As a player in the user experience, information architecture, programming and design field, we are proud to support those individuals who are helping others rid the world of bad software.
We support the resources below for the simple reason that we want them to continue to be successful, for the benefit of our whole community.
Our policy for choosing what to sponsor is simple: don’t pitch to us, just focus on being so good that we’ll want you to be successful. Find out more about our approval and selection process.
If you know of something you think we’d be happy to support send us a link to it and we’ll start following its blog and Twitter stream for a while.
Our main goal as a company is to help rid the world of bad software, one user interface screen at a time. We are thrilled and honored to donate a version of Mockups integrated with UX.StackExchange.com. It’s free for you to use, and in case you’re wondering, it’s free for StackExchange to host.
World IA Day, brings the Information Architecture community together at local IA events in multiple cities across the globe. The first ever World IA Day took place in 2012 and focussed on Designing Structures for Understanding. World IA Day takes place every February. We’re proud to sponsor World IA Day in 2012 and 2013.
Interaction is the annual conference of the Interaction Design Association. We’re proud to be one of the sponsors in 2011 and 2013 in supporting this valuable professional association in hosting another awesome UX conference.
The Irish chapter of User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA) launched in November on World Usability Day. We proud to have sponsored the launch day event for this new chapter on World Usability Day.
UX Brighton brought together UX professionals to Brighton England to engage in practical and theoretical conversations with commercial and academic talks. We’re proud to have sponsored the 2012 event.
The Tools4AgileTeams conference held in Wiesbaden, DE brought agile professionals together to discuss agile software development in teams and the optimal use of supporting software. We’re proud to have sponsored the event in 2012.
Lean Day UX is a one-day, single track event in New York City focused on case studies and best practices for implementing Lean Startup and Lean UX in the enterprise. The event featured a morning full of amazing speakers, Lean UX Hackathon in the afternoon. We’re happy to sponsor the event in 2012.
UX Cafe is a London meetup for startups that need a little design love. Participants pitch UX problems to a panel of experts for guidance and advice. We’re happy to back this local gathering of designers and developers in 2012.
PrototypeCamp Chicago is a one day event in Chicago that brings together Designers, Developers, and anyone else who is interested in putting a bit more “build and create” into their craft. We’re proud to help in sponsoring the 2012 event.
Google Developer Relations provides different programs, including a class for startups organized around MVP and user experience. GDR hosts startups working with them on their product Mockups. We’re proud to be an ongoing technology contributor for this program.
Foundum is an online ecosystem for high-growth entrepreneurs. The organization supports startups from seed to exit by connecting them to all relevant investors, advisors, and service providers they need to grow their business. They’re hosting ecosystems in Germany, Italy, UK, Sweden, Austria, North America, and Latin America. We’re proud to be a technology contributor for this program.
Startup Weekend Kathmandu is a 54 hr “idea to prototype” event for the developing entrepreneurial ecosystem in Nepal. We’re proud to support the event as a technology supporter. The event is being organized for the first time in Nepal in Feb 2013.
Hackers / Founders is the largest community of early tech founders in Silicon Valley. They launched an incubator to help startups connect with investors more efficiently. We’re happy to help this program for incubator startups as a technology supporter.
The Northeast PHP conference is a two day event in Cambridge, MA. It’s coordinated by Boston PHP, Atlantic Canada PHP, and Vermont PHP user groups to talk about Web Development, Training & Education, and User Experience & Design (UX).
The first conference put on by the folks by Smashing Magazine has drawn a great cast of speakers and promises to be a friendly and inspiring event for web designers and developers. The conference and workshops take place in September 2012 in Freiburg, Germany.
Asbury Agile is a one day, single track web conference in the land of The Boss, Asbury Park, NJ. The event gathers designers and developers to talk about Agile methodologies in we band software development. We’re happy to be first time backers of this conference in 2012.
FFWD.PRO is a UX micro-conference with workshops for web designers held in Zagreb, Croatia. The event brought together a stellar group of design and development pros to speak on UX and web design.
MindtheProduct was held in September 2012 in London, and brought together product management leaders from around the world to explore the intersection of design, technology and business – the business of building great products.
