2015 UXies

The Premier Awards for Exceptional Digital Experience

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The UXIES honor the innovators behind the digital products and services that define our world. The UXies inspire technologists to create human-centered products that solve real customer problems based on exceptional case study showcases of outstanding digital product design and user centered design process.

The UXies were the first Awards dedicated exclusively to showcasing the best in UX. They are a community-driven Awards for the UX profession, with full transparency in the consensus judging process based on a rotating panel of expert judges, alongside public crowdvoting. We aim to:

EVANGELIZE: Spread awareness of the essential value of UX

SHOW REAL VALUE: Inspire and educate the broader technology community about UX

HONOR THE BEST: Celebrate and reward exceptional UX practitioners and companies for their contributions

LEAD BY EXAMPLE: Advance and evolve the craft of UX as a discipline through exceptional case study examples and speakers.

2015 Advisory Board

We’ve formed an UXIES Advisory Board of notable individuals and organizations who have shown significant support for the Awards in the past to help shepherd and guide the Awards forward. 2015 Board members include:

Todd Lefelt

Todd Lefelt

Managing Director of User Experience, Huge

Todd Lefelt is Managing Director of User Experience at Huge in Los Angeles. Since joining Huge in 2006, Todd has been instrumental in building the agency’s user experience team and helping to define the philosophy and process applied to user-centric design. In 2010, Todd joined Huge’s Los Angeles office, where he has played a key role in the development of the company’s West Coast presence. Todd has directed interactive design and research for some of Huge’s largest engagements and has worked with clients including Clear Channel, National Geographic, NBC Universal, Samsung, Toyota and Warner Music Group. With nearly two decades of industry experience, Todd held senior positions at a number of other companies prior to joining Huge, including Time Inc. Interactive, Ecos Technologies, Pathways Flandrau Science Center, Wave Technologies, Kozmo.com, R/GA and Ultra 16. Todd received a BFA from the University of Michigan and an MA from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University. He currently lives in Silver Lake with his wife Holly, son Ira, and cat Pippa.

Company: Huge Inc.
LinkedIn: Todd Lefelt

Scott McDonald

Scott McDonald

Co-Founder and Managing Director, Modus

Scott is managing director and a co-founder of New York based digital innovation and UX consultancy Modus. Prior to founding Modus, Scott was a strategist with the New York office of Scient Corporation and creative supervisor at Young & Rubicam’s Brand Dialogue interactive group.

An expert in customer-centered business innovation, he has led high-profile strategic initiatives for Morgan Stanley & Co., SIRIUS Satellite Radio, Sony Electronics, Comcast Corporation, InterActiveCorp, Major League Baseball, Cleveland Clinic and other leading brands.

Scott is a member of the Customer Experience Professionals Association, the Digital Analytics Association and the User Experience Professionals Association. He is a co-founder of the Digital Analytics Association’s New York City chapter and serves on the board of advisers of two Internet start-ups.

Company: Modus
LinkedIn: Scott McDonald

Matthew Weber

Matthew Weber

VP of UX and Design, Zoomdata and Adjunct, NYU

Matthew Weber is an award winning UX designer, executive and teacher at NYU, who has had his work showcased by Apple and has lectured at NASA. He has a passion for making data easy to use. He has worked on projects for Thompson Reuters, CNN, Lincoln Financial, Morgan Stanley, Sesame Street, MeeGenius, Johnson Research Labs, and Persado. He is currently VP of UX and Design at Zoomdata.

In addition to teaching UX Portfolio at NYU, Matthew is a founding member of the UX Curriculum Advisory Board at NYU, and is the founder of the UX + Data Meetup in New York. Matthew has also been invited to speak at Singularity University at the NASA campus on how to build massively-parallel problem solving systems, and to the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

Matthew lives in New Jersey with his wife and two children, and in his spare time, has been building an aqueduct in his backyard.

Company: Zoomdata
LinkedIn: Matthew Weber

Event Producer

The UXies are produced each year by Oxford Tech

Founder & Executive Director

Beverly May

Beverly May

Executive Director of the UX Awards, UX Teacher & Product Consultant

Beverly is the founder and Executive Director of the UXies. She has nearly 2 decades of experience in tech, product development and UX and has helped launch hundreds of new digital initiatives at digital agencies, tech incubators, startups, major publishers and in Peacekeeping at the UN. Beverly was until recently CTO & Head of Product and UX at a 40-person social video mixing software company in Berlin, Germany. Prior to that, she most recently taught UX at General Assembly and founded and led Oxford Tech, a boutique UX and product strategy consultancy in NY and San Francisco that she’s run for the past 6 years. Over her career, Beverly has helped conceive, design and launch new digital initiatives for Wireless Generation/ Amplify Education, T-Mobile, Pitney Bowes, Hearst, Rodale, Diageo, Nike, MCI, Oxford University, RealAge, Weil Lifestyle, Schwab, Novartis, Goldman Sachs, AOL, Royal Bank and dozens of other brands and startups. She has also created several companies, including starting her career by founding an electronic music magazine and a series of creative production groups in Toronto, CA that produced over 25 large-scale electronic music events.

Beverly has an Executive MBA from the University of Oxford, a Master’s degree from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, and a BA from University of Toronto. She is a triple EU- Canadian- US citizen and a frequent mentor and public speaker on UX and product strategy for incubators, conferences and UX events.

LinkedIn: Beverly May
Twitter: @oxfordtech

Location: New York NY

2015 Volunteers

Each year, the UXies are supported by many dedicated volunteers that help make this event a reality. 2015 Confirmed volunteers include:

Hajdeja Ehline

CX Designer, Wells Fargo

Jessica Hageman

UX Designer, San Francisco

Kat Vellos

UX Designer, Viv Labs

Ryan Pearson

Experience Designer, NYC

Samantha Fader

Community Manager, HUGE

Stephanie Chen

UX, Graphic & Industrial Designer, San Francisco

Tara Kaur

UX Consultant & Front End Developer, San Francisco

Tyler Starrine

Associate Strategy Director, HUGE

To get involved as a volunteer, please email volunteer@userexperienceawards.com