Conference / March 8, 2022
Asaf Fybish

Asaf is an investor and startup growth advisor. He specializes in organic marketing and he's our Chief of Stash

Top 31 Product/UX Conferences

Keeping up with modern design concepts is a difficult undertaking, as new developments appear on a daily basis. Product/UX conferences can benefit designers in a variety of ways. Whether you're a novice designer or an experienced professional, you'll certainly find a conference that will give you something new to learn.

Something nice about UX conferences is that they don't all cater to the UX/UI community, but rather to those who interact with them on a regular basis, which allows designers to gain a place at the table and raises awareness about the value of design.

We’ve compiled a list of the top conferences related to product/UX conferences that you must attend in 2022.


1. Advancing Research 2022

Website: Advancing Research 2022

Date: 9-11 March

Location: Virtual

The revolutionary Product/UX conference designed by researchers and for researchers, Advancing Research 2022, is in its third year. Rosenfeld Media, a well-known publisher, is organizing this event. It includes a curriculum that has been well researched and is based on the subjects and issues that are significant to you.

Overview of the Conference:

  • The major conference sections will inspire you with speakers that have prepared and practiced for months.

  • You'll have access to high-quality sponsor-led sessions that focus on learning rather than selling.

  • You'll be able to participate in a number of enjoyable networking events to stay connected.

  • An expertly constructed curriculum with a strong narrative arc that keeps you engaged throughout.

Who Should Attend:

  • Product designers

  • UX designers

  • Coders

  • Developers


2. SXSW 2022

Website: SXSW

Date: 11-20 March

Location: Austin, Texas

SXSW illustrates that the most surprising discoveries emerge when varied themes and individuals come together, with a range of tracks focusing on the most significant advancements in technology, art, entertainment, and music. Prepare to have more socializing, learning, ideation, and career-enhancing chances than you've ever had before with this Product/UX conference.

Overview of the Conference:

  • SXSW Art Installation: Order of magnitude

  • Experience by Dell Technologies

  • Dolby.io Platform for media and communications

  • Featured session: Changing the future of design and the Future of Content

Who Should Attend:

  • UX designers

  • Developers

  • Music artists

  • Animators

  • Technologists


3. Design Research

Website: Design Research

Date: 16-18 March

Location: Online

Design Research 2022 is a thrilling Product/UX conference that gives a comprehensive look of all aspects of design research. All areas of research are included, from initial evaluation to planning and execution, as well as analysis and application. The conference is split into two parts: 1 day of workshops and 2 days of conference sessions.

Overview of the Conference:

  • Virtual workshops

  • Conference presentations

  • Keynote: What design researchers are up to

  • Beyond pixels at startups

  • Pitching and planning design research

Who Should Attend:

  • Design researchers

  • Designers

  • Product owners

  • Design Consultants


4. Design Matters Pop-up

Website: Design Matters Pop-up

Date: 23 March

Location: Virtual

This pop-up Product/UX conference will use Behavioral Design and Behavioral Science methodologies to concentrate on sustainability and eco-friendly design. It will discuss how to make a good difference for our environment by addressing the UN's Sustainable Development Goals with a panel of behavioral design and user experience specialists.

Overview of the Conference:

  • Keynote: Design to change behavior in a digital future

  • People Change by Damion Bailey

  • Design for Cognitive Bias

  • Talk by Ida Lemoine

  • The Science Behind Habit Forming Tech

Who Should Attend:

  • Designers

  • Developers

  • Design analysts

  • Design researchers


5. SmashingConf SF 2022

Website: Smashing Conf

Date: 28-31 March

Location: San Francisco

SmashingConf is a welcoming, all-inclusive Product/UX conference that focuses on real-world issues and solutions. It includes 2 days of tracks, 14 presenters, 300–400 people in attendance, and a slew of workshops. SmashingConf focuses on front-end and user experience, and it also covers all aspects of the web, including interface design and machine learning.

Overview of the Conference:

  • Live designing and coding sessions

  • Workshops

  • Approachable speakers

  • Games and hackathons

  • Lighting talks by participants

Who Should Attend:

  • Design consultants

  • Product designers

  • Product developers

  • UX designers

  • Product researchers


6. Design Thinking

Website: Design Thinking

Date: 4-6 April

Location: Chicago

The organizers are excited to bring the community together at DesignThinking2022, to both acknowledge the struggles designers experience and to compare with each other the best practices of creative thinking and implementation in modern times.

