Do you have insights to share?

  • Our call for speakers will open in early September and close in early October. Get your talk and workshop proposals ready!
  • UX New Zealand will be held in Wellington and online on February 15 - 17, 2023. The first day will be dedicated to workshops, followed by 2 days of talks.
  • Please read the information below carefully, then click the submit buttons at the bottom of this page to see what information you need to include in your proposal.

What is a hybrid conference?

UX New Zealand is an international conference and designed to be enjoyed in-person or online! Speakers, attendees and partners can choose how they want to participate. This hybrid approach allows us to connect with our global community, across multiple timezones.

We will continue to follow all guidelines and recommendations set in place by the New Zealand Government to protect our community from Covid-19.

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 this conference memorable and unique.

Please consider the following when planning your talk:

  • Do you plan to present in-person or remotely?
  • 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. The two main conference days are made up of presentations between 10 and 35 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, information architecture, design, strategy, leadership, empathy, 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 across organisations
  • Talks that encourage attendees to think bigger, better and more critically
  • Presentations 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.
  • Case studies

Workshops

UX New Zealand workshops are designed to give participants hands-on, practical learning experiences on a specific topic. Active participation is a key element of each workshop. Workshops will take place on the first day of the conference (15 February) and will be made up of half-day sessions (approximately 3 hours).  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 and IA implementation, strategy and leadership
  • New and emerging methodologies
  • Professional development and soft skills.