Setting up a UX conference in Lisbon - need advice and ideas

20 Oct 2009 - 5:46pm
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Bruno Figueiredo
2007

I'm setting up a 3-day UX conference in Lisbon, Portugal next year,
where many topics such as IA, Usability and IxD will be covered and I
would welcome your feedback on the following:

- What would make you travel to Portugal for such a conference?
- Is the ticket price a decisive factor? If yes, what's the maximum
price you would pay?
- Is including the plane ticket and accommodation on the conference
ticket price something that would help you decide to come?
- Who would you like to see as a speaker?
- Do you prefer to listen to talks or attend workshops or both? If
both, should it have more workshops or more talks?

Thank you. Your answers would help a lot.

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20 Oct 2009 - 7:47pm
Dave Malouf
2005

*What would get me there*
1) Compelling content, especially content I feel I can't get
locally.
2) A local experience integrated into the conference that exends my
conference experience.
3) Something for "the family". If I'm going far away, bringing the
family is a killer card.

*Price*
1) Well, yea! it's a factor, but only 1. I think a 3day conference
between $700-$1000 (US)

*more costs*
1) I'm not sure a package makes sense unless it is undeniably
compelling.
2) One reason for this is that many corp folks in order t get
"reimbursed" for travel have to use their corporate travel agents,
so be careful there. Easier w/ hotels than airfare.
3) For me personally, cheaper is key, so make sure the package is a
deal.

*speakers*
I want chances to be inspired AND I want chances to make stuff! I
need advanced thinking, but about here & now thinking

So I don't have names, but a tightly curated conference is key.

*content*
Balance is key and one should flow to the other and back again.

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20 Oct 2009 - 7:54pm
Bruno Figueiredo
2007

Thanks Dave! Can you elaborate on this "A local experience integrated
into the conference that extends my conference experience"? Not sure
what you meant.

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20 Oct 2009 - 8:11pm
Alan James Salmoni
2008

Being able to make good contacts always attracts me. It makes a
difference to be able to 'press the flesh' with people I've only
met electronically before, to renew old acquaintances, and make new
ones. Content is useful but comes after networking for me. The
promise of lively and intelligent discussion and pointers to new
directions that I have not considered before is probably the king of
content for me. I like taking new views at old problems (an example:
getting a good landscape gardener in to talk about their design
principles and processes).

The alternative is to make a conference compelling to employers: if
they're paying for me to attend, then I'll be even happier, but
that may take convincing in some cases. The easier you can show value
to my work, the easier a job I'll have.

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20 Oct 2009 - 8:37pm
Dave Malouf
2005

I think it is an extension of the give me something I can't get here
comment, but extending it beyond people to an experience.

Ok, here's an example. For CSCW (and maybe for IxDA) my students are
creating a social game that gets people exploring what is special
about Savannah: It's history, architecture, food, and culture. The
game itself could possibly be ported to another city, but the point
is to make something different. Last time the IxDA conference was
here we had a historic architecture tour guided by the expert faculty
of SCAD's historical preservation department.

So for example ... if I was in Lisbon ... A bullfight (you guys still
do it right, but on horses, no?). Or maybe it is integrated into the
content. The big loss of the 2006 IA Summit in Las Vegas was that
Dan, Bill & Steve didn't do their workshop on the design of Las
Vegas' experience. That would have been incredible.

In Miami Beach this past september the IDSA conference had a couple
of sections of discussions on the beach with "sand between your
toes" and a great party at a beach club.

I don't know Lisbon (well at all) so it is hard for me to speculate
what would be good and what borders on kitsch, but what's most
important is be unique.

Also, and this is just for me ... it is always easier if it works
within my calendar. I teach Sep-Nov and Jan-May. So Dec and Summer
are easy for me. Just sayin'. ;-)

-- dave

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21 Oct 2009 - 2:10am
Bruno Figueiredo
2007

Thanks, Dave. That cleared it up. Don't know about the bullfights
though; they're exactly like the spanish ones with the only
difference that the bull is not killed with a sword before everyone
but instead behind closed doors. It's still pretty barbaric to me.

And it's not something I would call evocative for Lisbon. But you
gave me a couple of ideas.

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21 Oct 2009 - 6:55am
Bruno Figueiredo
2007

I've now setup a small survey for this. Could you please help me out
and fill it in? https://www.survs.com/survey/TTBCDDN0I1

Thank you!

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21 Oct 2009 - 12:25pm
Evan K. Stone
2008

Wow! All I'd need is an invitation! ;)

I've been looking for a work-related reason to get to Lisboa/Lisbon
since my wife and I started learning Portuguese last year... I love
the language and the culture, and one of my best friends is from
Sintra. Evidently there's a amazing technological growth there as
well, so that's really exciting too.

But out of curiosity is this going to be next year's version of
SHiFT, or a similar/derivative conference?

Obrigado/Thanks!

Evan K. Stone | interactivelogic.NET

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21 Oct 2009 - 6:51pm
Bruno Figueiredo
2007

No, it's not related to SHiFT at all. Unlike SHiFT which covers a
wide range of topics, this one is UX only.

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23 Oct 2009 - 8:55am
Jared M. Spool
2003

On Oct 21, 2009, at 12:10 AM, Bruno Figueiredo wrote:

> Don't know about the bullfights
> though; they're exactly like the spanish ones with the only
> difference that the bull is not killed with a sword before everyone
> but instead behind closed doors.

I've been involved in a lot of client projects that have ended this way.

> It's still pretty barbaric to me.

Tell me about it.

Jared

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