The Gothenburg Region - a stronghold for User Experience
There are approximately one million UX-professionals in the world and many predict a continuous strong growth for the discipline. A linear development suggests one hundred million UX-workers globally by 2050.
The Gothenburg region is a stronghold for the User Experience discipline. The number of UX:ers is at least ten times higher than expected, in terms of population. There are several reasons for this: The early and broad digitalization of our society. The Swedish school system, which supports higher education through both academia and polytechnics. And last but not the least, the long engineering culture of the region that provides an open mindset to new technologies.
The pre study "User Experience Excellence" is founded by Tillväxtverket and VGR.
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"User Experience Excellence"
- a core skill to meet the needs for change
The world needs a fast and focused adaptation of the 2030 sustainability goals. Usability is key to such a change, that's why User Experience is a strategic skill for the the society. The user centered design process helps people to collaborate. It creates understanding and direction for Why, What and How things should be done.
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Western Sweden can take an international position and companies can reach new markets
In September 2021 this feasibility study started at Lindholmen Science Park, supported by Volvo Cars and a wide range of stakeholders. By examining the commitment, needs and working methods for a UX arena, the foundation can be laid for a larger investment.
The study is funded by the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth and the Västra Götaland region and is run by Visual Arena at Lindholmen Science Park.
Anna Granström, VGR, Anton Grammatikas, Boid, Anya Ernest, Polestar, Casper Wickman, Volvo Cars, Fanny Bergström Buller, Rise, Fredrik Sandberg, VGR, Gunilla Gudmunds, Göteborgs Stad, Jessica Dagman, RISE, Johan Berndtsson, Ambition, Julia Olander, Göteborg Stad, Kajsa Söderblom, VGR, Lars Bern, BRG, Linnea Fogelmark, Astra Zeneca, Lydia Jenewein, Techno Creatives, Marcus Jahnke, Mistra Urban Futures, Maria ben Salem Dynehäll, Drivhuset, Pontus Wärnestål, InUse, Rasmus Heyman, BRG, Robert Broström, Volvo Cars, Åsa Andblad, Visual Arena
25 November 2021
Workshop: How to understand a future that does not yet exist. Three scientists from Volvo Cars present their work in a Sharing Circle.
Prototyping a UX Sharing Circle
Is sharing possible? What if we meet over disciplines? Can gathering rise the importance of the subject? On the initiative of Volvo Cars we opened the arena for a "Sharing Circle" - a public event that quickly was filled with change makers from all parts of the society, such as librararians, scientists, car manufacturers, and professors. And yes - the meeting ignited new relations. To be continued!