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UIE Web App Summit 2009

April 19–22 — Newport Beach, California

This year's Summit was a huge success. If you didn't get a chance to attend, you can still experience the Summit with our conference proceedings CD. This CD contains 14 audio recordings from the Featured Presentations, Keynotes and New Perspective Talks and 10 presentation books with hundreds of pages. Read more about the CD on the CD Proceedings Page.

We're already planning for the 2010 Summit and will announce the dates and location in the fall of 2009.

The must attend event for anyone building web applications!

At the UIE Web App Summit, you'll meet the innovators and world-class designers behind today's most successful web apps.

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.

Last year's Summit attendees told us they returned to their teams empowered to make an immediate impact, all fired up and ready to go. You'll come away inspired to create amazing applications that will delight your users.

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I appreciate the focus on web applications and the variety of speakers. The conference is not too big, not too small, making it easier to mix and mingle with attendees and speakers. I got lots of inspiration from the sessions.—Esther N.


April 19 and April 21, 2009

These intensive full-day seminars, led by industry experts, give you a deep dive into the most important web application topics.

Sunday's Full-day Workshops

Web 2.0 Strategy and Design

Riccardo La Rosa, Isobar and Steve Mulder, Molecular

Discover which Web 2.0 elements are right for you, how to design them, and what obstacles you might encounter.

Communicating Design: Essential Deliverables for Highly Effective Design Teams

Dan Brown, EightShapes

Make your design deliverables into living documents that help you gain insight and increase organizational collaboration.

Web App Anatomy: Effective Interaction Design with Frameworks

Robert Hoekman, Miskeeto

A new approach to get your team started quickly, whether building a new application or enhancing an existing design.

Web Application Form Design

Luke Wroblewski, Yahoo!

Learn the best practices to create web forms that support the user behavior you want to elicit from your customers.

Tuesday's Full-day Workshops

Designing Great Interactive Experiences for Everyone: Implementing Ajax and Accessibility

Derek Featherstone, Further Ahead

Learn to design directly to Ajax’s strengths to build interfaces that enhance everyone’s experience, including those with disabilities.

Achieving Reuse with Patterns and Components

Nathan Curtis, EightShapes

Speed your design process, reduce jarring inconsistencies, and eliminate coding headaches, while increasing end-user satisfaction.

Web Standards for Web Applications

Molly Holzschlag, Molly.com

Build standards-based applications for universal access, durable scalability, and long-term maintenance.

Wireframing and Prototyping for Highly Interactive Web Apps

James Box and Richard Rutter, Clearleft

Must-have tools for visualizing today’s most sophisticated design ideas.


Two of the most inspirational speakers we know.

Tony Hsieh, CEO

Tony will talk about the core values behind Zappos' success and how their web site is at the center of making that happen.

Jared Spool, Founding Principal
User Interface Engineering

Jared will share UIE's latest research on designing successful web applications, looking at emerging trends and common pitfalls.


April 20 and April 22, 2009

Featured Presentations give you a chance to hear the wisdom and current thinking of our expert full-day seminar presenters. Each one will give a 90-minute presentation on a topic that reflects today's biggest challenges. Our attendees tell us they love the chance to hear these experts give their latest insights.

New to the program this year, we've invited four New Perspectives presenters: Bill DeRouchey, Brian Kalma, Nate Koechley, and Joshua Porter. They'll share their experiences and open your eyes to a different approach for building great web applications.

In addition, we're bringing back last year's very successful peer-to-peer lunches. This is the perfect way to connect with other designers and developers who are tackling the very challenges you're currently facing. You'll get ideas you can try out immediately, while also developing a personalized resource network that will last long beyond the conference.


Learn from the premier leaders in web app design as they share their best practices:

Read all of the Speaker Biographies.

It’s hard to find advanced topics for applications, so this was great. I can take these ideas back to work and help make change.—Mara M.