Here's a clever way to do a conference: make it short (four hours), make it entertaining (fast, opinionated presentations), do it in a bar. User Research Friday, hosted by Bolt Peters in SF, has used this formula to great effect a couple of times so far, most recently on November 7, when six speakers in the design research field kept 140 of their colleagues spellbound, then stuck around for drinks.
Janna Kimel was on hand to make observations--check out the review on her site, or here on Core later this week. Meanwhile, here's a highlight: Dr. Aviva Rosenstein's fantastic 29 minutes on whether or not Design Research constitutes "real" ethnography:
Dr. Aviva Rosenstein - "Fake Ethnography vs Real Ethnography" at URF08 from bolt peters on Vimeo.