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.

Finances

The financial mandate of VanUE is to run revenue neutral events with the help and generosity of sponsors and volunteers. OpenRoad 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.

Sponsors

Founding sponsors include:

Habanero Consulting Group

OpenRoad Communications

Additional sponsors include POWERSHiFTER, VFS (venue sponsor) and additional venue sponsors throughout the year.

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.

Communications

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)

Panel discussion | UX Research journeys of 3 local companies

Microsoft Canada Excellence Centre

CA$5.00

User Experience (UX) Research is increasingly valued and practiced in the local and global tech industry. But the teams who conduct user research, and the maturity of their processes, vary greatly from company to company. Plus the UX Research discipline itself is maturing and has evolved steadily in recent years. So what does UX Research look like in different environments today? How do technology product companies currently leverage user research? How would they like to leverage such research in the future? And what can your team learn from them? In this VanUE event, we’ll hear from a panel representing 3 product companies on different UX Research journies. We'll discover how research works at their companies, discuss opportunities and challenges they encounter, and learn from the panelists' experiences. Panelists (bios below): - Veronica Zammitto, Director of UX Research, Electronic Arts (EA) - Dilan Ustek, User Research Lead, Clio - Barry Po, Vice President AI Solutions, Universal mCloud Panel Moderator: - Rock Leung, UX Research Lead, Samsung R&D Canada When: - 6:00 to 6:30pm: Check-in and socialize - 6:30 to 7:45pm: Panel discussion and Q&A - 7:45 to 8:15pm: Networking *Please note that doors to the building will be locked at 6:30pm sharp and we will not be able to let guests in after this time. Cost: We are charging everyone $5 to attend the event (and are running it at zero profit). Panelist bios: Veronica Zammitto is a leader at Electronic Arts where she focuses on corporate UX maturity and strategic improvements of the UX research practice. Veronica manages best practices and standards for executing high-quality research, efficiencies, exploring new processes, ensuring actionable findings, and departmental cross-functional collaborations. She has transformed how player experience is assessed at EA by introducing novel techniques. Veronica has extensive knowledge of research methodologies applied to video games, her efforts have led games user research on multiple projects across all EA, including Battlefield, Madden, FIFA, NHL, Star Wars: Battlefront, Plant vs Zombies, among others. Dilan Ustek is the User Research Lead at Clio, a legal technology company. She is building a User Research program that enables designers and product managers to conduct their own research. Prior to that, she worked as a product manager, leveraging research to inform her product decisions. She received an MSc in Human-Computer Interaction from the University of British Columbia. Dr. Barry Po is head of product and UX at Universal mCloud, creating a more efficient future with AI and analytics. Early in his career, he led the global user research practice at HSBC before moving into leadership roles in UX and product management at organizations both big and small. He loves how Vancouver has become a city with some of the brightest UX talent in the world. A big THANK YOU to Microsoft Canada for hosting us! Above photo by rawpixel on Unsplash.

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Bitcoin + Blockchain: Economic Freedom

BrainStation

CA$5.00

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