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UX Australia: August 2009

I’ve been annoying my friends by hinting at a secret project underway. Sorry guys, but I’m glad I’m finally able to tell you.

The big secret is that we (me, Andrew Boyd, Steve & Danielle Baty) have been doing the initial planning for a user experience conference, to be held in late August in Canberra (Australia).

I think it goes without saying that I’m really excited. I’m excited to be involved in conference planning again, and excited to be able to arrange a conference for my community.

One of the things I’m happiest about is that it will be a proposal-based community conference (ie one where anyone can submit a proposal, and the community reviews to help select the program). Don’t get me wrong, I love conferences with professional, high profile speakers; but I also love the homey feeling of a community conference where you get to contribute to who presents what.

The other thing that we are going to be doing, and this will get started later in the year, is running workshops. I haven’t been able to run my own workshops as often as I’d like in Australia, so hope to do that more. And we’ll be inviting other folks to teach practical full-day workshops. If there’s someone you’d like to see, or a topic you’d like to see covered, let me know and we’ll see what we can do.

Anyway, that’s the news. I hope you’re almost as excited as I am!

5 Responses to “UX Australia: August 2009”

  1. Cennydd Says:

    Great stuff Donna. Fantastic to see UX conferences springing up across the globe and not just in the big US cities. Organising something of this scale is a lot a hard work (as we’re finding with UX London) so I wish you the best of luck, and look forward to hearing more info.

  2. Donna Spencer Says:

    Thanks Cennydd. It certainly is a mountain of work, abut it really is rewarding ;) See you at UX London!

  3. Sam Ng Says:

    Good work Donna. I recall that you guys were scheming way back at OZIA about doing something like this. Hope we can make it in Aug!

  4. Donna Spencer Says:

    Thanks Sam! I certainly hope you can make it too!

    (and we weren’t scheming at oz-ia – we only decided to do this in December ;)

  5. Gary Barber Says:

    Congrats, I was suspecting something like this, just not in Canberra.

    Going to try and make this. Try being the operative word here.

    You may not have been scheming back then, but I really think the seed was planted back at OZ-IA 08… Just little things…

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