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Everything You Need To Know About UI15

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What is UI15?

The User Interface Fifteen conference (also known as UI15) is the premier conference for designers, developers, and other user experience (UX) professionals to learn the latest techniques for creating state of the art designs. Hundreds of design professionals gather from all over the world to hear an all-star team of design experts share their newest techniques in interaction design, content strategy, design thinking, and visual communication.

The conference is put on by the brain trust at User Interface Engineering (UIE), the UX world’s go-to guys for the latest thinking. UIE's founder, Jared M. Spool, is behind the planning of this conference and he’s picked a world-class program that is envy of everyone in the UX conference biz. (He’s spent the last year on the road, carefully scouting out the right talent for this year’s conference. And, just between us, we think he’s outdone himself. This program is killer.)

We’re holding UI15 in Boston, MA on November 8-10. You’ll arrive on Sunday, November 7, ready to start with your first full-day workshop on Monday. On Tuesday, you’ll hear featured presentations from each of our design experts. Finally, on Wednesday, you’ll have another day of full-day workshops to choose from.

You’ll have eight full-day workshops to choose from. Review Monday’s and Wednesday’s workshops.

Practically everyone who attends the User Interface Conference comes for the full three days. There are a select few who can only come for a day or two. If that’s your situation, there is an option for you. Starting late September, we’ll open up single day registration to the public.

Where is UI15?

UI15 is at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel, 606 Congress Street, Boston, MA. Their phone number is 1-617-338-4111.

What are the registration prices and deadlines?

Registration Offer Deadline Full Conf. Price Single Day Price
Sneak Preview September 9 $1295 Not Avail.
Early Registration October 22 $1695 $650
Regular Registration November 5 $2095 $785
Walk-in Rate November 10 $2595 $995

If you’re thinking of coming, now’s the best time to register. If you can only make it one or two days, single day registration is available.

What’s the conference schedule?

Here’s a run down of the schedule. See the agenda page for all details.

Save time Monday morning and pickup your materials on Sunday, November 7 from 5:00 pm -7:00 pm. It's best to arrive Sunday evening if you’re coming from out of town for Monday’s workshops.

November 8

On Monday, registration will open at 7:30 am and the full-day workshops will start at 8:30 am. We hope you have a morning appetite because the continental breakfast at the Renaissance is awesome. Breakfast is available from 7:30 am -9:00 am.

We’ll also supply am and pm breaks through out the day for when you need that caffeine kick and get the munchies. You'll be on your own for lunch. We'll have a list of great places to grab food.

Monday’s workshops include Kim Goodwin, Luke Wroblewski, Dave Gray, and Kristina Halvorson.

The day ends at 5:30 pm.

November 9

Tuesday is the Featured Talks day. You’ll choose between two tracks where each of the speakers present a 90 minute session. No need to sign-up in advance for these sessions. Just pick the one you want and take a seat.

On Tuesday, registration will open at 7:45 am and we’ll start the presentations at 8:30 am. We hope you’re hungry because we serve a lot of food on Tuesday. You’ll start with a continental breakfast from 7:30 am - 9:00 am and there will be two breaks during the day. We’ll serve you a fantastic lunch with lots of great food to choose from.

We end the day at 5:30 pm and follow it with a networking cocktail reception with more great food and a few drinks to unwind and reflect on the day.

November 10

Wednesday is another full-day of workshops. It’s like Monday but with different presenters. Registration opens at 8:00 am and the workshops start at 8:30 am. We’ll serve you breakfast from 7:30 am - 9:00 am. You’ll also have breaks throughout the day. Lunch will be on your own and we’ll give you another list of restaurants to explore.

Wednesday’s workshops include Tamara Adlin, Leah Buley, Dan Rubin, and Nathan Curtis.

The conference wraps up at 5:30 pm.

When can I see the final program and choose my workshops?

The full agenda with all the workshop descriptions is now available.

