Conference newbie - which one to attend?

15 Mar 2007 - 12:24am
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marie m
2007

The conference season is around the corner, and I'm excited that I will be
able to attend my first conference. I have 1 1/2 years of experience
conducting usability work - in/formal testing, heuristic evaluations,
personas, task analysis, contextual inquiries, focus groups, surveys. I'm
especially interested in user research, but I'm also looking to develop my
interaction design skills.

I'm considering the following:
UPA - the front runner
CHI 2007 - confusing program info/schedule
Adaptive Path UX Extensive - in depth overview
Adaptive Path UX Week

For those of you that have attended past conferences, which would you
recommend?

Thanks!
marie.

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15 Mar 2007 - 10:38pm
Keith_Karn
2007

Marie -
I've been to several UPA and CHI conferences. You will enjoy either.
UPA tends to be a bit more practical and CHI a bit more theoretical
(and larger), but in either case, you will feel like you are drinking
from a fire hose. I'm not familiar with the Adaptive Path sessions, but
looking at their web site, these do not look like true conferences, but
more like courses (e.g., all invited speakers?).
Another good conference to consider is the Human Factors and Ergonomics
Society. (see http://www.hfes.org). The annual meeting this year is in
Baltimore in early October.

Keith Karn

On 3/14/2007 "marie m" <mariebluedemon at gmail.com> wrote
> The conference season is around the corner, and I'm excited that I
> will be
> able to attend my first conference. I have 1 1/2 years of experience
> conducting usability work - in/formal testing, heuristic evaluations,
> personas, task analysis, contextual inquiries, focus groups, surveys.
> I'm
> especially interested in user research, but I'm also looking to
> develop my
> interaction design skills.
> I'm considering the following:
> UPA - the front runner
> CHI 2007 - confusing program info/schedule
> Adaptive Path UX Extensive - in depth overview
> Adaptive Path UX Week
> For those of you that have attended past conferences, which would you
> recommend?

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