UXCampRVA is a unique event with a commitment to the user experience community. What makes this event special are the contributions from the community. In true Barcamp fashion, our program is completely created by the community for the community, every morning, on the spot.
If you are planning to give a session, or think about planning to give a session, or are on the fence about thinking about planning to give a session, here are a few tips to get you started:
Talk about something that inspires you or that you are passionate about. You’ll be surprised how many people might feel the same.
UXCamp is a great place to try public speaking when you don’t normally do it. It’s also a great place to try talking about something you don’t normally talk about. We value our diversity of speakers and topics and encourage everybody to get involved.
You know best what works well for your session topic. However, these three types of sessions are common at UXCamp event:
If you can’t find a structure for your session, try this simple outline:
Plan for sufficient discussion time (about 15 minutes) in your session. People like to add their own experiences to the topic that you prepared and make your session even more insightful for everybody. Having a few discussion questions prepared will help conversations that can get stuck or grow stale.
The best way to combat stage fright is to be prepared. If you plan to use presentation slides for your session, make sure your computer is charged and you have a backup of your presentation somewhere.
Bring everything you need for your session. All rooms in the venue are equipped with a projector and screen space. There are no flip charts, whiteboards, sticky notes, pens, etc. The projectors have connectors for HDMI and VGA – bring adapters, then bring some more.
Every session is max 45 minutes. They are followed by a break to meet and network with your fellow attendees. Make sure your audience gets to enjoy these breaks.
Explore UXCamp DC’s previous sessions and perhaps you’ll find a topic you’d love to share with the Richmond community.