Talk Ux - Conference - Manchester
Updated: Dec 1, 2020
Talk UX is an annual international design and technology conference led by women. Each year a different Ladies that UX group take on the challenge of delivering this conference in their city. This year the event was hosted by the Ladies that UX Manchester group.
We were approached by Ladies that UX Manchester due to the event being run by volunteers they were looking for support in the following areas:
1. Sourcing and managing event entertainment
2. Event support on the day
After receiving the brief and budget for the entertainment we were able to source multiple options for the event team to decide from. They opted for String Infusion a female led electronic string group based in Manchester.
When discussing this part of the event we suggested to incorporate a networking element, such as a "snowball" fight during the final song. This is where participants write their information on a sheet, scrunch it into a ball and during the song throw it at other attendees. The aim is to collect a ball at the end and then connect with the person who threw it. The team said they had been trying to think of a way to encourage but not "force" networking and this was a great solution.
In the lead up to and on the day of the event we worked closely with the event team to ensure set-up, delivery and logistical needs were all met and that the event ran as seamlessly as possible.
Jenni Midgley, Event Planner, Talk UX said "Having Cheryl and We Are Chill on board for our event not only gave me peace of mind that the on-the-day details would be fully supported and dealt with but, crucially, provided us with a voice of pragmatism and expert event knowledge during the run-up to our event. Cheryl is a pro at this stuff and it shows.".
Lizzie Dyson, Co-Founder, Ladies that UX said "We contacted Cheryl to help us out with Talk UX as we were struggling with ideas for entertainment and needed a front of house on the day. She attended our meetings and brought some brilliant ideas to the table, going above and beyond to help us out and make the conference extra special. If anything I wish we’d brought her into the group sooner. She’s obviously experienced and I won’t hesitate getting her on-board in the future."
Overall the event was a huge success, including trending on twitter in Manchester. Make sure to check out the TalkUX19 hashtag.
For more information on Ladies that UX, the work they are delivering or if there is a group local to you head to their website https://www.ladiesthatux.com/.