Good User Experience Conferences

Below is a list of good UX conferences I recommend (UX not code, there are a lot of great code conferences out there as well which are not included on this list). Feel free to comment any questions you have about a specific conference or any you think I should add to the list. So far I’ve been to all but 3 of the listed conferences below in previous years.

The information below revolves mostly around this current year in the U.S., however these conferences are regularly held each year in the U.S and around the world. All prices listed were gathered from conference sites and reflect the mainfull conference price. They do not include pre-conference or single day prices.

IxDA Interaction 08:
2008: February 8-10, Savanna, GA
$299 – $599
“Interaction 08 will feature two days of inspirational and tactical sessions geared at anyone who practices Interaction Design, as well as a day of pre-conference workshops. We’re planning two tracks of thought provoking discussions during each day, followed by social gatherings on Friday and Saturday evenings.”

IA Summit:
2009: March 20-22, Memphis, TN
$380 – $725 (price depending on membership and student status)
“The Information Architecture Summit is the premier gathering place for information architects and other user experience professionals. The conference has grown from a special interest group’s efforts to define an emerging field, to a rich and expanding community of practice shaping and informing multiple disciplines.”

2009: April 4-9, Boston, MA
$350 – $1360 (price depending on membership and student status)
“Computing is reaching into all parts of modern life. CHI 2009 will be the showcase for the technologies, designs and ideas that will form the new world of digital life. There are many exciting new ways in which computing can improve life in many parts of the world. CHI 2009 will be the place to see that happen.”

Web App Summit:
2009: April 19-22, Newport Beach, CA
$2,350 – $3,350
“We’ve carefully crafted this four-day Summit to include two days of intensive full-day workshops on form design, Ajax, RIAs, design deliverables, wireframes, accessibility, design patterns, and web standards. We round out the conference with two more days of featured presentations from world-renown experts, to give you fresh perspectives and new insights on today’s web app design challenges.”

Voices the Matter (User Experience Track):
2009: April 27-30, San Francisco, CA
$1,095 – $1,295
“At the Voices That Matter: Web Design Conference, the leading authors and practitioners in the Web design community will inspire, entertain, and train you in all the things you know you’ve been needing to learn—and even a few you didn’t—from CSS, Ajax, and Web standards, to SEO, Web usability, interface design and more.”

NN/G’s Usability Week:
2009: April 5-10, Washington D.C
2009: June 22-27, San Francisco
$2,999 – 3,532
“Usability Week 2009 takes you beyond the typical conference experience, offering a three-day usability camp, a three-day intensive session on interaction design, and several specialized, day-long tutorials on core usability topics. Come for as few or as many days as you want. Our conferences are both broad and deep, and most sessions are designed to accommodate people with different levels of usability experience, from novice to expert.”

Usability Professionals’ Association (UPA):
2009: June 8-12, Portland, OR
$250 – $895 (price depending on membership and student status)
”Whether people are interacting with consumer electronics, medical equipment, factory floor production lines, websites, retail stores, customer support or the architectural spaces which they inhabit every day, usability and user experience reactivation share in the common goal of making it better.”

UX Intensive:
2009: June 15-18, San Francisco, CA
2009: November 2-5, Washington DC
$1,995 – $2,595
“This four-day workshop series is for experienced professionals wanting to take their practice to the next level. We examine the key elements that contribute to a successful interactive experience: Design Strategy, Design Research, Interaction Design and Information Architecture. Each workshop is led by Adaptive Path’s team of experts. Get ready to roll up your sleeves and get to work.”

UX Week:
2009: September 15-18, San Francisco, CA
$1,895 – $2,995
By Adaptive Path: “UX Week is the premier user experience conference, and in 2009 we look laterally at the disciplines that have influenced us. With a mix of inspiring talks from recognized thought leaders and hands-on workshops delivering takeaway skills, this event delivers for user experience professionals at all levels — directors, managers, and practitioners”

2008: October 13-16, Cambridge, MA
$2,980 – $3,900
“At User Interface 13, you’ll get 4 full days of in-depth techniques from the world’s leading web design and usability experts. On Monday and Wednesday, you will attend full-day seminars with our expert speakers. On Tuesday, we have a day filled with 90-minuteFeatured Talks. We’ll cap off the week on Thursday with our Showcase Seminar Day, where you can choose between UIE’s most popular seminars.”