HOW TO ENTER & WHAT IS CONSIDERED
Entering a Submission- Overview
A UX Awards entry should highlight the user experience of a digital project you helped create, and should highlight the project, the UX process and the outcome.
- The UXies feature expert judging and crowdvoting for professional and student entries for any digital or interactive product or service from the past two years. The focus should be on user centered design process for digital product design. Any digital product or service with an input interface is applicable: mobile or tablet apps, websites, ecommerce, software, operating systems, intranets, digital campaigns, kiosks, interactive TV, social media, interactive displays, operating systems, games, physical products, wearables and installations, IOT, dashboards, as well as for UX strategy, testing and research case studies and unreleased prototypes. The UXies do not cover pure physical product/ industrial design with no digital element, print documents, signage, pure hardware and electronics components, non-digital advertising, or any other non-digital media.
- Anyone can submit and win an UXie–companies large and small, agencies, groups, individuals, and students- from anywhere in the world. Note that for submissions of company, organization or client projects, you must have obtained advance permission to submit and publicly showcase the project.
- The case study document/video will ideally showcase the project AND your UX process and best practices. The ideal submission will reference the problem being solved, context, research, audience, concepts and prototyping, design, testing, iterations and performance as well as showcase the final product and features. Submissions can also be entered for pure concept projects or pure strategy, research, interaction design or testing without a final launched product.
2015 Submissions open July 15, 2015 and must be received by the regular deadline of 11:59PM EST on September 01, 2015 or late submission deadline of 11:59PM EST on September 15, 2015 to be considered.
- It is to your benefit to submit early, because you’ll get the most visibility during crowdvoting and greater likelihood to win People’s Choice (and it’s cheaper)!
How to Submit
The submission process is done entirely online
- Each submission entry consists of two parts:
- A brief online form
- A case study video OR Keynote/ PDF document (video preferred). Both will not be accepted- you must choose one format to describe the entry. This is a descriptive narrative that describes the project and highlights its user experience components, process and outcome. (Please note that if a video is not submitted during submissions and you are chosen as a finalist, you will then be required to submit a video with text transcriptions to win any award.). This asset must be posted at a publicly accessible web URL.
1. The Online Form
- Fill out the form in its entirety. Please note that:
- The case study pitch document /video must be ready to submit and already posted to the web at time of form submission;
- The form must be completed and submitted in one session. Edits on submitted forms are not possible;
- A submission can submitted to multiple categories, but multiple submissions per project are not permitted. Categories for submission are: Mobile/ Tablet, Large Format Display/ Kiosk/Installation, Physical Product/Wearable, Ecommerce, Interactive TV/ Video/ Film, Website, Enterprise/Business, Multi‐Channel, Software, Strategy/Concept, Student, Intranet, Games, Social, Other. The UX Awards does not award a winner for each category each year; we only award the best submissions across all categories. The categories can be considered descriptive tags.
- We recommend downloading and reviewing the form questions in advance.
2. The Case Study Pitch Video/Document
Document Format & Hosting
- Please create a case study pitch video or document showcasing the project’s user experience and post the document online at a publicly available URL prior to filling out the form. The form will ask for this web URL for the judges, UX community for crowdvoting, and the event audience to access.
- This pitch must address the points in the Content Guidelines section below. One pitch per awards submission
- This document will be shared publicly for crowdvoting and at the event if your submission wins an Award
- Acceptable file Formats: Video, PowerPoint, PDF, or Keynote. Video is strongly encouraged for submission, but not required. A video with text transcription will be required from all Awards finalists and winners prior to the Awards event
- PDF and PowerPoint documents cannot be larger than 15MB, and not be longer than 15 pages or slides
- Videos must be no longer than 3 minutes and preferably are 2 minutes.
- You must choose one format- either video or PDF/ presentation. Both will not be accepted.
Please ensure the Case Study Pitch Document has the following:
- Project submission title;
- Individual/company/organization, and client name(s), as relevant;
- Live project web URL (IF your project is currently live on the web. We understand that not all projects submitted for evaluation will be web-based, or currently live); and
- Pitch document web URL–where this case study pitch lives.
Case Study Pitch Document: Key Elements
- The case study pitch is the place to make the project come to life and show us why your UX deserves an UXie. The suggested format is as a narrative case study covering both the final project outcome/ product and also UX process and best practices.
- Project purpose, problem, context, and description;
- Target audience(s);
- Description of user experience process, methodology and approaches, including usability methods, testing, research and any user input that was incorporated;
- Business, organizational, or audience/ user goals and challenges, and how these were addressed (if relevant to the project);
- Any project metrics that show the extent of user adoption or project success, if applicable (note sources and dates);
- Notable, unusual or innovative user experience or digital interaction features and components; and
- Why this project delivers an exceptional user experience and merits an UXie.
- Please include screenshots of the project in the narrative (UX process documents, such as concepts and wireframes, can also be included, but this is not required);
Evaluation Criteria- Judged Awards
The winning projects will represent the top selections by collective rank and consensus based on our diverse panel of judges. Each judge will apply his/her own evaluation criteria, which will be shared with the audience at the event and Friday talks.
- Some criteria that will be taken into consideration:
- The project must have demonstrably solved a user challenge or problem through an elegant, usable solution, and this user-centric problem-solution format must be clearly articulated in the pitch document and form responses;
- Innovation, creativity, strategic solutions, trend-setting and forward thinking are highly valued;
- Best UX practices and processes are also a key consideration; and
- The pitch and form responses must be error-free, easy to follow, and must adhere to the rules and guidelines for submission.
Finalists will be notified two weeks prior to the event. To win an Award, any finalist must attend or send a designated representative to attend the event and accept the Award on-stage, and a video of the submission pitch must have been submitted or will need to be created for the event.
- You can get further insight into what constitutes a winning submission by looking at prior years’ award-winning submissions.
- Any further questions? Email questions@UserExperienceAwards.com. Thanks!
- The general public can vote for all entries marked at time of submission as eligible for public posting on the UX Awards website. All voters must register by email at the time of voting but may vote for as many entries as they like. No voters may vote for the same entry twice. Votes are noted and tallied using a public 5-star rating system under each entry. Sharing on social media is encouraged, and early entrants have the benefit of more time to receive more votes.
2015 Costs to Enter
- STUDENT: Student submission from any country: $50 USD July 15-Sept 1, 2015, or $75 late submissions Sept 2-Sept 15, 2015
- SMALL/ GLOBAL: Any submission from a individual or business/organization under 10 people OR from a country OUTSIDE of Europe or North America: $175 USD USD July 15-Sept 1, 2015, or $275 late submissions Sept 2-Sept 15, 2015
- REGULAR: Size of the submitting organization is more than 10 people and based in Europe or North America: $275 USD July 15-Sept 1, 2015, or $375 late submissions Sept 2-Sept 15, 2015