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Mommy, mommy! I’m a co-chair of Interaction08 | Savannah!!!

So yesterday, due to my really really hard work on help Dan Saffer bring Interaction08 to life, I have been given the title of co-chair of the conference. Yea!!!! Resume fodder for everyone!

This is a really big deal for me personally (so sorry if I came across as light in the above paragraph). Dan and I have been working closely together on Intearction08 | Savannah since the very first time we both got the board of IxDA to agree to doing this conference. Some thought it might be too soon for us. Dan and I felt that it was not only the right time, but the right thing for IxDA and we couldn’t have been more right.

As to why the hard work. We are 100% volunteer driven. There is not 1 paid staff member of IxDA and we did not outsource anything for this conference. This has meant that volunteers like Dan and myself, the Board itself, and others like Dani Malik and Vishal Iyer have been pouring blood, sweat and tears into making this conference experience exceptional. At this point I’m confident we are going to nail the execution on this conference setting a new standard for how UX organizational conferences should be designed.

Have we got everything perfect? Of course not!!! We are poor, so we buy what we can and build what we can when we have the time. We have gotten tremendous support from some outstanding sponsors: Microsoft, Intuit, Cooper, SAP frog design, Axure, Tandem Seven, Apogee, FatDUX, Motorola, AvenueA-Razorfish and Coroflot. With their support we have been able to afford our amazing new [url=http://interaction08.crowdvine.com]social network site (hosted by Crowdvine). We would also be NOWHERE without our host Savannah College of Art & Design. Lastly, we have 2 great media partners: Boxes & Arrows and Core77 who will be covering the conference for their respective communities.

But it is all about the content and we are so proud of the line up we have for you across just 2 days. From Deep in the weeds of IxD to tangential topics related to industrial design, architecture, game design, design research, information architecture, and more.

Anyway, yup, I’m a co-chair … I’ve been killing myself for this conference and really believe it is worth all the sweat I’ve ever put into IxDA. It is exciting that we are close to selling out. There will probably be a rush come Jan 2nd when new budgets open up, so register while you can.

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