I go to MidwestUX because it has the most dynamic conversations about corporate culture, and Experience Design’s role in cultivating corporate culture. I go to conferences for the conversations that come up with people I might’ve never met before. I know I’ll be around a group of people who do what I do and who are there to get better at what they do.
It’s the quality of Rackspace corporate culture that let me know it was the place for me to work. And, I know corporate culture is important to the founders of MidwestUX, because they give that topic even representation in the talks they select. They put together an event that teaches UX people how to see their work in a larger perspective – gathering leaders with cross-industry experience. I want to make the Experience Design team as valuable a part of Rackspace corporate culture and Fanatical Support as I can, so I choose to spend with people who are asking questions about how to do that where they work.
I know a couple of the other speakers, and look forward to talks like Chris Risdon’s “Mapping the Experience.” He’s a fellow Austinite, and I think his work would have a great impact at Rackspace. I expect to see a few new speakers this year, too. I’m especially excited about Richard Buchanan‘s keynote talk. He always opens people’s minds.
And, of course, I’m always looking for other UXers who would make a Fanatical Racker.