Overview of the Conference:

  • Keynote speeches

  • Workshop tracks

  • Panel discussions

  • Live sessions

  • Networking opportunities

Who Should Attend:

  • Design researchers

  • Product designers

  • UX designers

  • UI designers

  • Research analysts


7. Front Utah

Website: Front Utah

Date: 6-8 April

Location: Salt Lake City, Utah

The Front UX Conference will take place in Salt Lake City's vast and gorgeous Eccles Theater. This Product/UX conference will help you learn better methods to collaborate with your colleagues, and get inspiration and resources to advance your skills in UX or Product Management. You'll hear from very talented people who are impacting the organizations they work for and change the way our field looks at digital goods and how people use them.

Overview of the Conference:

  • Keynote speeches

  • Panel discussions

  • Real-life case studies

  • Q&A sessions

  • Workshops

Who Should Attend:

  • UX designers

  • Product developers

  • Product owners

  • Design researchers


8. University of Illinois Web Conference

Website: WebCon

Date: 6-8 April

Location: Illinois

University of Illinois Web Conference is a 3-day conference for designers, UX developers, social media advertisers, content editors, and other web experts in higher education and beyond at an affordable price.

Overview of the Conference:

  • Workshop: Transfer your skills and pay the bills

  • Keynote: Design sprint

  • The power of diverse connection

  • Time Management for Creatives

  • Successful web collaborations

Who Should Attend:

  • Web designers

  • Developers

  • Social media marketers

  • Content managers


9. UXistanbul

Website: UXistanbul

Date: 11-22 April

Location: Virtual

In April 2022, UXinstabul will have a festival-style conference with a portal that will be live for two weeks. They will break down the barriers of time and geography by bringing together people from all over the world and making material available at any time. The UXistanbul Platform will host masterclasses from subject specialists, talks with design luminaries, and entertaining events.

Overview of the Conference:

  • Keynote speakers

  • Panel discussions

  • Interactive workshops

  • Masterclasses

Who Should Attend:

  • Designers

  • UX developers

  • Product analysts

  • Product researchers


10. Health Experience Design Conference

Website: Health Experience Design Conference

Date: 11-12 April

Location: Boston, USA

HXD was meticulously developed to foster a community that is motivated to take action. Conferences and other interactive events will introduce you to other healthcare innovators. The Center drives the design and implementation of revolutionary health services, behavior change treatments, and digital solutions, with nearly two decades of expertise cooperating with health institutions.

Overview of the Conference:

  • Provides you with design tools, methodologies, and best practices that you can apply right away to assist your business in designing for the future.

  • Shows you industry success stories to learn from

  • Helps build your own personal arsenal for staying healthy, efficient, and resilient.

  • Workshop: Introduction to Behavior Change Design

Who Should Attend:

  • Design researchers

  • UX designers

  • Product designers

  • Behavior analysts

  • Product consultants


11. Information Architecture

Website: Information architecture

Date: 19-23 April

Location: Virtual

IAC22 will reconnect as a group of professionals from April 18th to 23rd, committed to learning alongside their fellow Data Designers, Developers, Media Strategists, Analysts, and Product Managers. With these discussions, presentations, seminars, and community engagements, they will reinvigorate their shared love for this profession.

Overview of the Conference:

  • IAC22 has put together a carefully curated list of workshops for people at various professional levels.

  • Keynote: Integrating Design and Data Science for improved artificial intelligence product development

  • The myth of shared information spaces

  • Tricks for Syncing Product Terms

Who Should Attend:

  • Information Architects

  • Designers

  • Content Strategists

  • Researchers

  • Product Managers


12. Beyond tellerrand Dusseldorf 2022

Website: Beyond Tellerrand

Date: 2-3 May

Location: Germany

Beyond Tellerrand is a low-cost single-track event that combines art and technology.The major highlight is from 2 to 3 May, but there will be workshops and small events on those days as well. Keep checking back because they'll be adding presenters, workshops, and material on a routine basis.

