Seattle-wide UX Holiday Party 2014: A review of the inaugural celebration

Seattle UX Holiday Party 2014

 

Thanks to everyone in the community who came out on Tuesday night to celebrate the first-ever Seattle UX Holiday Party at the Facebook Seattle campus in South Lake Union! We had a great time toasting our special honoree of the night, celebrating the event’s non-profit partners, having fun with the giffy photo booth, networking and loading up on swag, booze and food.

Beyond the fun and celebration, the goal of the Seattle UX Holiday Party was to provide a place where all UX groups around Seattle could connect for the first-time as one as the year draws to a close. With over 200 people in attendance, UX professionals from companies such as Microsoft, REI, Moz, HBO Digital, Expedia, Tableau, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Avvo, Google, Portent, City of Seattle and many more came together to review the events and accomplishments of the Seattle UX community in 2014.

A big thank you to Misty Weaver, the Content Strategy Lead at Portent, for all of her help and hard work. Misty received a special award and public recognition in front of her peers on Tuesday night for her exemplary contributions and hours of volunteered time to the field of UX.

 

One of our partners, Sabrina Kang, interviewed several attendees at the event, asking them what they thought about Seattle’s UX community and how they saw the field evolving. Below is a snippet of our very own Director of Business Development, Craig Nishizaki being interviewed for the piece.

Giffy, our event photo booth sponsor, provided us with a bunch of fun animated gifs from the night. You can see the full gallery at giffy’s #UXHolidayParty page.

In the spirit of giving back, we also heard from our three non-profit representatives about their charity’s mission and technology needs in the New Year. They’re all doing some really awesome things. Please check them out at Girls Can Do, Spreeha, and Puget Sound Computer Science Teachers Association.

Thanks to event sponsors UpTop, Facebook Seattle, HBO, REI, Projekt 202, Anthro-Tech, The Creative Group, Convey UX and Moz for making this special evening possible.

We also wanted to recognize the help and support of IxDA, UXPA, AIGA, ASIS&T, UX/IA Meetup and Content Seattle for coming together to help us forge a new path in the Seattle UX community.