How do I submit my talk?

All talks must be submitted via the appropriate UX New Zealand submission form at the bottom of this page. All talk submissions are presented to the event committee in a blind review process.

We recommend saving your submission locally before submitting it, as there is no option to save and return to the form later on.

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 attendees a fair idea of what they will learn from the talk and get them excited!

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

The majority of talks will range from 10 - 35 minutes. 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 schedule we will provide a space for you to answer any questions in the speakers' lounge or on a Slack channel following your presentation.

Which topic best describes the focus of your talk?

Agile, career, collaboration, content, data and analytics, design, DesignOps, empathy, ethics, futurism, inclusive design, information architecture, just for fun, leadership, research, ResearchOps, service design, and strategy

This will help us ensure we have a good balance of topics in the program.

What level of practitioner is your talk aimed at?

Beginner, Intermediate, or Expert.

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.

Video (optional)

If you would like to record a short video (1-3 minutes) to give us a sense of who you are and what your talk will cover we would love to see it. Or if you just want to say hi, that's cool too! Please include a link to google drive, Vimeo or youtube.

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 a bit tricky, so we also provide a contribution to help ease those burdens (for talks over 20 mins). Payments are based on where speakers are travelling or presenting from, and will generally have a maximum payment of $500 NZD (tax inclusive) for domestic speakers and a sliding scale for international presenters.

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