2016 Call for Speakers

February 4, 2016

Update May 2nd, 2016:

The 2016 Call for Speakers is officially closed. Huge response from the community; thanks to everyone who submitted their sessions for this year! We’re hard at work reviewing your proposals. Expect to hear back about your submission in mid-July.

submissions closed

The call for submissions closed May 1, 2016 at Midnight (EDT).

If you have any questions, please contact our program team.

We are seeking proposals from speakers who would like to join our community of designers, developers, strategists and other UX enthusiasts at the conference in October. If you have an original topic or fresh take on a UX-related subject and your knowledge and insight can inspire or inform us, please consider submitting a proposal.

Learn more about our community, this year’s theme, and the selection process below.

What is MWUX?

MidwestUX is a 3-day conference founded to support and inspire a growing Midwestern community of professionals in user experience, information architecture, and interaction design. The event is a mix of speaker-led sessions, hands-on workshops and other opportunities for industry professionals to engage.

MWUX16 Theme

MWUX is hosted by new teams from different cities within the Great Lakes megaregion each year. This year, we’re pleased that the conference founders have selected our beloved city of Louisville, Kentucky for MWUX16!
Louisville’s unique culture was formed between the Midwest and the South. Among other things, we’re known for our college basketball, baseball bats, and horse racing. We’re also known for Kentucky bourbon; a mainstay of Southern hospitality and a spirit that epitomizes craftsmanship.
This year, we’d like to offer up those cultural pillars to speakers as a kind of theme: Craftsmanship & Hospitality. We’re confident the creative minds of the MidwestUX community can be inspired Louisville’s theme, our culture and our traditions. However, we’re sensible Midwesterners, so great content will be selected whether it fits nicely into a theme or not. We can’t wait to start reviewing your proposals and put together a great lineup of talent this year!

Session Types

Midwest UX 2016 will provide a variety of session types for our attendees. When planning your proposal submission, consider which of the following session types would be best suited to your idea or topic:

  • Talks: 30-40 minute talk/presentation covering an issue or topic of interest. Talks are given in front of audiences in theater-style seating. Talks can be educational or inspirational; theoretical or practical.
  • Lightning Talks: Have you honed your presentation to pack a lot of information into a small amount of time? (It’s more difficult than it sounds!) A 10-minute Lightning Talk might work best for you.
  • Workshops: Full- or half-day workshops give speakers the chance to delve more deeply into a subject with a smaller group of participants. Workshops have a more explicit instructional nature and involve direct interaction between the instructor and participants.
  • Excursions: Seen something you’d like to try in Louisville? Or are you a local to Louisville and want to show off your place? Let us know! We’d love to arrange a group to see it.

The Ideal MWUX Speaker

MWUX welcomes proposals from passionate people who will contribute to the dialogue in our UX community during the conference and beyond. Both experienced and first-time speakers are encouraged to submit proposals. The ideal MWUX speaker:

  • Has insights, experiences, and knowledge to share with the UX community.
  • Has practiced and polished a talk/presentation that can be comfortably delivered to a group of up to 250 people.
  • Will collaborate with the MWUX team to provide the best possible attendee experience.
  • Will be an engaged participant in the conference beyond their speaking commitment.
  • Can demonstrate their topic in videos from previous conferences or a 5 minute practice video for new speakers.

The Selection Process

As our committee reviews submissions, we will be looking for sessions that:

  • Illustrate the speaker’s depth of knowledge or hands-on experience with the subject matter.
  • Contain concepts general enough for attendees from a variety of industries and specialties to apply what they’ve learned.
  • Inspire or educate our attendees in interesting ways.
  • Explore new and emerging ideas or review the basics.
  • Are presented in visually clear and compelling ways by well-spoken presenters.

Our program team will review submissions and make selections that best fit MWUX16. We’ll reach out to all of our submitters via email by mid-July.

submissions closed

The call for submissions closed May 1, 2016 at Midnight (EDT).

If you have any questions, please contact our program team.