UX Australia News

UX Australia: Almost sold out

8 July 2014

As at 9:30 Tuesday 8 July, there are only 23 conference tickets left, after a huge run on them yesterday.

When they sell out, we do take names for a waiting list. There are always cancellations, so we allocate those first to people who are already registered for workshops, then according to when you get your name on the waiting list. So if you miss out on a conference ticket, make sure you join the waiting list as soon as possible.

We will contact people as soon as a ticket becomes free, so there’s no need to regularly email asking if any are available.

There are still tickets available at all workshops, though a couple are getting close to selling out.

Conferencing for introverts

24 June 2014

There’s something I’ve been thinking about, and thought you all may be able to help me with…

I’m wondering how (and whether) to design some of the conference experience in a way that is more comfortable for introverts. I don’t like stereotyping or pigeonholing people, but acknowledge that we do all have different preferences.

I think conferences are usually designed around folks who are more extroverted. So much of the time we throw hundreds of people into a great big space and just expect them to deal with it, meet each other and sort themselves out – during meal times and things like conference parties. Even as an extrovert I find this intimidating if I don’t have friends at the conference, so I can only imagine how hard it must be for someone not me.

I’d like to make this better, if it actually needs to be better (maybe it’s not a problem and I’m worrying about nothing). We already do some things to structure smaller-group discussion into the conference – with lunchtime topic (and non-topic) tables and small dinner groups; and this year we’re planning pre-conference events in Sydney and Melbourne to help people meet each other before the conference.

So, open-ended question…I’m interested in thoughts about what’s hard to deal with, ways other conferences have made it better, ideas on we could make it better.

You don’t have to answer here (in public and all) – you can also email me at donna@uxaustralia.com.au

UX Australia 2014: Tickets selling fast

12 May 2014

For UX Australia, we make the first 200 tickets available at a discount. In theory, this pricing goes to 30 June, but in practice these tickets sell well ahead of that date.

This year tickets are selling even faster than usual, and at the current rate the discounted tickets will sell by the end of this month.

Keep an eye on the graph below if you’d like to save some money…

UX Australia 2014 registration progress

UX New Zealand

6 February 2014

UX New Zealand 2013 was a fantastic conference. We had wonderful talks and a great, engaged audience. There was good food, good discussion and many beers afterwards.

Unfortunately, we’ve decided not to run it in 2014.

When we initially budgeted it, the dollar was about $1.24, we assumed we’d be able to get a NZ bank account for you to pay into and us to pay out of; and an Australian bank had a great looking multi-currency merchant account that would mean we’d be able to take credit card payments in $NZ. It all seemed like it would be easy.

Then we couldn’t get a bank account (we apparently can now, but a year ago every bank said no). The Australian bank asked for $80,000 up front as security for the merchant account (or a house for security!!) and the dollar fell. We started taking payments with PayPal only to find they’d lied about the ability for you to pay via credit card without a PayPal account. We finally got it all working via PIN payments (who have an awesome service, with reasonable fees).

All this meant that from our side, the conference was just hard work, and the bank was the only one who made money – taking both the spread in the exchange rate, a fee for everything we paid out, a fee for most of what was paid in, and sneaking fees from people we paid money to.

There are ways to work around all of these issues, but it will still be harder work than we’d like. And when work isn’t fun, the conference suffers.

So we won’t be running it again in 2014. We’re sad about that as it was really great to see so many UX folks hanging out and bonding over shared frustrations and joys.

If someone is interested in picking it up and running it again, please get in touch. We can talk about how we could support you and help it happen.

Conference audio

4 December 2013

For all of our conferences, we collect audio-recordings from all sessions. It costs a fair bit more, but is absolutely worth it so attendees can listen to the sessions they miss, and we can share the speakers’ stories beyond the immediate conference.

We’ve just finished all the audio for UX Australia 2013, and have started on the audio for UX New Zealand 2013. Each conference has an iTunes podcast, a standard podcast, or you can listen online.

So while you wait for next year’s conferences, why not subscribe and have something to keep you going until then. It’s just like a conference, but without the uncomfortable chairs!