Talk and workshop
submissions


The time has come! We’re now taking submissions for UX New Zealand 2020

  • The deadline for submissions is midnight Sunday, 23 August 2020 (NZDT).
  • UX New Zealand will be held 18 November - 20 November in Wellington. The first day will be dedicated to workshops, followed by 2 days of talks.
  • You’ll find a link to the presentation and workshop submission forms at the bottom of this page, but before you start, have a read through the guidelines below to make sure you get your submission right.


UX New Zealand and Covid-19

Due to New Zealand's direct and proactive response to Covid-19, we are in the unique position of being able to host large in-person events and to share this amazing conference with the international community. UX New Zealand will continue to follow all guidelines set in place by the Government and implement all proper contract precautions. UX New Zealand has traditionally brought numerous international speakers to the stage and this year will be no different – except these amazing speakers will be coming to us via Zoom. This hybrid approach will allow all international presenters to pre-record their talks in the comfort of their own homes. Then, we’ll design them into the live program and stream via Zoom during the conference. For some of the talks, we can offer a “live” opportunity to have a Q+A session or facilitated discussion via Zoom or Slack after the presentation. All local New Zealand speakers will have the option to present in-person in Wellington or pre-record their talks.



What is UX New Zealand looking for?

We look at a range of factors when curating talks and workshops for UX New Zealand and take into account what past attendees told us they enjoyed.

The event experience and community we create is important to us. We encourage you to think of interesting ways to engage and interact with our audience that will make UX New Zealand 2020 memorable and unique. Please consider the following when planning your talk:

  • Do you plan to present in-person or pre-recording your talk?
  • How do you plan to engage with attendees who are both online and in-person? (We will help you navigate this, but be mindful of how certain materials or topics are translated between a screen and a stage).
  • Would your talk benefit from a short Q+A session after?

Talks

UX New Zealand is a single track event, so most attendees will see all of the talks. Our 2 main conference days are made up of presentations between 15 and 40 minutes in length.

Here’s a summary of the things we think about when picking submissions. You don’t have to tick all of these boxes of course, but it pays to highlight any in your talk proposal.

  • A diverse range of topics related to user experience — research, design, strategy, leadership, psychology, organisation, privacy, etc.
  • Fresh and relevant content — our attendees love new ideas (and new talks!)
  • Practical tips and techniques that seek to advance the role of UX in organisations
  • Talks that encourage attendees to think bigger, better and more critically
  • Talks that offer something to engage the audience (watching a lot of talks in a row can get tedious! Does your talk offer anything different?)
  • Speakers from all sorts of industries, fields and backgrounds.

Workshops

UX New Zealand workshops are designed to give participants hands-on, practical learning experiences on a particular topic. Active participation is a key element of each workshop. Workshops will take place on the first day of the conference (18 November), and will be made up of 4 half-day sessions — 2 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon. Each workshop can have anywhere from 15 - 30 participants.

We welcome a diverse range of workshops aimed at different experience levels and roles. When curating workshops, we look for a mix of sessions dedicated to:

  • Foundational tools and techniques
  • UX implementation, strategy and leadership
  • New and emerging methodologies
  • Professional development and soft skills.


How do I submit my talk or workshop idea?

All talks and workshops must be submitted via the appropriate UX New Zealand submission form at the bottom of this page. We recommend saving your submission locally before submitting it, as there is no option to save and return to the form later on. Here is the link to the Workshop and Talk Google Sheets that you can use to save your work as you go.

You’re welcome to submit more than one proposal.

Talk submissions

In addition to your contact information, you’ll be asked for:

A personal bio (50-150 words)

This will be used on the website alongside your talk abstract.

Your presentation title

Make it snappy and informative.

