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Workshops

All Event times in NZDT
Wednesday
9:00am
Wednesday
9:00am

Mini Con: The IA Edition

Remote
Free

Join Optimal Workshop for a mini conference that focuses on everything to do with Information Architecture.  This brand new free virtual session will run on Wednesday morning from 9am - 12pm and include multiple 20 minute talks from various speakers, a lightning talk, an interactive demo and then a panel discussion. Come along and learn about the importance of IA in your UX practice.

9:00am
Welcome
9:10am
Where is the information?

Learn to see the information in your work, and think about it as information, to help you research, designing, and information architecture work.

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9:30am
Food recalls, fishing rules, and forestry: creating an IA strategy for diverse audience needs

The Ministry for Primary Industry’s (MPI) customers have some of the most varied information needs we’ve seen — possibly the most varied in Aotearoa. How to follow fishing rules when catching snapper on the weekend? What requirements to meet to sell dairy products at a market? How to go about exporting honey to Asia? What funding is available to reforest a lifestyle block? mpi.govt.nz has all the information.

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9:50am
The information architecture of tasks

TASKS. They are the fuel which powers our individual and team productivity. They are the lens through which we design experiences for users (their “jobs to be done”). Organisations obsess over cataloging and tracking them.

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10:10am
How can we embed the IA discipline as part of normal product development? A Product Manager's perspective.

Often product people don’t understand IA and the problem it solves, and we think UX research will be enough.

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10:20am
Break
10:25am
Interactive group activity
10:55am
Break
11:00am
Panel discussion
11:45am
Wrap up
Wednesday
9:00 am
Wednesday
9:00 am

Actioning web accessibility: practical approaches to overcoming roadblocks

In-Person
$350

Struggling to embed a11y at work? The “Actioning web accessibility” workshop covers practical a to overcome barriers

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Wednesday
9:00 am
Wednesday
9:00 am

The path to design leadership: how to choose your battles and get your wins

Remote
$350

With this workshop, we want to talk about the hardships you can expect that no one will tell you, how to deal with them practically and personally, and how to best mentor and inspire your design team members to grow as human beings in the process. As well as give you the tools to win your first battles as a design leader.

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Wednesday
1:00 pm
Wednesday
1:00 pm

Facilitating design thinking workshops

In-Person
$350

Learn (and practice) how to facilitate design workshops that will get great outcomes every time

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Wednesday
1:00 pm
Wednesday
1:00 pm

Maximising the impact of your user research

In-Person
$350

A hands-on workshop on maximising the impact of your research.

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Wednesday
1:00 pm
Wednesday
1:00 pm

Mapping Service Ecosystems

In-Person
$350

Want to take your stakeholder workshop facilitation skills to the next level? Learn the basics of service ecosystem mapping and how it applies to identifying and solving systemic problems in this workshop by @corneliux.

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Wednesday
1:00 pm
Wednesday
1:00 pm

Get Knowledgeable: Developing skills for the UX of Knowledge Graphs

In-Person
$350

Get Knowledgeable: Developing skills for the UX of Knowledge Graphs…learn how to build magical experiences for knowledge/social graphs and concept maps

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Talks - Day 01

All Event times in NZDT

Thursday
9:00 am
Thursday
9:00 am

Welcome

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Thursday
9:15 am
Thursday
9:15 am

Odd one out: embracing diversity in design and technology

In-Person

It’s no secret - we have a diversity problem in design and technology.  Hear what we're doing to change this.

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Thursday
9:45 am
Thursday
9:45 am

Words that welcome: content design with neurodiversity in mind

Remote

Accessible content, for all beautiful minds

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Thursday
10:05 am
Thursday
10:05 am

Unleash your visual superpower as a communication pro

In-Person

Examples and practical tips (which don't require any drawing experience) on visual thinking to help you improve your daily communications in the design workplace.

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Thursday
10:30 am
Thursday
10:30 am

Morning Tea

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Thursday
11:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am

Building and Evolving a Design System that Aligns UX Strategy with the Business

In-Person

Find out how to turn a #designsystem into a celebrated strategic resource for your company. Join #Logitech speakers @xlicious and @costanzavolpini at #UXNZ2023 :rocket:

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Thursday
11:55 am
Thursday
11:55 am

New frontiers of the Metaverse, to make inclusive places not spaces.

In-Person

Designing the Metaverse is about enabling social relationships, and making inclusive places for communities to thrive. A shift from technology to relationship centered design.

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Thursday
12:20 pm
Thursday
12:20 pm

Lunch

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Thursday
1:20 pm
Thursday
1:20 pm

UX from a developers perspective: the influence we can have

In-Person

This talk draws light on the overlooked impact developers have on UX and provides an actionable toolkit you can use to empower the developers you work alongside to make better, more conscious UX decisions.

