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WUD 2023 – Review

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On 9 November 2023, we successfully held the World Usability Day (WUD) Leipzig for the seventh time in a row. This time at no lesser a venue than the Paulinum of Leipzig University, in the centre of knowledge, in the centre of the city.

Every year, the second Thursday in November is dedicated to usability worldwide. Usability determines how easy and efficient a product is to use. Today, usability is one of the most important characteristics of a product and over the years entire professions have developed around it.

The WUD offers a unique opportunity for UX enthusiasts and representatives from industry and research to come together once a year and exchange views on the latest topics relating to UX. Under this year's motto "Collaboration & Cooperation", we turned the Paulinum Leipzig into the control centre for usability for an entire day. Seven exciting presentations and two interactive workshops approached the motto from different perspectives.

Dominique Winter kicked things off in his usual entertaining manner with his keynote speech "The UX-competent organisation". After the successful opening, Michelle Greisner and Christin Hermann delivered three top tips for more user involvement in the organisational structure in their presentation. At the same time, our first workshop "A thousand tools & nobody gets anything" was organised by Heide Hüttner. The workshop was well visited and offered helpful approaches for navigating through the confusing jungle of tools. The next speaker had a home game, so to speak. Florian Holzhäuser from our own UXD team gave insights into the successful integration of UX into the Scrum process. Shortly before the lunch break, Benjamin Rogg took us into the world of New Work with a clever combination of humour and expertise.

After the lunch break, which was shortened by little delicacies from our caterer Rasselbock and an impressive vocal performance by the Vocalconsort Leipzig, the afternoon began. While Holm Hänsel explained the requirements of global design and development projects and how these can be met with AI, the participants of our second workshop "UX Writing" by Katharina Urbantat and Birgit Horn got down to texting. On our main stage Lea Kunz and Felix Loos took over and spoke about Football playing robots. The final speaker was Kevin Lefeuvre, who introduced us to BIBO the dancing cup. The project aims to make life easier for people in need of care and in his presentation, Kevin shed light on the human-centred development process.

The successful day was rounded off by an open talk with cake and coffee and interesting topics of conversation about UX.

Last but not least, we would like to thank all participants, speakers and sponsors. With your help, this year's WUD Leipzig was once again a complete success.