UX conferences to attend in 2023

Get ready to level-up your UX design and user research skills with these must-attend conferences of 2023.

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UX conferences to attend in 2023

Are you ready to take your UX design and user research skills to the next level? Well, you're in luck, because 2023 is shaping up to be an exciting year for conferences in the field of UX design and user research. 

Whether you're a seasoned pro or just starting out, these events are the perfect opportunity to learn from industry experts, network with like-minded individuals, and stay up-to-date on the latest trends and best practices. 

From in-person to virtual events, and covering a wide range of topics such as research, user experience, and more, this article highlights some of the top UX conferences to attend in 2023. 

So, mark your calendars and get ready to take your design and research skills to the next level!

January

Nielsen Norman Group Virtual UX Conference
Date:
January 21–27; February 12–25; March 13–24, 2023
Location:
Virtual
Website:
https://www.nngroup.com/training/virtual 
Join NN/g’s UX training sessions in this virtual conference running from January to March, 2023. Each training event offers a variety of courses in UX design, research, and management. You can choose a date and format that works for you, then browse course options, and you only pay for the courses you attend.

YouX by User Interviews
Date:
January 26, 2023
Location:
Virtual
Website:
https://www.userinterviews.com/youx 
The free, inaugural, half-day YouX Conference will focus on the obstacles people who do research face today. Themes will cover best practices for wellness and stress management, reframing imposter syndrome, and navigating mentorship and coaching. 

February

UX360 Research Summit 
Date:
February 15–16, 2023
Location:
Virtual
Website:
https://www.ux360summit.com
UX360 is a place for UX researchers to learn, be inspired, and network. The event will showcase the latest UX and design research, from planning and conducting to analyzing and implementing UX insights. There will be presentations from top UX researchers and the world’s largest brands, interactive panel discussions, and one-to-one meetings.

UX New Zealand
Date:
February 15–17, 2023
Location:
Virtual and Wellington, New Zealand
Website:
https://www.uxnewzealand.com
This conference is a chance to hear from speakers in user experience, research, and design. The mix of local and international speakers will share insights and perspectives in-person and from around the world over Zoom. Talks and workshops are aimed at service designers, marketers, UX writers, and user researchers.

UX Live Online
Date:
February 23–24, 2023
Location:
Virtual
Website:
https://techcircus.io/en/events/ux-live-online-3 
UX Live Online aims to help you build your knowledge of UX and user research. Gain insights from speakers to elevate your daily project work, whether that lies in research and design of specific functionality for your users, building end-to-end services, or strategically marrying business and customer goals.

Interaction 23
Date:
February 25–March 3, 2023
Location:
Virtual and Zurich, Switzerland
Website:
https://interaction23.ixda.org
Interaction 23 is a series of design events for the global interaction design community. This year’s themes include establishing design ethics, creating new work experiences, enabling decentralization, redesigning interaction design, exploring the environmental impact of technology, the design decision-making process, and designing the undefined. You can choose from half- and full-day workshops.

Experience Design
Date:
February 27–March 1, 2023
Location:
Denver, Colorado, USA
Website:
https://www.designinnovationglobal.com/events-experience-design 
Held in-person in Denver, Experience Design 2023 will focus on experience design best practices from industry leaders. 

March

Design Research 2023
Date:
March 14–16, 2023
Location:
Virtual and Melbourne, Australia
Website:
https://uxaustralia.com.au/conferences/design-research-2023 
Design Research 2023 is a three-day conference dedicated to design research and researchers. This year's event explores the breadth of design research practices and the challenges researchers face at every level, from initial assessment to planning, conducting, and analysis.

Advancing Research 2023
Date:
March 27-29, 2023
Location:
Virtual
Website:
https://rosenfeldmedia.com/advancing-research-2023
Advancing Research 2023 is a chance to assess the state of research and consider the increasingly complex demands being placed upon research teams and leaders. Themes this year include research as a transformational force, researchers as organizational change makers, and transforming research.

