2014 User Experience Awards

The Premier Awards for Exceptional Digital Experience

Partners & Sponsors

2014 Strategic Partners

General Assembly


At General Assembly, we are creating a global community of individuals empowered to pursue work they love, by offering full-time immersive programs, long-form courses, and classes and workshops on the most relevant skills of the 21st century – from web development and user experience design, to business fundamentals, to data science, to product management and digital marketing.


Tech Crunch


TechCrunch is a blog dedicated to obsessively profiling and reviewing new Internet products and companies. In addition to covering new companies, TechCrunch profiles existing companies that are making an impact (commercial and/or cultural) on the new web space.


User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA)


The User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA) is an international association devoted to assisting new and established professionals in the user experience disciplines.Through networking, publications, conferences and classes, UXPA can help you hone your skills and deepen your involvement in the UX community.


Silver Sponsors



We create experiences that transform brands, grow businesses and make people’s lives better.




Headquartered in Walldorf, Germany, with locations in more than 130 countries, SAP AG is the world leader in enterprise software and software-related services. Explore our 42 year history of innovation and access late breaking company news, financial and investor information, career opportunities, and more.


Bronze Sponsors



Infor is the third-largest provider of enterprise applications and services in the world. We create beautiful work engagements with innovative software that’s specialized by industry. We enable our customers to work smarter and faster to help them drive growth, improve operations, and quickly adapt to changes in business demands. In the cloud or on-premise, we make it happen.




Fjord has been pioneering service design since we opened our doors in 2001. Together with our clients, we’ve created services that make millions of people’s lives a little better every day. We’re human-centered, with an eye on disrupting whole industries.


Modus Associates


Modus Associates is a digital innovation consultancy founded to help global brands and visionary start-ups more fully realize the business potential of the digital age, where customers rule, connectivity is everywhere, and creating value for profit and social impact is the name of the game.


Verb Factory


VerbFactory has built our reputation by working with clients to position them as unique and relevant players in their industries and helping them “move the needle” by generating solid results. Our areas of excellence include writing, messaging and branding, graphic and web design, social media, press relations, tradeshow support and awards programs.




WunderLand is the destination for hiring talent, and for finding jobs in the U.S. We recruit UX Designers, UX Researchers, Web Designers, Web Developers, Graphic Designers, Copywriters, Content Managers, Marketers, Project Managers and more, for placement in jobs with established businesses or start-ups.


Supporting Sponsors



Conjure is a UX and development agency with a passion for making data easy to understand and use. We specialize in building new data-related products, improving user experience & scaling your team.


Flying Pancakes Productions


Flying Pancakes Productions is an award-winning video production studio spanning documentaries, narrative feature films and shorts that have been shown at more than 30 film festivals.


Interaction Design Foundation


The Interaction Design Foundation – the IDF – is a ten year old transformative non-profit enterprise focused on educating, informing and stimulating the global design community. The organization has created a powerful cloud based publishing model, blending free video material and textbooks with an immersive web site and social media presence for thought leaders, students, authors, academia, and design professionals.


Loop 11


Loop11 is the only way to get quantitative usability metrics…affordably. It’s the SurveyMonkey of usability testing. A self-serve, browser-based solution for usability professionals, web managers and web designers to create their own online, usability testing projects to get the metrics needed to optimize website usability.




We bring your vision to life, creating brilliant software and fielding an integrated team of talented engineers, designers and product managers who move fast and make things happen.


Pivotal Labs


We’ve been at the forefront of agile development for more than two decades building highly scalable mobile and web software that reaches across a variety of industry verticals, software platforms and device types. We help you bring a new product vision to market, accelerate your existing development efforts and prepare your team to bring agile practices home to strengthen your in-house development.


Pow Interactive


Pow Interactive is a boutique design studio specializing in web, mobile and emerging technologies. Whatever the platform, we seek to engage users and improve their experiences.




