"On the frontiers of the Web, boundaries are blurring—developers and designers, advertisers and publishers, software and services, media and technology, TV and PCs, PCs and mobile devices, producers and consumers. The old order is getting a little MIXed." Do you know about Microsoft's MIX conference? It's a conference targeted at the web ecosystem. This weekend I had a chance to look at MIX more closely and find out what's in it for UX professionals.
- Great Breakout sessions
On the "Sessions" page of the MIX homepage, you can filter on audience (e.g. "designers") and session types to find out exactly what you are looking for. There are so many interesting sessions. I can't wait to hear about how the web designers in China worked with Olympic organizing community to build a rich web experience for 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
Other sessions immediately attract my attention as a designer are: Blending Up User Experiences, Designing with AJAX: Yahoo! Pattern Library, Lessons Learned: Designer/Developer Productivity in WPF, and IE7 Past, Present, and Future.
Designers can learnt about how to use WPF and WPF/E to design highly interactive websites, how Expression tools improve designer-developer workflow, how to extend web experience beyond browser and onto TV and other devices, and much more.
- Heavy weight keynote speakers
The keynote speakers are all heavy weights at Microsoft: Chief Software Architect - Ray Ozzie, president of Entertainment and Devices Division - Robert Bach, and General Manager - Scott Guthrie. They will be covering topics like future of the web, how do web, gaming, TV and mobile technologies impact our lives, and Microsoft latest tools.
Finding ways to get free stuff was and still is a graduate student "survival skill". 🙂 I always enjoyed conference freebies, and MIX offers serious freebies. All conference attendees will receive a Commemorative Edition of Expression Studio, complete with the first version of Expression Studio and one-of-a-kind artwork. In addition, they will receive a free copy of Windows Vista Ultimate.
- Party at Caesars Palace
MIX is also a big social and networking event. Web rock stars will be there and so are the pussycat dolls. I heard they are searching for the next doll on their team.