Overview of the Conference:

  • Keynote speeches

  • Panel discussions

  • Workshops

  • Local user groups and meetups

  • Live sessions

Who Should Attend:

  • UX designers

  • Product designers

  • Web designers

  • Product consultants


13. Confab 2022

Website: Confab

Date: 9-12 May

Location: Minneapolis

Confab delivers content marketing strategy to life, from UX to usability, architecture to content operations. Hear from thought leaders, best-selling writers, and up-and-coming talent to upgrade your design skills and practise in this Product/UX conference.

Overview of the Conference:

  • Introduction to content strategy

  • Intensive workshops

  • Content programming

  • Breakout sessions

  • Mainstage keynotes

Who Should Attend:

  • Product researchers

  • Designers

  • UX developers

  • Product analysts


14. Women in Product

Website: Women in Product

Date: 10-11 May

Location: Virtual

Career development is facilitated by conferences like the Women In Product. This conference will allow you to interact with the aspects of yourself that drive your success at work and rekindle your enthusiasm for product management.

Overview of the Conference:

  • Keynote speeches

  • Panel discussions

  • Interactive workshops

  • Live Q&A sessions

  • Featured sessions

Who Should Attend:

  • UX designers

  • Product designers

  • Web designers

  • Developers


15. From Business to Buttons

Website: From Business to Buttons

Date: 13 May

Location: Stockholm

From Business to Buttons is a gathering place for anyone looking for ideas and practical guidance on how to generate commercial value through exceptional user experiences. Turning uncertainty into possibilities and developing resilient firms is what this conference will discuss.

Overview of the Conference:

  • Mainstage keynotes

  • Interactive workshops

  • Panel discussions

  • Masterclasses

Who Should Attend:

  • Product developers

  • Designers

  • Product researchers

  • Competition analysts


16. #gamesUR Summit 2022

Website: GamesurCon

Date: 19-20 May

Location: Utah, USA

The gamesUR Summit is a well-known annual gathering for industry experts specializing in user research and experience in gaming, such as user testing, game metrics, and UX design and methods. It has evolved from a few academics to hundreds of participants with numerous lecture streams, debates, and workshops showing breakthrough approaches, tools, and strategies for game design.

Overview of the Conference:

  • Keynote speeches

  • Panel discussions

  • Interactive workshops

  • Q&A sessions

Who Should Attend:

  • Game developers

  • User experience researchers

  • UX Developers


17. ACE!

Website: Ace

Date: 19-20 May

Location: Virtual

ACE is one of Central Europe's largest regional conferences of its type, gathering participants from all over the area. They're especially looking forward to the next event, which will integrate 2 tracks of software development and product management into1 conference.

Overview of the Conference:

  • Keynote speeches

  • Project and product tracks

  • Panel discussions

  • Workshops

Who Should Attend:

  • Product developers

  • Designers

  • UX designers


18. Chief Experience Officer

Website: CEI

Date: 22-24 May

Location: Chicago, Illinois

The Chief Experience Officer Exchange is an invite-only conference designed for today's top customer experience leaders who want to benchmark, interact, and find answers to crucial business concerns in the most appropriate and productive way possible.

Overview of the Conference:

  • Keynote speeches

  • Panel discussions

  • Masterclasses

  • Workshops

Who Should Attend:

  • Key decision makers

  • Customer experience leaders

  • Product and UX designers

  • Product researchers


19. Design 2022

Website: Design 2022

Date: 23-26 May

Location: Cavtat, Croatia

The purpose of Design 2022 is to bring together scholars and practitioners from a number of disciplines and areas who have engaged in or thought about research and manufacturing design.

Overview of the Conference:

  • Keynote speeches

  • Panel discussions

  • Workshops

  • Q&A sessions

Who Should Attend:

  • Researchers and practitioners

  • Strategic decision makers

  • Managers

  • Design and engineering experts


20. UXLx User Experience Lisbon

Website: UXLx

Date: 24-27 May

Location: Lisbon

UXLx User Experience Conference is one of the largest UX conferences in Europe. Industry luminaries in their respective fields will offer new ideas and strategies in interactive workshops in this conference.

Overview of the Conference:

  • High-quality talks

  • Hands-on workshops

  • World-class speakers and professionals from all over the world

  • Masterclasses

Who Should Attend:

  • UX designers

  • UX developers

  • Product designers

  • Product researchers


21. The Holistic Web Conference

Website: Webinale

Date: 30 May - 3 June

Location: Berlin, Germany

The Holistic Web Conference mixes user experience with programming and covers a wide range of topics relevant to today's digital experts. The presenters at this conference will cover subjects such as accessibility, dynamic web apps, current customer experiences and neuromarketing discoveries for better conversions.