GR8Conf is an affordable conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, dedicated to all the technologies in the Groovy ecosystem. The talks cover technologies used by Balsamiq like Grails and Gradle. We’re proud to be part of the awesome Groovy community.
We are proud to once again back Atlassian for their fourth annual user conference. Always a fantastic time meeting with customers. In 2012 we were lucky enough to have Kyle holding down a Balsamiq booth to meet with customers.
Elgg is an open source social engine for building socially-enabled sites. In cooperation with the Elgg Foundation, the official non-profit behind Elgg.org, ElggCamp was held in San Francisco on March 2012. We’re honored to to give licenses for the event’s prize raffle.
59DaysOfCode is a competition held in Fresno, CA to grow and cultivate tech entrepreneurship in the Valley. The network of advisors helps guide participants towards a route to seed and venture capital. We’re honored to to give licenses for the event’s prize raffle.
User Experience Israel (UXI) is the largest UX conference in Israel. June 2012 marks the conference’s third year, and had an impressive roster of internationl speakers and 16 Israeli speakes over the two days of workshops and keynotes. We’re honored to to give licenses for the event’s prize raffle.
UXMad is a one track conference with twenty-one sessions held July 2012 in Madison, WI. The conference showcases to locals the assets of the UX community and allow visitors to Madison a chance to experience one of the best, brainiest, and least expensive places in the US to live and work. And of course, there’s cheese. +1 for cheese. We’re honored to to give licenses for the event’s prize raffle.
UX Utsav is two days of intensive User Experience talks and hands-on workshops presented by design experts in Bangalore, India in June 2012. We’re honored to to give licenses for the event’s prize raffle.
UX storytelling is a UX design event for where UX pros speak about key topics from the UX world and about projects they have been working on, allowing the participants to see what they needed to improve in their product and how they chose to do it. We’re honored to to give licenses for the event’s prize raffle.
Little Big Details is one of our favorite user interface galleries for finding inspiration. Floris Decker keeps an eye open for the elements of user interface design that make user experiences enjoyable, useful, and usable. We’re frequent visitors and want LBD to stick around to keep us looking for the little things that make software awesome.
StartupBus is an invitation-only community of builders passionate about startups. The annual competition in 2012 is a hackathon on 10 buses traveling 60 miles an hour towards Austin in time for SxSW. We’re proud to be a part of this epic Journey.
The Big Design Conference is three intense days of learning within the scope of Strategy, User Experience, and Code Development. Experts from across the country gather to present theories, research, experiences, and best practices to students, professionals, and executives at this annual event in Dallas.
The ConvergeSE event put on by Unmatched Style examines the intersection between design, development and marketing over two days of workshops in Columbia, SC. We’re proud to be repeat sponsors of the event.
We’re repeat sponsors of this awesome one-day conference. We also believe that less is more most of the time, so this event is right up our ally!
MicroConf is a two-day conference focused on self-funded startups and single founder software companies.
KickAwesome is a show dedicated to design, the web and general nerdery, with awesome hosts Nate Croft and Jon Longnecker.
Offscreen Magazine is an independent print publication about digital designers. Each issue is built around 6 lengthy interviews with creative minds—from aspiring freelancers to well known companies—taking a closer look at how they work, live and collaborate. They’ll explore office setups, co-working environments, freelance culture and all the things that influence digital creators.
UX London brings an international audience of User Experience Designers together for 3 days of inspiration, education and skills development. We’re proud to sponsor the high-calibre group of design speakers and workshop leaders for the 2012 UX London conference.
Rosenfeld Media publishes short, practical, and useful books and webinars, and holds workshops on user experience design. Their products explain the design and research methods that web pros need to make informed design decisions. We’re proud to sponsor the 2012 UX Workshop Tour.
UX LX is a conference held in Lisbon, Portugal. They have an impressive line-up of speakers and are off to a great start! We’re proud to have sponsored in 2011 and 2012.
WebFWD (Web Forward), the Innovation Accelerator from Mozilla, brings together an awesome and diverse panel of mentors to provide practical advice to program participants for turning ideas into products and open solutions that push the Web forward. We’re proud to a be a partner in this amazing mentorship program.
