Spotlights : Call for Participation

Quick Facts

  • Submission deadline: 2nd September 2013
  • Online submission: PCS Submission System
  • Notification: 9th September 2013
  • Submission format: 4-page Extended Abstract Format
  • Spotlight selection process: Juried; that is, spotlight proposals will be reviewed and decided upon by a committee of HCI experts, rather than going through a full peer-review process.


Spotlights replaces what used to be known as Communities at CHI. Spotlights are a chance for SIGCHI members with a common area of interest to gather and advance their area through the CHI conference. If your emerging area has grown enough to where you can organize a significant body of work, and volunteers to ensure its quality, consider proposing it for a Spotlight at the conference. A chosen Spotlight proposal will be highlighted and given space in the conference program.

CHI Spotlights might address new areas of research and practice, new methodologies, emerging application areas, design innovations, management and organizational issues, HCI education, engineering and modeling, systems development, theory or other areas. Some will represent strategic areas for SIGCHI or the conference, and others will represent areas of interest within the larger SIGCHI community. Their influence may be felt through existing contributions and may innovate in how the content is treated within the program. Spotlights emerging through the CHI conference may even spawn new, more specialized conferences in the future.

If a proposal is chosen to be a Spotlighted area, it will be spotlighted at CHI 2014, and if successful, might also be spotlighted at next year's CHI-conference.

Kristina Höök, Mobile Life, KTH, Sweden
Ed Chi, Google, Inc.

Being in the Spotlight?

The field of human-computer interaction is built on the premise of diversity, balance, collaboration and evolution. We believe that our strength lies in seeing problems from multiple viewpoints and in integrating expertise from multiple domains to find solutions as needs change and new technologies emerge.

In recent years, CHI has identified several major communities of practice: Design, User Experience, Engineering and Management - all well-established at CHI. Newer spotlighted areas include Games, Interactive Arts, HCI for development, Sustainability and Child-Computer Interaction. Each has brought fresh new perspectives and substantial contributions to what constitutes modern Human-Computer Interaction.

Each Spotlight area comprises chairs and committees who are experts in the domain and who have had significant experience working within the greater CHI community, and will have the opportunity to innovate within the conference and influence the program to better satisfy the needs of their community.

CHI Spotlights serve three major roles:

  1. They are the primary entry points and guides for researchers and practitioners new to CHI. Each of the Spotlight web pages describes the area, its personality, and provides guidance on its role within CHI. They help attendees and authors find ways to connect with the conference and one-another.
  2. They are engaged across the submission types and are instrumental in creating the most interesting, diverse and informative program. In this role, they advise respective contribution chairs on issues surrounding the culture and expectations of work in the domain and how to satisfy them. For several contribution types (e.g. Case Studies and SIGs), authors may also choose the Spotlight area that they would like to review their paper.
  3. They are responsible for driving innovative area specific events and contributions.

For CHI 2014, two Spotlight areas have been identified via the previous community mechanism and following SIGCHI Executive Committee decisions:

For these and any new Spotlight areas the following interactions with the CHI technical program are offered:

  • Spotlight areas are featured on the conference call for submissions, on the conference web site, in the printed and electronic program and at the conference
  • Each Spotlight area will be given space in the CHI technical program. Each Spotlight area proposal needs to specify which form this should take in order to attract the most interest from your specific community - it might be a panel, performance, competition, SIG or other novel form of participation
  • Spotlight chairs work with the Technical Program Chairs to provide input to shape the program
  • Spotlights identify and publicize the talks and other technical program content that is particularly relevant to members of their community. "Spotlight trails" will be listed on each Spotlight area's web page, and through electronic versions of the program that are being created for the conference (e.g., TrailMaps, and smartphone apps)

Submitting a Spotlight proposal?

The proposal must be submitted as a single PDF file by 2nd September 2013 into PCS. The proposal must have the following distinct sections:

  1. A proposal in the CHI Extended Abstract Format
  2. A description for the CHI 2014 website

All of these parts should be submitted in one combined file in PDF format.

Part 1. Proposal

The proposal is for the Communities review committee. It should be in the CHI Extended Abstract Format and not exceed 4 pages. The proposal must describe the area to be Spotlighted, offer evidence of the existence and estimated size of the community of interest, the approach that will be taken to stimulate content and identify volunteers to work on the program, propose unique approaches to the program, and the organizers' qualifications to lead the development of the Spotlighted area work. Previous "featured communities" at CHI (see for example, CHI 2013 website) may submit a Spotlight proposal but the continuing need for the highlight and innovation on previous years must be explicitly addressed.

Part 2. Brief Description for CHI Website

Provide a description for the Spotlight Area for the CHI 2014 website. Here you can be inspired by the CHI Community descriptions from the CHI 2013 website.

Upon Acceptance of Your Spotlight

Organizers will be notified of acceptance or rejection by 9th September 2013. Organizers of accepted Spotlight areas will receive instructions on their responsibilities, and how to begin working with the Technical Program contribution types.


  • Develop a community of interest, stimulate submissions to the conference, and engage researchers and practitioners in the reviewing process.
  • Work with the technical program committee to innovate in content types to better serve the needs of the community.
  • Provide tools to ensure that researchers and practitioners interested in the Spotlighted area are able to easily find the content most relevant to them.
  • Innovate in leveraging the conference to grow the Spotlighted area.
  • Meet the standard submission requirements and deadlines, and additional milestones required for an effective Spotlight program.

Your ideas about how we can leverage this concept of Spotlights more effectively through the conference both to benefit your community and to advance the success and effectiveness of CHI 2014 are definitely welcome!