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Results of the UPA Members' Conference Preference Survey
A lot of different factors go into making the decision about where to hold the annual UPA conferences: availability of good facilities, costs, hotel room prices, available dates, and an attractive destination. Of course, as usability professionals, we like to make decisions based on good user research, so last month we conducted a survey of member preferences about the conference location. We asked about what factors influence your decision, how you make travel plans, and tested a few locations in the western United States . There was a good response, with 394 people weighing in (that's just over 20% of everyone in UPA).
You can read the complete survey report (pdf 144Kb), but here are a few of the highlights:
Every year we hold the conference in a different region, looking for areas with a strong usability community (and a good value on the conference facility). This year, we will meet in Minneapolis , in the center of the US . In 2005, we take our first step across the border, visiting Montreal and moving to the east (mark your calendars for June 27- July 1, 2005 ). In the next few months, we will be planning the 2006 (western) and 2007 (south/central) locations. We are also beginning to think about how we step further abroad, as part of an increased focus on making UPA a truly international organization.
See you at UPA 2004 - Minneapolis ( June 7-11, 2004 ).
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