UX Chat + Design Think Tank

Apr 8, 2017 · Santa Monica, United States of America

Please note due to nature of the event being 30+ days ahead: Location and Date are subject to change.

The LAUX Meetup is excited to announce our new bi-monthly event series called “UX Chat”.

In order for all UX'ers, even those on the other side of town, to be able to join us we’re holding the UX Chat series on Saturday afternoons at 1 pm every 2 months.

There is even convenient parking across the street from BLANKSPACES Santa Monica.

UX Chat will take on a unique mini-conference style with networking and breakout opportunities for different interest groups starting at 1 pm.

1 pm to 2 pm - Main room
Bring your own brown bag lunch for casual networking during lunch and to chat with other UX'ers. We’ll run through some introductory icebreakers exercises to help us make new friends. And, before the lunch session is over (1:45 pm) we’ll go over some cool tools and resources for UX designers.

We'll have some drinks and snacks on hand in case you forget to bring lunch.

2 to 4 pm - Conference room #1
Beginner UX mentoring / portfolio review 1:1 with experienced UX advisors. We limit consultation to 15 minutes per person so everyone has a chance.

2 to 3 pm - Conference room #2
UX & the Mind with Raymond Soon. Try out some mindfulness practices and self-discovery exercises to help out with your New Year's resolutions.

2 to 4 pm - Main room
Our “Design Think Tank”, a design jam session, is a way for designers of all levels to gain team collaboration and design thinking experience. We’ll introduce a local startup company, their design problems and their business model canvas.

After the business canvas review, UX'ers break into teams of 2-4 people for about 1 hour to discuss how to best solve the problem and work on a deck, mockups, clickable or even paper prototypes, etc.

We’ll have some senior UX facilitators to help with each team. Starting at 3:30 pm, any teams that want to practice presenting will be able to share their ideas. We'll use the format of a 5-minute elevator pitch.

Our judges will select the best design/presentation and the team will win a $30 giftcard to Starbucks to split amongst their members.

Volunteers Wanted
The LAUX Meetup is a volunteer driven organization. Would you like to help with Setup and Cleanup after the event? We're looking for 2 volunteer "wranglers" (leads) and 4 other regular volunteers. If you're interested, please message us or email: [masked]. We'll waive your ticket fee.

Optional Post Event Field Trip
While you're in Santa Monica, we might as well go visit the new "B3TA" (BETA) store at the Promenade mall to try out the latest IOT (Internet of Things) hardware that you'd have to normally order on Kickstarter and wait it for to be delivered.

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  • The Los Angeles User Experience Meetup

    The Los Angeles User Experience Meetup Los Angeles is home to one of the largest volunteer-run User Experience (UX) professional development organizations in the world. The Los Angeles User Experience Meetup has more than 3,800 members. Since the organization was founded on April 21, 2007 by Lynn Boyden, Chris Chandler, Craig Nakano and Weston Thompson, over 50 events have been held for User ...

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