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 people of differing levels and strengths for a 3 month mentoring partnership.
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 program & project managers
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.