Chicago Camps

UX Camp Spring

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Online — Everywhere — 10AM CT


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

On Saturday, May 21, 2022 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!

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!


Christian Crumlish

Christian Crumlish
UX Leadership Consultant & Author, Design in Product

Christian Crumlish is a product and UX leadership consultant at Design in Product, where he also hosts a product/UX community. He is currently leading the product management of for the state of California’s Office of Digital Innovation. He has been a startup mentor at Code for America and StartX. Christian earned an AB at Princeton in philosophy, where he graduated sine laude.

Formerly, he was head of product at 7 Cups, winner of the 2016 Stanford Medicine X Prize for health systems design and a 2019 World Economic Forum Pioneer. He has also co-chaired the monthly BayCHI program, was senior director of product at CloudOn, was director of messaging products for AOL (AIM), was the last curator of the Yahoo design pattern library, and served two terms as a director of the late lamented Information Architecture Institute.

He is the author of the bestselling Product Management for UX People: From Designing to Thriving in a Product World, The Internet for Busy People and The Power of Many, and co-author of Designing Social Interfaces. Christian lives in Palo Alto with his wife, Briggs Nisbet, and an ever-growing collection of ukuleles.

For more, keep up with Christian at or on Twitter as @mediajunkie.

Product Management for UX People

“Why is a product Manager telling me what to do?” “Plus, how is software even a product?” “What do product managers want and why are they so frustrating?” Have you ever asked yourself any of these questions? Meet product managers where they live. They make decisions all day long. They don’t get to say “it depends.” Most of the time they don’t actually make the decision—they just make sure it gets made right. They have to keep the build, measure, learn cycle. They have to cajole engineers. They have to persuade stakeholders to support a focused roadmap. Have some sympathy for the PM.

I feel your pain. It can be a struggle to influence product direction (before it’s too late). It’s not easy to coax requirements out of PM partners. Presenting design & research work can feel like speaking a different language. How product managers generally prioritize initiatives can be opaque. These pain points are widespread because UX and PM roles are still feeling out how to work well together. What can you do?

Use your UX superpowers: Bring your creative problem-solving superpower to the table through your command of art, craft, and communication. Overcome the challenged of synthesizing product research with your systems thinking. Lend your taxonomy wisdom, whether via IA or content strategy, to your product partner’s amorphous model. Contribute your contextual inquiry and qualitative research skills to get beyond the what of data to the why of understanding. Facilitate the prioritization and alignment needs of the product behind all those workshop hours with the stickies and the dot voting. But most of all, design a good friggin’ user experience for the people trying to work with you.

Lisa deBettencourt

Lisa deBettencourt
Founder & Principal, Forge Harmonic

Lisa is a product strategy and design leader. She works with organizations in healthcare and life sciences to discover, develop, and operationalize innovative ways to improve the patient and clinical experience amidst increasing regulatory demands, consumer expectations, and technological complexity.

After more than two decades creating award-winning products and commercial successes for businesses within and beyond healthcare, Lisa founded Forge Harmonic, LLC, a customer insights and strategy firm that’s on a mission to humanize the digital transformation in healthcare by shaping breakthrough solutions that put people at the center. Previously, she was VP of Design at Confer Health, a health tech startup building at-home clinical diagnostics and, prior to that, she was Head of Product Design at Imprivata, a leading healthcare IT security company.

She co-authored the book Designing for Emerging Technologies: UX for Genomics, Robotics, and the Internet of Things and is an adjunct professor in the Digital Media Master’s Degree Program at Northeastern University. She holds a MS degree in Human Factors in Information Design from Bentley University and a BS degree from Rochester Institute of Technology.

For more, keep up with Lisa at or on Twitter as @ldebett.

Good Intentions & Bad Actors

As designers, we are able to leverage our understanding of the human condition and systems to transform technology into offerings that make millions of dollars for companies, while remaining idealistic about our goals of making people’s lives better or “changing the world.” But our process doesn’t make room to consider what things might just go sideways. I think this borders on negligence. We have a responsibility to ourselves, our profession, our customers, our colleagues, and the businesses who employ us to forecast the impact of our work at scale and work to mitigate risks. Let’s talk about how to integrate appropriate tools and the processes to do so properly.


Lisa deBettencourt
Opening Keynote: Good Intentions & Bad Actors
Jaime Ventura
Cognitive Biases: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly
Casey Hald
Introduction to UXE (UX Engineering)
Emily Wachowiak
Don’t Fear the Spreadsheet: A Guide to Content Audits for Product Teams
Joanne Wang
Set Up Boundaries as a Design Leader
Julia Beauchamp Kraft
Confident Communication: Overcome Public Speaking Fear & Be Fully Expressed
Christian Crumlish
Closing Keynote: Product Management for UX People
Closing Ceremonies


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!

Casey Hald

Casey Hald
Senior Frontend Developer

Casey Hald has been doing web design & user experience since 2008. He has worked mostly on enterprise software—developing rapid prototypes and conducting usability sessions to determine usability for designs. Casey has worn multiple hats in his career, mostly pertaining to workflow design & frontend development. On the side, he mostly plays the roll as a frontend developer for designers. Full-time—however—his passion is user experience and workflow design for enterprise software.

You can reach him at @solllve on twitter. He lives in sunny Southern California with his wife and dog, and spends too much free time at dog parks. He is an avid surfer and is always looking for the next adventure.

For more, keep up with Casey at or on Twitter as @solllve.

Introduction to UXE (UX Engineering)

UX Engineers are there not only to help enforce design patterns, but to be creative with coded solutions that assist in speeding up user testing in environments that add security for both the participant and interviewer. I am going to show how code methodologies and current frameworks can help communicate design decisions and drive a cohesive bond with other teams inside your organization.

