The third annual Women in User Experience (WiUX) conference welcomed over 200 participants to the UW Seattle campus on Saturday, May 13, 2017.
Organized by current UW students in UX-related majors, the conference connected students with industry professionals, offering skill-based workshops and opportunities for networking.
WiUX officers worked throughout spring quarter securing sponsorship and lining up presenters for the event. They welcomed professionals from Vertafore, Splunk, Facebook, Microsoft, Google, User Research International, and Deloitte.
Gail Thynes, co-founder of the first WiUX conference and current UX Designer at Microsoft, was one of the panelists in the "how to network" panel discussion. ”It’s all about building relationships, and that’s why I’m doing the panel about networking,” Thynes told the UW Daily in a recent interview about the conference. “I haven’t had to apply for my last three jobs because it’s all about who you know.“
Attending these events is very beneficial, ” WiUX Co-President Emily Wong told the Daily “Not a lot of people talk about [UX design interviews], and they’re very different from your typical software engineering interview … These workshops give everyone insight regardless of what stage they’re at.”
WiUX organizers at the 2017 conference. Left to right: Sayna Parsi, Co-President (HCDE + Informatics); Kari Nasu, General Officer (Informatics); Kimberly Wong, Co-President (HCDE); Emily Wong, Co-President (HCDE); Netty Lim, General Officer (Design).
Read about the students' motivations behind organizing the event in "Empowered women empowering women: WiUX is breaking the glass ceiling to UX," in the UW Daily.
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WiUX organizers are working to grow the WiUX program offerings for the 2017–2018 academic year, including expanding networking opportunities and workshops with industry professionals. Interested in sponsoring future WiUX events? Learn more and sign up on their website, here.