Two days of world-class content, delivered by some of our field’s top UX Researchers.


THURSDAY JUNE 25, 2020. 11:00AM - 5:00PM EST.

As researchers we have a lot in common: a natural curiosity, the ability to build relationships with others, and the drive to think critically about new ideas. At the same time, we have varied experiences, interests, and professional goals that make us all unique.

From discussing what it’s like to influence research as a leader, to research being done on the frontiers (robots, anyone?), there’s a track of content for everyone.

Track One:

Research Foundations

Every year, #UXRConf has a track of talks dedicated to people who are beginning their journey in research. This is that track. Talks will cover methods and how to use them, commonly used frameworks in research, and other topics tailored to someone breaking into the field or growing their research toolkit.

Noam Segal Profile Photo

Banish Your Imposter: Looking back at where UX research began, where it's going, and why you belong

Noam Segal, Director of User Research, Wealthfront

Yoanna Dosouto Profile Photo

What Design Ethnography Can Do For You: Connecting decision makers to users

Yoanna Dosouto, User Experience Researcher, Google

Alba Villamil Profile Photo

The Ethical Researcher's Checklist

Alba Villamil, User Experience Researcher, Independant Consultant

Alisha Kassam Profile Photo

Putting your Research to Work

Alisha Kassam, Sr. Designer, Shopify

Samuel Proulx Profile Photo

What Not To Do In Accessibility Research

Samuel Proulx, Community Manager, Fable Tech Labs

Track Two:

UXR Team Of One

If you’ve ever been the sole researcher in a company of any size, you know that you face no shortage of challenges. There’s so much work to be done, so many stakeholders to be managed, so many hearts and minds to be won over, how can you possibly make it work? In this track, we’ll uncover how to set yourself up for outsized impact as a research team of one.

Snigdha Diehl Profile Photo

A 30-60-90 Day Plan for Making an Impact with your New or Existing Research Practice

Snigdha Diehl, Sr. UX Research Lead, Bitly

Leticia Ratkiewicz Profile Photo Lucas Terra Profile Photo

Doing Foundational Research with an Impossibly Diverse Audience

Leticia Ratkiewicz, UX Researcher, Nubank and Lucas Terra, Lead Product Designer, Nubank

Roy Olende Profile Photo

The Five Dysfunctions of a UXR Team of One (and How to Overcome Them)

Roy Opata Olende, Sr. Research Operations Program Manager, Zapier

Sarah Wittman Profile Photo

The Replication Crisis: Why researchers should care and what we can do about it

Sarah Wittman, Director of Design Research, RBC

Kira Cassels Profile Photo Kathryn Brookshier Profile Photo

Using Blueprint Fidelity to Focus Teams on Impactful Ideas

Kira Cassels, UX Researcher, and Kathryn Brookshier, UX Researcher,

Track Three:

UXR Frontiers

The overwhelming majority of UX research takes place on one of two media: the desktop web browser and the mobile app. But today, a small group of enterprising researchers are tackling challenges that most of us have never considered. Join this track to learn more about doing research on the frontiers of VUIs, autonomous robots, and exercise equipment.

Andrea Sutyak Profile Photo Beth Velinsky Wendt Profile Photo

Replicating the Workout Experience for Research

Andrea Sutyak, UX Researcher, Peloton Interactive and Beth Wendt, Sr. UX Researcher, Peloton Interactive

Ellen Francik Profile Photo

Carrying Out Robotics UX Research: Building the plane while you fly

Ellen Francik, Head of UX, Postmates X

Maia Ottenstein Profile Photo Remi Gurak Profile Photo

The Future of UXR: Life After COVID

Maia Ottenstein, Design Research and Process Design Manager, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals and Remi Gurak, Design Researcher, DICE Group

Atikh Bana Profile Photo

Researching the Command Line Interface

Atikh Bana, Product Designer, Datadog

Ananthi Rangarajan Profile Photo Peter Alderks Profile Photo

How Design and Research Work Together to Define Cutting-edge Experiences in Mixed Reality

Ananthi Rangarajan, Sr. UX Designer, Microsoft and Peter Alderks, Design Researcher, Microsoft

Track Four:

The Science Behind UXR

Many of the most experienced UX researchers in the workforce today have one thing in common: a background in scientific research. In fact, much of the academic work done before the transition into UX research has had a profound impact on the development of the field. Here, we’ll take a deep dive into talks from industry UX researchers who use their knowledge gained from graduate research in fields like neuroscience, cognitive psychology, anthropology and more to be better researchers.

