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14 must-attend UX research conferences in 2024

Last updated

30 January 2024

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Claire Bonneau

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UX research is a vibrant and ever-changing area of study. To stay at the top of your game, you need to attend the right UX conferences.

As an opportunity to meet new people, expand your professional skills and knowledge, and gain insider information about what’s coming next in the industry, UX research conferences are a valuable resource to consider for yourself and your team.

But how do you decide which conferences are worth attending?

Below, you’ll find our top suggestions for the must-attend conferences in 2014. This insight should help you pick the right conference(s) for maximum impact and benefit for your team.

The top 14 UX research conferences in 2024

Expand your skills and network with other UX professionals by attending some of the following sought-after conferences in 2024:

UX360 Research Summit 2024

Great news: the UX360 Research Summit is being offered as both a virtual and in-person event in 2024!

Attend the virtual version of this conference in January to learn more about UX research and its place in global brand strategy. It’s a great way to kick off the new year!

If you can’t get enough of this conference the first time around, you can also attend the in-person event in Berlin later in the year. As the more comprehensive option of the two, this will be your opportunity to network and connect with your UX industry peers while also learning about the latest in UX design research.

Date: January 30–31, 2024 (virtual) and May 16–17, 2024 (in-person)

Location: virtual and Berlin

Price: $299 (virtual event), €965 (in-person)

axe-con 2024

Are you interested in learning more about accessibility in UX design? If so, axe-con 2024 is the perfect research conference for you.

Held annually by deque, this two-day virtual conference holds educational, inspirational sessions about accessible development and testing, accessible design, organizational success, accessibility, and more.

Anyone who registers gets instant access to the recordings of the previous year’s sessions (and the 2024 sessions after they occur).

Date: February 20–22, 2024

Location: virtual

Price: free

HUCAPP 2024

Join other UX experts for the 8th annual International Conference on Human Computer Interaction Theory and Applications (HUCAPP) in February, 2024.

As an opportunity for connection between UX researchers and computer engineers, this is the place to learn more about cutting-edge technological advances in human–computer interaction (HCI).

Divided into unique study tracks, this conference will cover new information in HCI theories, models, user evaluation, updated techniques and devices, and multi-modal interactions.

Date: February 27–29, 2024

Location: Rome, Italy

Price: €735 onsite for Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication (INSTICC) members and €795 onsite for non-members

DDX Dubai, Munich, & San Diego 2024

Want to join a community of leading designers, product developers, strategists, and UX experts? If so, the 2024 DDX conference series is an excellent opportunity for you to explore.

Hosted as single-day events in three different locations throughout the year, these conferences are packed with speakers from well-known brands like Google, IBM, Meta, Microsoft, Cisco, and BMW.

These star-studded events are worth traveling to as they are designed as a series to explore digital innovation and emerging trends. Whether you attend just one (or all three!), you are surely in for lots of high-quality UX learning.

DDX Dubai

Date: March 2, 2024

Price: €259 standard ticket

DDX Munich, Germany

Date: May 11, 2024

Price: €259 standard ticket

DDX San Diego, California

Date: September 2024 (exact date TBA)

Price: €259 standard ticket

UX Copenhagen 2024

Marketed as a UX conference and networking event, UX Copenhagen 2024 is a must-attend event for anyone looking to connect with international UX professionals, digital strategists, and marketing leaders.

Offered either in-person or online, this conference provides fun and engaging sessions, workshops, and Q&A sessions with industry leaders. There is also a fun dinner party for networking, making this an excellent event for anyone looking to expand their network of UX industry professionals.

Date: March 20–21, 2024

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark, or online

Price: €1,000 (onsite ticket), €533 (virtual pass)

ConVEx 2024

ConVEx turns 26 this year, making 2024 a great year to attend and experience the magic.

The Center for Information-Development Management (CIDM) proudly hosts the ConVEx 2024 conference, designed to be an immersive experience for UX content developers.

As a powerful hub of information and industry expertise in everything related to content strategy, ConVEx offers over 15 unique sessions in the technology test kitchen in addition to the standard conference keynote sessions.

If you or your team wants to learn more about UX content, this is the conference for you!

Date: April 8–10, 2024

Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Price: $1,356 (CIDM members), $1,695 (non-members, full weekend access)

Insight Out

Insight Out is a one-day conference by Dovetail happening on April 11, 2024 in-person in San Francisco and online around the globe. We’re gathering a community of customer-obsessed folks from product, design, research, and beyond to come together to connect, discuss big ideas, and learn over a fun-filled, action-packed day.

