What we're about

The Vancouver User Experience Group is a diverse community of practitioners and students who are passionate about building better experiences and honing our skills. We meet regularly to share innovative research, diverse perspectives and inspiring real-world examples. We are also the proud hosts of the Vancouver User Experience Awards (http://www.vancouveruxawards.com/).

Organizing team

This group also meets 2 times per year to plan and execute the monthly event series. This team is responsible for planning the monthly event calendar, balancing the types of events held (presentations, workshops, panels, lightning talks, tours, etc), venues and logistics. Each event requires publication on Meetup, ticket management, on-site logistics and speaker coordination.


The financial mandate of VanUE is to run revenue neutral events with the help and generosity of sponsors and volunteers. OXD manages the VanUE account for funds collected at the door for events. We have kept access affordable (typical monthly sessions cost $5-$10). Funds from these events are used to invest back in future events or speakers, or occasionally used to cover a portion of a social activity after the event. From time to time, when we bring in an out of town speaker or have a special event, tickets can be up to $20, but only to cover expenses of venue, catering and our speaker.


Founding sponsors include:

Habanero Consulting Group


If you are interested in becoming a sponsor to provide a venue or help with travel or costs for an out-of-town speaker, please contact one of the organizers via Meetup or at info@vanue.com.


Via Meetup, the organizers share announcements of official VanUE events (and sell related tickets), UX related job postings and occasional cross-posting of related, local UX events and activities. There are usually 4-6 announcements per month.

Meetup members have access to a moderated VanUE community message board and can post messages directly to vanue-list@meetup.com. Messages must be posted using the email account associated Meetup.

Speaker/event suggestions

Suggestions for UX related topics are always welcome by contacting us at info@vanue.com or by contacting the organizers on Meetup.

Volunteer opportunities

If you are a local UX practitioner or student and would like to help out with VanUE events, please contact info@vanue.com .

Upcoming events (1)

[ONLINE] Microsoft Research: Behind every great AI, there’s a great Human

Behind every great AI, there’s a great Human
How to design AI products responsibly, and why that matters.

Responsible AI is a human-centred approach to developing, designing, and deploying AI and Machine Learning products. It's principled, collaborative, proactive, and contextual. It is critical that we start practicing Responsible AI now. Ruth will explain why it is important and clarify when to practice it, why should designers care, and what you can do to start tomorrow.

• 6:00pm to 7:00pm: Presentation and Q&A
• 7:00pm to 8:00pm: Networking

About our speaker:

Ruth Kikin-Gil is a design strategist that leads the Responsible AI practices for Microsoft’s Security, Compliance, and Management (SCM) organization and a co-creator of the Guidelines for Human-AI interaction. In addition, she teaches design at the Human-Centered Design and Engineering (HCDE) department at the University of Washington, Seattle. Her career focuses on product innovation across devices, input methods, and platforms, including designing future experiences for Office, creating future scenarios in an incubation lab, and working on a strategy team. While doing that, she was granted 16 patents. Prior to Microsoft she founded a design agency, worked in startups, and as a consultant. She is a Bezalel Academy of Art and Design Alumna and earned her Interaction Design Masters degree from Interaction Design Institute Ivrea (IDII) in Italy.

More about Ruth:
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ruthkikingil/

Articles written by Ruth:
• The rise of the Demigod designer - https://uxdesign.cc/the-rise-of-the-demi-god-designer-ef6a9e4999bc
• Humanity-Centered Design: How ethics will change the conversation about AI
- https://medium.com/microsoft-design/humanity-centered-design-how-ethics-will-change-the-conversation-about-ai-65035b82b046
• AI ❤ Design - https://medium.com/@Ruth.kikin.Gil/ai-design-bedbd7152fff

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