Laying Out the Costs to Your Boss for You to Attend the UX Immersion Mobile Conference

There are likely two main pieces of information your boss needs to decide whether or not to send you to the UX Immersion 2013 Mobile Conference (in Denver, CO April 7-9). Cost and benefits. In this second post of our 2 part series, we’ll cover cost. The first post covers the benefits of attending. There’s no way around it, conferences can be expensive. You need to consider more than just the registration fee when presenting the costs to your boss. Breakdown of prices We summarize this information in a table at the bottom. Registration – The current price is $1,989. But if you use the promotion code BLOG300 you’ll get a $300 discount. The next price jump goes to $2,289 starting March 15. (Depending on the circumstance, we’ve been known to give greater discounts. Contact us at events@uie.com) Hotel arrangements – We’ve secured a special group rate of $179.00/night plus tax at the Denver Marriott City Center hotel. This is the conference hotel, so by staying here, you’ll avoid daily transportation costs. There are other hotels in the surrounding area at various prices. Explore additional options at Hotels.com or Orbitz.com. Be aware that hotel rooms booked on these sites may not refund you if you cancel. To keep your cost down, you’ll want to find a hotel within walking distance of the Marriott. Flights – Flight cost varies depending on day of week, location, and number of stops. Flying out of a major hub typically gives you more airlines, times, and non-stop options. However, non-stop flights are often more expensive. Save yourself money by looking into flights that have...

Explaining the Benefits of Attending the UX Immersion Mobile Conference to your Boss

Convincing your boss to spend $1,800-$3,000 to send you to the UX Immersion Mobile Conference is no easy task. Your boss wants to understand how it benefits the organization, team and you. In part 1 of of our 2 part series, you’ll learn how to explain the benefits of attending the UX Immersion Mobile Conference to your boss. Part 2 – Laying Out the Costs to Your Boss for You to Attend the UX Immersion Mobile Conference details the costs associated with the conference. Understand what your boss wants Before you present anything, find out what information your boss needs to say, “yes, you must go to this conference.” Often at the top of the list is cost and benefits to the company. Dive deeper – ask what they mean by benefiting the company. Is your boss asking to see: How you’ll solve a specific pain point within your organization? How the material you learn will help finish up a current project? How this new information is shared with the rest of the team? How your new-found mobile UX knowledge saves the company from hiring someone to do a specific task or skill? Will you bring in a new skill set that the company is lacking? How are you adding to the basic UX knowledge of the team? Addressing Your Design Needs Only you know which workshops will address your most pressing design needs. The UX Immersion workshop descriptions lay out what you’ll learn during the day, the practical take-aways you’ll get, and how to implement the new processes and techniques you’ll learn. Explore the workshops that fit your...

Three Reasons To Register for UXIM Mobile by Jan. 30

Sure there are many reasons to attend the UX Immersion Mobile Conference in Denver, CO April 7-9. But there are three specific reasons to register by January 30. 1. We’ll guarantee you get your first choice in workshops There’s nothing worse than narrowing down your workshop decision and then finding out there’s no space for you. We guarantee that won’t happen when you register by January 30. To help you in your decision process we have very detailed workshop descriptions and video trailers. We’ll even guarantee your choice if you decide to change it up to two weeks later. 2. You’ll save $300 The price to attend all three days of the conference goes up $300 on Feb. 12. Why not save the money now plus get the camera. You’ll still save from Jan.31-Feb.11 BUT you won’t get that awesome camera to share your designs with remote teams and record you design ideas. 3. You’ll get your very own IPEVO Point 2 View Document Camera. We’re always looking to bring you new resources, processes, and techniques to help you become a better designer. When you register for the UXIM conference by January 30, you’ll get a great new tool – the IPEVO document camera. The camera was so popular with the UI18 attendees, we decided to give it to the UXIM attendees too. So don’t wait any longer. You only have a few more days to guarantee your first choice in workshops, save $300, and get the IPEVO camera. Explore the conference at...

Conducting Usability Research for Mobile Apps

Mobile changes everything about how we conduct usability research. With the right strategy, we can quickly understand our users’ behavior, wherever they are. Join Cyd Harrell at the UX Immersion Mobile Conference, April 7-9 in Denver to learn the latest techniques for interviewing, gathering data, and involving your entire team. You’ll learn how to: Lead strong mobile-research evaluations Envision studies even at the concept stage Determine when to do (or not do) usability testing Use mobile-research tools to study users’ questions Recruit users for specific operating systems Involve teams and stakeholders in the research At Cyd’s workshop, Conducting Usability Research for Mobile Apps, you’ll participate in small-group and individual activities to hone your research and interview techniques. Wear comfortable walking shoes; you’ll need them for observing mobile users on-the-go. You’ll also dig into some diary studies to see what “research platform in your pocket” means. You’ll discuss: Designing a mobile-specific research plan Collecting user data with mobile devices Conducting user interviews on-the-go Adding research — without blowing budgets Cyd’s been doing remote research since 2007. When she was at Bolt | Peters she even developed methods to broadcast remote research sessions to observation teams. Today, as the UX lead for Code for America, Cyd regularly performs research on mobile phones from low-income residents through smartphone-happy elite populations. In short, she’s The Expert. So don’t miss her at UXIM14. A Tool No UX Designer Should Be Without One of the tools Cyd uses for remote usability studies is her document camera. It’s a great way to have remote teams participate and to permanently capture the study. Get your own IPEVO...

Coding Prototypes, Even if You’ve Never Tried

An hour of prototyping can save days of meetings and misunderstandings. Collaborate with developers earlier to refine interactions; your team — and users — will thank you for it. Let Nate Schutta take the scare out of using JavaScript and jQuery to build mobile prototypes, using HTML and CSS in a text editor, and debugging what you’ve built. Come and see for yourself that you don’t need JavaScript expertise to build a simple application. Nate’s workshop, Coding Prototypes Even If You’ve Never Tried, will cover: Demystifying JavaScript Digging into jQuery Mobile Using jQuery Mobile Building a mobile app Fitting the parts together Showing your vision to developers Stepping beyond basic CSS and HTML Nate is one of those people who makes everyone feel comfortable. His expertise in prototyping comes from working with cross-functional teams. As a senior software engineer, Nate focuses on making usable applications — the ideal end-result of any project. He’ll teach you how to: Use browser tools and a text editor, comfortably Debug what’s screwed up Address often-overlooked pieces like error messages Use the not-so-mysterious dollar sign ($) with ease Understand and navigate a document library Simulate a mobile interface right on your laptop Nate Schutta will help you build out the pages for a prototype, use tools like lists, create a detail page, decide how to handle transitions, and experiment with different themes. After his workshop at UXIM14 on April 9 in Denver, CO you’ll have everything you need to get your mobile prototype up and running. See you at...