Proto.io is a mobile app prototyping platform, that enables designers, product managers, developers and entrepreneurs to easily create fully interactive prototypes for their mobile app that look and feel exactly like the finished product.


Rosenfeld Media


We connect people interested in designing better user experiences with the best expertise available—in the formats that make the most sense, and in ways that demonstrate the value of UX.


Sachs Insights


We are optimists and approach each challenge with the attitude of “why not.”  No matter what stage your business or product is in, there is always opportunity to uncover.  We are committed to unearthing and clarifying those opportunities and driving consensus among teams to bring them to fruition.


Media Partners

Gary’s Guide

Garys Guide Web

GarysGuide is a global resource and community of professionals that are interested in startups, entrepreneurship, social media and technology. It is one of the best resources for discovering technology and startup related events, classes, workshops and jobs in New York City, San Francisco / Silicon Valley, London, Boston, Los Angeles, Austin and other cities.


Hired Guns


We’ve built The Hired Guns to help the digital creative class expand their potential far beyond the 9-to-5, bringing their expertise to companies in unexpected and exciting ways and guiding their careers through transitions from freelance gigs to fulltime jobs and back again.




Get in-depth coverage of current and future trends in technology, and how they are shaping business, entertainment, communications, science, politics, and much more.


National Partners

MIT Enterprise Forum


The MIT Enterprise Forum is dedicated to strengthening technology clusters globally so that the innovation economy can grow and bring new and interesting technologies and innovation into the marketplace. The MIT Enterprise Forum is the preeminent organization of entrepreneurs in the global innovation economy.


Social Media Today


Social Media Today is an independent, online community for professionals in PR, marketing, advertising, or any other discipline where a thorough understanding of social media is mission-critical. Every day, we provide insight and host lively debate about the tools, platforms, companies and personalities that are revolutionizing the way we consume information.




SoDA is the primary multinational organization focused solely on leading and representing top digital agencies and elite production companies through unparalleled collaboration, knowledge-sharing, business support and exploration of how technology can be leveraged to transform consumer experiences.


TiE Silicon Valley


TiE, a not-for-profit global network of entrepreneurs and professionals, was founded in 1992 in Silicon Valley, California, USA. Although its birth name, The Indus Entrepreneurs, signifies the ethnic South Asian or Indus roots of the founders, TiE stands for Talent, Ideas and Enterprise. It is an open and inclusive organization that has rapidly grown to more than 60 chapters in 17 countries. TiE seeks to cultivate and nurture the ecosystem of entrepreneurship and free-market economies everywhere, as it sees this to be the single most powerful instrument of prosperity.


User Experience (LinkedIn Group)


This is a group for User Experience Design professionals to expand our network of people and ideas. This group serves as a common platform ,which brings all User Experience Professionals, Information Architect, Graphic designers, User interface designers, Human factor researcher in one roof.




We imagined WeWork as the home for entrepreneurs, a community filled with fascinating members collaborating, learning and growing together. We hope you see it that way too. Our goal is to empower you to do what you love while we handle the rest.


Regional Partners

Adaptive Path’s UX Week


Design professionals from all over the world gather for four days of community, inspiration and skills building. Now in its 12th year, UX Week delivers new tools you can put to use immediately. UX Week will take place September 9 – 12 in San Francisco, CA. Use code “UXIE15″ for 15% off your UX Week registration!


Agile Camp


AgileCamp is an event bringing together the Silicon Valley Agile community for a day filled with learning in Agile and Lean practices. Led by the Silicon Valley’s leading agile experts, this is one of the largest, most exciting Agile gatherings in the Silicon Valley. Our objective is to bring together Agilists, from novices to experts, and advance Agile knowledge to the community. AgileCamp attracts professionals from various disciplines and levels who are interested in Agile techniques and gather to listen, learn, discuss and teach practices that help businesses succeed. Moreover, a large majority of our attendees will be from technology companies such as eBay, PayPal, Yahoo!, Cisco, LinkedIn, StubHub, Ericsson, HP, Comcast, Twitter, Facebook, Salesforce, Symantec, Oracle, Visa, and many more.


