User Experience Professionals Association of DC

The Washington DC Chapter of the
User Experience Professionals Association  



Upcoming events

    • Thursday, November 10, 2016
    • USA TODAY/Gannett HQ, 7950 Jones Branch Dr, McLean, VA

    World Usability Day 2016

    November 10, 2016

    This year for World Usability Day, the theme is Green UX or Sustainable UX. From World Usability Day's website, "The theme for 2016 is “Sustainable User Experience (UX)” or “Green UX.” Sustainability and UX design are innately intertwined since they are both about creating the best experience for people. Green processes and sustainable products take into account goals such as recycle, reuse and incremental improvement. It’s about taking existing products and services and developing ways to refine and redesign them to be more effective, efficient and reusable in ways that enhance a person’s life."

    This year we will be having speakers from the DC community, who are in businesses that are working for a greener, more sustainable world. 


    Julia D'Amico, Project Management and Customer Experience, Aquicore

    Julia D'Amico is a key member of the Customer Experience Team at one of DC's fastest growing Internet of Things companies, Aquicore. Aquicore is a SaaS company redefining the way commercial real estate uses data to to optimize their energy, water and gas usage. Her role at Aquicore is managing customer accounts to ensure they receive ongoing value and deep insights from the product, as well as designing and analyzing the customer lifecycle from sale to ongoing engagement. The hundreds of meetings, phone calls, workshops, and conversations with Aquicore's customer base have provided her with a unique insight into the customer's desired outcomes and pain points, a driving force behind her collaboration with Aquicore's Product Team. In her former life, she worked in Business Development for a winery, and Digital Strategy for a leading Eco-Tourism company. She moonlights as an interior design junkie, marathoner, and film nerd.

    Tom McDougall, Founder, 4P Foods

    Tom was born and raised in the mid-Hudson Valley of NewYorkState.  He grew to love the rolling country, and learned to question the suburban sprawl that took over one cow pasture after another around his childhood home. 

    After moving to DC and reading one too many Michael Pollan books, he found himself on a life-changing path of working towards food systems change.  He is the founder of 4P Foods, a benefit corporation that works with over 100 local farms, delivering their sustainably produced food to customers in and around DC.  The goal is to use food as a tool to create a more equitable, socially just and sustainable food system of tomorrow.

    Tom is a fierce advocate for True Cost Accounting as a resource to change the conversation around what, ultimately, is the true purpose of business. 

    His favorite vegetable?  Kohlrabi.

    We're looking for 1-2 more speakers for ~15-20 minute talks. 

    Interested in presenting? Email to claim your spot!