UX Copenhagen
Date:
March 23–24, 2023
Location:
Virtual and Copenhagen, Denmark 
Website:
https://uxcopenhagen.com
UX Copenhagen is Denmark’s human experience conference, covering topics like UX, content, strategy, and research. The conference spans two days and includes talks from local and international speakers, workshops, and networking. The theme for this year’s event is invisibility.

Information Architecture Conference 2023
Date:
March 28–April 1, 2023
Location:
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Website:
https://www.theiaconference.com
The Information Architecture Conference is the leading event for academics and practitioners of IA. The theme for this year will focus on how the industry deals with change and promotes resilience.

April

UXinsight
Date:
April 17–19, 2023
Location:
Virtual and Breda, Netherlands
Website:
https://uxinsight.org/ux-research-conference-festival-2023 
Now in its seventh year, UXinsight is happening in-person and online. The theme for this year’s conference is “pause, rewind, and play”, and will focus on taking the time to look inwards – making sure UX researchers take enough care of themselves and their practice, reflecting on the role of UX designers, and connecting with the user research community.

UX STRAT APAC
Date:
April 20–21, 2023
Location:
Bangkok, Thailand
Website:
https://uxstrat.com/asia
UX STRAT APAC is a conference for research, design, product, and data science professionals in the APAC region. The theme for this year is “creating business value through design.” The event will take place in Bangkok and there are limited tickets available. 

The BAD Conference
Date: April 24, 2023
Location: Virtual
Website: https://techcircus.io/en/events/the-bad-conference-online
Psychology, anthropology, and philosophy experts will deliver ideas on how to conduct deep, meaningful user research and design.

Front UX & Product Management Case Study Conference
Date:
April 26–28, 2023 
Location:
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Website:
https://www.frontutah.com/conference
Aimed at UX and product management professionals, this two-day, in-person event seeks to inspire and offer tools to grow your career and find better ways to work together with your team.

Confab
Date:
April 30–May 3, 2023
Location:
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Website:
https://www.confabevents.com 
Confab aims to connect fields that focus on digital content. This will be the final in-person Confab event, and will cover topics on website content strategy, content design for digital products, enterprise content ops, SEO, analytics and performance, workflows and stakeholder management, and content accessibility and inclusivity.

May

ConveyUX ’23
Date:
May 2–4, 2023
Location:
Virtual
Website:
https://conveyux.com/conveyux-23-schedule
ConveyUX ’23 is an annual user experience conference from Blink UX. It brings together designers, researchers, strategists, product managers, and more to learn the latest about the world of user experience.

Awwwards Conference
Date: May 3–5, 2023
Location: Toronto, Canada
Website: https://conference.awwwards.com
An event for designers and web developers, Awwwards Conference keeps you up-to-date with the cutting edge of web design. This year's event features talks on UX and UI, web design and development, branding, creativity, VR, strategy, design tools, coding, and more.

Design Drives
Date:
May 6, 2023
Location:
Munich, Germany
Website:
https://www.designdrives.org/conference 
Part of the Munich Creative Business Week, Design Drives explores the role of design in emerging sectors. With 12 keynotes and 2 workshops, the in-person event will look at the ways design drives innovation in different industries, environments, and challenges. Early bird tickets include a 6-month Figma subscription.

APDList Product Day 2023
Date: May 10, 2023
Location: Virtual
Website: https://productday.adplist.org
Streaming for 24 hours non-stop (!), Product Day features 80+ live keynote and themed networking sessions covering design and product, from career tips to future trends. Speakers come from a range of industries, including B2B, consumer, fintech, generative AI, AR/VR, and sustainability.

From Business to Buttons Conference
Date:
May 12, 2023
Location:
Stockholm, Sweden
Website:
https://frombusinesstobuttons.com
From Business to Buttons is a user experience and service design conference held in-person in Stockholm, Sweden. This year’s conference focuses on collaboration and communication in UX. 

