After the months of planning, weeks of anticipation, and hours of nail biting over my speech, the HXD Conference went off without a hitch. As the days have gone by, I’ve been wondering how to sum up so much rich content and experience in a single blog post. And, I’ve come to the conclusion that I can’t.
Fortunately, many attendees live-blogged, tweeted, and sketched during the conference. And others have posted conference recaps since the 11th. Put them all together and you’ll have a pretty good idea of what went down at the conference.
Dental floss, bloody zombies, Richard Nixon, and chocolate chip cookies
If the overarching theme of this inaugural conference was “first steps,” then BJ Fogg got us all off to a great start with his opening keynote. He introduced us to the concepts of “dots and paths” and “tiny steps,” and got an entire roomful of people to floss one tooth simultaneously and then cheer, “Victory!”
The rest of the day passed in a blur of brilliant ideas, shared laughs, and “aha moments.” Some of the highlights sound like they’d be the perfect slogan to put on an HXD conference t-shirt:
1. Floss one tooth! (BJ Fogg)
2. Serving trumps selling. (Vincent Matyi)
3. Be a Contagious Vector of Awesome! (Trapper Markelz)
4. The UX Party: Lie. Cheat. Steal: (Art Swanson)
5. Medicine is the ability to predict the future so you can beat it. (Jamie Heywood)
Lots of people I talked to expressed the fervent desire to be able to be in two places at once so they wouldn’t have to choose between, say, Jen McCabe and Sutha Kamal. Fortunately, many of the speakers have been posting slides from their presentations, and we’ll be putting up videos of some of the presentations as well. If you go to the conference website , you’ll be able to see what’s available.
The next best thing to being there:
Stephanie Aaron’s Conference Recap:
Matthew Grocki’s Conference Recap:
Jason Robb’s Conference Sketchnotes:
Until next year – keep the conversation going!
Healthcare UX Group
And a heartfelt “thank you” to everyone who made this conference such a huge success – on every level.
Together, I believe we can help shape more positive healthcare experiences and be the conduit, the advocates, the instigators for the changes that need to happen.
I hope to see you all again next year. If you have any thoughts, ideas or would like to participate in next year’s conference, please drop us an email.