Friday, March 09, 2007

Conference Review: UIE Web App Summit 2007: Part I, II, III

Parts I, II, and III of UIE's Web App Summit ...

"Jared Spool’s User Interface Engineering (UIE) thought the time had come for a UX conference focusing on Web applications and thus produced the first UIE Web App Summit. This conference definitely filled what formerly was an unmet need. The UIE Web App Summit took place at the Monterey Marriott, in Monterey, California, U.S.A., on January 21st through 23rd, 2007. It drew a capacity crowd of 218 people, who had traveled from far and wide to attend the event. While most attendees came from the United States and Canada, nine came from the UK and Europe and four hailed from Oceania and Asia.

Like other conferences not sponsored by professional associations, the UIE Web App Summit was a fairly pricey event—$1999 for advance registration for all three days—so I was interested in finding out whether attendees felt they got value for their money. Everyone I spoke with was enthusiastic about their conference experience and felt that the content was valuable to them.

This was an excellent conference! The best I’ve attended in the last three years since starting to write conference reviews for UXmatters. And its content focused on a topic that’s highly relevant to the work of the majority of UX professionals today: Web applications.


With the User Interface (UI) 11 Conference already behind it, UIE has had considerable experience organizing conferences, and it shows. In producing the UIE Web App Summit, the organizers brought us a great conference experience. UIE planned the conference with great attention to every detail.

Day 1: Tutorials
The first day of this 3-day event comprised full-day tutorials on quite diverse aspects of Web application user experience:

• Deconstructing Web Applications—Hagan Rivers
• Designing Web Applications Using RIAs and Ajax—David Malouf and Bill Scott
• Usage-Centered Application Design—Larry Constantine
• Measure Twice, Cut Once: Product Strategy and Planning Tools for Web Applications—Peter Merholz and Brandon Schauer

People registered in advance for the tutorial of their choice, and according to demand, the tutorials were held in meeting rooms that were configured to accommodate the registered attendees."    (Continued via UXmatters)    [Usability Resources]


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