Contest: Photo Tagging

Award prizes to the most interesting pictures posted to flickr which present usability in an unexpected way. These pictures can be of a product or object or...whatever. Just something that either never works the way you expect or something that always exceeds your expectations. After the posting period closes, host an event where the photos are reviewed and the prizes are awarded.

Inspired by an event held in 2005 in North Carolina, USA. 

Trivia Contest

Whether you're a UX novice, expert practitioner, or anywhere in-between, this is a chance to have fun, engage in good-natured competition, and learn a few things to boot. Simply get together a team of 3-6 people, or join a pick-up team there, and give it a shot. 

Inspired by an event held in 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

Giveaway: Chocolates and World Usability Day Insight

This activity raises awareness of usability and user experience to the general public. 

Find a location with pedestrian traffic and give away cards with chocolates. Explain the topics of usability and user experience on the cards and include the URL of World Usability Day. 

Inspired by an event held in 2006 in a train station in Zug, Switzerland.

World Usability Day on the Streets

The tagline for World Usability Day is ‘Making Life Easy’. Take stickies, candy, a mobile white board, and a mobile device to a public location. Ask passers-by to fill in the following blanks and tweet their responses as the responses come in.

My __________ makes my life easier because _________________________.

Inspired by an event held in 2011 in Toronto, Canada.

Healthcare: Collaborating for Better Systems

The importance of user-centered design in healthcare is truly life or death.  Whether it's new medical devices or technologies; drug research, approval or delivery; patient forms or medical record sharing; emergency disaster planning or increasing the functionality of hospitals and everyday healthcare delivery, everyone is affected in some way by the intersection of usability and healthcare. 


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