History of MWUX

Community Focused

In 2010, our founders with others connected the IxDA Columbus with the local chapter of the Usability Professionals’ Association (UPA). Together they set the core values of what was envisioned for the conference. They wanted to create something rich in community and creativity with an authentic, cross-discipline, and grassroots feel. Importantly, it must be affordable and approachable for other designers who many not have resources to make it to the pricier national and international conferences. 

If you have talents and time you would like to share with us to make this an amazing year, please reach out to eadahl@gmail.com

Past Cities

  • Chicago 2018

    MWUX 2018 challenged us to advance UX through the fresh perspective that comes from cross-disciplinary conversation. For three days in Chicago, our community came together around the theme of “Curiosity, collaboration, and integrity.” Featured speakers included Kim Goodwin, Dana Chisnell, and Justin Dauer.

    Chicago 2018
  • Cincinnati 2017

    Two women led Midwest UX for the first time in 2017. They created an inclusive, diverse and gender-balanced conference with a program that took the UX conversation beyond the computer interface into the real world. Host city Cincinnati put on a show for conference goers with BLINK, a light and art festival spanning 20 blocks around the conference. There was even large-scale projection mapping right on the conference venue, Memorial Hall.

    Cincinnati 2017
  • Lousiville 2016

    A unique mix of midwestern and southern culture, Louisville rolled out the red carpet around the theme “Craftsmanship and Hospitality.” Events took place in the city’s South Fourth District at venues like The Louisville Palace and Mercury Ballroom. Featured speakers included Parrish Hanna, Donna Lichaw, Janice Fraser and Steve Baty.

    Lousiville 2016
  • Pittsburgh 2015

    In its 5th year, MWUX moved to Pittsburgh, where attendees took workshops at Carnegie Mellon, experienced a variety of talks at the New Hazlett Theater, Children’s Museum, and The Priory, and and went on a variety of excursions throughout the city. Featured speakers included Dan Saffer, Karen Holtzblatt, Jesse Schell, and  Jonathon Colman.

    Pittsburgh 2015
  • Indianapolis 2014

    The next city to host MWUX was Indianapolis, where the event gave attendees an experience of the city, hosted at the Indiana History Center, Herron School of Art & Design, and Indiana State Museum. Featured speakers were Mark Rolston, Stephen Anderson, Peter Morville, Lorna Ross, Steve Smith, Jared Spool, and Lisa Welchman.

    Indianapolis 2014
  • Grand Rapids 2013

    In its third year, MWUX began moving from city to city starting with Grand Rapids; home of the Art Prize. The conference found a strong theme focused on placemaking; elevating the UX discussion beyond the screen. Featured speakers included Abby Covert, Christina Wodtke and Karl Fast. 

    Grand Rapids 2013
  • Columbus 2012

    The second year remained in Columbus, Ohio, at the Center of Science and Industry. Featured speakers included Richard Buchanan, Nathan Martin, and Peter Morville.

    Columbus 2012
  • Columbus 2011

    The inaugural event took place in downtown Columbus, Ohio, in the American Electric Power building. Featured speakers included Jared Spool, Dan Willis, Jesse James Garrett, and Marc Rettig.

    Columbus 2011