Tips for a great session

UXcamp Europe is a one-of-a-kind event with a one-of-a-kind community. What makes it special are the contributions from the community. In true Barcamp fashion, our program is completely created by the community for the community, every morning, on the spot.

If you are planning to hold a session, or think about planning to hold a session, or are on the fence about thinking about planning to hold a session, here are a few tips to get you started.

Try something new: UXcamp Europe is a great place to try public speaking when you don't normally do it. It's also a great place to try talking about something you don't normally talk about. We value our diversity of speakers and topics and encourage everybody to get involved.

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Planning your session

Choose a topic: Talk about something that inspires you or that you are passionate about. You’ll be surprised how many people might feel the same.

Choose a format: You know best what works well for your session topic. However, these three types of sessions are common at UXcamp Europe:

Structure your session: If you can't find a structure for your session, try this simple outline:

  1. What is the problem? Get everybody on the same page here.
  2. What is the solution? Paint a picture of the future, with as much contrast as possible.
  3. What should we be doing now to get to the solution? This is your chance for a call to action.

Include your audience: Plan for sufficient discussion time (about 15min) in your session. People like to add their own experience to the topic that you prepared and make your session even more insightful for everybody.

Choose a language: We welcome all languages at UXcamp Europe. Keep in mind, however, that almost all sessions are held in English and no one will judge your English skills.

Do it for the community: No need to advertise yourself, your services, or your product. The same goes for your employer. ;-)

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Session pitching and giving your session will be a little different this year. We aim to create a truly remote-first BarCamp while keeping the spirit you know and love from UXcamp Europe.

Pitching your session

Register your session: At the start of UXcamp Europe we will all put together the program for the event. We have unlimited space over 24 hours, so every session is welcome. However, we need you to register your session in advance to make this process easier.

Put your session on the board: Shortly before the event we will email you the link to the session board. This is the schedule for UXcamp Europe and you can add your session here for any time slot you like. Don't worry, you will find details about this in the email.

Pitch your session: What you put on the board is what everyone will see. Tell us what your session is about and what we will learn. Tell us if you want to make your session for beginners with the topic or for more experienced people. You could also include a short 30-seconds video for the pitch (upload it to YouTube and put the link on the board).

Technical setup: This year, you'll need to set up your own video conference in advance and add the link to the session board so others can join your session. There are many free and paid options, but if you need help, feel free to ask in our Slack. You may also want to set up a virtual whiteboard, or upload your presentation slides somewhere. Put those links on the session board as well.

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Giving your session

Prepare the session: Make sure everything is up and running for your session. Internet connection? Camera? Microphone? Presentation slides? Virtual whiteboard? Check everything and then check it again. Open your video conference a little early so you have enough time for this.

Keep the time: Sessions start every hour on the hour and usually last 45 minutes, followed by a break before the next round of sessions. This year, however, nothing prevents you from doing something longer, such as a workshop. Just announce this on the session board so that everyone in your session is aware of this.

Let us know: After your session, we would love for you to post a short recap in our Slack or on social media with the hashtag #uxce21. You could also do this together with the people in your session.

Have respect and have fun: UXcamp Europe is a one-of-a-kind event with a one-of-a-kind community. Don’t take this for granted and don’t forget to enjoy every moment of it!