UX Conferences for 2020

Note: Updated for COVID-19 changes

UX Conferences are a great way to discover new approaches to our field. This is a curated list of conferences that are UX focused or have a lot of UX content. We are not including design or development only conferences, although the Mofiti team may add those in separate lists. We love those too!

january

In/Visible Talks

Start Date:

Location: San Francisco, CA, USA

Topics: Design Design Thinking Empathy Content Strategy Collaboration

New Adventures

Start Date:

Location: Austin, TX, USA

Don’t miss Nottingham’s world-renowned, future-focused digital design conference. Our fifth event will explore speculative and critical design, radical inclusivity, climate, sustainability, and much more.

Design is changing. Be ready.

QRCA Annual Conference 2020: Keep Qual Human

Start Date:

Location: Austin, TX, USA

During the 2020 QRCA Annual Conference, we are focusing on the soul of qualitative research: humanity. Our theme of Keep Qual Human is a call to action to explore how we navigate the rapidly-changing world of qualitative research. How do we stay true to the mission of understanding humans while embracing advances in technology? How can the technology of today help us empathize with people? QRCA attendees eagerly embrace practical methods, tools and lessons from fellow members within qualitative and market research in general. We also want to inspire new thinking about best practices from outside our community and offer our attendees challenging, fresh perspectives.

february

Interaction 20

Start Date:

Location: Milan, Italy

Topics: Interaction Design (IxD) UX

We are working in an era with ever-evolving contexts and boundaries. The results have far-reaching impact, unexpected benefits and consequences. We will explore the meaning and evolution of interaction design by hearing from the brightest minds in design, as well as science, philosophy, psychology and even industry.

Pause Fest

Start Date:

Location: Australia

Pause Fest is an independent, industry-driven movement with a mission to bring diverse intelligence together to fuel the next generation forward.

Outcome

Start Date:

Location: Chandigarh, India

Topics: Design Systems AI Content Strategy CX Leadership

Outcome 2020 promises to bring together people and teams who design products and digital experiences. UX as a discipline is so diverse that people with different skills and capabilities work in the product UX team. While folks in the UX industry have started raising their voice for storytelling in the design process, the practice is yet to catch up. The core objective of Outcome conference is to understand the product design from storytelling perspective.

UXistanbul Conference

Start Date:

Location: Istanbul, Turkey

The first International User Experience and Usability Conference of Turkey and Region.” We are a one-day user experience and usability event, and we annually “fascinate” our guests. By being the first UX conference of Turkey, we gather UX and Usability professionals from World’s leading companies in Istanbul, to share their experiences.

World Information Architecture Day

Start Date:

Location: Multiple Locations

Topics: Information Architecture (IA)

World Information Architecture Day is dedicated to the empowerment of local leaders. Our celebrations inspire the global growth of information architecture as a community of practice and we value diverse thoughts and thinkers in our celebrations. World IA Day is jointly produced by a network of global, regional, and local volunteers with support from the Information Architecture Institute.

UXI Live

Start Date:

Location: Rishon Lezion, Israel

Design Day is for anyone concerned with the characterization and design of technological products. If the user experience is interesting to you, if your profession touches on websites, software products or mobiles, whether it is your profession or a side hobby – the contents of the conference can contribute a lot of knowledge and practice, in addition to networking with the best people in the industry. Leadership Day – Experienced in the field of UX / UI Design or managing Design activity? You should check out this unique day. Strong focus on Peer Learning and Networking with an audience like you. Insights that will take you further and significantly strengthen your Design Leadership capabilities.

Experience Design

Start Date:

Location: Denver, CO, USA

The changing landscape of digital, physical, and data presents a new realm of customer experience and behavior that businesses now can design for. No longer focusing on Experience Design tied solely to UX design, Experience Design 2020 will push to explore the boundaries of what an experience really means and how to use design to impact the end result.