Overview of the Conference:

  • Keynote speeches

  • Interactive workshops

  • Live sessions

  • Panel discussions

  • Free session recordings

Who Should Attend:

  • Product owners

  • Web designers

  • Frontend coders

  • UX designers


22. DesignOps Global Conference

Website: DesignOps Global Conference

Date: 14-16 June

Location: Virtual

The DesignOps Conference is a carbon-neutral virtual design event that explores key challenges in user testing, UI, customer experience design management, and innovation processes. Visit the conference to learn how interactive experiences, coordinating new ways of communicating, and integrating digital ecologies and geographies in the Metaverse are becoming increasingly important in design.

Overview of the Conference:

  • Mainstage keynotes

  • Panel discussions

  • Interactive workshops

  • Q&A sessions

Who Should Attend:

  • Web designers

  • UX and UI developers

  • Design managers

  • Product owners


23. Pixel Pioneers

Website: Pixel Pioneers

Date: 10 June

Location: Bristol

Pixel Pioneers is a one-day conference with 8 world-class presenters on realistic and creative UX/UI design and front-end presentations, followed by a workshop day. It will take place in Bristol,right on the waterfront. They 've put up a handy guide to their locations, lodging and dining options, plus other fun things to do in the city.

Overview of the Conference:

  • Keynote speeches

  • Workshops

  • Networking opportunities

Who Should Attend:

  • UX designers

  • Product owners

  • Web designers


24. UXPA 2022

Website: UXPA 2022

Date: 21-23 June

Location: San Diego

This June in San Diego, the UX community is looking forward to bringing the UXPA conference in person. The programme includes three days of inspiring lectures (June 21-23), as well as a day of pre-conference seminars.

Overview of the Conference:

  • Learn to heal ineffective personas and journey maps

  • Empowering design in a global world

  • UX research methods

  • Introduction to conversation design

  • Introduction to brand strategy

Who Should Attend:

  • UX researchers

  • Product designers

  • Product analysts

  • Web designers


25. Esri User Conference

Website: Esri

Date: 14-15 July

Location: San Diego

The Esri User Conference comes back to San Diego where you can learn, network, and explore the latest breakthroughs in GIS technology. Hundreds of people from around the world will be attending this Product/UX conference, giving you a front-row ticket to the development of GIS capabilities.

Overview of the Conference:

  • Pre-conference seminars

  • Hands-on workshops

  • Keynote speeches

  • Networking opportunities

Who Should Attend:

  • Web developers

  • UX designers

  • Product researchers

  • Product owners


26. SIGGRAPH 2022

Website: Siggraph

Date: 8-11 August

Location: Vancouver

The SIGGRAPH team has a distinct story and set of abilities that helps to diversify, improve, and alter the design business. SIGGRAPH 2022 is dedicated to recognising these points of view by promoting diversity and inclusiveness, as well as uplifting all voices through their programming and experiences.

Overview of the Conference:

  • Art papers and gallery walk

  • Panel discussions

  • Lab and theater visits

  • Production sessions

  • Student research competition

Who Should Attend:

  • UX/Product designers

  • Web developers

  • Product researchers

  • Decision makers


27. UX & Product Design Week

Website: Future London Academy

Date: 30 August - 2 September

Location: London

The four-day intensive learning excursion will engage you in London's digital and creative industries, allowing you to learn about the newest trends and ideas in this conference. You'll have the opportunity to meet the people behind some of the most innovative products and discover how they tackle design and user experience strategy and collaborate with clients.

Overview of the Conference:

  • Workshops and office visits

  • General sessions with speeches

  • Networking opportunities

Who Should Attend:

  • Web designers

  • Product designers

  • UX developers

  • Product managers


28. User Research London

Website: User Research London

Date: 8-9 September

Location: London

User Research London is one of the greatest Product/UX conferences in Europe where people can come together to discuss the latest developments in UX and UI. It gives a platform to all the product researchers and developers to learn from each other.

