UX Communities: Starting from the Beginning

The panel will address the topic of getting a good IA and UX community running in your city or hometown. It will discuss the many different ways to organise and encourage a diverse strand of events and online communities – and how anyone can (and should) start a UX community regardless of where you live. It will also discuss the many benefits of creating multiple and diverse groups. The topic is ideal for anyone who would like to see a more active and participatory IA and user experience design community in their hometown.

The panel will give examples of encouraging and mentoring UX communities, working alongside other groups to foster stronger communities, innovating with different types of events, acting as catalysts to promote and support members of the community to start presenting at conferences, get new jobs, build better portfolios, start events, start writing and generally be active in their communities. This will then lead into a Q&A session involving the audience.

The trans-Atlantic panel will be made up of Martin Belam and Matthew Solle from London IA (http://london-ia.ning.com), Joe Sokohl from Richmond UX (http://richmondux.com) and Eric Reiss.