Agile Leadership Network – Silicon Valley


 The Silicon Valley Agile Leadership Network (SV-ALN) is the Silicon Valley’s most active and largest Agile/Lean community. Launched in 2011, we’ve grown from 17 members to nearly 1000 members. Our purpose is to evangelize and educate Agile and Lean skills to our members as well as building our community to serve as a networking platform. Our members include agile coaches, scrum masters, executives, project managers, product managers, engineers, QA, designers, and many others from Apple, Adobe, Cisco, Comcast, eBay, Ericsson, The Gap, Good Technology, HP, LinkedIn, PayPal, PG&E, Visa, Walmart.com, Yahoo! among many other large firms and start-ups.


Agile Leadership Network – Tri-Valley/East Bay

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The Tri-Valley/ East Bay Agile Leadership Network (TV/EB-ALN) is a Agile/Lean community based in the eastern San Francisco Bay Area that includes counties of Amador Valley, Livermore Valley, and San Ramon Valley. It includes cities of Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin, San Ramon, Danville as well as other East Bay locations in Contra Costa county like Walnut Creek and Concord. Our purpose is to evangelize and educate Agile and Lean skills to our members as well as building our community to serve as a networking platform for those companies in the area using Agile/ Lean methods to create great products. Our members include agile coaches, scrum masters, executives, project managers, product managers, engineers, QA, designers, and many others from Cisco, eBay, GE, HP, PayPal, PG&E, Visa, Western Digital, Yahoo! among many other large firms and start-ups.




BASE offers unbelievable social networking opportunities with people from all backgrounds and philosophies. We encourage everyone to join who has a love for new technologies, software engineering, and the opportunity to network with people building the future.




BayCHI, the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (SIGCHI), brings together scholars, practitioners, and users to exchange ideas about computer-human interaction and about the design and evaluation of human interfaces.


California College of the Arts 


California College of the Arts educates students to shape culture and society through the practice and critical study of art, architecture, design, and writing. Benefitting from its San Francisco Bay Area location, the college prepares students for lifelong creative work by cultivating innovation, community engagement, and social and environmental responsibility.


Cascade SF 


We organize events for web & mobile product designers. User Experience Design, User Interface Design, HTML5, CSS3, JS, Content Strategy, Usability, etc.


Codame Art + Tech


Promoting collaboration between artists and technologists interested building the future, where imagination is the only limit. CODAME aims to demystify technology to artists and recognize the value of art as a vital activity for innovation.


Coding Dojo


Coding Dojo provides a 12 week immersive training environment for developers in Silicon Valley, CA and Seattle, WA. At Coding Dojo, students quickly learn to code and think like software engineers and develop web applications as an end result. Our students meet from 8 A.M.-6 P.M. (M-F) and spend 50-70 hours in class each week with actual developers as their guide. Lunch and healthy snacks are included. We cover HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, MVC, Ruby on Rails, MySQL, OOP, and much more. Our students receive mentored guidance, quick feedback and curated course content, all while building real applications and solving real problems.


Creative Cloud User Group of San Jose


My group is based in San Jose, CA, but we have 1800+ members worldwide. Our member base is photographers, designers, developers and anyone interested in learning more about Adobe Creative Cloud and other Adobe products. We offer monthly live meetings at Adobe San Jose and we broadcast online live via Adobe Connect. I have monthly “coffee talk” meetings online and we do a monthly photowalk/scavenger hunt somewhere in the SF Bay Area. I also post regular “Photoshop Challenges” for fun.


Enterprise UX


A place for UX designers, developers, product managers, and entrepreneurs to discuss innovations in all aspects of user experience design. A networking and learning event designed for some fun along the way.




