The IA Summit: Where UX Experts Emerge

Jared Spool

November 8th, 2012

Every year, I go to 40 different conferences to hunt for the smartest, best UX presentations for our own conferences and virtual seminars. The IA Summit is, by far, the conference for which I’ve discovered the most talented of our presenters over the years.

It was at the IA Summit that I first saw Luke Wroblewski, Stephen Anderson, Chris Risdon, Peter Merholz, Indi Young, Bill Scott, Todd Zaki Warfel, Kevin Hoffman, Erin Malone, Christian Crumlish, Adam Connor, Aaron Irizarry, Dan Brown, Christina Wodtke, Nathan Curtis, and scores of others who have dominated our programs over the years. No conference comes close to showcasing so many smart thinkers. It’s a fabulous breeding ground for new voices who have interesting things to say to the UX world.

I want to encourage everyone in our field to consider submitting a topic to this year’s program. This is especially true for folks who would love to share their thoughts and experiences in front of a wider audience.

Don’t get too nervous about presenting, even if it’s your first time. The conference is one of the best at coaching first time presenters (and those wanting some great tips) to give great performances.

The deadline is (the newly announced) November 26. I recommend you check out the submission requirements and start noodling on a topic. (There’s some good suggestions on their site about how to go about it.)

And don’t be too nervous if I’m in your session. I’m just looking for the best stuff, like I do.

One Response to “The IA Summit: Where UX Experts Emerge”

  1. Lorelei Brown Says:

    A hearty hear-hear to this! Presenting at the Summit opens tons of doors, and makes you feel like a rock star. There is a great infrastructure in place for new speakers. I mentored someone whose presentation promptly went to the top of SlideShare, got included in one of the seminal books on content strategy, and is now a sought-after person.

    Jared (and most of those other people) sat in my first presentation. I promise that he is very nice and does not throw things.

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