The history of WUD Silesia

WUD Silesia is a non-profit educational event dedicated to human-centered and user experience design. The goal of the conference is to popularize the knowledge about designing useful products and services as well as the role and responsibility of designers in the modern world.

World Usability Day started by UX Professionals Association served as an inspiration for our conference The Silesian edition of WUD is the biggest non-profit conference of its kind in Poland, and one that is marked as an important event in Upper Silesia.

Since 2010, we build a place where we can easily share knowledge about designing useful solutions. Lectures, practical workshops, and artistic/experimental activities allow the participants to gather knowledge and discuss the role and responsibility of designers.

Every year, the conference gathers around 300 participants who are somewhat connected with the development of technology. Several thousand people from all over Poland took place in the last eight conferences. Over 160 lecturers from Poland and abroad took to the stage. Among them where prof. Eric Brangier from Université Paul Verlaine, Tom Gilb – the creator of the Agile methodology for project management. Jonathan West from Helen Hamlyn Center for Design, Mark Kramer from the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Marek Kultys from Science Practice, Chriss Brooker from Design Waler, prof. Khanjan Mehta from the Pennsylvania State University, Agnieszka Szóstek Ph.D., Łukasz Łamża Ph.D., and more.

2017 - The boundaries of systems

In 2017, together with our guests, we wandered around the boundaries of systems, ideas, definitions, and experiences. We crossed those boundaries, united them and overcame them. We invited the most fantastic lecturers to talk about the boundaries of systems. They talked about systems they worked in and the systems in which they realize their projects in. The conference was divided into three topic blocks:

  1. Penetrating boundaries. The confrontation of the perspective way of looking at the inter-systemic relationship with organizational, project, and scientific work. Two parallel lectures that ended with a discussion.
  2. Setting boundaries. This part of the conference focused on the practical and active use of tools to set new project and study work areas. The work during workshops and discussions centered on setting boundaries for a single person, a team, and a society as well as challenges connected with that topic. This block consisted of six four-hour long workshops happening simultaneously.
  3. Overcoming boundaries. This part of the conference centered on reflection upon the responsibility of designers and researchers of social change processes. A look at how barriers and boundaries set between people can be breached and how to work out new value for the world and yourself. 

WUD Silesia was realized in cooperation with Śląskie Międzyuczelniane Centrum Edukacji I Badań Interdyscyplinarnych in Katowice.. The conference was held under the patronage of Future Processing Ltd.

Over 300 participants took part in the conference, and among the 30 lecturers were Tom Gilb, Jaroslav
Svelch Ph.D, Łukasz i Monika Januszek, Karol Piekarski, Agnieszka Bilska, Łukasz Lamża Ph.D,
Joanna Nowacka, Badacze WUD Silesia, and more.

Check https://nowy.me/blog/wud-silesia-2017-podsumowanie/ for a relations of last year’s conference.

2016 - Sustainability

Sustainability was the topic of the conference in 2016. We wondered about creating innovative solutions with future generations in mind. We wondered how to respond to social, ecological, and economic consequences with the solutions that were already deployed in our world. Moreover, we thought about how we can teach sustained project attitude.

Our lecturers shared their knowledge and experiences with over 300 participants in 2016. At the end of the conference, all guests took part in an interactive lecture, created by the WUD Fun and Art team, during which they had to save the planets Sustar and Wudus from doom.

Among our lecturers were prof. Czesława Frejlich, Prof. Irma Kozina, Marek Kultys, Matthias Laschke Ph.D, Katarzyna Drożdżal, Piotr Chojnacki, and more.

The conference was organized by Future Processing and the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice.

2015 - Innovation

It seems that when talking about innovation, everyone has their own definition of the term. During the 2015’s conference, our guests talked about various aspects of innovation, for example, in education, technology, the workplace, public institutions, art, and at home. The onference was done in cooperation with the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice, and many volunteers from all over Silesia worked hard to help bring it to life. Over 400 participants came to see what we rambled about.

Among our lecturers were Everett McKay, dr Wiesław Bartkowski, Agnieszka Szóstek Ph.D, Agata Magdalena Nowak, Patrycja Rudnicka Ph.D, Michał Budryk, and more.

The conference was organized by Future Processing Ltd.

2014 - Commitment

Especially for the 2014’s conference, we created an interactive and moderated exhibition called Commitment in the Silesian Museum. We talked about cooperation, team building, intercultural projects, technological movements, and more. Participants had the opportunity to mingle with each other in our exhibition spaces where they could play games and do fun activities prepared by the WUD Fun team. The conference ended by the spectacular start of the Goldberg’s machine, which was built solely for the conference.

Among our lecturers were prof. Khanjan Mehta, Paulina Rzymska, Patrycja Rudnicka Ph.D, Bartosz Mozyrko, Marcin Piotrowski, Paweł Nowak, Iavana Preiss, Filip Vasić, Piotr Siuda Ph.D, Michał Sadowski, and more.

The conference was organized by Future Processing Ltd.

2013 - Healthcare

The conference about Healthcare: Collaborating for Better Systems was realized thanks to the cooperation with the Medical University of Silesia. Main conference events included: lectures given by experts from Poland, USA, and United Kingdom, workshops and presentation, which took place on the premises of the Medical University’s campus in Zabrze. The conference ended with a presentation about international wheelchair rugby tournament.

Among our lecturers were Mark Kramer, Marcin Wichrowski, Aleksandra Orchowska, Jonathan West, Zdzisław Sobierajski, Sławek Łuczywek, Agnieszka Mozol, Olga Górnicka, and more.

The conference was organized by Future Processing Ltd.

2012 - Usefulness of financial systems

We talked about the usefulness of financial systems in the seat of CINiBA in Katowice during our third conference. Apart from lectures and workshops held by our experts, we had prepared a discussion panel during which we talked about and created a project centered on digital solutions for people from Pokolenie 55+.

The conference was interesting not only for designers but also for people connected with education,
business, and various NGOs.

The third conference was held under the patronage of the National Bank of Poland.

Among our lecturers were prof. Eric Brangier, Jerzy Małecki, Chriss Brooker, Piotr Witek, Kasjan Kotynia, Dominik Paszkiewicz, Marta Więckowska Ph.D, Edward Dawidowski, and more.

2011 - Designing for social change

How project activities affect social changes? We have prepared our creative space in the famous Hala Kapelusz in the Park in Chorzów, where apart from the conference we had the time to take part in workshops, lectures, an opening artistic performance, and a jazz concert. Our workshops were held in the Silesian Planetarium as well.

You can find the relation from 2011’s WUD at http://uxlabs.pl/relacja-world-usability-day-silesia-2011/

The organizer of that edition of WUD Silesia was Future Processing Ltd.

2010 - Communication

The first edition of WUD Silesia was all about communication. This enormous topic was talked over from many perspectives: from technology to interpersonal communication. A set of special theatric workshops was created to talk about just that.

Various happenings, a contest, and a photographic exhibition took place alongside the first conference.
The event was held on the premises of the Silesian Institute of Technology.

Among invited lecturers were prof. Dawid Korzekwa, Bartosz Mozyrko, Paweł Nowak, Elżbieta Więcław, Roman Simiński Ph.D, Marek Suczyk, Jarosław Jackowiak, and more.