Colette Kolenda Profile Photo

Combating Memory Limitations through Simultaneous Triangulation

Colette Kolenda, User Researcher, Spotify

Carrie Heffner Profile Photo

We Are All Users: The importance of identification in user research

Carrie Heffner, User Experience Researcher, Mailchimp

Jennifer Siedjak Profile Photo

TL;DR: Testing copy

Jennifer Siedjak, Sr. UX Researcher, Redbox

Sekai Farai Profile Photo

The Impossibility and Irrelevance of Empathy

Sekai Farai, User Researcher, Independent Research Consultant

Lara Vujovic Profile Photo

Understanding and Measuring User Emotions: The missing puzzle piece

Lara Vujovic, UX Researcher, TripAdvisor

Track Five:

Leadership In Research

In the past few years, most researchers have been working in small teams managed by senior leaders in product or design. Now, more and more companies are scaling up research teams and hiring research leaders to run research. Who would have thought? Unlike their peers in engineering, product, and other departments, we’re facing the challenge of management without precedent to guide us. In this track, we’ll cover topics about how to be an effective and capable research leader and manager.

Eran Ben-Ari Profile Photo

Tales From The Other Side: Research & the Exec table

Eran Ben-Ari, Chief Product Officer, Tophat

Monal Chokshi Profile Photo

Structuring your UXR team

Monal Chokshi, Head of UX Research, Lyft

Henrik Mattsson Profile Photo Matt Gallivan Profile Photo Sarah Belt Profile Photo Monal Chokshi Profile Photo

Scrappy vs. Crappy

Henrik Mattsson, CEO, Lookback, Matt Gallivan, Research Manager, Airbnb, Sara Belt, Director of Product Insights, Spotify, and Monal Chokshi, Head of UX Research, Lyft

Etienne Fang Profile Photo

The Power of Synthesis

Etienne Fang, UX Research + Strategy leader

Patti Carlson Profile Photo

Level up the Influence and Impact of Research Insights with an Internal Marketing Plan

Patti Carlson, Director of UX Research, Mailchimp

Did you have any questions about our programming?

Reach out to us at [email protected].


FRIDAY JUNE 26, 2020. 11:00AM - 5:00PM EST.

As researchers we have a lot in common: a natural curiosity, the ability to build relationships with others, and the drive to think critically about new ideas. At the same time, we have varied experiences, interests, and professional goals that make us all unique.

Behzod Sirjani Profile Photo

You Are Not Your Research Report

Behzod Sirjani, Founder, Yet Another Studio

Rannie Teodoro Profile Photo

From Research Projects to Research Programs: How strong programs keep us on track

Rannie Teodoro, Head of Research, Thumbtack

Kacie Wise Profile Photo

The Missing Persona: Tapping into our self

Kacie Wise, Head of Experience, Lookback

Amber Westerholm Smyth Profile Photo Carolina Pizzatto Profile Photo

Personas are dead. Long live personas!

Amber Westerholm-Smyth, Sr. User Researcher, Ministry of Justice UK and Carolina Pizatto, Service Designer, Ministry of Justice UK

Darinka Buendia Profile Photo

UXR in Latin America: The duty to build a community

Darinka Guillen Buendia, UX Research Manager, Banco Santander

Nicholas DePaul Profile Photo Kira Klaas Profile Photo

Rebranding With Research

Nicky DePaul, Research Lead, Brex and Kira Klaas, Director of Brand, Brex

Leo Yeykelis Profile Photo

Screenomics: The fragmentation of digital life and what it means for UX research

Leo Yeykelis, Head of UX Research, VMware

Mel Banyard Profile Photo Jeana Frost Profile Photo

Consensus through Convergence: Building compelling narratives with mixed methods research

Mel Banyard, Design Researcher, The Canadian Digital Service and Jeana Frost, Sr. Quantitative Design Researcher, The Canadian Digital Service

Molly Stevens Profile Photo

Escape Velocity: Finding our path in the next decade

Molly Stevens, Director of User Experience Research,

Darya Profile Photo

Research on the Frontlines: Fears, risks, and resilience in unlikely places

Darya J Pilram, Sr. UX Researcher, Twitter

Did you have any questions about our programming?

Reach out to us at [email protected] or download the schedule here.