Startup Lessons Learned is the first event designed to unite those interested in what it takes to succeed in building a lean startup. The goal for this event is to give practitioners and students of the lean startup methodology the opportunity to hear insights from leaders in embracing and deploying the core principles of the lean startup methodology. The day-long event will feature a mix of panels and talks focused on the key challenges and issues that technical and market-facing people at startups need to understand in order to succeed in building successful lean startups. May 23, 2011, San Francisco, CA.
52 Weeks of UX is a superbly written blog discussing the process of designing the user experience. The site is written and edited by Joshua Brewer and Joshua Porter, along with veteran designers contributing as guest authors.
Wireframes Magazine is a great blog if you’re into wireframing as much as we are. We have been a proud supporter of Jakub’s efforts from day one. He’s even building a community-driven open-source wireframing tool of his own! Check it out!
Wireframe Showcase is a blog dedicated to showing the BEFORE and AFTER of interface design. You see the wireframes and the final results, with a cool overlay trick. It’s awesome, check it out.
UX Week is one of the best events for User eXperience professionals out there. We are proud to support their efforts, together we can rid the world of bad software! :)
We are proud to be part of the growing Atlassian eco-system and cannot imagine not attending their awesome San Francisco event!
We usually have a booth there. Come by and say hi!
The Business of Software is our favorite conference in the world. We’re not a sponsor of the conference in the traditional sense (they don’t accept outside sponsorship), but we like to support it by throwing a big evening party with food and drinks for all of its attendees. We did it in San Francisco in 2009 and hope to do it again in the future.
Peldi was invited to speak there this year, which is like a dream come true.
We are proud to sponsor Better Software because it’s the premiere conference in Italy for small Italian software vendors like ourselves.
The Product Group is a meet-up for Product Managers based in New York City. The group is currently composed of 84 members who are devoted to excellence in all aspects of Product Management, Strategy, Experience, etc.
Since Balsamiq Mockups was originally designed as a way to enable product managers to participate in the wireframing process we were happy to offer them our support via a discount code for the group’s members and some exposure on our little blog.
Find Invest Grow (or FIG) works with young entrepreneurs, specifically undergraduates and graduates of the past five years, to see them crystallize their ideas, support them through the development of their business plans and introduce them to suitable investors.
We are happy to be a FIG Partner, as it seems to be very useful to them. Here’s what FIG’s own James King had to say about us:
In the past seven month’s we’ve raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for start-ups and we are growing quickly this year. We’ve had several new businesses march out the door and many more are in development.
The reason I wanted to let you know this is, as Balsamiq has become a key part in our delivery. If one of our Seed companies reaches our workshop level we spend half a day with them mocking up websites on Balsamiq for their presentations to investors and so they can get accurate quotes from web developers and it works a treat.
The investors love the quick visualisation and the web development companies we work with love the clarity it brings to the briefs!
One concept in particular came to us, 5 weeks ago. She spent a week using FIG’s tools to test her idea and complete a proposal. She was invited to attend a workshop the week after. At the workshop we created Balsamiq mock-ups and sent them to our web developers. The web developers came back with a quote 2 days later (on the Friday).
On the Monday she pitched to our investors and at the end of her third week she’d raised all the money she needed to start her venture. The developers started work last week and the beta will be going into testing in 6 weeks time.
I genuinely don’t believe this would be possible without your software, so I wanted to say thank you!
Support people who are helping others rid the world of bad software because we want them to continue to be successful, for the benefit of our whole community.
We choose events based on how they fit with our sponsorship mission. We generally sponsor at a maximum of $USD 400, with the exception of one or two events we select each year for larger contributions. Here are some things we consider when looking at events.
We like the packages that require little from us.
We list the information and assets you can use in your materials.
We don’t need to distribute collateral materials. If that’s a benefit of your sponsor package, we’d prefer a reduction in fees for us to NOT include collateral materials in your welcome package and swag bags. Use of our logo and company/product information is sufficient.
We usually don’t need tickets to the events for ourselves. If a ticket is part of the package, we’ll be happy to raffle it off to one of our customers.
If you read the process above, here’s what we suggest to help ease the process along.
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