World Usability Day: 14 Nov 2024

2024 Theme: Designing for a Better World

The theme of “Designing for a Better World” is demonstrated in many ways such as architects and urban planners creating accessible public spaces, companies focusing on eco-friendly packaging, software developers prioritizing inclusive digital design, community engagement platforms enhancing civic participation, sustainable transportation solutions prioritizing pedestrians and cyclists, educational materials designed for inclusivity, and green architecture emphasizing energy efficiency and occupant well-being. These efforts contribute to a more accessible and environmentally conscious world.

We have been organizing events on the second Thursday in November since 2005.

Over 250,000 people have been involved in events so far, around the world, bringing  together different communities to create a more usable world for all of us.

 World Usability Initiative

The goal of the World Usability Initiative (WUI) is to connect the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and the User Experience (UX) community and everyone who believes that great design is inclusive and usable by all, to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals by establishing World Usability Day as an internationally observed day, listed on the United Nations calendar. Help us achieve this goal!

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World Usability Day across the years!

Theme Events Countries Volunteers/Attendee estimate
2005 Make it Easy 115 35 6500
2006 Accessibility 228 40 38000
2007 Healthcare 157 41 29000
2008 Transportation 161 43 50000
2009 Designing for a Sustainable World 150 43 48000
2010 Communication 150 40 45000
2011 Education: Designing for Social Change 120 42 7000
2012 Usability of Financial Systems 80 20 6000
2013 Healthcare: Collaborating for Better Systems 107 32 7000
2014 Engagement 135 40 8500
2015 Innovation 91 31 6500
2016 Sustainability 73 24 5800
2017 Inclusion 66 25 5000
2018 Design for Good or Evil 62 26 5000
2019 Design for the Future we Want 56 27 4000
2020 Human-Centered AI 42 20 3000
2021 Trust, Ethics, Integrity 46 22 3200
2022 Healthcare 50 23 3400

Upcoming Events

Usability Events

From around the world

May 9, 2024

Fireside Chat

Fireside Chat: Elizabeth Rosenzweig and Whitney Hess

Newton, Massachusetts
United States

November 9, 2023

Michigan UXPA Fall Mixer - Virtual

East Lansing, Michigan
United States

November 9, 2023

World Usability Day San Antonio 2023

San Antonio, Texas
United States

November 9, 2023

WUD Switzerland


Rapperswil-Jona, Sankt Gallen

November 9, 2023

Research with a capital R: The changing face of research roles and partnerships

Toronto, Ontario

November 9, 2023

Northeast Ohio, USA #2: In-person conference

Mayfield, Ohio
United States

November 8, 2023

Northeast Ohio, USA #1: UX Game Night

Independence, Ohio
United States

May 9, 2024
12:00 - 13:30
How to Attend
To be determined

Host City

Newton Massachusetts,
United States

Fireside Chat

Fireside Chat: Elizabeth Rosenzweig and Whitney Hess

Join us for a Fireside Chat with Elizabeth Rosenzewig and Whitney Hess! The 2024 theme for World Usability Day is “Designing for a Better World,” and our Fireside Chat will focus on discussing this theme. Our session will explore an open-source framework currently being developed called the Inner Development Goals (IDGs) and how they are connected to usability, tools, and platforms.  Register here

In 2015, all members of the United Nations agreed on 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to create a world of peace, dignity, and prosperity for a healthy planet. The target for reaching these goals is 2030, but progress has been slow, and in some ways we’re even worse off. The challenge is NOT a lack of having the science or technology to reach these targets—it’s a people problem.

Whitney Hess will share an emerging framework called the Inner Development Goals (IDGs)—an open-source project backed by a nonprofit organization with the purpose of identifying the individual and collective skills necessary for business leaders like us to develop within ourselves to drive systemic, sustainable change. We look forward to hearing what parts of the IDGs speak to you personally and professionally, getting you excited to participate in refining this framework, and helping you begin to identify where you’re ready to make your own commitment to further this critical mission.


Register here

November 14, 2024
08:00 - 22:00
How to Attend
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in person or remotely


A hybrid conference for designers by designers

We started STHLM Xperience Conference in 2018, because we wanted to create a place where everyone that works with experience can learn and have fun together. The conference was a total success and SXC is now a yearly event.

Our vision

Inspire and create conditions for design teams and leaders to come together and create amazing experiences.

Our Mission

Be an outstanding global forum for teams that create great experiences, by providing tools for their daily work, and networking with both local and international digital experts. Providing leadership in a rapidly changing market, and requirements on new competencies.


[EN] English (English)


Live Closed Captions
Wheelchair Seating Available
Non-Gendered Restrooms Available
Wheelchair Accessible