ProfsoUX

Start Date:

Location: St. Petersburg, Russia

Keep abreast of UX-trends: research methods, visualization, tools; From beginner to pro – and more! Understand where to move at different stages of development yourself, how to develop a team / business; Get to know UX colleagues, look at the UX job market.

march

The UX Conference

Start Date:

Location: London, England

Collaboration between UX, UI & Content Designers Join our 5th conference and meet speakers with experience working in Abstract, Transport for London, OpenTable, Dyson, The Paciello Group, Nike, 1Password, Government Digital Service, Airbnb, Shopify, InVision, DuckDuckGo and others.

Convey UX 2020

Start Date:

Location: Seattle, Washington, USA

ConveyUX is the annual gathering of UXers in the Pacific Northwest. It is a showcase of local and international talent in the research and design of products and services. The event features three days of educational sessions, networking, and the fun of being in the Emerald City.

Service Design in Government

Start Date:

Location: Edinburgh, Scotland

Returning for the 7th year, Service Design in Government 2020 is the original public sector service design conference, attracting an international audience and programme of passionate Service Designer professionals. Our participants enjoy meeting and learning from their peers and leaders in the industry, leaving with new ideas and skills to improve public services, an increased professional network and inspiration gained from many useful conversations and interactions.

CHIIR

Start Date:

Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

CHIIR provides a forum for the dissemination and discussion of research on the user-centered aspects of information interaction and information retrieval. CHIIR focuses on elements such as human involvement in search activities, and information seeking and use in context. The conference represents a merger of two successful past events: the Information Interaction in Context conference (IIiX) and the Human Computer Information Retrieval symposium (HCIR).

Design Research by UX Australia

Start Date:

Location: Melbourne, Australia

A three-day event dedicated to design research – from planning and conducting, to analysis and use. Leisa Reichelt Announced as Keynote Speaker

Ignite UX Michigan

Start Date:

Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Ignite UX Michigan is a free evening of 5 minute talks on a range of user experience, design, and research topics in Ann Arbor, MI. It is a free event open to the public thanks to our generous sponsors.

Perth UX Camp

Start Date: Cancelled

Location: Perth, Australia

Join us for Australia’s favourite UX Camp (not actually involving camping), an unconference for UX professionals, students and enthusiasts.

UX Copenhagen 2020

Start Date:

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

What is influence in UX? This is the subject we have given our speakers for 2020: “Influence & Designing for Good”. We can’t wait to see where this takes us! We already know that some of the subjects you will be hearing about are DesignOps, privilege, tech for social good, futures thinking, ethical OS, designing against domestic violence, and maybe even rocket science!

Advancing Research 2020

Start Date:

Location: New York, NY, USA

Times have changed for user and customer researchers:

  • There are more researchers doing research than ever before.
  • There are more “non-researchers” doing research than ever before.
  • Research teams are getting larger.
  • Researchers are getting their seat at the table.
  • Research is increasingly cross-disciplinary.

We’ve moved past simply seeking recognition and validation. Now we’re grappling with strategic challenges, like working with the C-suite, professionalizing research, and achieving insight at scale. These trends and new challenges mean it’s time to reconsider research’s great potential.

It’s time to advance research.

april

An Event Apart Washington DC

Start Date: Cancelled

Location: Washington, DC, USA

A three-day conference with 17 sessions and an intense focus on digital design, UX, content, code, and more, giving you deep insights into where we are now and where things are going next.

Health Experience Design Conference

Start Date:

Location: Austin, Texas, USA (Virtual)

We believe in the power of design to drive much needed change in health. As the annual conference hosted by Mad*Pow’s Center for Health Experience Design, the Health Experience Design Conference provides a unique crossroads for a diverse community of executives and practitioners in design, innovation, research, strategy, and technology to help accelerate the transformation of our health system. Attracting over 400 visionaries across the health ecosystem, this two-day mix of inspiring presentations, workshops, and discussion will help drive real-world change.

