UXcamp Berlin 09 is over: a first recap

What a weekend! The first UXcamp Berlin is over right now. To me it has been an extraordinary weekend. About 300 people shared two days full of discussions, presentations, networking, and chatting. Although there were many barcamp newbies (maybe half of the participants), there have been many many sessions (Saturday and especially yesterday, on Sunday). The people made this barcamp a very special one. And I’m glad having seen many of our sponsors participating in the sessions and doing their own sessions.

It has been a pleasure seeing all the different groups coming together for one common event: the information architects, the interaction designer, the usability guys, graphics designer, and all the others. I’m happy, that Henning Breu from German UPA has been there. In my opinion it could be a model for the more scientific conferences like Usability Professionals and IA Konferenz to organize one big conference with different tracks. There are differences in the topics of the conferences, but from a broader point of view, they have a lot in common.

At the final session yesterday afternoon I asked the audience three questions, which I’d like to answer in here as well: What I liked? To meet all the great people and see that they enjoyed the UXcamp. What I didn’t like? Well, most sessions lasted almost an hour, which led to the fact that the breaks for networking were quite short. What surprised me? The very positive feedback that we are getting right now and all over the weekend. That was great! (Just have a look at twitter and search for #uxcb09)

Thanks to all participants for this weekend! See you all next year at UXcamp 2010.

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