UXDX USA 2023
Date:
May 16–18, 2023
Location:
Virtual and New York City, New York, USA 
Website:
https://uxdx.com/usa/2023
At UXDX USA 2023, you can learn the latest product, UX, design, and developer practices. Discover techniques that leading companies are using to empower their product teams to succeed.

UXistanbul Conference
Date:
May 22–26, 2023
Location:
Virtual
Website:
https://uxistanbul.org
Now in its ninth year, the UXistanbul conference is being held virtually on Discord in May. It will bring together leading names in UX and Web3 to share their experiences via keynotes and Q&A sessions. There will also be opportunities to network through various Discord activities.

User Experience Lisbon
Date:
May 23–26, 2023
Location:
Lisbon, Portugal
Website:
https://www.ux-lx.com
An in-person event, User Experience Lisbon brings together talks from speakers in the UX industry, along with hands-on workshops.

GamesUR Summit North America 2023
Date:
May 25–26, 2023
Location:
Virtual and Seattle, Washington, USA
Website:
https://gamesurconf.com
The GamesUR Summit is an annual event for professionals interested in games UX research and design. It hosts keynotes, presentations, and panels from those at the forefront of player-centric game development.

June

UX STRAT Europe
Date: June 5–7, 2023
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Website: https://uxstrat.com/europe
UX STRAT Europe is aimed at research, design, product, and data science professionals, and highlights the latest methodologies and trends in product design, strategy, and innovation. The theme of this year’s conference is "creating business value through design” and will also include presentations on bringing sustainability and humanity-centered design into the everyday work context.

UXRConf
Date: June 7–9, 2023
Location: Remote
Website: https://uxrconf23.joinlearners.com
UXRConf is back for its sixth edition. This fully remote event will showcase UX research, with the first day focusing on demos and the second two days featuring talks from leading experts in the field.

UX Scotland
Date:
June 7–9, 2023
Location:
Edinburgh, UK
Website:
https://uxscotland.net
UX Scotland returns after a three-year break with an in-person event. This is a conference for designers and researchers, and will cater for practitioners from different sectors and stages in their careers.

Quant UX Con 2023
Date:
June 14–15, 2023
Location:
Virtual
Website:
https://www.quantuxcon.org
Now in its second year, Quant UX Con is the first conference dedicated to the field of quantitative UX research. This year’s virtual event is being scheduled across all time zones worldwide using a follow-the-sun model (so sessions will begin in the US, then move to Asia, Europe, and back to the US over 32 hours), so there's bound to be talks happening in your timezone no matter where you're based.  

UXPA International 2023
Date:
June 20–22, 2023 
Location:
Austin, Texas, USA
Website:
https://uxpa2023.org
UXPA International 2023 is being held in-person in Austin, Texas. The event will bring together researchers, designers, and other UX professionals.

Config 2023
Date: June 20–21, 2023
Location: Virtual and San Francisco, USA
Website: https://config.figma.com
Config is a global design conference hosted by Figma, being held virtually and in-person in San Francisco. The event this year aims to highlight stories from across the entire product development process, including design, development, product management, and engineering.

URCA! 2023
Date: June 22–23, 2023
Location: Milan, Italy
Website: https://www.urca.live
URCA! is the first Italian user research conference and set of workshops, bringing together ideas, experiences, and stories from the world of UXR.

August

UX Australia 2023
Date:
August 22–25, 2023
Location:
Virtual and Sydney, Australia
Website:
https://uxaustralia.com.au/conferences/ux-australia-2023 
This four-day event is Australia’s biggest conference about UX, product, and service design, and related disciplines like research, content, operations, and management. Now in its fifteenth year, this hybrid event includes presentations, activities, and workshops, with local and international speakers.

