Top UX Events in CEE – 2020 Edition
The UX scene in Central and Eastern Europe is thriving.
The CEE region is not just a popular IT outsourcing hub – it's got its own rapidly developing UX communities as well. LiveSession itself is living proof, as we're based in Wrocław, Poland.
We'd like to introduce you to top UX events in CEE, from Prague, Bratislava and Budapest all the way to Warsaw, Riga and Kyiv. Ready to discover what Central and Eastern Europe has to offer in terms of 2020 UX conferences?
Let's dive in!
UX Events in Poland
When: May 20-22, 2020
ACE! is a two-track conference dedicated to agile software development and product design. The Process track is focused on agile best practices, while the Product segment will include inspiring talks from such professionals as Alastair Somerville, a sensory design consultant. All presentations will be held in English, and the event's location in Kraków, Poland makes it easily accessible from every part of Europe.
When: June 1-4, 2020
POLISHOPA is a design thinking conference in Bydgoszcz, Poland. Although you may not have heard of the location before, it's definitely worth stepping off the beaten path! The event will leave you inspired with design thinking use cases and best practices. Talks are held in both Polish and English. Although this year's agenda is still in the works, it's sure to be impressive. Last year's speakers came from international companies like Johnson&Johnson and Motorola, as well as Polish giants (Allegro, mBank).
When: June 17-19, 2020
ProductCamp prides itself on being (probably) the biggest digital product conference in Europe. All talks are in English, which makes it the perfect pick for UX professionals who don't speak Polish. This year's agenda includes speakers from A-list companies, such as Atlassian, BMW and Flixbus. To top it all off, the event takes place in Gdynia, Poland's little Miami on the Baltic coast. No wonder the after-parties on the beach have become legendary!
When: TBA (usually late September)
One of the most prominent user experience conferences in Europe,UX Poland has been the meeting place for the best professionals in the industry for more than a decade now. You can expect to hear valuable insights and case studies from Poland's top UX designers, researchers and other experienced product people. The vast majority of the conference is held in Polish.
When: October 1-2, 2020
Connecting mobile designers and developers, Mobiconf is a one-of-a-kind event taking place in Kraków, Poland. The 2020 edition is focused not only on UX/UI and development but also on project management and challenges that come with creating mobile products. Again, the whole conference is in English, and Kraków is a beautiful city to visit – a win-win choice!
When: April 2020 (recurring throughout the year)
Looking for something laid-back yet insightful? Halo Design is a chill UX/UI meetup that has already gained a cult status in the Kraków design community. Some parts of the event are held in Polish, yet very edition features at least one talk in English. Don’t hesitate to join if you’re in town – the tickets are always in high demand!
UX Events in Ukraine
When: November 20-22, 2020
Ukraine only has one prominent UX conference – but what a conference it is! Krupa claims to be the biggest interface design conference in Eastern Europe. The event is held in Kyiv and the previous edition included talks from Don Norman, the UX founding father, Vitaly Friedman from Smashing Magazine and Guillermo Torres from Airbnb, among others. If this doesn't sound impressive to you, we really don't know what will!
UX Events in Slovakia
By Design Conference
When: June 6, 2020
The theme of this year's By Design Conference is shift by design. Speakers from Spain, Russia, Ukraine and the USA will give talks on how to design products for the world in transformation. If you're into social issues in design, Bratislava is the place to be for you this June! The event is quite special, as it covers the more human side of UX, design and related fields.
UX Events in Czech Republic
When: September 18-20, 2020
A conference with 13 years of history, WebExpo is a massive event for everyone involved in creating websites – including, of course, UX professionals. It's a great chance to listen to 70 speakers coming from such companies as IBM, Microsoft and the Emirates Group. The topics range from accessibility and design patterns to business development and Messenger chatbots. If you're looking to expand your horizons in a wide array of web-related subjects, this is the place to go.
UX Events in Hungary
Amuse UX Conference
When: October 16, 2020
Amuse is the only UX conference in Hungary. Although the 2020 agenda is not available yet, the one from the previous edition gives us high expectations for this year. The list included speakers from Google, Booking.com, Shopify, YouTube, UXPin and Facebook – to name just a few of the most prominent examples! Budapest is easy to reach from every part of Europe (and many places of the Middle East too) – why not give it a try?
UX Events in the Baltics
Where: Riga, Latvia
UX Riga will take place for the 7th time in 2020. It's the largest user experience conference not only in Latvia but also in all Baltic states. Speakers of the last edition included Mike Dick from Survey Monkey, Vitaly Friedman from Smashing Magazine and Jim Kalbach, a notable O'Reilly author. This year's agenda is still in the making and we're excited to see what's to come!
Digital Elite Camp
Where: Laulasmaa, Estonia
When: June 11-13, 2020
Although not exactly a UX conference, Digital Elite Camp is a great pick for those interested in growth hacking and CRO. The concept and the location make it particularly tempting – why not spend three days on the Baltic coast (four days, including the pre-party) and learn best practices from top growth professionals? SPAs, saunas and lots of top-notch knowledge are included. This year's line-up includes Peep Laja, the CEO and Founder of CXL Institute. More big names are going to be announced soon. So, destination: Estonia?
UX Events in the Croatia
When: May 18-21, 2020
If you'd like to take part in a comprehensive design conference, Design 2020 is what you're looking for. The agenda will cover a wide range of topics, from theory, methods and processes to behavioral sciences, engineering and industrial design. And the cherry on top? The venue is Hotel Croatia Cavtat, a luxury building on the Adriatic coast, just a short drive from Dubrovnik. What's not to love?
When: September 25-26, 2020
Located on the scenic Istrian Peninsula, Labin plays host to Digital Lab.in,Croatia's biggest UX conference. Every year, it involves talks from top design and developments professionals. Speakers are coming from top-tier companies like Booking.com and Google. The conference's stunning seaside location is an additional asset!
We did our best to list all the interesting UX conferences in CEE. Still, if we missed something, don't hesitate to let us know in the comments!