IAC : Information Architecture Conference 2020

Start Date:

Location: New Orleans, LA, USA (Virtual)

Sense and Sense-making Conference Theme for 2020 This year we expect that lots of conferences will have a 2020 Vision. We like to look at things differently – and sight is only one sense amongst many. In New Orleans we want to explore all of our senses and all the ways we make sense of the world and the futures we face. We want to talk about how, when and why we encode, transmit, receive, interpret and share information. We’ll discuss what we can perceive and make available to the senses, the different kinds of intelligences we use to interpret and understand things and the intentional actions that result when things make sense. We’ll also look at the role of serendipity and mischief in understanding what our senses tell us.

CHI 2020

Start Date: Cancelled

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

The ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems is the premier international conference of Human-Computer Interaction. CHI – pronounced ‘kai’ – is a place where researchers and practitioners gather from across the world to discuss the latest in interactive technology. We are a multicultural community from highly diverse backgrounds who together investigate and design new and creative ways for people to interact using technology.

may

An Event Apart Seattle

Start Date: Cancelled

Location: Seattle, Washington, USA

A three-day conference with 17 sessions and an intense focus on digital design, UX, content, code, and more, giving you deep insights into where we are now and where things are going next.

UX Healthcare London

Start Date:

Location: London, England (Virtual)

With UX Healthcare we aim to make a difference, because better design is needed in the healthcare industry. From clinicians, healthcare insurances to hospital equipment manufacturers – our goal is to help healthcare across the world to implement the best user experiences possible.

Confab

Start Date:

Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA (Virtual)

The Content Strategy Conference

From UX to storytelling, accessibility to structure, Confab brings together those who are committed to making content more useful and usable. Come find your people at Confab.

UXLx – User Experience Lisbon 2020

Start Date:

Location: Lisbon, Portugal (Virtual)

UXLx covers many leading topics for the future of UX. Service Design, UX Strategy, and Augmented Reality to name a few.

june

SmashingConf Austin 2020

Start Date:

Location: Austin, Texas, USA

Meet an inclusive, practical and friendly conference on front-end, design and UX, with CSS/JS techniques, accessibility, performance, privacy, internationalization, designing for mobile, HTML email and real-life case studies.

#UXRConf

Start Date:

Location: Toronto, Canada (Virtual)

Level up your research practice.

The UXR Collective is bringing together people from across the globe who are committed to championing their users, surfacing better insights, and bettering the tech ecosystem.

Be part of a global UX Research community.

UXPA International Conference

Start Date:

Location: Baltimore, Maryland, USA

UXPA International is bringing designers, researchers and academics from all over the world together. Sessions include UX tools and techniques, emerging innovations, developing your career and everything in-between for all levels of UX professionals.

UX Healthcare Amsterdam

Start Date:

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

With UX Healthcare we aim to make a difference, because better design is needed in the healthcare industry. From clinicians, healthcare insurances to hospital equipment manufacturers – our goal is to help healthcare across the world to implement the best user experiences possible.

User Research London 2020

Start Date:

Location: London, England

A user research conference with workshops and talks.

An Event Apart Boston

Start Date:

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

A three-day conference with 17 sessions and an intense focus on digital design, UX, content, code, and more, giving you deep insights into where we are now and where things are going next.

july

ACM UMAP 2020

Start Date:

Location: Genoa, Italy

ACM UMAP is the premier international conference for researchers and practitioners working on systems that adapt to individual users, to groups of users, and that collect, represent, and model user information. ACM UMAP is the successor to the biennial User Modeling (UM) and Adaptive Hypermedia and Adaptive Web-based Systems (AH) conferences that were merged in 2009.

