Special Events

Conference Reception & Exhibits Grand Opening

Monday, April 28th, 2014 (17:30 – 19:30)
Exhibit Hall E

Catch up with old friends and meet new ones at the CHI 2014 Confer­ence Reception and explore almost 80 hands-on demonstrations and performances at the Grand Opening of Exhibits and Interactivity.

CHI 2014 Women's Breakfast

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 (07:00 – 08:30)
Exhibit Hall F

Get to know new women in the HCI field and make valuable connections!

For more information, visit the CHI 2014 Women's Breakfast page.

ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems “Taste of CHI 2014”

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 (17:30 – 19:30; Doors open at 5pm)
Metro Toronto Convention Center

Too busy to attend the entire conference? Come check out:

  • An exhibition of wearable technology, curated by Thad Starner and Clint Zeagler. An extensive collection of on-body and wearable devices to showcase the strides made in wearable computing over the years. This exhibition presents the evolution of electronic textiles, advances in battery life, on-body interfaces, and head mounted displays.
  • Interactive, hands-on exhibits from our Interactivity Track. A selection of installations and demos drawn from this program will be on show. You'll also have the chance to chat directly with the creators of these stimulating pieces.
  • Video Showcase. Come see content that leaps off the page: vision videos, reflective pieces, humor, novel interfaces, studies, and anything else that is a good match for the moving image and relevant to HCI. Best videos will be awarded the Golden Mouse award.

Who: All are welcome!

Cost: $10 (CAD)

Job Fair & Recruiting Boards

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 (17:30 – 19:30)
Exhibit Hall E

Recruiters and job candidates are invited to take advantage of the CHI 2014 Job Fair on Tuesday evening. Visit the Recruiting Boards and des­ignated exhibit booths throughout the conference to find out more about available positions.

ACM SIGCHI Town Hall Lunch

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 (12:20 - 20:00)
Room 718A

SIGCHI officers present ongoing programs and activities, followed by an audience Q&A session. Participants interested in shaping SIGCHI’s future are encouraged to attend. An informal lunch is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Joint Hospitality Reception

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 (18:00 – 20:00)
Mattamy Athletic Centre (formerly Maple Leaf Gardens), 50 Carlton Street, Toronto

Mattamy Athletic Centre
Mattamy Athletic Centre

Please join us at the Joint Hospitality Reception on Wednesday evening at Toronto’s historic Maple Leaf Gardens, now known as the Mattamy Athletic Centre. Referred to as Canada’s “Cathedral of Hockey,” this site is not only a historical symbol for Canada’s on-ice claim to fame, but has also been home to twelve Canadian sports teams since first opening its doors on November 12th, 1931. Recognized as a National Historic Site of Canada in 2007, “the Gardens” is the perfect place to celebrate Toronto and congratulate Canadian colleagues on those recent Olympic gold medals. You can enjoy watching adult men’s hockey league teams playing while you meet our hosts and network with colleagues.

This reception is a great prelude to an evening out on the town. Light appetizers and a bar will be available – pick up drink tickets at the door. Your badge is your ticket to enter the reception, so please be sure to wear it. Prominently set in the heart of Toronto and in the heart of Canadians, the former Maple Leaf Gardens is not to be missed. We hope to see you there!

CHI Champion Sponsor Hosts:
Autodesk, Bloomberg, Google, Microsoft

Friend of CHI Host:
Universities Group (Virginia Tech, University of California Irvine, University of Maryland, UMBC)

Public Transportation to 50 Carlton St. (at Church St.), Toronto:
By Subway (10 minutes from Union Station):-

  1. Take the TTC Subway to college station (Yonge Line)
  2. Exit College Station and walk east on Carlton St.
  3. The Gardens will be on the left (on the corner of Church and Carlton)
(Please note that College Station does not have an elevator, so it is not wheelchair accessible. If you are using a wheelchair please check with a conference staff person for information on alternate transportation. The reception site is fully accessible.)

Wearable Computing Exhibit

Monday, April 28th, 2014 (14:00 – 19:00)
Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 (10:00 – 19:30)
Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 (10:00 – 17:20)
Thursday, May 1st, 2014 (10:00 – 13:00)
Room 803AB

In the July 2001 issue of IEEE Micro Thad Starner laid out the major challenges of wearable computing. The challenges included Power, Networking, and Interface. In the past 13 years we have come a long way in meeting some of these challenges. Using Thad Starner's extensive collection of on-body and wearable devices we are forming an educational and interactive exhibition to showcase the strides made in wearable computing. We will use this exhibition to present the evolution of electronic textiles, advances in battery life, on-body interfaces, and head mounted displays.

For more information, visit the Wearable Computing Exhibit page.