Note: If you want SE to sponsor your ticket, you have to do something in return. Post an answer to this question illustrating why you should go and what the community will get out of it. For example: you'll blog about it on the UX.SE blog and contribute answers to the info-visualisation tag as well as spreading our community's existence around amongst event attendees.
My company Q42 and our partnered design firm Fabrique are organising a full-day workshop in Amsterdam together with speaker and designer Stephen Anderson, whom many UX designers should surely know from his book, Seductive Interaction Design. His new workshop is all about information visualization and since we're organising I'd like to offer members of the UX.SE community a discounted ticket to attend the event.
Send me a note if you want to come and I'll give you a code you can use to activate the discount. You can read about the event, which takes place on November 9th, and buy a ticket from here: http://qfee.nl
Another alternative is that Stack Exchange sponsors UX members attending. If you're interested in that, post here. Hopefully the SE community team will be paying attention ;-)
Why you should be there
- Stephen Anderson's talks are among the best you can find in user experience design. You truly learn something each time; he's really good at connecting theory to practice and showing you plenty of examples you can use. Since this is a full-day workshop, there'll be plenty of time to digest what he's talking about and (presumably) try things out for yourself. His book is a must-read if you care about user-centered design and his Mental Notes cards are a great help during brainstorming sessions and for product designers trying to tackle tough product challenges (I'm speaking from experience here).
- Network! Spending the whole day with people from around the Amsterdam area is a great way to meet and connect with potential customers, employees, and people to follow on Twitter. Plus, meet me and our interaction engineering team from Q42 and designers from one of the Netherlands' best design firms, Fabrique. And, hopefully, it's a chance to finally meet some other UX.SE members, if more than one of you chooses to come ;-)
- Since it's a Friday, why not combine the workshop with a long weekend in Amsterdam? Bring the partner along and check out the city while you're here.
- Dinner afterwards! Whoever sticks around after the workshop can join us for dinner at the restaurant around the corner and chat with us, Stephen, and your fellow attendees about all the great stuff you learned during the day.
How much will it cost me?
- Tickets for the event are €300 for UX.SE members. That's a 40% discount!
- A flight from London to Amsterdam should be around €150 and Amsterdam is one train stop from the airport (around €10).
- One night in a hotel will clock you around €150-200 in Amsterdam city, but it's worth it since the city is so beautiful (especially during the winter months). Make extra use of that room by dragging your partner along to share the bed ;-)