Ania Mastalerz
Jan 16, 2018 · 4 min read
It’s going to be a busy year!

A new year brings with it the opportunity to learn new techniques, try new approaches and learn from the experiences of others in our field.

Here’s a list of events we think are conducive to doing just that!

QRCA Annual Conference 2018

January 24–26 • Phoenix, US 🇺🇸
Focus: Qualitative research

Prepare to expand your knowledge and collaborate alongside the best qualitative research professionals in the industry. Explore, learn, and share so you are equipped to elevate your game from beginning to end by cultivating skills in analyzing unstructured data and identifying optimal methods and techniques for eliciting rich learning that helps you succeed and makes your clients shine.

Interaction 18

February 3–8 • Lyon, France 🇫🇷
Focus: All things user experience

Interaction Week 18 wants to reflect on how technology and design are shaping the world moving forward by building bridges across cultures, disciplines and industries to reach shared goals.

We are going to listen to experts and join conversations to reshape our changing relations with ourselves, our objects, the environment and the society as a whole.

World IA Day 2018

February 24 • 25 countries worldwide 🌎
Focus: Information architecture

World Information Architecture Day is a one-day annual celebration hosted by the Information Architecture Institute and held in dozens of locations across the globe.

ConveyUX 2018

February 27 — March 1 • Seattle, US 🇺🇸
Focus: All things user experience

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.

The UXR Conference

March 3 • Toronto, Canada 🇨🇦
Focus: User experience research

Join leading research and product leaders for a one day conference about how to build and grow your research practice.


March 7–8 • Utecht, Netherlands 🇳🇱
Focus: User experience research

UXinsight is a full-day, international event for UX research professionals and anyone interested in UX research. Join us for inspiring talks, workshops, interesting discussions and demo’s of cutting-edge research tools. This is one of the few UX events that really focuses on research, so not to be missed!

Design Research 2018

March 8–9 • Melbourne, Australia 🇦🇺
Focus: User experience research

Design Research 2017 will be a two day event that takes a deep dive into all things related to research for design work.

UX Hong Kong 2018

March 9–10 • Hong Kong 🇭🇰
Focus: All things user experience

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.

IA Summit 2018

March 21–25 • Chicago, USA 🇺🇸
Focus: Information architecture

The IA Summit exists to promote discourse and learning about the intentional design of information environments. It is a gathering of practitioners from around the globe, who practice and teach Information Architecture and other design-related disciplines.

CHI 2018

April 21–26 • Montréal, Canada 🇨🇦
Focus: Academic, human-computer interaction, user experience

The ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems is the premier international conference of Human-Computer Interaction. For first-time attendees, CHI is a place where researchers and practitioners gather from across the world to discuss the latest in interactive technology.

UX London 2018

May 23–25 • London, UK 🇬🇧
Focus: All things user experience

UX London brings together the world’s leading design experts and practitioners. Join us for a programme of inspirational talks and hands-on workshops. Spend the mornings gaining unique insights from influential speakers. In the afternoon, roll up your sleeves and participate in the workshop of your choice.

User Research London 2018

June 21–22 • London, UK 🇬🇧
Focus: User experience research

Join us in June for the UK’s first full day conference focused on user research. Bringing together some of the world’s best user research speakers to begin discussions on how we can further our progression of user research.

UXPA International 2018

June 26–28 • Rio Mar, Puerto Rico 🇵🇷
Focus: All things user experience

The User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA) is a professional association for people interested in user experience (UX). UXPA supports professionals who research, design, and evaluate the UX of products and services.

EPIC 2018

October 8–12 • Honolulu, US 🇺🇸
Focus: Ethnography, qualitative research

EPIC is the premier international gathering on ethnography in business. Our diverse attendees come from every industry, including Fortune-500 companies, the world’s top technology firms, management consultancies and design studios, universities and NGOs, public policy organizations and think tanks.

CanUX 2018

Fall 2018 • Ottawa, Canada 🇨🇦
Focus: All things user experience

A four day showcase of modern experience design trends shaped as Canada’s premier annual UX event, featuring hands-on workshops and a world-class mix of amazing presentations, with plenty of chances to find inspiration, learn, exchange ideas and make new friends.

Have any other suggestions for events worth checking out? Let us know in the comments below, and we’ll add them to the list!

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Ania Mastalerz

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Cześć, mam na imię Ania. User Researcher @optimalworkshop, Editor @mixedmthods // 🏂 + 🌿 enthusiast. Continuously caffeinated. ☕️

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