Boulder Startup Week 2021 Boulder Startup Week 2021

Monday, May 10, 2021

- MDT
UX Track Community Happy Hour
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Allison Scott
Allison Scott
Spectrum Reach, Lead UX Researcher
Lawton Pybus
Lawton Pybus
Charles Schwab, Sr. UX Researcher
Lark Dunham
Lark Dunham
Automox, Product Management
Isaac Cruz
Isaac Cruz
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Klew Still
Klew Still
Velocity Global, Lead UX Designer
Ryan Kelly
Ryan Kelly
UiPath, Director, Product Design
Dr. Alaina Beaver
Dr. Alaina Beaver
Google, Accessibility UX Program Manager
Matthew Reiswig
Matthew Reiswig
VMware, Staff Solutions Architect
Molly Rempe
Molly Rempe
AnswerLab, Senior UX Researcher

Grab a drink and join us for a virtual social hour to kick off Boulder Startup Week! Meet the User Experience event organizers and get to know your local product design and research community.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

- MDT
Selling UX Research: Creating Executive Buy-In
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Allison Scott
Allison Scott
Spectrum Reach, Lead UX Researcher
Ryan Kelly
Ryan Kelly
UiPath, Director, Product Design

You’ve created your research plan, identified a participant persona, and found transportation & lodging. You’re ready. And then… your budget request is denied. Or, worse, you’re pulled onto another “urgent” project. Your company doesn’t value UX research as it should, and you’re left wondering what went wrong.

Join us as Ryan Kelly (Director, Product Design at UiPath) shares key lessons learned from his 10+ years of selling UX research internally and externally. We’ll cover handling objections, securing budget, and demonstrating research value for repeat buy-in.

- MDT
Pro Bono UX: Boulder UXR Meetup's Successful Strategy for Skilling Up and Giving Back
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Allison Scott
Allison Scott
Spectrum Reach, Lead UX Researcher
Josh Morse
Josh Morse
Very Good Security, Product Design Lead
Lark Dunham
Lark Dunham
Automox, Product Management
Laura Lighty
Laura Lighty
Medtronic, Design Researcher
Dr. Alaina Beaver
Dr. Alaina Beaver
Google, Accessibility UX Program Manager
Serena Buxton
Serena Buxton
Twilio, Product Designer
Stephanie Ogburn
Stephanie Ogburn
Radial Development Group, Team Lead

Join members of the Boulder UX Research Meetup as they share their experiences working on pro bono projects that were designed to "give back" to organizations or nonprofits who aim to do good for our communities. Since 2019, the Meetup's members have collectively donated approximately $30,000 in time, effort and talent in providing concrete UXR that set partners up for changing and improving their user experiences. This year's partner organizations included Energize Colorado, Colorado Gives, Colorado Uplift, the Colorado Mountain Bike League, and LivedX. Hear our members' main takeaways, including the sheer power of pro bono work: building portfolio pieces for new UXRs, keeping skills fresh for more experienced members, providing ongoing networking opportunities, and truly working towards better user experiences across our communities.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

- MDT
UX Portfolios and Interviews: Going WAY Beyond the Basics
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Allison Scott
Allison Scott
Spectrum Reach, Lead UX Researcher

We all know UX portfolios should have at least 3 case studies, be well organized, and at least a bit pretty (even for UX Researchers). But what else? How does a portfolio actually serve you? What less tangible things can you highlight about yourself and your work to nail the interview and land the job? In this talk, veteran UXR and career coach Toni Rosati will highlight 5 rarely-seen portfolio elements that newbies really need to break into UX.

- MDT
UX Speed Networking
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Allison Scott
Allison Scott
Spectrum Reach, Lead UX Researcher
Klew Still
Klew Still
Velocity Global, Lead UX Designer

It's Speed Dating... for UXers and startups! Join us for a fast-paced and friendly networking event that will pair up folks looking for opportunities, those who have hiring needs, and those looking for the proverbial UX coffee date. Whether you're looking for a mentor or a contractor, this event is sure to be a good time. We will start with a group welcome and then move into a series of short, themed 1-on-1 breakout conversations.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

- MDT
UX and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: What Founders Need to Keep in Mind
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Allison Scott
Allison Scott
Spectrum Reach, Lead UX Researcher
Aaron Clark
Aaron Clark
Justice Reskill, Founder & CEO
Shira Frank
Shira Frank
Maiden Labs, Founder and CEO
Liz Giorgi
Liz Giorgi
soona, CEO
Dr. Alaina Beaver
Dr. Alaina Beaver
Google, Accessibility UX Program Manager

Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) must remain more than a trendy buzzword when thinking about UX and business design. Hear stories from three founders whose commitment to DEI infuses the ethos of their companies, impacting everything from vision and mission to UX design and research.

Friday, May 14, 2021

- MDT
Resilient Job Search: How to Ride the Emotional Roller-Coaster
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Allison Scott
Allison Scott
Spectrum Reach, Lead UX Researcher

Emotions at work are not always easy to navigate, but searching for a job (especially if you are switching careers) is wildly daunting. UX Researcher and career coach Toni Rosati and her team conducted interviews and created a career change journey map. Toni will talk about what each phase tends to feel like and ways to support yourself and your friends. We invite recruiters and any leaders who hire in UX to get a behind-the-scenes look at what your candidates are facing.