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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.

UXcamp coming up

Just some few more days and the UXcamp is finally starting. There are still plenty of things to do like printing the name tags or preparing the session grid. On the other hand, the main task is done: getting enough sponsors. The UXcamp seems to be a hot topic, judging from the number of sponsors that we were able to acquire and the few days that passed until the list of attendees was full.

Taking a look at the session proposals the weekend is promising to be very exciting. And there seems to be one topic especially interesting to many out there: prototyping. We have proposals for every kind of prototyping and prototyping tools on the list. Paper and Flash, Expression Blend and Axure, Visio and Acrobat. And somewhere on my personal to-do list is the preparation of a pidoco° session. (Although I’m sure we will be mentioned in at least some of those prototyping sessions.)

I’m really looking forward to the UXcamp, especially after half a year of preparation. Let’s have an excellent weekend in Berlin!

For those of you who are going to attend the UXcamp I added some Infos to the German version of this entry.

Meet us at IA Konferenz 09

 16 und 17 Mai

Just one more week and the German IA Konferenz 09 is held in Hamburg (16th and 17th of May). Tino and Philipp will travel to Hamburg to join the conference with a booth and a poster session. The session will be 6.45 pm on Saturday. Although we do not know exactly where our booth will be, it shouldn’t be very difficult to find us. Just follow the white rabbit and get an introduction to our web based prototyping software. You could also meet us for a drink and a chat at the get together on Friday night.

We’d be happy to see you in Hamburg.

UXcamp Berlin: registration opens tomorrow

For all the BarCampers among us: Tomorrow, at 11am, we will open the registration for the UXcamp Berlin 09. As places will be limited, you may want to register early. We have already more than 400 people in our network and quite some interesting session proposals. Please feel free to add your proposal, as the UXcamp will live from your active participation!

Although we already have some sponsors who enable us to offer the whole event, we are still looking for further companies who are willing to support us. (get in touch with me: volker at

We are really looking forward to an exciting weekend. Make sure you don’t miss it!

pidoco° at CeBIT 09

Today was the first day of CeBIT 2009. It will be the second time that pidoco° participates in a booth. On Friday the Hasso-Platter-Institute will open their booth for a Spin-off Day. Together with D-LABS we will present our young companies. In case you will be in Hannover as well, we’d be happy to meet you at our booth B10 in hall 9. Either post a comment or send us a mail to contact at

UPA Europe in Turin

On Wednesday I will fly to Turin in Italy to attend the first european UPA conference. I am sure that it will be a very interesting event with many people to meet and sessions to attend. pidoco° will also be presented in a poster session.

To me, this conference will be a special event, since it is the first time that I can tell people that we have a product on the market. Up to now it was always about talking to people about this project and our Prototype Creator in beta phase. Right now, we have launched the new web site, we opened registration to the public, and everybody is invited to use pidoco° for prototyping.

In case you are attending the UPA Europe as well, feel free to leave a message (volker at and I’d be happy to meet you in Turin.

Our BarCamp HH Session

This weekend it was BarCamp time again. We enjoyed two wonderful days in Hamburg. Although I didn’t attend that many sessions, there were some quite interesting ones. For example, Malte showed us the Joose meta object system for JavaScript. I was quite impressed by the work they did. If we hadn’t written that much JavaScript already, this is definitively worth considering to use.

On Sunday, I gave a session as well. I used the slides of Ellen Reitmayr and Tino from their World Usability Day Workshop some days ago, which you can see below. Again we were able to fill the room with lots of interested people. And just in BarCamp style, there was no problem at all to have an interactive session. Judging from the feedback we got, there will be several people coming back to pidoco° on December 1st when we officially launch the Prototype Creator.

However, a BarCamp wouldn’t be such a great event if there were no organizing team and sponsors in the background. Thanks for the great venue, especially the food was excellent! And special thanks to Christian for hosting us.

CfP of German IA Conference 2009

 16 und 17 Mai

Yesterday I saw that the Call for Papers for the German IA Conference 2009 in Hamburg is open. You have time until January 15th next year to submit a presentation (30min), workshop (2-3h), or poster proposal. The conference will be May 16th and 17th. For more information please have a look at

I’m sure we from pidoco° will be there as well, although we have not yet decided to submit a proposal. However, after the good feedback from our workshop at the World Usability Day, which Tino gave together with Ellen Reitmayr, it could be interesting to give a similar workshop in Hamburg as well.

After the World Usability Day

Thu, 2008-11-13 22:41 — volker.gersabeck

While others might still go on, the World Usability Day 2008 in Berlin is already over right now. It has been a quite intense day, being part of the organizing team and having to run our booth at the same time.

In my role as organizer I have to say, it was a great day. We had more than 250 people attending, a whole bunch of good sessions (workshops and presentations), a great location, and an invaluable team of helpers. The experiment with the evening session, the live expert review of web applications was very entertaining and I’d say to some extent informative, a success. And it was the only session I was able to attend.

Judging from the other role, a sponsor and exhibitor, I was reminded of the Mensch und Computer in Lübeck in September. We had so many people coming to visit the booth and to see the Prototype Creator in action, it was awesome. We enjoyed many excellent, because critical discussions. There might be some projects starting together with other Berlin web companies. Let’s see what future brings…

During the next days there should be some photos coming up on flickr (search for wudberlin2008) and ID-Media has collected lots of footage and will compile some nice videos of today.

World Usability Day and IACamp in Berlin

This week there will be two very exciting events in Berlin. At first, on Thursday is the World Usability Day (German site, world wide site), which will be celebrated with a full day of presentations and workshops. One room will be open for the audience to give a session in Barcamp style. We have invited the guys from the tentable project to present their multi-touch table.

Some highlights from the program:

  • Keynote by Aaron Day, iconmobile
  • “User Experience for Dummies”-workshop by Darryl Feldman, Deutsche Telekom and Henning Fritzenwalder, hfux
  • Frank Hohenschuh, SirValUse presents “Usability goes Web 2.0”
  • our own workshop, together with Ellen Reitmayr, PhaseZero on “Vom Whiteboard zum Klick-Dummy – Konsistente Konzeption ohne Programmierung”
  • the evening session “Live-Expert-Reviews”, ad-hoc expert reviews of web projects by leading usability experts from Berlin

In addition, there will be a bunch of companies presenting their products, including us from pidoco°.

The next day, Friday, there will be the first IA InfoCamp in Germany. I’m sure Sabine Stoessel and Jan Jursa have organised a great venue for the InfoCamper to make it an even better day.

Have a nice week and see you on either of the events!