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Convince Your Boss to Send You to CanUX

March 25, 2016 by Corneliux

Wanna come to CanUX but can’t convince your boss to send you? Here are 10 big reasons that should help you close the deal. All you need to do is send him or her the link to this article, we’ve done all the work for you.

1. The diversity of the speakers. 20 of them from 5 countries on 3 continents are going to grace the CanUX stage this year and close to half are ladies.

2. As we are a non-profit event, the price is an absolute bargain. Other conferences out there cost between 2 to 3 times the amount our early bird prices (CDN$249 ~ US$195) and regular prices (CDN$339 ~ US $265). On top of that, our accommodations at the Four Points by Sheration across the street from the CanUX venue are just CDN$98/night for a double room. So if you share the costs with a friend, it will cost you just CDN$49/night. All those figures are ridiculously low, but don’t take our word for it, do some research if you are still not convinced (we could list our competition and their prices here, but that would be bad form).

3. The content. Sure, we go to great lengths to create a great conference experience. But no conference can be considered great without relevant, compelling content. From the aftermath of the UX unicorn movement to lessons experience designers can learn from the makers of board games, from visual thinking concepts to demystifying understanding in the context of information architecture, from future trends in product design to lessons in delivering state-of-the-art user research, CanUX 2015 delivers what we truly believe are can’t-miss world-class experience design conference topics in our own backyard. Stay tuned for the full 2016 program due out in the summer.

4. Mingle with the speakers during restaurant lunches. A 1.5hr lunch break spent waiting in a buffet line is not our idea of a great conference experience. During our lunch, you will be randomly assigned a restaurant in the neighbourhood where you will enjoy your meal with approx 100 of your fellow attendees. Our speakers join in the fun as well, and you’ll never know who you’ll sit beside. In the last couple of years since we started this, some CanUXers were lucky enough to sit beside and chat with the likes of Steve Krug, Kim Goodwin, Lou Rosenfeld, Abby Covert, Peter Merholz, Cennydd Bowles, Leisa Reichelt, Steve Hillenius and many, many more.

5. You get a chance to experience the largest annual gathering of UX professionals in Canada. That’s right, CanUX attracts between over 500 participants, mostly Canadians, from across the Great White North, from Halifax to Vancouver, with large contingents hailing from Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto. You’ll get at chance to connect, chat and learn from people who share not only your geographical location, but also similar markets, audiences and hurdles on the way to UX success.

6. Enjoying great content in a boring grey box is not much fun. CanUX takes place in an architecturally stunning venue, the Douglas Cardinal designed Canadian Museum of History (as it was sadly ‘harperized’ in 2013 after it was previously known worldwide as the Canadian Museum of Civilization). Bathing in natural light, curved lines and white tyndall stone, the venue will make you feel like you’re part of an art exhibit (in all fairness, there are exhibits open around the venue so while on a break, you can always take a peek).

7. Get truly inspired. Our mandate as an event is to inspire you to work better, and produce better work. Every one of our five previous editions have created a unique vibe based on a level of community energy that quite frankly we have not seen anywhere else (and we do go to quite a few other conferences throughout the year).

8. Canadian UX speakers from every corner of the country, from the west coast to the east coast. Sure having international speakers is a fantastic way of exposing our audience to what’s happening globally in the world of UX, but what about what’s happening at home? Well, we’ll have Canada covered coast to coast with our Canadian speaker lineup.

9. A true emcee. Many events are hosted by their organizers, and in some cases that’s a good thing, but in most cases it gets a little monotone. Our emcee extraordinaire, Rob Woodbridge, is a whole different kind of cat. In fact we think he’s easily the best emcee on the UX conference circuit. But don’t take our word for it, come see it for yourself.

10. Workshops. 2016 marks the first year CanUX will run workshops on Friday, November 11th, the day before the conference main program. All the workshop details will be made public before the end of May.

So what are you waiting for? Head on over to our tickets page, and join us in November 2016.

*Image credit: CanUX & Elida Arrizza

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