Experience UX – UX Insider, bringing a world-class conference to Bournemouth

Experience UX has been changing the way business think about user experience for over 11 years now – founded by Ali Charmichael and Damian Rees, the Bournemouth-based company focuses on asking the big questions. What do people need from a particular website? What are they using now? Where are the gaps? Rather that putting their focus on the technology, they look at user experience first and foremost (both on and offline) and find the best technology to support this.

As part of our series speaking to local businesses, we caught up with Damian to find out why they decided, as a UX company, to host not only quarterly UX industry events, but also a conference that’s attracted speakers from The Home Office, Facebook, Google and Sony… how did they go from working with clients to hosting events?

We started off with our usual question: “Why Bournemouth?”. As many that have worked in the city will know, that the daily commute on the tube is somewhat grinding. When both Ali and Damian decided enough was enough – they did a little research. After identifying that there were enough web agencies in the area, and enough digital growth for the opportunity to be a success, they decided that Bournemouth would be an ideal base for Experience UX.

Within their first year, they had Financial Times as a client (and kept them for 4 or 5 years) – they never let their location hold them back from working with clients in across the UK. The one thing that they missed from hustle and bustle of London is the plethora of events and networking opportunities. With so many events based in London, they found themselves on the other side of the late after work commute.

To try and solve that problem, Experience UX has been driving the local UX community to come together, share knowledge and improve as an industry. Their popular event UX Bournemouth aims to round-up tech-heads and share a wealth of information within the community. Launching with the thought that there might just be enough people to get together, have a chat and a few drinks, the team were surprised when they got to over 100 attendees. By pulling in big speakers such as Monzo and British Gas, they have built a relevant following of people with a genuine interest and love for the industry and all it has to teach.

But from a monthly event to a large-scale conference? UX Bournemouth showed that there was an appetite for great speakers outside of London, so they set their sights on a bigger project. After a year of planning, they have created something on a much grander scale. In just a few short weeks (October 16th) they will be debuting their biggest event to-date, the much-anticipated UX Insider Conference. As part of the BOMO Festival, UX Insider promises to enhance the UX Bournemouth experience and bring top-notch speakers from some pretty huge companies to the South Coast.

Damian shared that signing up the speakers has been both the hardest and most enjoyable aspect of creating the event. They effectively started with a wish list: “Who would we want to see speak, and how can we get them down to Bournemouth?”. There are countless UX conferences in London with brilliant speakers, but when 100s of businesses from the South are travelling up, why not bring them here and show them what Bournemouth has to offer? The team have succeeded in doing just that, and we can’t wait to see how it all shapes out!

UX INSIDER – Tuesday 16th October 2018, Pavilion Dance, Bournemouth

See the full line up @ uxinsider.net

Tickets £199+VAT includes breakfast, afternoon bakes, and lunch

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