UX Research & Insights Summit

Start Date:

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

UX RESEARCH WITH IMPACT Savvy organizations understand the power that UX insight brings to both new and existing products and services. The UX Research & Insight Summit is a 3 day conference that provides 150 UX Researchers, UX Designers, and UX strategists with a roadmap to delivering more impactful insights.

august

An Event Apart Minneapolis

Start Date:

Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

A three-day conference with 17 sessions and an intense focus on digital design, UX, content, code, and more, giving you deep insights into where we are now and where things are going next.

Big Sky Dev Con 2020

Start Date:

Location: Bozeman, Montana, USA

Topics: UX Accessibility

Big Sky Dev Con is a technology conference held each Summer in Bozeman Montana. BSDC is dedicated to sharing knowledge with the Montana community about Software Development, Tech Business, Design, and User Experience.

UX Australia 2020

Start Date:

Location: Melbourne, Australia

UX Australia is Australia’s premier User Experience Design conference, now in its 12th year, with workshops and presentations to suit everyone from graduate to experienced practioners.

Two days of hands-on workshops focus on practical skills and techniques that can help you get started, learn new methods and tools or explore new ideas in detail.

Two full days of local and international conference presentations covering a huge range of topics and ideas relevant to experienced practitioners, newbies and everyone in between.

Be inspired for your next project, discover knowledge that stretches your thinking in a new direction or learn from someone who has tackled a problem just like yours.

Convey UX

Start Date:

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Topics: Leadership

The Nexus of Product and UX A special two-day event where leaders of product and UX meet to explore the best ways to blend these disciplines. For Product Leaders Better understand how to take best advantage of user experience resources in product development. For UX Leaders Identify how to move your research and design ideas “upstream” in the decision-making about product evolution.

september

SmashingConf Freiburg 2020

Start Date:

Location: Freiburg, Germany

With one track, two days, 13 speakers and 260 attendees, expect actionable insights for your work — right at the footsteps of the magical Black Forest.

Design Thinking

Start Date:

Location: Austin, Texas, USA

Topics: Design Thinking

Teamwork makes the dream work! Be a part of Design Thinking 2020 and get excited for four jam-packed days filled with hands-on learning workshops, site tours, and keynote presentations led by innovative design thinkers from all industries.

UXinsight 2020

Start Date:

Location: Chassé Theater, Breda (The Netherlands)

Topics: User Research

CREATIVITY IN RESEARCH This years’ theme focusses on the creative part of UX research. UX research is a field born in academia, but most UX researchers work in the creative field functioning as a bridge between technology and people. In our increasingly fast and agile working environments we need to be even more creative to deliver solid research.

UX STRAT

Start Date:

Location: Boulder, Colorado, USA

UX STRAT is a conference that brings together design leaders, strategists, user researchers, design-focused data scientists, and experienced design professionals from many nations for presentations and workshops about the latest trends at the intersection of business strategy, user experience, product design, and service design.

UX Healthcare Frankfurt

Start Date:

Location: Frankfurt, Germany

With the advent of Machine learning and artificial intelligence the ethical discourse around the role of designers and IA practitioners has been drastically changing, asking for more accountability in the design of digital products and demanding new ways to assess and measure the explicit and implicit consequences of our work. In our practice we used to measure ROI in terms of increased engagement, loyalty or satisfaction. Metrics reassure investors and managers, but do they actually speak about the impact of our design? What are the unmeasurable metrics that we should push forward in this new era of product development?

TEI: International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction

Start Date:

Location: Sydney, Australia

TEI 2020 is the 14th annual conference dedicated to presenting the latest results in tangible, embedded, and embodied interaction. It will be held on 9-12 February 2020 in Sydney, Australia. The ACM International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI) addresses issues of human-computer interaction, novel tools and technologies, interactive art, and user experience. The work presented at TEI has a strong focus on how computing can bridge atoms and bits into cohesive interactive systems. The intimate size of this single-track conference provides a unique forum for exchanging ideas and presenting innovative work through talks, interactive exhibits, demos, hands-on studios, posters, art installations, and performances. UX as a discipline is so diverse that people with different skills and capabilities work in the product UX team. While folks in the UX industry have started raising their voice for storytelling in the design process, the practice is yet to catch up. The core objective of Outcome conference is to understand the product design from storytelling perspective.

