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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!

Conference Theme

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

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

Highly Rated Presenters

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 for more information.

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