Starting a Hexagon Chapter

Whether you are looking to build a community in your local city, or interested in supporting women in UX, starting a chapter is a great way to get involved in the UX community.

What is a Hexagon chapter?

Hexagon is a volunteer-run organization that is made up of chapters based in a geographic region. A chapter consists of either an Events program, a Mentorship Program or both. Unlike the Hexagon community events which are open to all, the Mentorship Program is an invitation-only program designed to pair up women of differing levels and strengths for a 3 month mentoring partnership.

HEXAGON IS...

  • Run by passionate individuals in the UX community who support women and non-binary folks in a male-dominant tech industry.
  • A place to share skills, knowledge, and learn about new UX tools/trends
  • A place to meet amazing, smart women in UX
  • A place to discuss unique issues women overcome in the tech workplace
  • A safe place to be empowered, encouraged and supported
  • Open to women, non-binary folks, and allies that supports diversity in UX. This is a free community.

Hexagon provides a community for:

  • Visual, interaction, motion designers
  • UX researchers
  • UX program & project managers
  • UX/Tech Writers
  • Content strategists
  • Other professionals in the UX space , both new and seasoned
  • Allies for women and non-binary individuals in tech
  • And to those that are interested in getting started with UX!

Step 1: Build a team

Recruit a team of at least 2-3 people that will act as Chapter Leads with you. If you're having trouble finding co-leads, ask around in our Slack or G+ group

Step 2: Understand the Responsibilities

Read the requirements below for creating a Hexagon chapter and what it means to be a chapter lead. Decide if you want your chapter to dedicate solely on community events, a mentorship program, or both! You can always change this later as well.

Step 3: Understand the Commitment

Creating a Hexagon chapter requires a lot of work and commitment, which is why we recommend starting with a team of 3.

Below is a small sample of tasks based on the role.

  • Community Events Lead: Securing a host company to partner with, planning activities, promoting the event, etc.

  • Mentorship Lead: Finding local mentors and reviewing mentee applications.

  • Building an online presence for your chapter community.

  • Checking in with the Hexagon global steering committee quarterly or more if needed.

Step 4: Respect the Community

Please read the Hexagon Code of Conduct before submitting an application.


Your role as a chapter lead

By committing to be a chapter lead, you’ll be helping form a local community that functions within a much larger global organization. Here are a few ground rules around expected behavior. Remember, we're all part of the same community, so be friendly, be welcoming, and be inclusive!

By being a Hexagon chapter organizer, you’ll be agreeing to the following:

  • Being respectful. To listen as well as talk and to be considerate of others viewpoints and opinions.

  • Being positive. To craft welcoming environments (online and offline) both within your own chapter team and at your chapter’s events.

  • Being inclusive. To allow anyone to attend community events who agrees and supports our mission statement, regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion (or lack thereof).


HEXAGON CODE OF CONDUCT

Hexagon aims to build a supportive community that fosters diversity, support, empowerment, and mentorship for women. We welcome all women and gender nonconforming individuals. Here are our guidelines around participation:

  • We strive to make Hexagon a safe place for women and non-binary folks in UX. That being said, if you are an ally that supports women and non-binary folks in tech, you are welcome.

  • Hexagon is dedicated to providing a harassment-free event experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability,  race, national identity, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment in any form.

  • Read our full code of conduct here.


Becoming a Hexagon chapter lead is a truly rewarding experience that supports the women in UX community, and builds your network while also becoming a stronger leader yourself. We can't wait to have you join us.

Fill out the New Chapter Application below

Name *
Name
Why do you want to start a Hexagon chapter? What are you excited about?
Where are you in your career? *
Every chapter will need at least 3 co-organizers.
For example, how would they be different than the UX meetups already happening there?
Do you plan to focus on... *

Contact hexagonux@gmail.com with the subject 'New Chapter Inquiry' if you have questions or feedback.