EuroIA

Start Date:

Location: Berlin, Germany

With the advent of Machine learning and artificial intelligence the ethical discourse around the role of designers and IA practitioners has been drastically changing, asking for more accountability in the design of digital products and demanding new ways to assess and measure the explicit and implicit consequences of our work. In our practice we used to measure ROI in terms of increased engagement, loyalty or satisfaction. Metrics reassure investors and managers, but do they actually speak about the impact of our design? What are the unmeasurable metrics that we should push forward in this new era of product development?

october

An Event Apart Orlando

Start Date:

Location: Orlando, Florida, USA

Topics: Design UX Content Strategy

A three-day conference with 17 sessions and an intense focus on digital design, UX, content, code, and more, giving you deep insights into where we are now and where things are going next.

UXDX

Start Date:

Location: Dublin, Ireland

Topics: User Research Business Agility UX Metrics A/B Testing Prototyping User Story Mapping

The conference that bridges the gap between UX, UI, Dev and Product.

The Human Insight Summit

Start Date:

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

We welcome you to join us at The Human Insight Summit (THiS) 2020 in New Orleans. THIS is the premier Human Insight event, attracting the best in research, design, product, and marketing from Fortune 500 companies and major small to medium-sized enterprises. Attendees come to the summit to be inspired to find new ways to use customer empathy in the decision-making process, to learn about the latest innovations in experience management, to hear from their peers and network with trendsetters influencing CX, and to enrich their knowledge base through shared experiences.

UXConf BR

Start Date:

Location: Porto Alegre, Brazil

Topics: Content Strategy Accessibility

UX Days Tokyo

Start Date:

Location: Tokyo, Japan

Topics: UX Design

TBD

SmashingConf New York 2020

Start Date:

Location: New York, NY, USA

Meet an inclusive, practical and friendly conference on front-end, design and UX, with CSS/JS techniques, accessibility, performance, privacy and real-life case studies.

World Usability Conference

Start Date:

Location: Graz, Austria

The World Usability Congress is an international premier user experience design conference. Two days of conference presentations provide practical skills to take away, inspire you for your next projects, stretch your knowledge or show how someone has tackled a problem just like the one you’re facing.

EPIC 2020

Start Date:

Location: Melbourne, Australia

EPIC promotes the use of ethnographic principles to create business value. We are a diverse, global community of practitioners who build deep understandings of people and their practices to ensure that innovation, strategies, processes, and products are anchored in what matters to people in their everyday lives. EPIC people come together at our annual conference and year-round on epicpeople.org to learn, share expertise, create knowledge, and expand opportunities for our work.

november

UX STRAT Asia

Start Date:

Location: Singapore

UX STRAT brings together design leaders, strategists, user researchers, design-focused data scientists, product managers, and experienced design professionals from many nations for presentations and workshops about the latest trends at the intersection of business strategy, user experience, product design, and service design. We are inviting design and product professionals from all Asian nations to join us for this unique conference!

UX Brighton 2020

Start Date:

Location: Brighton, UK

Join us for our 10th conference where people from product management, ux, research and design will gather to discover what we have to learn from one another. Learn new approaches and glean fresh insights that will bring solid benefits for you, your colleagues and your clients.

SmashingConf SF 2020

Start Date:

Location: San Francisco, California, USA

We’re bringing back two full days packed with front-end, UX and all that jazz! Live sessions on performance, accessibility, security, interface design, debugging and fancy CSS/JS techniques.

Front UX and Product Management Case Study Conference

Start Date:

Location: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Learning better ways to work together with your team and be inspired to grow your career in UX or Product Management. Together with over 1,000 other professionals, you’ll learn from extremely talented people influencing the organizations they work for and changing the way our industry looks at digital products and the way people use them.