UX Nordic
Date:
August 24–25, 2023
Location:
Virtual and Aarhus, Denmark
Website:
https://www.uxnordic.com
Held in-person and virtually, UX Nordic brings together case studies, talks, workshops, and networking events. This year’s event will cover topics on UX research, the future of UX, enterprise UX, artificial intelligence, e-commerce and retail, and UX in the financial sector. 

September

UX STRAT USA
Date:
September 11–13, 2023
Location:
Boulder, Colorado, USA
Website:
https://www.uxstrat.com/usa
This in-person event brings together design and product professionals from around the world to share methods, innovations, and tools focused on strategic design and innovation.

The UX Conf 2023
Date: September 13, 2023
Location: Virtual and London, UK
Website: https://theuxconf.com
The seventh user experience design conference will feature sessions with designers from Eurostar, Hotjar, TripAdvisor, HubSpot, Skyscanner, Goldman Sachs, Cazoo, RHS, Vitality, and Bupa, plus freelancers. Instead of theoretical talks, speakers will show how they use different UX & UI design tools at work.

UXCon Vienna
Date:
September 13–14, 2023
Location:
Virtual and Vienna, Austria
Website:
https://www.uxcon.at
This hybrid event is Vienna’s first international conference for UX research and UX design. It aims to build a connection between the UX scene in Europe and the USA.

Disco Conf 2023
Date: September 19, 2023
Location: Virtual
Website: https://maze.co/discoconf
Disco Conf is a free event hosted by Maze, aimed at anyone working on product, from designers and researchers to product managers.

Design Matters 2023
Date:
September 27–28, 2023
Location:
Copehagen, Denmark
Website:
https://designmatters.io
Held in-person in Copenhagen, Design Matters is a conference on digital design. It brings together the digital design community to explore and inspire each other to innovate in the digital design space.

October

Hatch Conference
Date:
October 5–6, 2023
Location:
Berlin, Germany
Website:
https://www.hatchconference.com
Hatch is an invitation-only event for seniors, leaders, and managers in UX, user research, and product design. If you’re looking to connect with other professionals at this stage in their careers, apply for an invitation via the website.

Intersection Conference
Date: October 9–10, 2023
Location: Turin, Italy
Website: https://www.intersection-conference.eu
Intersection Conference 2022 is a design and development conference that will be held in Turin, Italy between. Speakers will share processes and methodologies on creating highly-usable digital products.

World Usability Congress
Date:
October 10–12, 2023
Location:
Graz, Austria
Website:
https://worldusabilitycongress.com
The World Usability Congress is a two-day conference for UX experts. There will be over 40 speakers from different industries sharing their real-world UX challenges, and a chance to collaborate in workshops.

UXDX EMEA
Date: October 11–13, 2023
Location: Virtual and Dublin, Ireland
Website: https://uxdx.com/emea/2022
Like UXDX USA, you can learn the latest product, UX, design, and developer practices at UXDX EMEA. Discover techniques that leading companies are using to empower their product teams to succeed.

Button: The content design conference
Date:
 October 16–19, 2023
Location: Portal, Oregon, USA
Website: https://www.buttonconf.com
Button is an event about content design and UX writing.

November

UX Brighton 2023
Date: November 3, 2023
Location: Brighton, UK
Website: https://uxbri.org/2023
UX Brighton will take place in the Brighton Dome Concert Hall and look at the relationship between UX and innovation.

We’ll also be keeping an eye on these research conferences that were held previously, but haven’t announced an event for 2023 yet (and we’ll update this page when we have the details):

Looking for a quick summary of virtual-only conferences? Check out the below table for info.

Event
Date
Location
Quantitative
February 15–16, 2023
Quantitative
Virtual
Qualitative
Quantitative
February 23–24, 2023
Quantitative
Virtual
Quantitative
March 27-29, 2023
Quantitative
Virtual
Qualitative
Quantitative
May 2–4, 2023
Quantitative
Virtual
Quantitative
May 22–26, 2023
Quantitative
Virtual
Quantitative
June 14–15, 2023
Quantitative
Virtual

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