Vancouver User Experience Awards Vancouver User Experience Awards

Recognizing joy, elegance, clarity, innovation and impact in the interactions we create.

2016 Keynote Speaker

Kharis O'Connell

Kharis O'Connell

Head of product Archiact

Kharis is the Head of Product for Archiact—Canada’s fastest growing VR/MR studio. He has over 18 years of international experience in crafting thoughtful products and services. Before joining Archiact, he co-founded the emerging-tech product design studio HUMAN, worked at Nokia Design in Berlin as Lead Designer on a multitude of award-winning products. Prior works also include flagship projects for Samsung–helping to design their first smartphones back in 2008, and an interactive hardware/software installation for Nike in 2006.

Kharis gave the opening keynote at the 2014 Taiwan Design Week in Taipei, is also a startup mentor at the Wearable World / IoT labs accelerator in San Francisco, and advisor to Commandwear Inc and Proxxi Technology Corp in Vancouver, BC.

Awards Gala

When Wednesday, Nov 16, 2016 6pm
Where The Imperial Vancouver see on map 319 Main St.
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Call for Entries

Call for Entries

Do your interactions bring joy, elegance, clarity, innovation, or impact to users? If so, we encourage you to enter the 2016 Vancouver User Experience Awards!

These awards give the Lower Mainland’s UX practitioners a place to showcase our work and get recognized for the incredible things we create every day. There is no cost to submit your work. Deadline to enter is midnight on Friday, October 7, 2016.

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Award Categories

We've refined this year's categories to better represent the breadth of great user experience work being done across the Lower Mainland.

  • UX for Marketing

    Successful marketing depends on creating great user experiences. Your users are your customers and understanding their needs is essential to selling your product. This award recognizes user experiences tied to ecommerce, customer experience, campaigns, contests, and other solutions designed to connect customers to organizations of all sizes and industries.

  • UX for Emerging Experiences

    The future is no longer at a distance—wearables, internet of things, virtual, augmented and mixed reality are already here. These devices are creating a new opportunity for user experience. This new award category allows us to surface the emerging interactions and immersive experiences that our community is creating.

  • UX for Products

    Digital products play an important role in our everyday lives. We depend on them to make our lives easier to manage. Vancouver is brimming with companies whose focus is to create, refine, and hone these product experiences. This new award category allows us to surface the emerging interactions and immersive experiences that our community is creating.

  • UX for Enterprise

    Internal processes should never get in the way of serving customers and helping employees get stuff done. This award celebrates intranets, business applications, and other enterprise-level systems that provide great user experiences for employees, inside organizations.

  • UX for Good

    Non-profit organizations fill a unique and important space in the Lower Mainland. Great user experiences are essential to improving the way non-profits work with their partners, communities, and stakeholders. This award recognizes charities and foundations, social campaigns, professional associations, and public sector enterprises. Entrants should demonstrate how they’ve created a user experience that helps a non-profit organization achieve its goals and/or serve its members.

  • UX by Students

    Student projects help to remind the rest of us of what’s possible. Up-and-coming practitioners are making huge contributions to innovation in this region’s UX community. This award celebrates the work done in courses, extra-curricular activities, or portfolio projects—provided the solutions were not designed for commercial purposes. To submit for this award, applicants must be registered at a B.C. post-secondary institution during the 2015-2016 academic year.

  • Best UX

    This is the grand-prize category and will be a juried selection from finalists across all categories. The winner represents some of the best in user experience design the Lower Mainland has to offer.

  • People's Choice

    This award allows our community to vote on the best experience. We will allow users to vote on the best experience from among the finalists, across all categories. Voting will open just before the awards gala.

Award Criteria

All solutions will be evaluated and scored by the judges on how they satisfy these five criteria.

  • Joy

    Is the work delightful to use? How much care appears to be put into creating an experience people will want to use?

  • Elegance

    How cohesive and refined does the solution feel? How seamless and consistent are users’ interactions with the solution?

  • Clarity

    Some interactions are complex in nature—how does the experience support clear mastery of the task at hand, while minimizing friction?

  • Innovation

    What’s new, different, or exciting about this work? How does it stack up to current conventions and patterns we use today?

  • Impact

    What results can be attributed to the user experience of the solution? What measurable ways has it impacted business and people?


  • Chris Masterton

    Chris Masterton

    Senior UX Strategist and designer Masterton UX Show Bio
  • Jordan Hess

    Jordan Hess

    Technical Director Finger Food Studios Show Bio
  • Jacqueline Antalik

    Jacqueline Antalik

    Director of User Experience OpenRoad Show Bio
  • Dominique Bohn

    Dominique Bohn

    Executive director of service reform Ministry of environment Show Bio
  • Miles Nurse

    Miles Nurse

    Director of user experience Unbounce Show Bio
  • Ryan Opina

    Ryan Opina

    VP of user experience Engine digital Show Bio
  • Julian Richards

    Julian Richards

    Director of User Experience SAP Show Bio
  • Mallory O'Connor

    Mallory O'Connor (jury chair)

    Practice lead, enterprise experiences and innovation Habanero Show Bio


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