What comes with my registration?

Now, that’s an excellent question. You get a lot!

Full-Day Workshops: You get to choose two full-day workshops from the eight we have at the conference. (What are the eight full-day workshops? Check out the agenda.) In each workshop, you’ll take the deep dive into the most advanced thinking in UX design, working through examples, pumping the expert speaker for their knowledge, and getting their first-hand thoughts on your biggest challenges. This is the core of the User Interface Conference experience—making sure you really get the meat of today’s most advanced practices.

Complete Conference Materials: Your registration price includes an electronic copy of the complete slides and notes from every workshop and session at the conference (even the ones you don’t go to). We’ll send you a link to the PDFs right before the conference, so you can load them up on your laptop (or iPad!) and have them ready.

If you are old school and love to take notes with one of those pen and ink things, we’ve got something for you too. For an additional $25 per day, we’ll have printed spiral-bound book (perfect for taking notes) waiting for you when you get to Boston. There will be plenty of places for you to store the hundreds of insights you’ll collect each day.

Laptop Internet & Power: You need your tools. We’ve negotiated with the conference hotel to provide you internet access in the session rooms for free. And we’ll have all the power sockets scattered through out each room. You won’t be wanting for electrons and bits.

Energy-packed Breaks: This conference is so intense, you’ll need frequent replenishment. We here at UIE are a menu-driven organization, so food and drinks are an important part of everything we do. You’ll get a great continental breakfast each day, plenty of healthy (and some not-so-healthy, but oh-so-yummy) snacks, good coffee, a wide selection of teas, and the finest sodas. There’s also a lunch on Tuesday and a reception. This is not a go-hungry event.

(Are you vegetarian? Have a particular dietary restriction? Let us know on the registration form when you sign up. We’ll take care of you.)

Audio for Featured Talks: Tuesday, when every expert speaker presents some of their best material, is our Featured Talks day. You don’t have to miss a minute of it, because we’re recording each session. You can relive your favorite sessions and share them with your entire organization.

Intimate Venue: You’re going to love the Boston Waterfront Renaissance. It’s the perfect size and space to get to know everyone at UI15. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to bounce your thoughts, ideas, and challenges off of the expert speakers and the other attendees. Everyone tells us they make new life-long friends at our events. You will too.

Where can I stay when I come to UI15?

Boston is a great city with a ton of wonderful hotels. Ideally, we recommend the Boston Waterfront Renaissance, because the conference is right there. However, our room block is already sold out. It’s still worth checking with the hotel for cancellations. Sometimes rooms magically become available. The best thing to do is call them at 1-800-266-9432 and refer to the User Interface Conference.

Here is a list of other hotels in walking distance to the conference venue. We do not have any special rates at these hotels.

And hotels less than 1.25 miles.

You might also want to try the Hilton Boston Logan Airport hotel at 1-617-568-6700. This hotel is close to the Silver line, just one stop away from the venue.

Lastly, you may want check out web sites like Hotels.com and Orbitz.com for hotel deals. Boston has a decent subway system (called the T). Many of the hotels are very close to the T. Ideally, you’ll want to be near the Red Line. You’ll take the Red Line to South Station and transfer to the Silver Line (no additional charge for the transfer). The Silver Line stops right behind the hotel.

When should I plan on arriving and departing the conference?

Probably one of the most frequently asked question we get is when should I plan flights? We know you’re not going to want to miss a minute of the content.

If you’re attending the full conference, we recommend you come in no later than Sunday evening. We’ll open registration on Sunday from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm. You’re welcome to pick up your conference materials then or Monday morning.

We start each day at 8:30 am. Registration is open at 7:30 am on Monday at 7:45 am on Tuesday and Wednesday.

We’ll end at 5:30 pm each day. The hotel is 10-15 minutes from the airport (we recommend you take the Silver line, it's quicker than a taxi during rush hour). If you make your flight for 6:30 pm or later, you won’t miss a single word from the presenters.