Whether you’re in product, research, design, CX, or another field entirely—if you want to learn more about harnessing the power of customer insights—this event is for you.

Date: April 11, 2024

Location: San Francisco and online

Price: The virtual event is free, while tickets start at $199 USD to attend in person

UXinsight Festival 24

As the largest UX research community, the UXinsight Festival is back for its eighth annual conference—and you won’t want to miss it!

With this year’s theme of “Stay Curious, Be Bold,” attendees to the in-person or virtual conference will learn from leading UX experts about being daring, confident, and adaptable as the UX research space continues to expand.

As a great place to connect with industry experts and network, this 500+ attendee event is a must-attend for anyone looking to expand their UX network.

Date: April 15–17, 2024

Location: Breda, the Netherlands

Price: €950 (in-person conference and workshop) and €150 (virtual-only)

CHI 2024

Held by the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), the 2024 CHI conference is a valuable resource for anyone looking to learn more about human factors in computing science.

“Surfing the World” is 2024’s conference theme. Attendees will get the opportunity to learn and explore the latest and most remarkable technologies in human–computer interaction while also getting to enjoy the beautiful sandy beaches of Honolulu. What a tempting opportunity!

Date: May 11–16, 2024

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii

Price: prices not yet released

UX Sofia

UX Sofia would be a great conference to attend if your goal this year is to boost your UX knowledge.

As a combination event of workshops and engaging speaker-led talks, UX Sofia offers UX experts the opportunity to expand their skills and build knowledge in the design, user research, and communication fields.

This year is the event’s 132th year. Its primary focus will be on UX practices, solutions, and examples of design that drive better user experience and digital well-being. This is an interesting topic for any UX researcher looking to create tools and experiences that benefit the human experience on the day-to-day.

Date: June 6–7, 2024

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria

Price: tickets not yet available

HCI International 2024

The 2024 HCI International Conference is an exciting and empowering event created to educate attendees about the latest findings in UX research and celebrate them.

This year, the event will focus on sharing insights about digital usability and UX research. It will also include a fun congratulatory ceremony for the 2023 design challenge winners.

Date: June 29 to July 4, 2024

Location: Washington, DC

Price: $895 (virtual or in-person)

UX Nordic 2024

Known as one of the largest UX events in Europe, the UX Nordic 2024 conference is an event you don’t want to miss.

As an opportunity to connect with fellow UX designers, researchers, writers, and creatives, this is the place to network with your peers and learn from engaging and interactive workshops.

This event also includes bonuses like an award show, quality food, and other special perks that will make your experience extra memorable.

Date: August 28–30, 2024

Location: Aarhus, Denmark, and virtual

Price: €515 (onsite tickets) and €225 (virtual sessions only)

Our top tips for getting the most out of conferences

Once you have selected the best conferences for you or your team’s unique learning and networking needs, here are a few extra tips to ensure you get the most out of your time and trip:

Plan in advance

Conference days are always packed with events, booths, and keynote speakers to listen to and learn from. Before attending, do your best to roughly figure out your plan for each day.

You might want to write down the times of the speakers and other time-specific events that you don’t want to miss. It’s the best way to ensure you hit the highlights and get the most out of your time. Plus, it prevents you from accidentally missing any great content.

Don’t be afraid to network

Whether you attend the conference solo or in a group, networking with other UX professionals can be overwhelming and challenging. You might find it daunting if you’re not used to networking.

To make the process easier, we recommend mingling during cocktail hour and food breaks when people are more open to chatting. You may even make new friends—a win-win for everyone!

Know how to pitch your skills and services

Conferences are a great place to practice pitching, either for yourself or your company.

Before attending any conference, practice a short, minute-long “elevator pitch” about yourself, your skills, and what your company does (if applicable) to use when chatting with other industry professionals. The goal is to be short, sweet, and to the point while still sounding like a human being.

Practice makes perfect, so be sure to work on this before you attend to get the most out of your time there.

Improve your UX skills by attending high-quality conferences

Are you ready to improve your UX research skills in 2024?

Conferences are a concentrated source of fresh ideas, industry leaders, and networking opportunities for anyone looking to expand their knowledge and skills in the UX space.

Using this helpful article, we hope you can select the most applicable and impactful conferences for you or your team to attend in 2024.

And hey, you never know—maybe we’ll see you at our very own Insight Out!

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