Let's meet up virtually: UX Research Meetup & Event Guide April 2023
Check out this April's virtual talks, meetups, networking events, and conferences around UX Research. 🔍
This guide focuses on pure UX Research events and doesn’t include general UX events on purpose. Also, we focused on events that are primarily held in English. Most of the included meetups are free, but we also added some announced events with a comparatively low fee and specific UX Research conferences.
Did we miss one? Let us know via firstname.lastname@example.org and we're happy to add it! ✉️
- Apr 03 | Starting a UX Business Workshop
- Apr 05 | UX Crunch - Designing for Sustainability 🆓
- Apr 05 | The Research Challenge: Planning UX Research
- Apr 07 | Surprising uses for user research in your day-to-day with Lindsay Adams 🆓
- Apr 10 | UX Research Methods and Deliverables Short Course
- Apr 11 | Why Your CJM Project Is Doomed (and How to Avoid It) 🆓
- Apr 13 | How To Be A Competitive Candidate For UX Roles: A Panel Discussion 🆓
- Apr 13 | How UX Research can reduce effort and increase revenue impact - a case study on rapid prototyping 🆓
- Apr 13 | Design for a Better World: A Discussion with Don Norman
- Apr 13 | How to Create Powerful Personas: FREE Design Taster Session 🆓
- Apr 13 | AMA with Nash: The Do's and Don'ts of Democratization 🆓
- Apr 14 - 15 | UX Research Skillshop 🆓
- Apr 17 - 21 | Introduction to User Interviews: How to ask good questions 🆓
- Apr 18 - 20 | UI/UX for User Researchers - UX Design Course
- Apr 20 | Strategies to Influence UX Workshop
- Apr 25 | Practical Guide to Empathy Mapping
- Apr 27 | Creating influence: Designing a research socialization strategy that works 🆓
- Apr 28 | Business X Design online 🆓
Starting a UX Business Workshop
"Are you thinking about starting your own UX business or freelancing? Not sure if you want to go full-time on your own or have a side hustle? Not sure how to get started and what the field needs? Not sure what you can contribute to the field when you are not an in-house employee? Join us for this 2-hour workshop in which 4 successful UX consultants will share how to get started, tips and tricks to be relevant and successful, and rookie mistakes that you should avoid."
UX Crunch - Designing for Sustainability 🆓
"It's not just cool to be sustainable, it's vital. This is no fad; UX Crunch is coming at you with the topic at the forefront of minds worldwide. It's time to focus on Designing for Sustainability.
What does it mean to be sustainable? We explore how practitioners can bring innovation and bright ideas into their daily work. Companies must design responsibly, and with plenty gearing up to tackle climate change as best they can, all must meet these design requirements wherever possible. What are you doing to be responsible in your work? We discuss methods and ideas with industry experts at our upcoming UX Crunch."
The Research Challenge: Planning UX Research
"You are looking to expand your understanding of method selection for your current and future projects. Where do you begin? With so many methods to choose from, how do you choose? How do you determine how long the project will take? How do you determine who to recruit, how to recruit, and how many people should be in your study?
In this 3-hour workshop, you will work in small instructor-led groups to determine the best research approaches to solve real industry problems. Our three UX Research experts will guide you through the process of choosing methods - remote and in-person - and designing studies."
Surprising uses for user research in your day-to-day with Lindsay Adams 🆓
"The IDS SLC is pleased to announce our next IDS faculty featuring Lindsay Adams, user research instructor, IDS alum, and InsurTech startup cofounder, who will go over a few surprising ways to leverage user research in your everyday work, including:
Streamlining hiring and onboarding
Boosting employee engagement
Managing enterprise content—including real-time group card sorting exercise
Please join us and bring your UX research, startup, and learning design questions. We look forward to seeing you there!"
UX Research Methods and Deliverables Short Course
"This course will introduce students to the basics of user experience and research. We will examine a wide range of methods and discuss how to determine when to use them and how to develop appropriate research questions.
The course takes a process approach: students will learn how to define research objectives, develop a research plan, conduct in-depth interviews and a survey, analyze results, and report findings effectively. Students will get personalized feedback on how to present findings to stakeholders effectively."
Why Your CJM Project Is Doomed (and How to Avoid It) 🆓
"Building a journey map and finding improvement ideas is not the final step of a customer journey mapping project but the beginning of the next stage: implementing these changes.
The talk will provide valuable insights on how to effectively implement changes after mapping the customer journey.
At the session, Oleg, an experienced service designer, will emphasize the importance of people in the success or failure of a project. He will provide practical advice on engaging sponsors and selecting the right team. Oleg will also discuss why having a product owner is essential for a successful implementation."
How To Be A Competitive Candidate For UX Roles: A Panel Discussion 🆓
"Hexagon UX Bay Area is partnering with Ladies that UX SF and kicking off 2023 with an event on UX interviewing.
When interviewing after a layoff, finding a new role or simply changing directions, it is important to communicate who you are and how you work. Your values and your voice are what you bring to the table. Sometimes this gets tricky, especially after a layoff when you may or may not have access to your work due to access cut-off.
What are the best ways to interview, to show who you are and how you show up, what the recruiting process has in store, what hiring managers look for and how you can be a competitive candidate in the post pandemic world?