Are there group or educational discounts?

Our Sneak Preview Price is truly the best price out there. (Really, can you believe that you get three days for only $1295? It’s an amazing price for a high-end conference of this quality.)

After September 9, groups of 3 or more can register and get a group discount of $400/person off the current full conference registration price. Awesome, ain’t it?

Do you work at an educational institution? Are you a student? We love you guys. Pop us an email at events@uie.com and we’ll tell you about the special arrangements we can make for you.

Though we like to meet as many people as we can from your company, we can't split a full-day registration between two or more people.

How do I pay for my registration?

We want you at UI15, so we make it as easy as possible.

We’re not too picky on payment methods. There are several ways to pay for your conference registration: credit card, check, and purchase order. (Some have tried to barter with chickens, but we’ve got all we need, so you’ll have to use conventional currency.)

If you choose to pay with a credit card, you’ll automatically be registered for the conference. It takes us a few days to get all the details set on our end, so it may be up to five business days before you get the final confirmation. However, we’ll make sure you get in and we charge your card as the last step in the process. You’ll get a sales receipt from us the moment we apply the charge, so your organization can reimburse you promptly.

Paying with a PO or a check is a little trickier, but don’t let that discourage you. Register by the deadline date, so you get the best price. Then, work with your accounts payable team to get the payment processed quickly. As long as we receive it within 15 business days of the registration deadline, you’ll be all set and get the best price available.

Would an invoice make it easy? Do you need more information about payment stuff? Give us a call at (800) 588-9855 (in US and Canada) or 978-327-5561, or you can email us at events@uie.com.

Can I change workshops or add a book after I’ve registered?

In September, we’ll tell you how to choose your full-day workshops. It’s easy. We send you a link, you check off your choices, and, viola!, you’re all set.

However, we know things can change. If you want to choose a different full-day workshop, just pop us an email at events@uie.com and we’ll make the change, assuming there’s space available. There’s no charge for this as long as you do it by October 29. After October 29, we’ll have to charge you a $30 fee for the change.

Similarly, if you change your mind on getting a copy of the printed books, just email us at events@uie.com by November 2. It’s just $25/day to add these printed gems.

What if I have to cancel? Can I substitute someone else?

Cancel? Oh, my. That would be awful. We were so counting on you being there.

Well, things happen. It’s a bummer, but we understand unforeseen situations. You have a few options.

Send someone in your place: You can substitute a colleague up to November 2 with no charges or penalties. Just send the person’s name and contact information to events@uie.com. (They have to replace you for the entire registration. Sorry, but you can’t substitute someone for part of your registration.)

Attend a future UIE event: You can apply your UI15 payment towards any future live event or virtual seminar UIE produces. Just email us at events@uie.com and we’ll work with you to make it all perfect.

Get a refund: If you let us know you need to cancel within 24 hours of registering, we’ll refund you 100% of the amount you paid. After that first 24 hours and until October 25 there is a $350 cancellation fee. After October 26, we can’t give you a refund, but you can use the funds towards another event. Email us at events@uie.com as soon as you know you need to cancel.

What’s this about a “100% Satisfaction Guarantee”?

That’s right. We guarantee you’ll be 100% satisfied with the User Interface Fifteen Conference, just like we do for everything else we do at User Interface Engineering.

If you’re not completely satisfied for any reason, we’ll refund your entire registration fee. It’s been a long time since we’ve had to do that for anyone and we’re confident you’ll love the conference, but it’s good to know you’ve got our promise of awesomeness.

So, that’s everything. If you need anything or have any questions, here’s how to reach us:

User Interface Engineering
510 Turnpike Street, Suite 102
North Andover, MA 01845 USA
Phone: (800) 588-9855 (in US and Canada) or +1 978 327 5561
Fax: +1 978 327 5568
Email: events@uie.com
Twitter: @UIE
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