This year you’ll see a lot of fresh faces in DC at the UXPA 2013 Conference. We’re so happy to welcome more than 60 student attendees! It’s really important to UXPA as an organization to support and enhance the development of new UX professionals. For newcomers to the profession, we’ve got a great Passport program again this year that highlights sessions covering UX fundamentals. We’ll also be holding a student design activity to provide some practice and mentoring for students (not to mention something they can put on their resume!).
Another benefit for students introduced this year was the Hero Student Scholarship. Made possible by generous sponsors, PayPal and Walmart Labs, we are able to bring 7 students from around the world to the conference…students who wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend.
We received 56 applications from students representing 41 different institutions and 15 different countries. Seven fantastic submissions were selected. Congratulations to the winners!
(in alphabetical order…)
Master of Science in Information (MSI), University of Michigan , USA
Business Information Technology, Kingston University, United Kingdom
Human Factors Engineering, Tufts University, USA
Human Centered Design & Engineering, University of Washington, USA
Human Computer Interaction MA Program, Tallinn University, Estonia
Master of Science in Information (MSI), University of Michigan, USA
Charles Marc Wanume
Technology Innovation, Makerere University, Uganda (East Africa)
The competition was fierce, and these winners clearly worked hard to earn their place at the event. The contest asked students to create something that addressed the following questions: What drew you to the field of User Experience? Why are you pursuing a degree in this field? What do you expect to gain from and contribute to the DC event?Please take a look at their amazing submissions. We’re sure you’ll find some inspiration to refresh your own commitment to the profession.
We hope you’ll find some time to lend an ear and share some encouraging words with all of the student attendees at the conference. And students? Don’t be shy around the old timers. A solid investment in the future of UX benefits us all.