We all have founded, worked for or invested in startups that have failed. We’re smart, we keep up with the latest in technology trends, but sometimes things just don’t go as planned. How can you predict what will work and what won’t? Well, you can’t. But that doesn’t mean you should stop trying. It just means you should start exchanging stories of what didn’t work and how you pivoted, why you couldn’t raise money, what the wrong hires were like, and when you decided it was time to let go. Entrepreneurs need to hear that from each other: it’s okay to fail; it doesn’t mean you’re worthless. You’re just like the rest of us, learning from making mistakes and building something bigger next time. FailCon was started in San Francisco in 2009 as a response to events repeatedly highlighting only success, while providing so guidance or safe spaces for failure. Our first event launched with over 400 attendees, and we’ve continued to grow ever since. We hope you’ll join us and add your unique story and experience to our own.


Fire On The Bay


Meet fellow UX and Interaction Designers near you! Come to a Meetup to compare tools, methods, design patterns, case studies, and experiences. Trade advice on careers, workflow, and share cool sites and apps for the web and mobile devices. We also have great opportunities to network with peers and colleagues and find freelance and job opportunities.


Silicon Valley Designers (Formerly IDSA – Silicon Valley Chapter)


As a voice for the local design community, the Silicon Valley Designers Meetup (Formerly IDSA Silicon Valley Chapter) aims to: Celebrate Silicon Valley design, and the people who practice it; extol the value of good design to business leaders and the public alike. Fan the flames of inspiration by providing opportunities to learn from and share knowledge with others. Bring people together, face-to-face, to form meaningful relationships with other designers and those in related fields.


Interaction Design Studio


The Interaction Design Studio organizes workshops, discussions, and presentations aimed at discovering and sharing knowledge related to user interface and user experience design, both as a live or digital experience. We also explore technology as it applies to Storytelling using trans-media platforms or software and their application to live or recorded media. Our goal is to bridge the knowledge-base gaps that exists between designers and developers.


IxDA Chicago


The Chicago area chapter of the global Interaction Design Association (IxDA) exists to bring together local area designers in all disciplines that overlap with interaction design, whether it be product, digital, space, research, or even business, that strive to create user-centered design solutions. This organization is volunteer-driven and always looking for sponsorship or hosts for upcoming events.


IxDA San Francisco


IxDA San Francisco is the SF local group of the Interaction Design Association. The IxDA is a member-supported organization committed to serving the needs of the international interaction design community.


IxDA New York City


The IxDA New York City local group organizes monthly presentations and workshops for people interested in interaction design. Our events gather together a vibrant community of professionals who design interactive systems, services and products of all kinds: web, desktop, enterprise, mobile, consumer electronics, digitally-enhanced environments, and more.


LA User Experience Meetup 


Los Angeles is home to one of the largest volunteer-run User Experience (UX) professional development organization in the world. The Los Angeles User Experience Meetup has more than 3,000 members.


Lean Product & Lean UX Silicon Valley Meetup


The Lean Product & Lean UX Silicon Valley Meetup is for people interested in applying Lean Startup, Lean UX, and Agile principles to design and develop products that customers love. Our group is for product managers, designers, developers, analysts, marketers and others that are passionate about learning and applying the latest tools and techniques to deliver great products.


Lean UX San Francisco


The intersection between Lean Thinking, Agile Development and UX is a challenging, exciting, and timely issue for a large number of practitioners in interaction design, information architecture, and related fields. Based on the earlier work of Anders Ramsay and the Agile Experience Design meetup we co-host in New York, and a highly provocative and productive Agile UX retreat in San Francisco at Cooper Design in January 2010, we couldn’t help but continue the discussion.




NYC – CHI holds UX-focused events and has an active mailing list to service the NYC region. We have over 1900 active members in all aspects of HCI, including information architects, interaction designers, user experience designers, service designers, product and museum experience designers, usability practitioners, digital librarians, user interface designers and UI developers.