    Want to sponsor food/drinks for the event? Email us at


    6:00 pm - Registration, Food, Networking

    7:00 pm - Speaker Presentations and Short Q&A 

    8:00 pm - Networking & Wrap up

Past events

Thursday, September 22, 2016 UX Careers Handbook Launch Event
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 It shouldn’t come with the job: Addressing use and abuse of alcohol in design and tech
Monday, September 19, 2016 Human Factors & Ergonomics Society International Meeting
Saturday, August 27, 2016 Connect & Collaborate- Next Steps!
Wednesday, August 03, 2016 Design Disruptors Showing
Thursday, July 21, 2016 CX/UX Strategy: Driving Innovation and Making our Work Meaningful
Saturday, June 25, 2016 Calling UX Coalitionists!
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 User Memory Design: How to Design for Experiences That Stick
Monday, April 18, 2016 Adopting IA Heuristics and Iterative UX Reviews: A Case Study
Thursday, March 10, 2016 Eye Tracking Demonstration
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 Speed Networking Event - January 20
Wednesday, December 09, 2015 Tech the Halls
Thursday, November 12, 2015 World Usability Day Event
Friday, October 09, 2015 UXDC 2015
Saturday, September 26, 2015 Imposter Syndrome Workshop
Wednesday, August 05, 2015 UX Career Bootcamp
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 The Role of Content Strategy in UX
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 Networking Happy Hour | May 2015
Friday, May 01, 2015 User Experience 101 Intensive Workshop
Wednesday, March 04, 2015 The Evolution of Design Thinking at Capital One
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 User Experience Speed Networking Event - February 11
Wednesday, December 03, 2014 Tech The Halls 2014 presented by Adobe
Thursday, November 13, 2014 World Usability Day Special Event
Friday, October 17, 2014 User Focus Conference 2014
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 Creating and Using Personas
Wednesday, July 09, 2014 Make Your Ideas Stick
Saturday, June 14, 2014 Design Thinking Workshop
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 How to Create Award-Winning UX Portfolios and Case Studies
Saturday, April 12, 2014 User Experience Testing Workshop
Thursday, March 06, 2014 UX Strategy: What’s all the fuss about this rapidly growing practice? (Janice James)
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 User Experience Speed Networking Event - January 28
Thursday, December 12, 2013 Tech The Halls 2013 presented by Adobe
Thursday, December 12, 2013 ModevEast (Mobile Development Conference)
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 Designing Your Future Career in UX
Friday, October 25, 2013 UXPA DC Conference Redux
Monday, August 05, 2013 Content Strategy Q&A with Karen McGrane
Thursday, May 30, 2013 UX Research @ PayPal: Lean UX, Mobile & Eye tracking, by Michael Summers
Monday, April 22, 2013 The 2013 User Experience Workshop on Qualitative UX Research Tools
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 User Experience/Web Professional Speed Networking Event - April 10: UXPA DC, STC WDCB, IxDA-DC, Web Content Mavens, DCWW, Content Strategy Meetup
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 The 2013 User Experience Intensive.
Monday, January 28, 2013 Designing "Fresh" Websites That Motivate Users
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 Tech The Halls!
Friday, October 19, 2012 User Focus Conference 2012
Thursday, October 18, 2012 Pre-Conference Gala Event: Meet & Greet with UXPA Leadership and Conference Attendees
Wednesday, September 05, 2012 User Experience/Web Professional Speed Networking Event
Wednesday, August 01, 2012 Creative Thinking Hacks (Scott Berkun)
Tuesday, June 26, 2012 Burning Questions about Content Strategy: A Q&A with Kristina Halvorson
Thursday, June 14, 2012 Our Littlest Users + Persuasive Video Games (Deb Levin Gelman & John Ferrara)
Wednesday, May 02, 2012 Winning that Elusive Buy-in for UX Research + Usability and UX in Government Systems
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 Leadership Skills: Managing Difficult Situations on Design Projects (Dan Brown)
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 User Experience/Web Professional Speed Networking Event
Friday, January 27, 2012 Well-Written Web Content Workshop: Even When It’s Not Your Job, It’s Your Responsibility (Leslie O'Flahavan)
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 The UX of Gov 2.0
Monday, October 24, 2011 The Impact of Social Models (Luke Wroblewski)
Friday, September 16, 2011 User Focus Conference
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 User Experience/Web Professional Speed Networking Event: UPA DC + IxDA DC + Web Mavens
Friday, July 15, 2011 All Day Eye Tracking Workshop -- Free for Current UPA DC Members
Wednesday, June 08, 2011 Are You Designing for ALL of Your Users? An Event About Web Accessibility
Monday, May 23, 2011 Plain language, web sites, documents, and UX: You can do all that!
Thursday, April 14, 2011 It’s a story-rich world – Storytelling for UX
Thursday, March 31, 2011 Two Exciting Talks and Lab Tour at University of Maryland
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 Clients are like Mermaids: How to use content strategy to help leverage your clients’ most important asset
Wednesday, January 26, 2011 Workshop on Simple and Usable Web, Mobile and Interaction Design
Saturday, December 11, 2010 FREE Usability Knowledge-Sharing Event
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 User Experience/Web Professional Networking Event of the Year - Speed Networking: UPA-DC, IxDA-DC, Web Mavens
Thursday, November 11, 2010 Human-Robot Interaction: User-Centered Design of Robots to Support Aging-in-Place (Wendy Rogers)
Friday, October 15, 2010 User Focus Conference
Thursday, September 16, 2010 Persuasive Design: Putting it to use (John Whalen)
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 Eye Tracking in User Experience Design: 4 Speakers + Dinner
Friday, July 30, 2010 Workshops to Enhance your Usability Knowledge
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