NoVA UX Meetup Celebrates Its First Year!

Nova UX

At AddThis we’re passionate about our work and we enjoy spreading the word about topics that interest us. Several of my co-workers organize meetups that are hosted here at AddThis, including the Big Data DC and Cassandra DC groups. Earlier this month my meetup, NoVA UX (Northern Virginia User Experience), celebrated it’s first birthday.

UX professionals that live and work outside of Washington DC don’t always make it into the city for the many design-oriented events held there on a regular basis. A year ago I realized that there really wasn’t a design or UX meetup available in Northern Virginia, so I decided to start one. Since then our group has grown to over 500 members from large and small companies, freelancers, students, and others interested in creating great product experiences.

Here are just a few highlights from our first year:

  • Speakers gave talks on a variety of topics such as design techniques, usability testing, mobile design, product metrics, and one of the most popular presentations, secrets of cognitive science

  • We presented two moderated panel discussions that dove into Agile UX methods and e-commerce design strategies

  • Our sponsors provided raffles with prizes that included Eyegaze eye-tracking sessions, Microsoft computer accessories, CustomInk t-shirts orders, and fun gear from ThinkGeek

More recently, one of our former speakers Kit Unger, Director of User Experience at 3Pillars Global, has joined me as a co-organizer for the group. In the coming year we’re excited to expand our event formats, activities, and meetup locations – so stay tuned.

If you are interested in joining the group, please visit the NoVA UX meetup page. If you’d like to speak at or even sponsor a future event, you can reach me directly from that URL.

Kit and I are both excited to see where NoVA UX can go in its second year. If you’re interested in user experience and work in the Northern Virginia or DC metro areas, why not join us? We’ll look forward to seeing you at a future event.