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Thursday
1:35 pm
Thursday
1:35 pm

How the relationship between Product Owners and Designers can impact human centred design

In-Person

Building relationships: how it helps your team, encourages stakeholders and informs a better product for the customer.

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Thursday
1:50 pm
Thursday
1:50 pm

Design team of one

In-Person

How to scale a thriving design practice inside a tech company

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Thursday
2:05 pm
Thursday
2:05 pm

Radical Collaboration: How team work really can make the dream work

In-Person

How embracing vulnerability, mistakes and asking for help, resulted in outputs (and outcomes) that had an outsized impact on our customer’s lives.

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Thursday
2:30 pm
Thursday
2:30 pm

Why Data Science and UX Research should be Best Friends

In-Person

16 trillion gigabytes created per year. 80% of enterprise data is unstructured. Is UX Research leveraging all the data?

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Thursday
2:55 pm
Thursday
2:55 pm

Afternoon Tea

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Thursday
3:25 pm
Thursday
3:25 pm

HCD IS DEAD, LONG LIVE HCD

In-Person

Is HCD dead? What comes next? What is post-Human Centred Design?

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Thursday
3:50 pm
Thursday
3:50 pm

Artificial intelligence & design: imagining the future of UX

In-Person

Cool or creepy? What role should artificial intelligence play in the UX design process?

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Thursday
4:15 pm
Thursday
4:15 pm

Designing for web 3

In-Person

Learn about web3, what's new about it, and key UX principles important to know as a designer.

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Thursday
4:45 pm
Thursday
4:45 pm

Wrap up

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Talks - Day 02

All Event times in NZDT
Friday
9:15 am
Friday
9:15 am

Welcome

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Friday
9:20 am
Friday
9:20 am

Ship cohesive experiences not org charts

Remote

Want to show your org chart in your products? Of course not. But for large teams and orgs, when there are many teams and individuals working on the same product, it’s hard to ensure cohesion even when individuals have the best intentions to build great experiences. Join Yutong Xue, staff product designer at Meta and ex-Googler to hear learnings and practical techniques to bring teams closer and ship more cohesive experiences.

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Friday
9:45 am
Friday
9:45 am

“Ain’t None of Y’all Safe!: A theoretical and practical approach to achieving Social Justice in digital spaces using a User Experience Approach

Let's move from tolerance to belongingness by using a UX process to achieve social justice.

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Friday
10:15 am
Friday
10:15 am

Jobs To Be Done methodology and its role in driving customer choice

In-Person

Jobs To Be Done methodology and its role in driving customer choice

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Friday
10:35 am
Friday
10:35 am

Morning Tea

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Friday
11:05 am
Friday
11:05 am

Designing for the overlooked user we all will eventually become

In-Person

We have assumptions on how seniors use tech based on our own experiences, but what do we really know? Find out at UXNZ

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Friday
11:25 am
Friday
11:25 am

A case study: How to design a learning management system for users with learning differences and permanent, temporary and situational disabilities

In-Person

Design principles and considerations for supporting users with neurodiversity in the online education sector.

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Friday
11:45 am
Friday
11:45 am

Panel: Managing professional wellbeing in your UX career

In-Person

Discover strategies to identify and take control of contributing factors to wellbeing in your professional journey.

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Friday
12:30 pm
Friday
12:30 pm

Lunch

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Friday
1:30 pm
Friday
1:30 pm

Emoji IA: What is a Lobster?

In-Person

Is a lobster an animal or food? In this case, there’s no such thing as “both”. Join Q Walker for a look at emoji IA.

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Friday
1:50 pm
Friday
1:50 pm

Product Strategy for Designers

In-Person

Learn the principles of product strategy to become a more strategic designer.

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Friday
2:10 pm
Friday
2:10 pm

From funding to delivery: ensuring alignment from start to finish

In-Person

From funding to delivery: Delivering a complex government service while maintaining alignment and traceability.

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Friday
2:35 pm
Friday
2:35 pm

In a nutshell – A three-step-tool for teams to break down the barriers of complexities

In-Person

Want to learn a simple three step tool to improve creative confidence and remove egos from your team?

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Friday
3:00 pm
Friday
3:00 pm

Afternoon Tea

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Friday
3:50 pm
Friday
3:50 pm

When expertise becomes our achilles heel

In-Person

Being a design or UX expert comes with its own blindspots. Why this happens and what we can do about it.

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Friday
4:15 pm
Friday
4:15 pm

Announcements

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Friday
4:30 pm
Friday
4:30 pm

UX Quiz

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Friday
4:50 pm
Friday
4:50 pm

Wrap Up + Prizes

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