Call for Participation 2008
We invite you to share your ideas and experiences with fellow practitioners at the annual Usability Professionals' Association international conference by submitting proposals for presentations, panels, papers, tutorials, and workshops. You can also get involved by volunteering to help at the conference, organizing a special interest group, or attending the conference. The 2007 conference in Austin, Texas attracted more than 740 usability professionals. Don't miss your chance to contribute your expertise and network with others in 2008!
The 2008 conference theme, “The Many Faces of User Experience: Usability through holistic practice” addresses the need for a wider view on usability. Marketing specialists, industrial designers, graphic designers, computer scientists, business analysts, psychologists, information architects, technical writers and others bring valuable perspectives to usability and user experience. UPA 2008 invites you to Baltimore’s beautiful Inner Harbor to share perspectives and learn from the experiences of other practitioners.
Submission and Review Process Overview
- Review submission types and download templates
(Note to submitters: Posters, Panels, and Idea Markets tend to have fewer submissions, and thus have a higher acceptance rate.)
- Submit poster and idea market proposals until January 21. Submissions for all other proposals closed October 15, 2007.
- Submissions are evaluated through a blind review process, by volunteer UPA-members who read and rate all submissions
- An executive committee, including committee co-chairs, reviews submissions based on the ratings and makes the final selection
- Every submission receives feedback after the review cycle is complete
How to Prepare a Successful Submission
The content and style of presentations, panels, papers and other submissions are the heart of the UPA conference. Content and style are what make the experience fruitful, educational, and fun for attendees. To learn what appeals to conference attendees, the conference committee analyzes the evaluations from the previous conference each year. Please note that the submissions will not be judged on their relevance to the conference theme.
Highly Rated Sessions
- Provide a balance of lecture and audience participation
- Explain how usability relates to other areas
- Provide real-life examples and case studies
- Focus on topics with wide application
- Read which topics conference attendees said they would like to see
Highly Rated Presenters
- Give attendees materials to take home and ideas to start applying right away
- Have opinions and experience about the topic
- Present with energy and have clear and concise presentation materials
Preparing Materials for English-Speaking Audiences
UPA seeks to become a world-wide community. To accomplish this goal, we encourage submissions from those for whom English is a second language. At the same time, we recognize that a language barrier might prevent people from submitting their ideas to the UPA conference. To encourage more submissions from the English-as-a-second-language (ESL) community, UPA can provide mentors to assist with ESL issues during preparation of submissions. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- September 4, 2007: Presentations, Papers, Panels, Tutorials, Advanced Topics and Workshops Submissions Open
- October 15, 2007: Presentations, Papers, Panels, Tutorials, Advanced Topics and Workshops Submissions Close
- December 3, 2007: Idea Markets and Posters Submissions Open
- January 21, 2008: Idea Markets and Posters Submissions Close
- February 1st: Early Advanced Program published online
- February 25, 2008: Early Conference Registration Opens
- May 5, 2008: Regular Conference Registrations Ends
- June 13, 2008: Late Conference Registration Ends
- June 16-20, 2008: 2008 Conference