What is UX Copenhagen?

Welcome to UX Copenhagen Conference – Denmark’s most inspirational human experience conference, covering subjects like user experience, content, strategy, and research under a new theme for each year. We will present you with two days filled with superb content from 20+ local and international speakers, hands-on workshops, inspiration, networking, new knowledge, and new insights. 

UX Copenhagen 2021 "Commoning" on March 25-26

The theme for UX Copenhagen 2021

The theme for UX Copenhagen® 2021 is “Commoning”, deriving from the term “Commons“. We’re calling it “Commoning” because co-design doesn’t fully describe the subjects we’ll be discussing. There will be talks focusing on community driven design, futurism, design-driven social initiatives, democratizing design, celebrating intersectionality and differences, and a lot more.

As of 2020 (at least before the pandemic), the world seems to be coming together in a way it hasn’t for a long time. We’re designing shared resources like never before, working together and utilizing each others’ areas of expertise in best ways possible, and democratizing design by helping people help themselves. 

The circular economy is changing businesses. Startups that help people share living spaces, offices, vehicles, and tools are thriving, and reusing and sharing resources are becoming the norm. How are these being designed? Are people remembering to consider the good of society, and think collectively instead of individually? What changes will we be faced ith because of – and after COVID-19, climate change, and politics?

We will look forward to a somewhat different online format in 2021, with lots of possibilities for networking and interaction. talks focusing on community driven design, futurism, design-driven social initiatives, democratizing design, celebrating intersectionality and differences, and a lot more!

Our Call for Papers for UX Copenhagen is open each year from June 1st to September 1st. Looking forward to hearing from you!
hello (at) uxcopenhagen.com

Our speakers and participants are a fantastic mixture of international and local UX experts, marketing professionals, digital managers, designers, innovators, strategists, researchers, and others interested in the field. The conference is run by Helle Martens’ tiny indie business team, and fueled by a strong passion for the field of UX and design.

We look forward to welcoming you to two days filled with superb content, inspiration, networking, new knowledge, and new insights.

In case you missed out, some of the talks from previous years are available on our YouTube channel for free viewing. The full recordings, including Q&A sessions and the talks not found on YouTube are available for purchase – please visit our shop for more information.

Promoting networking and interaction in 2021

We’re doing everything we can to support networking this year

🌞 ROUND TABLE SESSIONS- Intimate online rooms with few participantsGet to know the speakers!

Most of this year’s speakers, along with a number of previous speakers, will be hosting small 1-hour group sessions with only 6-8 participants. 

Some of the previous speakers that will be participating are: 
Dr. Nicole A. Cooke
Saskia Videler
Gregg Bernstein
Dave Dylan Thomas
Trine Falbe
Doug Collins
Aurora Melchor
Laura Yarrow
Quinn Keast together with Jen Goertzen

🌞 CHATROOMS WITH SOME OF OUR SPONSORS AND PARTNERS- Hop in for some networking and fun activities during our breaks!

Some of our partners will be hosting chatrooms with different activities for you to take part in during our breaks. Check out a demo of their products, join in on raffles and other give-aways, and network with other conference participants. 

🌞 GIANT CO-DESIGN SESSION ON SUSTAINABLE UX- This isn’t just another Design ManifestoThe point of this exercise is to get started on defining a Sustainable UX Toolset; a “How To Get Things Done” manifesto. It’s going to be an ongoing process that we encourage you to continue working on in your groups at regular intervals after the conference.

Once it’s safe to meet again, we’ll try to put together a 48-hour workshop/camp, where we can all work on the final details of the Toolset.

The co-design event starts on the evening of day 1. After a short introduction by the Sustainable UX Team*, we’ll ask you all to brainstorm about what you’d like to achieve with this, and which subjects you’d like to work with. Once these have been defined, we’ll break out into smaller workshop groups. Each group will be moderated. 

We’re looking forward to a fantatsic evening together with you all!

*The team consists of:
Thorsten Jonas, UX Lead & 2021 speaker
Lone Ørum, UX Copenhagen® 2021 graphical design and strategic planning
Aurika Pedersen, UX Copenhagen® 2021 strategic planning
Helle Martens, UX Copenhagen® 2021 boss lady
Bavo Lodewyckx, UX Designer/Strategist at icapps, Antwerp
Chris Stark, Principal Product Design/UX Director SinnerSchrader, Munich

This year, we also started a new initiative: a series of conversations with what we call “Conversations with UX Copenhagen”.

Conversations with UX Copenhagen

We are also starting a new initiative: a series of conversations with what we call “Conversations with UX Copenhagen”.

These conversations will be hosted by Helle Martens, as they are inspired by her initial chats with potential speakers for the UX Copenhagen Conference.

She will be inviting potential speakers, and voices in tech and design to talk about the upcoming theme for the next conference, about ethics in design and tech, and about everything in between. Every conversation is recorded live, and anyone can join in with questions during the event.

If you want to discover more about the speakers for 2021, click here

Who attends UX Copenhagen?

Everyone is welcome, and it’s not just a conference for UX’ers and designers! The talks are relevant to anyone working in tech, working with product design, both digital and physical, people working with communication, and creatives of all kinds. Some of the job titles our participants have include:

  • design leaders
  • ux designers
  • ux researchers
  • ux writers
  • content strategists
  • marketers
  • web entrepreneurs
  • graphical designers
  • social media managers
  • content designers
  • content strategists
  • content creators
  • software developers

If you want to discover more about the speakers for 2021, click here

A little background

The conference started in 2014 after an accident and a series of events that led to Helle Martens being laid off her job as senior UX’er. She decided to start her own company, and started joking that she wanted to host a conference on UX and design. About a year later, things suddenly fell into place, and she sold 144 tickets to her first event in March 2015.
2021 will be the 7th UX Copenhagen® conference. The themes so far have been: Customer Experience; Designing for Emotions and Trust; Designing for Empowerment; Ethics and the Role of the User Experience Designer; Consent & Privacy, and Influence & Designing for Good. For 2021, the theme is “Commoning”.
Every year, the conference has about 200 participants of whom 76% are international. 50% of the audience are “UX Designers” (interaction designers, service designers, UI designers, content designers etc.), and 25% are managers (UX Lead, Head of Design, Head of Software Development, etc.). The rest are marketing folks, graphical designers, and other creatives. It’s a great networking event with a really wonderful crowd of participants and speakers. 

Helle runs the conference pretty much on her own. She has certain principles, for example she insists on having at least 50% women speakers, and as many different points of view as possible presented on stage. She always has at least one “new/junior speaker” on stage each year, and tries to promote charities, new startups, and initiatives that promote UX and doing good. The budget for the conference is solely based on ticket sales and (very few) company sponsorships, so she doesn’t have a lot to give. She does her best to share what she can though, and is adamant that both the speakers and she feels that what they agree upon is fair.