Overview of the Conference:

  • Keynote speeches

  • Panel discussions

  • Interactive workshops

  • Live Q&A sessions

Who Should Attend:

  • Web designers

  • Product researchers

  • Product analysts

  • Product owners

  • UX designers


29. An Event Apart

Website: An Event Apart

Date: 10-12 October

Location: Denver

An Event Apart is going to be held in Denver for a three-day conference that focuses on digital design, user experience, media, coding, and more, providing you with in-depth knowledge of where we are today and where the design world is headed next.

Overview of the Conference:

  • Keynote speeches

  • Workshops

  • Masterclasses

  • Panel discussions

Who Should Attend:

  • UX designers

  • Product designers

  • Web designers

  • Product researchers


30. CanUX

Website: CanUX

Date: 3-6 November

Location: Ottawa

CanUX is a volunteer-driven, autonomous, domestic non-profit conference for individuals interested in learning about user experience and how our industry helps in making things operate better for all.

Overview of the Conference:

  • Keynote speeches

  • Panel discussions

  • Free workshops

  • Live sessions

  • Q&A sessions

Who Should Attend:

  • Web designers

  • Product designers

  • UX designers

  • Product researchers


31. UX STRAT Asia

Website: UX Strat

Date: 1-2 December

Location: Online, Singapore

UX STRAT Asia will be held in Singapore. The conference focuses on concept design, with several lectures concentrating on the APAC area, but they also bring in design professionals from best digital firms from around the world to provide a global perspective and the most up-to-date strategic design techniques.

Overview of the Conference:

  • Case studies

  • Business strategy vs UX strategy

  • Design framework

  • Workshop: How to operate Google Design Sprints

  • Workshop: Human-centric AI

Who Should Attend:

  • Web designers

  • Product designers

  • UX developers

  • Product researchers

  • Product owners


Conclusion

UX and Product design is a powerful duo, and its intimate ties to technology, computer technology, artificial intelligence development, and advertising make it particularly difficult to follow. You risk losing track of things unless you visit these conferences and stay updated on the latest trends.


FAQs

What is Product or User Experience Design?

The method by which designers develop products that give users meaningful experiences is known as UX design. This includes features of marketing, design, functionality, and operation, as well as the full process of obtaining and incorporating the product.

Products that deliver a fantastic user experience are created with the full process of obtaining, maintaining, and even repairing in mind. UX designers don't simply focus on making functional goods; they also consider other components of user experience, like satisfaction, productivity, and fun.

What are Product/UX conferences?

Product/UX conferences are meant for designers to come together and learn from each other through keynote speeches, panel discussions and workshops hosted by industry pioneers. It is a platform for like-minded people to get together and discover the new trends and developments to improve user experience through product designing.

Is UX design product-centered or user-centered?

UX design is a diverse field because it spans the complete user journey. To create products for users, you must consider a broader range of accessibility issues and accommodate many possible users' physical issues, such as difficulty reading small print. User research, generating profiles, drawing mock - ups and interactive prototypes, and testing ideas are all common duties for a UX designer.

These responsibilities vary widely from one company to another, but they all require designers to speak for customers and keep their demands at the forefront of all product development efforts. That is why the majority of UX designers engage in some type of user-centered innovation.

Who is a product designer and what are their responsibilities?

The responsibility of a product designer is similar to that of a comprehensive designer, who's a multifunctional professional with abilities to do UX, coding, strategic planning, and problem-solving. In other words, a product designer creates solutions to issues that may arise during the development phase of a product.

Product designers form teams to promote solutions, establish various test plans, create mock - ups, and then go through stages of product testing to tackle these difficulties. A product designer assists developers during the launch phase, as well as collaborate with advertising teams to ensure product and brand alignment.

What skills are required to become a UX designer?

The following are popular requirements to become a UX designer:

  • A thorough understanding of the user experience design methodology

  • Industry-standard designing and development tools

  • Build sitemaps and define the information architecture.

  • Planning and executing user research and market positioning is a plus

  • Understanding the fundamentals of interaction design

  • Experience building user stories, profiles, and mock-ups to interpret data and qualitative comments

  • Knowledge of the business KPIs and the ability to transform corporate objectives into user experience.

Top 31 Product/UX Conferences
Asaf Fybish

Asaf is an investor and startup growth advisor. He specializes in organic marketing and he's our Chief of Stash