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What's Next Interactive believes that exchanging ideas with our peers is important to fostering innovation. To that end, we provide a list of some of our industry's best opportunities for professional discourse as well as awards of note. We welcome your suggestions and input!

June 11-15, 2007, Austin, Texas
Usability Professionals Association (UPA) 2007
As usability professionals, our ability to observe users and to discover their patterns of interaction is integral to our work. By defining these patterns we can then leverage that knowledge to create usable interfaces that are familiar and useful to our users. Join us to master new techniques, contribute your opinion, meet colleagues and renew your commitment to making usable and useful products.
Quality is uneven, with some genuinely helpful speakers and workshops and others that are rather amateurish. Great place to hook up with other usability professionals and trade real-world experiences though.

June 13-15, 2007, Washington DC
6th Creativity and Cognition Conference
The focus of CC2007 is on cultivating and sustaining creativity: understanding how to design and evaluate computational support tools, digital media, and sociotechnical environments that not only empower our creative processes and abilities, but that also encourage and nurture creative mindsets and lifestyles.
We have not attended this conference yet, but it sounds promising.

June 18-23, 2007, San Francisco CA
Usability Week 2007 Conference
Usability Week 2007 takes you beyond the typical conference experience, offering a three-day usability camp, a three-day intensive session on interaction design, and several specialized, day-long tutorials that get both broad and deep on core usability topics. Come for as few or as many days as you want.
Jakob Nielsen, the Granddaddy of modern usability testing, shares his perspective on the dos and don'ts of designing for usability. He is ultra-conservative and frowns on innovation, but he's also often right.

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