"Share your knowledge, it is a way to achieve immortality"
UXcamp is based on the BarCamp format where attendees set the agenda and create the content.
All attendees are offered a chance to lead a 45-minute presentation, discussion or workshop. As a potential presenter, you will pitch your session in the morning during the “Madness Session”. The pitch should be clear and to the point, lasting no more than 30 seconds. We can get pretty strict on that: last year we even had a gong….so you’ve been warned!
Right after your pitch, the audience will 'vote' on your proposal by raising their hands to show interest, allowing the organisers to make a schedule for the day by assigning time slots and locations for the sessions.
Pick a format
In the past, we have seen several successful formats:
- Presentations give a well-informed overview of a sub field of UX, and help attendees put their knowledge in context.
As the presenter, you may wish to bring a slide deck that you have prepared in advance. Interactive elements during the session are encouraged, and please leave time for a Q&A.
- Case studies show how UX knowledge was applied, what worked and what didn't work, and what lessons were learned.
Again, bringing illustrations of the work that you did and descriptions of the problem, process, and outcomes in the shape of slides will help you tell your story. Expect questions about applying the lessons learned in other contexts.
- Workshops are hands-on sessions where attendees apply and hone a specific set of skills, by solving a simplified problem with the guidance of an expert. If your workshop requires handouts, templates, or other materials, please remember that the number of attendees is basically unpredictable given the nature of the event. The organisers are able to supply basic materials such as blank sheets of paper, post-it notes, and pens but that is it; you should bring anything else that you may need.
- Structured discussions focus on a specific topic, and are aimed at sharing knowledge and helping all attendees along in their discovery. We would like to stress the "structured" part of this session format: simply asking people to discuss a topic may lead to unproductive outcomes. It helps if you have gathered and present some background materials to create a shared frame of reference, and formulate statements or questions that stimulate and guide the discussions. Also consider asking a volunteer to take notes or at least document interesting ideas and resources that come up.
If you have an idea for a different format (that doesn't require preparation by the audience), please suggest it!