SF Bay ACM Chapter


This Meetup group supports the SF Bay ACM Chapter. You can join the actual SF Bay Chapter by coming to a meeting – most meetings are free, and our membership is only $20/year! The chapter has both educational and scientific purposes: the science, design, development, construction, languages, management and applications of modern computing, communication between persons interested in computing & cooperation with other professional groups.


SF New Tech


SF New Tech is the Bay Area’s largest and longest running monthly technology event and networking mixer for people who can’t get enough of technology. Evolved from its first meetup of eight geeks talking about tech over cold pints in April 2006, SF New Tech is now serving over 10,000 tech industry movers and shakers, VCs, journalists, hackers, developers, recruiters and more, who are signed up to hear from the hottest startups and companies at our standing-room-only events. Join us here: http://sfnewtech.com/joinus/


Silicon Valley Startup: Idea to IPO


Idea to IPO is one of the largest and most active member organizations in Silicon Valley focusing on  tech and entrepreneurship. Our mission is to promote entrepreneurship, support entrepreneurs, build community, and provide value to the Silicon Valley startup ecosystem. We partner with venture capital firms, angel investor groups,law firms, co-working spaces, startup incubators and accelerators, colleges and universities, and other entrepreneur member organizations in our mission to help entrepreneurs achieve their goals and realize their aspirations. Membership is free! Check out our events at: www.idea-to-ipo.com




SoCal UX Camp is a free, user-driven, collaborative “unconference” for User Experience Designers, Research Analysts, and students alike from Southern California. A one-day gathering of User Experience  folks to share, present, network, learn and discuss.


Society for Technical Communication – San Francisco Chapter


The mission of the Society for Technical Communication is to advance the theory and practice of technical communication across all user abilities and media. To further this, the San Francisco chapter: Promotes the art and science of technical communication in the San Francisco Bay Area, Promotes career development in the technical communication profession for our members, other colleagues, and students of technical communication, Promotes respect, increased public awareness, and appreciation of the technical communication profession. The San Francisco chapter meets on the third Wednesday evening of each month. See www.stc-sf.org for details.


Tech Drinkup/SF Beta


#techdrinkup is the world’s coolest startup party. It was started in NYC in 2011 to connect makers and innovators in the tech community over good drinks, good music, and good vibes. It has expanded from a monthly party in NYC to an annual party at the SXSWi festival in Austin, TX and a quarterly party in the mission district in San Francisco.




TechXploration is PayPal’s free, new Technology & Art focused monthly speaker series held at eBay/PayPal Conference center in San Jose, California, USA.Enjoy conversations with silicon valley-based Tech & Art luminaries while sampling the finest craft beer and local unforgettable food!Our goal is to give back to the community and to inspire people. All are welcome. Delight us with your presence! Connect with us @ https://www.facebook.com/TechXploration


Ultra Light Startup


Ultra Light Startups is an online and in-person community for technology entrepreneurs. Events feature startup pitches, networking and interactive, moderated panel discussions with leading industry experts. Topics cover: design, technology, marketing and finance. Attend and participate in-person in New York, Boston and Toronto, or view the live video stream from anywhere.


United Filmmakers Association


The United Filmmakers Association is dedicated to the encouragement of growth in local filmmaking opportunities through networking, collaboration, team building, action and empowerment. UFA supports these efforts by providing monthly networking sessions, online community forums, monthly and annual showcasing opportunities, connection to finance and distribution options as well as our online think tank to help fine tune projects.


UX Acrobatics


NYC UX Acrobatics is a community based UX Meetup. NYC UX Acrobatics primary focus is the varied facets of UX design, research and usability. Our aim is to create monthly ‘UX themed’ workshop style meetings where members work with each other learning, discovering and networking on all things UX.


UX + Data

The UX + Data will be exploring how to make data easily accessible, how to make data compelling, and how to leverage data in your UX process.




The DC chapter of the User Experience Professionals’ Association is a highly active local community of individuals interested in usability, user experience design, interaction design, and their many related fields.