Come to our panel discussion and discover the answers to these questions and more."
How UX Research can reduce effort and increase revenue impact - a case study on rapid prototyping 🆓
"Research is critical to help us navigate our ever-changing world. Without it, we would have to rely on people's opinions, our intuitions and luck. Systematic scientific product research offers us an objective understanding because scientific knowledge is grounded in objective, tangible evidence to reduce risk through data-informed decision making. This workshop will show tactical research in service to strategic business goals; the importance of research for developing insights to scale; and how innovate and expand scope with new go-to-market innovations as a growth strategy."
Design for a Better World: A Discussion with Don Norman
"Don Norman is distinguished professor emeritus at the University of California, San Diego where he was the founding director of the Design Lab. He is cofounder of the Nielsen Norman Group and former Vice President of Apple. His books include Emotional Design, Design of Everyday Things, and Design for a Better World: Meaningful, Sustainable, Humanity Centered. He can be found at www.jnd.org.
UXRS strives to create a community where people can make meaningful connections with others in the UX field. Come for the presentation, stay for the UX networking."
How to Create Powerful Personas: FREE Design Taster Session 🆓
"Do you know how to build powerful personas? Ones that deliver value for years to the entire organisation, not just minutes in the boardroom.
Join us for this introductory session where we’ll discuss:
The purpose and value of personas
The 7 different types
Where they sit in the process
The Haus persona template (free tool to download)
A step-by-step guide to doing it yourself
We’ll even co-create a persona with you as part of a live workshop activity!"
AMA with Nash: The Do's and Don'ts of Democratization 🆓
"We will be hosting an AMA on Session with Research Democratization Lead Christopher Nash.
Nash is an industry veteran, having co-founded two startups during the first dot-com boom, where he was often the person in the room advocating for usability and users’ needs.
He has since crafted a career in User Research, starting as a research recruiter, then working as an embedded researcher, and as a research manager. Drawing from his years of experience with Research and democratization, Nash will be discussing topics like:
what democratization is (and isn’t)
risks and rewards of democratization
the essentials of a democratization program
UX Research Skillshop 🆓
"What you will learn from this 2 day skillshop:
1. How to enable research within your team and company
2. How to capture actionable and measurable data
3. How to analyze and present your research"
Introduction to User Interviews: How to ask good questions 🆓
"We're excited to announce our first virtual UX Research Workshop - Introduction to User Interviews - with Stéphanie Walter, User Researcher & UX Designer at Maltem. In this 2,5 hours workshop, Stéphanie will teach you how to write an interview guide and ask the right questions.
This FREE workshop is offered to both UXR beginners, and experienced professionals who wish to get their questions about user interviews answered once and for all. The workshop participants will listen to theoretical parts, followed by practical peer-to-peer learning sessions, and will also receive unique cheatsheets. To ensure everyone gets an individual approach, we limit the number of participants to 21 per session. We'll host two sessions with identical content so more of you can learn to ask good questions."
UI/UX for User Researchers - UX Design Course
"During this course you will learn about visual and information design, and the role of visual design as part of the user experience. Gain the skills to apply visual design to your wireframe, turning it into a high-fidelity design - and all with minimal time away from work. Learn from an Australian UX consultancy established over 20 years ago with experience working on 500 projects.
Join from anywhere in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Middle East, Europe, America or anywhere in the world."
Strategies to Influence UX Workshop
"Have you ever felt like stakeholders do not understand your role as a researcher? Do they think you only conduct focus groups? Have you ever been told that your sample size in your qualitative research is too small? Do your stakeholders sometimes think they know what to build before they understand your research findings? Have you been asked to drive strategy and you don’t know where to start? Join us in this 2-hour workshop in which 2 senior-level UXR Managers and Strategists will share tips and tricks from the field on how you can influence strategy and your stakeholders. They will share how combining quantitative and qualitative data can be a powerful method to educate about users, uncover opportunities, and drive strategy."
Practical Guide to Empathy Mapping
"This course will allow you to:
Understand what empathy means to you, your role, and your organisation
Convince your team and stakeholders of the value of empathy mapping as a tool to deliver better insight into customers
Facilitate an empathy mapping activity with your team and share the insight with the wider organisation for maximum impact"
Creating influence: Designing a research socialization strategy that works 🆓
"This April we continue our UX Research Meetup Series with a talk about designing a research socialization strategy. We are excited to welcome Jenifer Bulcock as our next guest! Jeni is a UX research consultant & experience design strategist — join us for her talk and learn what that looks like. You will also hear about:
various research socialization techniques
how to examine the communication pathways in your organization and if you need to introduce something new
how to define the complexity level of your shared research outcomes and how to design them in the best way
the short-term vs long-term consumption experience of your research takeaways"
Business X Design online 🆓
"Engage in the conversation that brings together C-level business executives and design teams creating the outward-facing experience of the business. Business X Design amplifies the impact design has on a company's core capabilities and its contribution to business and human outcomes. Hear from business owners and C-level executives on how design integrates into a business model and from designers on the challenges that teams face from the leadership level. This conference will demonstrate how designers can get that fabled seat at the table and collaborate to deliver unmatched results for the business."