Talk proposal

This is your pitch to us, the conference organisers (as opposed to the attendees). Sell us your talk idea! The proposal should be a detailed and specific description of your talk idea. You don't have to have everything planned out and finalised — just tell us what you know so far, what your experience is based on and what you want the outcomes for the audience to be. It’s a good idea to include a high-level bullet point outline of your talk. This will help you organise your ideas and help us understand what you want to focus on. Overall, the talk proposal will likely be longer and less formal than the website abstract.

Website abstract (up to 300 words)

If your talk is accepted, this is what we’ll use on the website to entice the audience. It should give them a fair idea of what they will learn from you and get them intrigued about what you have to offer.

One line summary (up to 120 characters)

This is an extra short summary of your talk that can be used on Twitter and other social channels. Make it punchy and try to include some keywords that your talk might cover.

Talk length

This indicates to us your preferred talk length. We may offer you a different length depending on your proposal and how the schedule is looking. There will be no dedicated Q&A time during the talk. However, depending on the talk format we will provide a space for you to answer any questions in either our speakers' lounge or Slack channel following your presentation.

Which topic best describes the focus of your talk?

(Product Design, Service Design, Research, Content, Strategy, Empathy, Futurism, Career and Leadership, Other) This will help us ensure we have a balance of topics in our programme.

What level of practitioner is your talk aimed at?

(Beginner, Intermediate, Expert) This helps us ensure we get a balance of talk levels.

Speaking experience

Tell us any experience you have speaking (it's okay if you don't have any!) and feel free to include any links to online material.

Submit a talk



Workshop submissions

In addition to your contact information, you’ll be asked for:

A personal bio (50-150 words)

This will be used on the website alongside your workshop abstract.

Your workshop title

Make it snappy and informative.

Workshop proposal

This is your pitch to us, the conference organisers (as opposed to the attendees). Sell us your workshop idea! Why does this topic deserve to be run as a workshop instead of a talk? The proposal should be a detailed and specific description of your session. You don't have to have everything planned out and finalised, just tell us what you plan to cover, how you’ll encourage active participation, what you want the outcomes for the participants to be, and what takeaway materials you’ll provide.

It’s a good idea to include a high-level bullet point outline of the key topics you plan to cover in your workshop. This will help you organise your ideas and help us understand what you want to focus on.

The workshop proposal overall will likely be longer and less formal than the website abstract.

Website abstract (up to 300 words)

If your workshop is accepted, this is what we’ll use on the website to entice the audience. It should give them a fair idea of what they will learn from you and get them intrigued about what you have to offer.

Key learnings

This is a bulleted list of the key things participants can expect to learn during your session. Please include at least 5 main takeaways.

One line summary (up to 120 characters)

This is an extra short summary of your workshop that can be used on Twitter and other social channels. Make it punchy and try to include some keywords that your session might cover.

What level of practitioner is your talk aimed at?

(Beginner, Intermediate, Expert) This will help us ensure we have a balance of topics in our programme.

Who is this workshop for?

Who is the target audience of this workshop? This information will help attendees understand how suitable each workshop is to their current role.

Facilitation experience

Tell us any experience you have facilitating workshops and feel free to include any links to online material.

Special requirements

Does your workshop require any specific equipment? Additional resources? How would you like the room to be set up? Let us know if you have any specific requests for your session.

Submit a workshop



What will I get?

Conference speakers

We offer one free conference ticket per selected talk (a value of $790) and a reduced ticket price for any additional speakers.

We know New Zealand is tucked away from the rest of the world and our time zone makes presenting at virtual conferences a bit tricky, so we also provide a contribution to help ease those burdens (for talks over 20 mins). This year contributions are based on where speakers are travelling or recording from, and will generally have a maximum payment of $600 (NZD and tax inclusive).

In addition to the talk, we expect speakers to attend the entire conference and related events (where practical), be engaged and available to attendees and be excited to share their involvement in UX New Zealand with their networks.

Workshop facilitators

Facilitators will receive a payment of $100 per workshop attendee up to $1,200. Fees are in NZD and tax inclusive.