We seek to bring together professionals from the marketing, design, technology and research communities so that we may share our collective experiences and create a forum for learning and professional growth. We encourage you to join us at our monthly events, which are open to members and non-members.


Women Who Code


Women Who Code is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers by creating a global, connected community of women in technology. Our community provides an avenue for women to pursue a career in technology, helps them gain new skills and hone existing skills for professional advancement, and fosters environments where networking and mentorship are valued.


Educational Partners

Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design


The Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design (CIID) was founded in 2006 to bring together inspirational international faculty, diverse students, clients and partners from all around the world to create an energetic and collaborative design culture. Our integrated structure creates a unique environment that encompasses world-renowned education, a cutting edge research group and an award-winning consultancy. We create impact through the design of innovative products, services and environments.


Georgia Tech


Georgia Tech’s Master of Science in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) is one of the most prominent programs of its kind. Students with diverse backgrounds in computing, digital media, industrial design and psychology enroll in the program and its respective home unit, providing the broad base of knowledge and experiences that are so important to successful HCI practitioners. GVU is an interdisciplinary research center that brings together people and expertise from all six Georgia Tech colleges in order to solve complex problems. Our goal is to make the world a better place through fundamental and applied interdisciplinary computing research. We want to help people and communities to be connected to one another, to communicate, to learn, to heal, to be entertained, to create, to express their ideas and visions, and to be given the tools and opportunity to expand their potential and improve their lives.


Institute of Design – Illinois Institute of Technology


IIT Institute of Design (ID) is the largest graduate design school in the US and specializes in research and strategy. ID faculty and students tackle complex issues like the future of reading, learning in the digital age, and tech-savvy, patient-centric healthcare. They develop methodology in emerging fields like urbanism, interactive place-making, quantified self, and design for social good. Some of this work is featured at ID’s annual conferences: the Strategy Conference and Design Research Conference. ID offers an MDes for candidates with or without design backgrounds, a dual MDes/MBA, a PhD, and a part-time, weekend-only MDM for professionals with eight years of leadership experience, and weeklong design camps.




ITP is a two-year graduate program located in the Tisch School of the Arts whose mission is to explore the imaginative use of communications technologies — how they might augment, improve, and bring delight and art into people’s lives. Perhaps the best way to describe us is as a Center for the Recently Possible.




For nearly 80 years, the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies (NYU-SCPS) has provided comprehensive, professionally oriented educational experiences to students from the New York metropolitan area, across the country, and around the globe.


Parsons the New School for Design


Rigorous practice and critical scholarship prepare students to become leading agents of commentary and change. The School of Art, Media, and Technology offers superb training in the art and design disciplines, expanding these fields beyond their traditional boundaries through interdisciplinary collaboration and exchange.




Founded in 1887, Pratt Institute is a global leader in higher education dedicated to preparing its 4,700 undergraduate and graduate students for successful careers in art, design, architecture, information and library science, and liberal arts and sciences. Located in a cultural hub with historic campuses in Brooklyn and Manhattan, Pratt is a living lab of craft and creativity with an esteemed faculty of accomplished professionals and scholars who challenge their talented students to transform their passion into meaningful expression.




Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national research university and the state’s preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education.


Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University


The mission of the Industrial Design Program is to provide students with the intellectual and physical skills to assume leadership positions in the world of industrial design. The program addresses the interaction of people with objects and their environment addressing the cultural, technological, business, ergonomic, ecological and social factors that lead to more useful and meaningful products and services. In 2013, the Sophomore Team took the Silver Prize for the Best Accessibility Innovation at the UX Awards, for their project, Activ.


Event Founder & Producer

Oxford Tech + UX


Oxford Tech + UX offers data-driven UX, strategy, prototyping, research and product development for data-intensive projects in mobile, web, ecommerce, software and physical products. We’re specialists with 17′ years industry expertise and 5 years’ of clients in publishing, media, tv & video, ecommerce, complex software, social apps and mobile.



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