[EVENT] UPA Boston: Annual Conference Timeline and Details

19 Feb 2008 - 3:37pm
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Jen Hocko
2006

Hi!

Join us for the seventh annual Boston Mini UPA conference at Bentley
College in Waltham, MA on Wednesday, May 28th!

Hear and discuss critical topics in usability and user-centered design
with practitioners, students, and experts in the field. Whether a
newcomer, a seasoned usability professional, or a member of a product
team interested in usability, this conference offers unique content and
learning opportunities!

Attend: Early registration, student, and group discounts available.
Volunteer admission is free, contact us soon, spaces limited:
volunteer at upaboston.org.
Present: We welcome presentation submissions from all interested
parties- "seasoned" presenters and novices alike. We will have openings
for approximately 30 presenters and tutorial providers (total).
Sponsor: We invite sponsorship of the entire event, on-site booths, the
cocktail and networking event, printed materials, signage, and more!

Learn more about the event and submit presentation proposals online:
http://www.upaboston.org/miniconf08/index.shtml
<http://www.upaboston.org/miniconf08/index.shtml>

Date and Time
Wednesday, May 28th, 2008
On-site Registration begins at 8AM
Conference from 9AM - 6PM
Cocktails and Networking from 6PM - 7PM

Location
Bentley College
The Bentley Conference Center
LaCava Building, Third Floor
175 Forest Street
Waltham, MA 02452

Call for Proposals
* Proposal submissions due: Midnight EST, Monday, March 17th
* Proposal acceptance notification will be: Monday, March 31st
* Final Presentation materials due: Midnight EST, Monday April
21st

As usability professionals we face challenges that are unique to our
field. We are often asked to perform detailed analysis with little time
or resources. To be successful, each of us has to work creatively with
what we are given. This conference is an opportunity to share your
insights, successes, challenges, techniques, or findings with industry
colleagues. We invite you to submit a presentation proposal. We
encourage you to design a presentation that is as hands-on as possible
and that uses creative techniques for involving your audience.

The Boston Chapter of the UPA is looking for presentations, panels,
tutorials, workshops, and out-of-the box sessions in the following
areas:
* Case studies and success stories
* Presentation skills
* Usability "disasters" and how to prevent them
* Getting noticed as a usability professional
* Starting up a usability program
* Getting started and setting up measures of ROI
* Tools, tips and techniques for consultants
* Research topics and advancements in methods
* Method validation
* Agile and extreme usability techniques
* Reasons usability fails (timetable, budget, personality,
utility)
* Fitting usability into the product lifecycle
* "Out of the box" presentations
* How to hire a usability specialist: what do they do?
* Difficulties in working with UI professionals
* Client perspective of usability-related issues
* How usability relates to other disciplines
* ROI - Getting your money's worth from a usability professional
* (Other ideas are welcome)

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