CanUX

Start Date:

Location: Ottawa, Canada

Topics: User Research Information Architecture (IA) Interaction Design (IxD)

CanUX (pronounced “canucks”, like the hockey team) is an independent, locally-grown, non-profit, volunteer-driven event created for people who want to learn and share their expertise about user experience, and how our profession contributes to making things work better for everyone. There is no big marketing agency, publishing house, software vendor (or rich uncle) behind this endeavour apart from a few friends who run this conference as a registered non-profit event for the benefit of the Canadian experience design community. The event covers topics like user research, usability, information architecture, interaction design, service design, and just about everything related to the creation of compelling products, services and experiences.

UIARCHConf

Start Date:

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Topics: Accessibility Cognitive Bias Information Architecture (IA) Multi-platform Design

UIARCHConf is a unique conference and training event for those who work as UI Architects, or are looking to become a UI Architect. What’s a UI Architect?

We will explore the various aspects of UI Architecture and the role of the UI Architect, and the massive role a UI architect plays in an organization. From traditional “architect” tasks such as defining coding standards, to UX standardization, ensuring accessibility is a forethought and not an afterthought, the UI Architect wears many hats, and is a leader within their company championing the user interface.

Australian Accessibility Conference

Start Date:

Location: Perth, Australia

OZeWAI is the Australian Web Accessibility Initiative, which is a strong and established group of members. OZeWAI is proud to provide a valuable source of information on accessibility issues and ideas to the broader community. PWAC is the Perth Web Accessibility Camp, which has been running since 2013 to educate and inform the West Australian web community about all aspects of digital accessibility. It is run by members of the Perth Web Accessibility Meetup group. In 2020 the Australian Accessibility Conference will bring together the most knowledgeable digital accessibility experts, specialists and researchers from all over the world, as well as leaders in the industry, government and non-profit organizations to explore and support digital inclusion topics and ideas.

december

An Event Apart San Francisco

Start Date:

Location: San Francisco, California, USA

Topics: Design Content Strategy

A three-day conference with 17 sessions and an intense focus on digital design, UX, content, code, and more, giving you deep insights into where we are now and where things are going next.

User Experience Hong Kong

Start Date:

Location: Hong Kong

User Experience Hong Kong (UXHK) is a learning event dedicated to bringing all product and service design disciplines together, from research, marketing, design, technology and the business to name a few, who are interested and passionate about designing great experiences for people and business for a better world for all.

UX Salon

Start Date:

Location: Tel Aviv, Israel

UX Salon is an event for anyone who wants learn more about user experience design. This includes User Experience Practitioners, Product Managers, Interactive and Visual Designers, students, startups, entrepreneurs, marketing specialists, and other professionals dedicated to creating usable products and services.

Unlike many conferences, rather than calling for papers and speakers, we have an editorial approach — we put together programs based on current trends in the industry, and seek out speakers who are working in those areas to give inspiring, entertaining, but most importantly practical presentations.

User Research Atlanta

Start Date:

Location: Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Topics: A/B Testing User Research Cognitive Bias

The first year covered Research for Service Design, A/B Testing, Opportunistic Research, and Myths and Biases.

X4 Experience Management Summit 2020

Start Date:

Location: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Discover how the visionaries and leaders behind the world’s most iconic organizations design and deliver breakthrough customer, employee, product, and brand experiences.

Radical Research Summit

Start Date:

Location: Vancouver, Canada

The Radical Research Summit is a one-day event that brings together over 250 researchers, UX practitioners, ethnographers, product managers and businesses. The day will focus on issues and topics that directly impact user research practice today. Attendees will connect and learn from thought leaders in user experience research, emerging technology practitioners and world-class academic researchers. The day will provoke and inspire your team with new ideas while gaining practical and actionable insights to be more effective influencers and deliver research that has impact.