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UX Training

UX Training is a specialist provider of user experience training. Owner and founder Colman Walsh has worked in user experience design for over 14 years. An alumnus of two world-class UX agencies - Sapient and iQ Content - he has worked with blue-chip clients in San Francisco, New York, London, Brussels and Dublin. His expertise runs across the entire UX spectrum: research, strategy, design and testing. A fun and engaging presenter, Colman is an accomplished trainer, facilitator and workshop moderator.


Founded in 1998, Frontend is an international based User Experience and Interface Design consultancy. We provide a range of User Centred Design Services (including user research, user modeling, task analysis, design, and user testing) for websites, software applications, mobile applications, consumer products, digital devices and print.

Frontend was founded by a core group of experienced interface and graphic designers; our mission was to develop a new approach to design problem solving, focused around end-user or customer experiences. Since then we have expanded our skill-base to include usability, accessibility, cognitive psychology and software development. We have built a creative team with a broad range of skills including problem solving, project management and strategic thinking.

Frontend have developed an impressive international blue chip client-base including AIB, Bank of Ireland, Barclays Bank, BBC, BridgeCo, Diageo, D-Link, HP, Microsoft, Rabobank, O2, Reuters, Revenue, Unilever and Vodafone. Our extensive experience across industries and geographical markets can be seen in samples of Our Work.

Each & Other

Each & Other is a strategy and design consultancy based in Dublin. We help organisations achieve better business outcomes through human-centred design.

Too many organisations today are busy fixing the wrong problems, with predictable results. We enable our clients to focus on the problems that matter to the business and their customers.

Our approach helps companies get the right stuff done. We use research to uncover the real problems to be solved. We drive consensus through evidence. We build trust by gaining a deep understanding of each business we work with: acknowledging constraints but challenging them where we can.

Each & Other is employee led and employee owned. That way, everyone benefits from the success of the business, including our clients.


Paddy Power is Ireland's biggest, most successful, security conscious and innovative bookmaker. We operate via www.paddypower.com, our chain of retail outlets throughout Ireland, Northern Ireland and Great Britain, our Dial-A-Bet department and more recently our Mobile division. Whether you like the buzz and the human interaction of the betting shop or you’re deeply agoraphobic and have grave misgivings about the outside world, in one form or another Paddy Power is there 24 hours a day with a customer service team to match.

Solas Consulting Group

Solas Consulting is a wholly owned and managed Irish company which has been setting the standard for "Excellence" in Tech Recruitment for the past 5 years. We work with a large variety of clients looking for candidates from all design backgrounds: graduates to senior/management levels to meet all of their visual design needs. We are investing time into understanding candidates interests when they decide to move jobs, clients design needs, attending Sketch Clubs, sponsoring events and getting involved with the community.

We understand UX. We know the differences between UX, web developers and front-end developers.

We currently have over 400 active candidates in the area of design looking to move positions.

Devils Bit

We take great pride and care in crafting our Irish cider. Made using traditional methods handed down through generations, a lot of time, care and effort is put into the making of Devils Bit Irish Cider.

After harvesting, we select the best Irish cider apples, press them and add wild natural yeast before fermenting for eight weeks. We then transfer to our vat house and let our cider mature for several months, taking regular samples to check for quality and purity.

No artificial sweeteners, no artificial colours and no added flavouring of any kind are used to make our cider – just as it should be!

We would also like to congratulate Devils Bit Irish Cider on their silver medal at the blas na heireann Irish food awards 2014

Organised by IxDA Dublin members and volunteers.

Video recording and photography by Long Lost Designs


7pm, Thu November 13th


The Sugar Club


12 Speakers

How Long?

Each Speaker has 20 Slides, and 15 secounds a slide.
(5 Min per Speaker)


Free (Thanks to sponsors)


This event is not ticketed. First come first served. Show up early.

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