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.

Hexagon provides a community for:

  • Visual, interaction, motion designers

  • UX researchers

  • UX program & project managers

  • UX writers

  • Content strategists

  • Other professionals in the UX space, both new and seasoned

  • Allies for women and non-binary individuals in UX

  • And to those that are interested in getting started with UX


Step 1: Build a team

Recruit a team of at least 3 people that will act as chapter leads with you. If you're having trouble finding co-leads, ask around in our Slack community. 

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.

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:

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

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

  • Community Management: Building an online presence for your chapter community.

  • Designer: Creating promotional materials for events

  • 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).


Becoming a Hexagon chapter lead is a truly rewarding experience that supports the women and non-binary folks in the 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 *
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Why do you want to start a Hexagon chapter? What are you excited about?
Where are you in your career? *
Do you have experience with event planning?
Every chapter will need at least 3 co-organizers.
For example, how would they be different than the UX meetups already happening there?
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