History of Midwest UX
In 2010, Erik Dahl, Imran Riaz, Pam Haaser, Lindsay Ramhoff, Brandon Stephens and Denise Philipsen connected the IxDA Columbus with the local chapter of the Usability Professionals’ Association (UPA). Together they set the core values of what was envisioned for the conference and drew upon personal experiences with other local and national conferences (e.g., Code Mash, Stir Trek, IxDA international conferences, UPA international conferences, and others) for inspiration. They wanted to create something rich in community and creativity with an authentic, cross-discipline, and grassroots feel. Importantly, it must be affordable and approachable for other designers who many not have resources to make it to the pricier national and international conferences.
Since the inaugural event in 2011, Midwest UX has been a hit. Compelling talks, a casual environment, discussions of innovative ideas, and engaging conversations have attracted great attendees and sponsors.