Local UX Group Activities - What Do You Do?

24 Jan 2011 - 10:34pm
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Justin Davis

For those of you who participate in local UX groups, what kind of activities do you do at your meetings? Our local group has done UX Show and Tell (which was great), and we're looking for other programming ideas for helping get the community more engaged on a regular basis.

This seems like it'd be a great resource for IXDA. A list of programming ideas for local group meetings seems as if it would help spur more local UX group activity.  Does anything like this exist yet?

Thanks for any ideas ya'll have.



25 Jan 2011 - 12:06am

Hey Justin,

Here's a list of past meetings with topics for the non-denominational LA-UX Meetup Group.


We'd be happy to discuss our experience with you.


25 Jan 2011 - 12:06am

I've been planning meetings for a local, similar group for the past several years. It's the Rocky Mountain Human Factors & Ergonomics Society. Basically a group of problem solvers who work with usability and human factors and ergonomic issues.
This Thursday we are meeting at a local business which specializes in ergonomic furniture and business space solutions. The plan is to have a "design mashup" where our members will learn about their design challenges and do an on the spot workshop with their engineers giving them suggestions. (and we invited local IxDA and grad students in design disciplines). Basically the idea is real issues, real people and applications, hands on fun.
Other field trips we've done included a trip to the local Firehouse. Our past president is a volunteer fire fighter and we got to go over the equipment and make suggestions from an ergonomic point of view. We've been to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs to see their HCI lab.
For more ideas go to our website, http://www.rmhfes.org/, and click on the Events tab.

elianna james
'I break websites'

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25 Jan 2011 - 2:19pm


Here are some of the events we are contemplating for this year:


  • Happy hour
  • Resume/portfolio review
  • Show & tell
  • Lightning talks (10-15 minutes each)
  • Conference redux
  • Panel discussion
  • Field trip
  • Workshops
  • Gamestorming
  • Speaker presentations


What I'm learning about this gig is that it never hurts to ask. Think Jared Spool is too important to speak at your tiny meetup in Podunksville? -- you'll never know if you don't ask. Want to organize a private after-hours tour of the local design museum? Just ask. The worst thing they can do is say no, and most of the time people are flattered to be asked.

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