Talk Submissions

The time has come! We’re now taking submissions for UX New Zealand 2017.

  • The deadline for submissions is midnight on 30 April 2017 (NZDT).
  • The UX New Zealand conference presentations will be held on 12 and 13 October 2017.
  • You’ll find a link to the submission form at the bottom of this page, but we suggest you have read through the info on this page to make sure you get your submission right

What is UX New Zealand looking for?

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

Here’s a summary of the things we take into consideration. You don’t have to tick all these boxes of course, but it pays to highlight any you do in your talk proposal.

  • A diverse range of topics related to user experience - research, design, strategy, psychology, organisation, so on and so forth
  • Fresh content - our attendees love new ideas (and new talks!)
  • Practical tips and techniques that attendees can take back to work on Monday
  • Inspirational talks that encourage attendees to think bigger and better
  • 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 fields and backgrounds
  • Speakers with different levels of experience (so don’t be shy, just go ahead and submit that talk idea!)

Overall we aim to create an event that offers our audience a spectrum of ideas and insights from an array of different people. UX New Zealand is a single track event, so most attendees will see all talks, and past attendees have loved the diversity the conference offers.

How do I submit my talk idea?

All talks must be submitted via the UX New Zealand submission form. In addition to your contact information, you’ll be asked for:

  • A personal bio (50 - 150 words)

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

  • Your presentation title

  • Talk proposal

    This is your pitch to us, the conference organizers (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 finalized, 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 ‘table of contents’ outlining the sections of your talk - this will help you organise your ideas and help us understand what you want to focus on. The talk proposal overall will likely be longer and less formal than the website abstract.

  • Website abstract (up to 300 words)

    This is what is used on the website to entice the audience. It should give them a fair idea of what they will hear 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 the likes. Make it punchy and try to include some keywords that your talk might cover.

  • Talk length (15, 30 or 40 minutes)

    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 is no Q&A time for 15 minute talks. For longer talks, the Q&A is included in the talk time (but it is up to the speakers to allow time for questions).

  • What level of practitioner is your talk aimed at? (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)

    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.

  • Workshop details

    Selected speakers may also be invited to run a workshop the day before the conference (Wednesday 11 October). If you'd like to pitch a workshop, give us some details here about what it would be about, who it would be aimed at, and your facilitation experience.

What will I get?

We offer one free ticket per selected talk (value $750), and a reduced ticket price for any additional speakers.

We know New Zealand is tucked away from the rest of the world, so we also provide a contribution to help out-of-towners with travel and accommodation costs in getting to Wellington (for long talks over 20 mins). As such, the contribution is based on where speakers are travelling from. The following amount are the maximum offered per talk and are in NZD.

  • Domestic (outside of Wellington, but within NZ): $500
  • Australia: $1,000
  • International: $3,000

We also pay workshop facilitators based on attendance. We’ll go into more detail on this with selected facilitators.

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.