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.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Messages must be posted using the email account associated Meetup.
Suggestions for UX related topics are always welcome by contacting us at email@example.com or by contacting the organizers on Meetup.
If you are a local UX practitioner or student and would like to help out with VanUE events, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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- User Interview Workshop: A Practical ApproachMicrosoft Campus Vancouver-725, Vancouver, BCCA$10.00
Explore the Intricacies of Conducting User Interviews
Whether you are starting out your career or have years of experience under your belt, this hands-on workshop will equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct insightful user interviews.
With Salva and Dave, you will explore best practices and techniques that can significantly enhance your interviewing abilities, and have the opportunity to put your knowledge into action.
- Understand the best interview techniques for extracting meaningful user insights
- Distinguish between effective and ineffective interview questions to ask the right ones.
- Comprehend the structure of a successful interview, including a template.
- Engage in a hands-on activity to practice your newly acquired skills.
Date & Time:
Nov. 29, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
- 6:30 - 6:35 pm, Welcome and Intro
---------- Presentation & Q&A ----------
- 6:35 - 7:35 pm, Presentation: Interview Best Practices
- 7:35 - 7:45 pm, Break
- 7:45 - 8:00 pm, Presentation: The Structure of an Interview
---------- Hands-On Activities ----------
- 8:00 - 8:30 pm, Interactive Mock Interview
- 8:30 - 8:50 pm, Hands-On Practice
- 8:50 - 9:00 pm, Q&A
Microsoft Campus Vancouver-725
725 Granville St Suite 700 · Vancouver, BC
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Meet Our Speakers:
Salva Shirin, a User Experience Researcher leading the UX team at Diaryz, a startup dedicated to improving the mental health of family caregivers. With a PhD in Applied Linguistics and over 12 years of research experience, she has employed both quantitative and qualitative research methods to discover insights which have led to transformative innovations. Her extensive background in academic instruction and leadership, spanning over a decade, has equipped her with a range of valuable soft skills, including collaboration, empathy, problem-solving, strategic thinking, and adaptability.
In her free time, she enjoys hiking, dancing, swimming, savouring lattes, and watching inspirational movies.
Dave Kachman, a Senior User Experience Designer at OXD, an end-to-end design and technology consulting firm in Vancouver. Over the past 10 years, he has been helping guide the design of solutions for OXD’s clients. Dave's efforts include leading research initiatives to uncover exciting opportunities that improve the digital experience and designing innovative and compelling interaction designs. Some of his more recent clients include the Government of Alberta’s Ministry of Children’s Services, the Government of BC’s Ministry of Advanced Education, FortisBC, the University of British Columbia, and Kernaghan Adjusters.
When not working, you’ll find Dave riding his snowboard, hiking mountains, running around the city, rocking out at live music concerts, cheering on his favourite team—the Edmonton Oilers—or learning to shred on his guitar.
Spaces are Limited, RSVP Now.
RSVP now to secure your spot and take a step closer to becoming a more proficient UX designer. Spaces are limited, so be sure to register early.
Where do the fees go?
VanUE relies on the kindness and generosity of sponsors and volunteers to run events that break even. We ask for a small fee to help us cover the costs of organizing the events. We use the money from the events to fund future events or speakers, or sometimes to pay for part of a social activity after an event.