On behalf of the IxDA Board of Directors, it is with great pleasure that we announce Interaction15 will be held February 2015 in San Francisco, in conjunction with California College of the Arts (CCA).
San Francisco emerged as the successful location following an open call to the community for interest and detailed site visits to the finalist cities - San Francisco and Santa Monica.
IxDA San Francisco, led by Josh Damon Williams, along with CCA as their partner school, led by Kristian Simsarian, put forward a compelling proposal that was unanimously supported by the IxDA Board of Directors. IxDA San Francisco local leaders Aynne Valencia, Sharon Cardinal, and Nick Cawthon contributed to the winning submission.
Conference Chair, Ben Fullerton, had this to say about San Francisco's selection:
All of the submissions that we received to host Interaction15 were incredibly well put together and thoughtful, which made this a really tough decision for us to make. But ultimately, as Chair, I'm thrilled that the conference will be in San Francisco.
There is a rich, shared heritage between interaction design and the Bay Area, and much of the history of our experience of technology and its role in our world can be traced to events that have happened somewhere in the vicinity of San Francisco.
And there are so many things that make San Francisco a great place to spend a week in, from the vibrant local restaurant and drinking scene, to the huge array of entrepreneurs trying something different across all areas of life & business, to the amazing natural beauty within a few hours of the city.
I look forward to trying to represent as much of this beautiful city as I can within your conference, and look forward to welcoming you all to San Francisco in 2015.
With the location of the conference selected, Ben will now work closely with the IxDA Board to assemble the conference committee and begin to develop what is sure to be an exceptional experience for conference delegates. IxDA San Francisco is one of the largest local group within the IxDA global community, bringing together almost 4000 members in the Bay area.