’d like to help. And watch this space for more news as it becomes available!
November 22 Edit: The online survey previously linked here is now closed. But we’d hate for that to stop you! If you have an interest in helping or a special talent you’d like us to know about, please drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!