2015 UXies

The Premier Awards for Exceptional Digital Experience

Partners & Sponsors

The 2015 UXies are Sponsored by Sparks Grove, our 2015 Platinum Sponsor

Sparks Grove

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Sparks Grove crafts and delivers meaningful human experiences that cultivate growth for our clients’ businesses and new value for their customers. We’re a diverse team of industry experts, CX and UX practitioners, brand strategists, designers, tech gurus, writers, social media analysts and conceptual thinkers. We’re also a division of North Highland, a global management consulting firm that delivers big ideas and strategic business capabilities to clients around the world.


Gold Sponsors

Parsons School of 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.



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Salesforce is the Customer Success Platform. Our social and mobile cloud technologies—including our flagship sales and CRM applications—help companies connect with customers, partners, and employees in entirely new ways.


Silver Sponsors

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.




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


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.




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.




Zoomdata offers a suite of pre-built connectors that connect the Zoomdata server directly to your data source.


Bronze Sponsors

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.


The Joanne Weaver Group

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We are a NYC-based UX/UI Design recruitment firm, making meaningful connections within the UX community since 2007. We’re a little bit of Kirk *and* Spock: we care deeply about the people we help, and we’re also thorough and deeply knowledgeable about the UX industry. We’re Joanne Weaver (President) and Rebecca Levi (Recruiting Manager), and we wanna meet you!


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.


Rosenfeld Media

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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.



ACM New York City Meetup

ACM New York City Meetup

ACM New York City is a non-profit professional group that meets regularly to discuss diverse topics in computer science such as user experience, user research, data visualization, predictive analytics, applied machine learning, statistical modeling, open data, and artificial neural networks. Meeting topics are varied and range from tutorials on basic concepts and their applications, to success stories from local practitioners and academic students, to discussions of tools, new technologies, and best practices. All are welcome to attend, to meet others, and to present their work.


Berlin School of Creative Leadership

Berlin School of Creative Leadership

The mission of the Berlin School of Creative Leadership at Steinbeis University Berlin is to become the world’s leading institute for quality executive education, leadership programs and research into creative leadership.

By bringing together top creatives and international leadership experts, the Berlin School will pave the way for new standards in communication and leadership, fostering global discourse on creative leadership in media, entertainment, advertising, design, journalism, and marketing.


Brooklyn UX, Meetup

Brooklyn UX, Meetup

We meet as often as we can (monthly, give or take) for events (usually involving beer) to bring together awesome people (UXers) to talk about awesome things (nerdery).


Designers + Geeks

Designers + Geeks

Bringing designers + geeks together to talk shop, startups, and do some knowledge sharing. All types of designers + geeks welcome.



Designers + Geeks

EventBrowse.com aggregates data from various platforms, venue websites, and other sources to create a relevant database of upcoming networking events.


Gary’s Guide

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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.




Harvest is a simple but powerful web-based time tracking and invoicing application. We are dedicated to helping creative professionals work better. Today, Harvest is relied on by innovative businesses around the world, including Happy Cog and Adaptive Path, to track time and invoice clients.


Human Factors International

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Human Factors International (HFI) is the world’s largest company specializing in user experience (UX) design. Our focus is unique in helping clients develop mature and effective UX practices. We provide a complete and seamless suite of advisory, training, certification, methods, standards, and tools to help you institutionalize user (customer) centricity. Our design projects ensure an unbroken golden thread, from executive intent, through digital strategy and innovation, to structural and detailed design and validation, including metrics-based improvements. Beyond ensuring that users can efficiently use your offerings, we apply persuasive engineering methods to influence your customers to use digital channels, engage, and convert.


Idea to IPO

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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!




Igniters is a strong community of entrepreneurs and founders in Silicon Valley who have the burning desire to grow their company. We bring in influential speakers to give startup tips, and offer great opportunities for networking. Our events are also available to Igniters around the globe via live streaming.


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.


IxDA Berlin

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Since 2008 IxDA Berlin is gathering interaction designers and all interested friends and fellows to talk about the emerging questions of todays interactive design space. At our regular meetings we are happy to welcome well known international speakers as well as hosting discussions and talks by the protagonists of Berlin’s own fast growing Interaction Design community. With members coming from all corners of the industry we never leave out an opportunity to broaden our horizon beyond the established design topics.


IxDA Boston

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The Boston IxDA local group organizes 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. Our programming is created by a passionate group of local leader volunteers and focuses on practicing what we preach. While our events cater to the interaction design community, all are welcome.


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 Colorado

IxDA Colorado

We’re a professional group for Interaction Design, with forays into User Experience Design and related fields. All are welcome, whether you have years of experience or are just curious about making technology better for people.


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.


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 Taiwan

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With no fees for membership, IxDA relies on its passionate members and partners to help serve the needs of the international Interaction Design community. With more than 70,000 members and over 170 local groups around the world, the IxDA network actively focuses on interaction design issues for the practitioner, no matter their level of experience.


LA – UX Meetup

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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. Since the organization was founded on April 21, 2007 by Lynn Boyden, Chris Chandler, Craig Nakano and Weston Thompson, over 50 events have been held for User Experience Designers, Information Architects, Interaction Designers, UX Researchers, Usability Analysts and Engineers and others interested in UX-related topics.




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.




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.




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.




Create fully-interactive high-fidelity prototypes that look and work exactly like your app should. No coding required.




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.


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.


Ultra Light Startups


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.


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

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.


UX Mastery

UX Mastery is an online resource for aspiring user experience designers. Through our free articles, ebooks, in-person workshops, community projects, and a vibrant community of eager volunteers, we’ve helped thousands of people get started in UX and get better.



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The Boston Chapter of the User Experience Professionals’ Association is a highly active community for persons with individual and professional interests in usability, user experience design, and their many related fields. UXPA Boston is a regional chapter of the User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA).




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.



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UXPA is the global professional association of User Experience (UX) practitioners and students.




Validately takes the pain out of user research: the easiest way to recruit testers, launch tests, and analyze results. Email us code UXAwards to claim $30 in free test credits.


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.


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.


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.


Event 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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