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Misssion UX

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Mission UX Design Conference

Mission UX was the first community-driven UX conference held in San Antonio. 

Our city is full of talent, skill, and deep knowledge of UI/UX design. We wanted to highlight this within the community. This is our first of many conferences where we can learn from each other, inspire each other, and share our experiences.

Time Frame

3 months
Mar-Jun 2018

Roles

Community Building, Event Planning, Web Design


Speakers

One of the main objectives of the conference was to showcase the talented individuals who had already been working in the UI/UX field in San Antonio for years.We were able to welcome speakers who were truly representative of the diverse culture and industries of San Antonio. 

Craig Hopkin  CIO for the City of San Antonio

Craig Hopkin
CIO for the City of San Antonio

Michael Verdi  UX Designer  Mozilla

Michael Verdi
UX Designer  Mozilla

Dr. Laura Faulker  Head of UX Research @ Rackspace

Dr. Laura Faulker
Head of UX Research @ Rackspace

Susan Price  CEO for Firecat Studios

Susan Price
CEO for Firecat Studios

 
Jon Gary Herrera  SVP for Public Engagement at VIA

Jon Gary Herrera
SVP for Public Engagement at VIA

Bob Hotard  Lead UX Designer at AT&T

Bob Hotard
Lead UX Designer at AT&T

Timothy Porter  Founder/CEO of Appdiction Studio

Timothy Porter
Founder/CEO of Appdiction Studio

Cherri Pitts  UX Researcher at UT Health SA

Cherri Pitts
UX Researcher at UT Health SA


Talks

Beyond the Five-User Assumption
Dr. Laura Faulkner

You have a prototype, a beautiful research plan. How can you know if you will have enough users of the right questions? Enter this lively debate with a pioneer who explored it more deeply than nearly any other. Learn the science of how a few users can get what you need. Discover how to know, and how to bargain, when you really do need more.

 

Moving Forward
Jon Gary Herrera

Get the inside story on how VIA uses tech and user experience to invest in their vision of a multimodal regional transport system that connected many communities to opportunity. Hear how VIA uses UX to enhance quality of life throughout the region.

 

Come Together, Right Now
Bob Hotard

Bob, also Master of ceremonies for the day, will kick off the conference with an expertly led, interesting, collaborative dive into the deep end of UI/UX through community collaboration.

 

Building a "Smart" San Antonio, One Experience at a time
Craig Hopkins

We all may think smart cities are about technology and data, but it's really about innovating the customer experience first. Learn the vision of SmartSA, what problems we have to solve here, and how the UX community can get involved in gathering ideas and telling stories that improve quality of life for our residents.

 

UX in the Real World
All Speakers

Panel session of today's speakers allows you to ask practical questions inspired from the conference. We will continue a UI/UX meet up favorite: How to deal with a certain situation or problem.


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Lessons Learned

Organic Community Growth

While there are plenty of excellent conferences out there, not of them are geared to serving the unique needs of the San Antonio community. Mainly, that we needed a venue to start a city-wide conversation between design professions who likely would have never crossed paths.

Consistent Participation

While we were not always able to get everything we wanted to get done in any single one of our planning sessions, I learned the importance of having a consistent base of volunteers so that during each meeting we got closer to our shared vision of hosting our very own community driven conference.