Chicago Camps

UX Camp Fall Home Edition

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Online — Everywhere — 10AM CT


UX Camp: Home Edition is a 1-day mini-conference delivering design goodness to you, where ever you may be.

On Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 10AM CT, from where ever you are—we’re serving up 2 awesome keynotes that bookend up to 12 (3 tracks) really great presentations!

Interested in getting on a virtual stage? Submit your talk idea!

Normally, we’d all be heading to downtown Chicago for some (hopefully) nice weather, great views, city sounds, and then the abundant food and snacks that we like to provide from the comfort of Columbia College Film Row.

Things are different now, and we want to do something that is great for our community, spreads to the broader community, and still provides opportunity for presenters to present and attendees to learn. We’re giving this a shot, and we hope you’ll give us a shot, too!

Here’s what we’re doing:

  • The first 20 tickets to UX Camp: Home Edition are only $5!
  • The rest of the UX Camp: Home Edition tickets are $10!

And you know, we thought we should do better, especially now. So here’s what else we’re doing:

  • We’ve got a pool of “Need 1, Take 1” tickets that are available to anyone who has been impacted by COVID-19 in anyway and wants to attend.
  • We’ve also got a “Pay What You Can” option (starting at $2; we pay the fees) that anyone can take advantage of

We’re happy that we’re able to do this; it feels good. And we want others to also feel good, so we’re doing more:

  • Anyone can purchase a “Pay It Forward” ticket for someone else who may need it.
  • Anyone can purchase a UX Camp: Home Edition t-shirt from Nerditees for $12—and we’ll add another “Pay It Forward” ticket to the pool.
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Meet Our Awesome Sponsors

Our sponsors are helping to make this event special and paying it forward by showing support for UX Camp: Home Edition.

We’re actively looking for sponsors for UX Camp: Home Edition. If you’re interested, or if you know someone we should talk to, please let us know!


Call for Speakers

Are you interested in speaking at UX Camp? We sure hope so! Submit your talk and let us know what’s on your mind to share.

First time speaker, or have limited experience? Let us know—we welcome new speakers and have been known to help folks round out their proposals.

Submit your talk—come hang out with us in Chicago and share what you’ve learned!

Margo Stern

Margo Stern
Content Strategist, Facebook

Margo Stern, a Content Strategist at Facebook, has been making the rounds in Silicon Valley content circles since it became a thing (about ten years ago). After stepping away from a conventional career in advertising, she helped shape the Content Strategy discipline at both Google and Twitter. Margo lives in San Francisco with her husband and (at least) two cats.

When she’s not working, Margo can be found at a dance or yoga class or at the top of a local mountain. She’s also a member of a musical improv troupe with regular shows in San Francisco.

For more, keep up with Margo at

Make your Own Demands: Forging a Career Path in Content Strategy

Now that some of the industry has begun to rally around the job title of “Content Strategist,” what does the actual job and career path look like? Why should we keep showing up and do the hard job, at scale? What are the challenges we all face, and when is some of this wicked ambiguity going to get cleared up?

In this talk, I consider the common challenges of a CS, the insecurities we battle, and how to sort out what to do when we’re faced with them. Drawing on my experience at Google, Twitter and Facebook both as a manager and as an individual contributor, I’ll share my worst mistakes, my best wisdom, and maybe some well-intentioned speculation.

Shelby Bower

Shelby Bower
Discovery & Service Design Lead, Morningstar

Shelby is currently working at Morningstar, using skills picked up over the years in service design, product management, business design, and yes, user experience, not to improve the veggie burger but to improve how people invest their money and the outcomes they achieve from it.

With nearly 20 years in the tech industry, Shelby’s seen a lot of things come and go and believes that we have an opportunity we must seize, as people who work in technology: the opportunity to repair, fix and sometimes start over what we’ve created so far, so that we can build an internet that serves everyone and makes lives better.

To Nudge or Not to Nudge? Designing Ethically with Behavioral Science

Behavioral economics and applied data science have experienced a meteoric rise in the technology world, but just like the birth control pill, distance running and day trading, we have no real idea of the long-term impact of what we’re doing. We’ve seen some good stuff happen (DuoLingo) and a much longer list of technology that’s had truly undesirable effects on human interaction (Facebook, for shorthand on the subject).

So, when is it okay to use this new understanding of how our minds work? What kind of data is it ethical to gather and use to predict what people will do? When should you use predictive analytics or algorithms to “help” people make “good” decisions? Who defines “help” or and “good”? And when it comes down to it, who decides when the organization you work for comes ahead of the people who use your service?

This talk will break down the broad categories of how behavioral economics and data science are influencing services today and describe the current, known impact of what’s being done. Then we’ll talk about how to determine when it’s ethical to “nudge” people and when it’s not, and finally, how to work with your team to develop a code of ethics and policies around data usage and “nudges” that you can use for transparency with your end users and your c-suite.


UX Camp: Home Edition will be 100% online and from where each of us are. And then, later, we’ll share on Vimeo so you can watch and learn again, watch what you’ve missed, or share with your internet pals.

Chicago Sponsors Camps

  • Rosenfeld Media
  • Simplecast
  • Lead Honestly
  • Columbia College Chciago

Code of Conduct

All attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at our conference are required to agree with the following code of conduct. Organizers will enforce this code throughout the event. We are expecting cooperation from all participants to help ensuring a safe environment for everybody.

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Our conference is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, parties, Twitter and other online media. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organizers.