The one thing every designer can agree on is that design sometimes doesn’t translate perfectly into production environments. There can be glaring alignment issues, misuse of fonts, and all sorts of weird color interpretations development teams make, simply because they make too many assumptions and rush to make deadlines. Imagine not just delivering a design file to developers—but an entire coded framework with precise css code that guarantees design fidelity. A UX Engineer is a designer’s best friend.

As UX continues to grow and evolve, the more need there is to have prototypes available to share with clients, pitch for funding and resources, and iterate patterns with design teams. UX Engineers allow designers to see and test their work in real world applications outside of design software, and create a more cohesive bond with development teams.

Emily Wachowiak

Emily Wachowiak
Senior Content Designer, Mozilla

Emily has worked with digital content for 10+ years, shifting from marketing copywriting and content strategy to UX writing and content design. She founded the UX writing practice at Peapod Digital Labs (the e-commerce provider for grocery brands such as Stop & Shop) before practicing content design team at Upwork and Mozilla.

Her favorite parts of content design are diagramming and untangling messes, collaborative problem solving, and connecting the dots between projects and opportunities across an organization.

For more, keep up with Emily at

Don’t Fear the Spreadsheet: A Guide to Content Audits for Product Teams

Audits are a go-to tool for cataloging and optimizing website content, and they can also be your product team’s secret weapon. Examining key features and flows of your product through a content lens will help you systematically identify gaps, inconsistencies, and usability improvements. How can you make sure that your audit leads to concrete, meaningful product changes—not just lines on a spreadsheet? There’s no one-size-fits-all template, but there are a few frameworks, tips, and strategies for getting results—and buy-in—without getting overwhelmed.

Auditing a product is much different than auditing a website. Instead of scraping URLs, you’ll need to capture and track multiple screens and states, like errors and form fields. And you’ll need to translate your findings into a digestible story for product and engineering partners. From scoping and conducting your content audit to tracking and sizing your recommendations in an engineer-friendly format, this session will help you turn your audit findings into real product improvements.

Jaime Ventura

Jaime Ventura
UX Designer, IntelliBridge

As a user experience (UX) and user interface (UI) design professional, Jaime Ventura is an expert in implementing government procedures and requirements to digital platforms. He has done extensive work for the Department of Defense, working to redesign existing government platforms as well as develop new ones.

Before joining the Digital Experience Team at IntelliBridge, Jaime worked as an accountant for a large petroleum marketing firm. In prior roles as a UX design professional, Jaime has worked with various startups and private sector companies, helping to modernize web pages and platforms, gather a better understanding of their core users, help improve marketing strategies, and identify areas of opportunity for e-commerce.

For more, keep up with Jaime at

Cognitive Biases: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

Cognitive Bias can impact the way we design and often, it happens without us recognizing what we’re doing, which in turn means that we could design and build systems that are flawed for our core users. When we recognize our biases, we can learn how to get around them, gain perspective, and make design decisions that are better suited for our users.

Joanne Wang

Joanne Wang
Lead Product Designer, Reaktor

A rare mix of an analytic and polished designer. She is an extremely thoughtful designer and thinks through many iterations before implementing a final design. She has a sharp eye for design, and I often looked to her for feedback.

A talented UX designer and seeks to thoroughly understand processes and operations so that she can thoughtfully craft her proposals. I had the pleasure of working with her on a mega overhaul of existing applications used for marketing campaign execution, and I was so excited and relieved when she was able to quickly connect the dots on complex workflow products.

For more, keep up with Joanne on Twitter as @designer_joanne.

Set Up Boundaries as a Design Leader

As a design leader, one should know their value and set up boundaries. Ask for feedback to not only maximize your value and career development but to maintain a clear understanding of your worth to the team. As for boundaries, I learn how to push back when you feel your priorities slipping.

Steps to set up boundaries:

  • First, define the boundaries; in which area do you need the boundaries.
  • Second, what do you need to happen to support the boundaries
  • Third, what are the benefits when your boundaries are respected?
  • What actions will you take if your boundaries are not respected?
  • What will you feel like if your boundaries are respected?

In practice, learn to ask for clarification and accountability (“what exactly do you need here? How should we reprioritize our backlog to accommodate for this task?”) when you feel others—client or team members—might cross your boundaries.

Julia Beauchamp Kraft

Julia Beauchamp Kraft
Founder at Speak, Inspire

Julia Beauchamp Kraft is the founder of the public speaking training company, Speak To Inspire. Founded in 2014, Speak To Inspire has trained 1000’s of entrepreneurs and professionals as well as 100’s of companies like LinkedIn, Salesforce, ZScaler, Twitter, etc. She is passionate about helping smart professional women who are experts at what they do but tend to freeze up, shrink down and get self-conscious when the spotlight turns to them. She helps them to cultivate comfort in their skin, come across as the authority they are and turn high-quality information into inspiring presentations.

For more, keep up with Julia at

Confident Communication: Overcome Public Speaking Fear & Be Fully Expressed

Being a confident communicator is not just the way you act, talk, and look. It’s a habitual way of thinking and reacting.

In this talk, you will learn how to make small changes to your words, tone, and non-verbal communication to improve how you interact in high-stakes personal and professional communications.

This talk will help you develop the ability to:

  • Manage your nervous system when anxiety, fear and self-consciousness take over
  • Systematically develop rock-solid confidence you can rely on
  • Navigate the virtual speaking world and come across as a credible expert
  • Effectively communicate verbally and non-verbally for influence
  • Uncover what’s holding you back from being fully expressed

Even though everything has gone virtual the world still needs your presence and message. Open up to more visibility, confidence and comfort in your skin on camera and in life!


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.