Level up your research practice. Make friends. Get inspired.
Tailored to where you are today in your journey as a researcher — whether you’re just starting out, leading a team, or a research team of one designer who does research, we’ll have something just right for you. These will be hosted at various venues throughout the city.
A full day conference featuring talks from the best and brightest in UXR today, bringing new ideas from the forefront of the industry. This will be hosted at Roy Thomson Hall.
Gatherings and breaks where you can mix, mingle and grow your community of practice with your fellow attendees
Dive deep into lesser-known methods and emerging perspectives to build and shape your UX research toolkit.
Who's it for? Students and newer UXRs looking to strengthen their execution skills, broaden their technical competencies, and make steps to level up.
Don’t Start With Data: A framework for scoping impactful research
– Behzod Sirjani, Slack
Research: the goal, the role, and having an impact
– Dave Hora, Dave's Research Company, Ltd.
– Heather ONeill, Pixels for Humans
Doing Guerilla Research Right
– Maia Ottenstein, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals
Amplifying insights from underrepresented users to build more inclusive products
– Nanako Era, Airbnb
Learn from practitioners who are rooted strongly in the context of design practices and include design methods within their research toolkit.
Who's it for? Designers who have one foot in both the world of UXR and design that are looking to hear stories about how they’re uniquely positioned to be catalysts for change.
How might we future proof user experience?
– Ariel Sim, MaRS Discovery District
What Strive means to me: Finding ways to include unheard voices
– Cheryl Li & Sepideh Shahi, Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC)
Real talk: Doing UX research as a designer
– Kristina Rostorotsky, Loblaw Digital
Involving stakeholders in design research: a primer for success
– Ron Bronson, Independent
Design it wrong: How designing for research is different
– Shruti Ramiah, N26
Learn how well-developed methods are being adapted in challenging contexts and innovative ways.
Who's it for? Intermediate and senior UXRs looking for fresh perspectives and ideas.
Making Hiring Human
– Adam Mansour, Google
How to survive and thrive during a 3-month diary study
– Alison Post & Rubén Perez-Huidobro, Shopify
I don’t talk like that! Research methods and ethics for natural language interaction.
– Abby Bajuniemi, Gomoll Research + Design, Inc.
Researching the end: What doing user research in funeralcare has taught me
– Gillian MacDonald, Co-op Digital
Plotting: User Interviews Made Visual
– Jing Jing Tan, The Working Group (TWG)
Hear stories from research leaders about how they manage their teams and elevate the role of research in their organizations.
Who's it for? Research Leads and Managers looking for perspectives on leadership in UXR.
You're already a researcher
– Gregg Bernstein, Vox Media
Measuring trust when conversion isn't enough
– Ling Hu & Nicole Hill, Groupon
How to succeed as a UXR Manager: Capitalizing on your strengths as a researcher
– Monal Chokshi, Lyft
Toward a More Perfect Union: Strategies to Equalize the Value of Research and Data Science at Your Organization
– Ovetta Sampson, IDEO
Scaling UXR impact: Case studies from Google Maps
– Victoria Sosik, Google
Roy Thomson Hall
60 Simcoe St, Toronto, ON M5J 2H5
Dynamic UXR: Ethical Responsibilities and AI
– Carol J. Smith, Uber
Reclaiming the Promise of UX Research
– Christopher Geison, AnswerLab
Building a product within a product: How research saved Lookback from a long, painful death
– Kacie Wise & Henrik Mattsson, Lookback
The State of ResearchOps: More Than Just Theory.
– Kate Towsey, Atlassian
How To Serve A Nation
– Mithula Naik, Canadian Digital Service (CDS)
Taking a Different Tack: How We Built Up Research at Slack
– Michael Massimi & Christina Janzer, Slack
Strive For A Child's Mindset: Lessons I’ve learned about research and design from my 4 year old daughter
– Noam Segal, Wealthfront
What do you think?
– Shruti Kataria, Airbnb
The Siren Call of Self-Neglect
– Vivianne Castillo, Salesforce