VanUX Awards Categories

Recognizing the elegance, clarity, innovation, impact, and emotion in the experiences we create.

Award Categories

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

UX for Work

Internal processes should never get in the way of serving customers and helping employees get stuff done. This award celebrates any solution—intranets, business applications, or other systems—that provide great user experiences for people inside organizations of any size.

UX for Emerging Experiences

The future is no longer at a distance—wearables, voice experiences, internet of things, bots, virtual, augmented and mixed reality is already here. These devices and experiences are creating a new opportunity for user experience. This 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. Whether to monitor our health, finances, or happiness, we increasingly rely on digital apps and services to make our lives easier to manage and to make intentional decisions about our behaviour. This award honours the incredible Vancouver-based products whose digital experiences enrich and engage across a wide spectrum of domains. 

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 2017-2018 academic year.

UX for Marketing

Websites, e-commerce, contests, and marketing-driven campaigns are successful when they create authentic and impactful user experiences for their audiences. Your users are the audiences you seek to inform, guide or influence—and your submission shares this story with us. This category requires that submissions are or were live during the past year (October 2017 to 2018) and include metrics that matter and can demonstrate their impact. No concepts will be accepted.

People's Choice

Using social media and the awards website, we ask our Vancouver UX community to vote on the best experience from among the finalists, across all categories. Voting will occur in the weeks just before the awards gala.

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.

Demo Day

We're excited to host the third annual Vancouver User Experience Awards Demo Day! What is Demo Day you may ask? It's is an exciting opportunity to see what our finalists and sponsors have been working on. The event will feature up to 15 speakers who each get 3-5 minutes to briefly highlight a recent project, describe it's unique challenges, and share their innovative solutions. 

Being recognized and awarded by the Vancouver User Experience community was a great validation of the work I love to do.  It empowered me with confidence and widened my opportunity to work on emerging technologies, such as Mixed Reality.

Henry Chu, User Experience Designer, Microsoft Vancouver