Interactivity : Call for Participation

Quick Facts

  • Submission: 4 October 2013 (5:00pm PT)
  • Online Submission: PCS Submission System
  • Notification: 21 January 2014
  • Publication-Ready due: 4 February 2014
  • Authors of submitted Papers and Notes are encouraged to submit an anonymized Interactivity extended abstract
  • Submission Instructions:
    • Part 1: Extended abstracts of up to 4 pages in Extended Abstract Format describing the demonstration, exhibit or installation
    • Part 2: Video preview
    • Part 3: Still Image
    • Part 4: A supplement (PDF) describing what attendees will experience as well as technical and space requirements
    • Each of these four parts are mandatory

Message from the CHI Interactivity Chairs

Interactivity is a high-visibility, high-impact forum of the Technical Program that allows you to present your hands-on demonstration, share novel interactive technologies, and stage interactive experiences. We encourage submissions from any area of human computer interaction, games, entertainment, digital and interactive art, and design. Interactivity promotes and provokes discussion of the role of technology, and invites contributions from industry, research, the arts and design.

The Interactivity track showcases this year's most exciting interactive technologies and installations. If you have an interesting prototype, device, system, exhibit or installation we want to know about it. Sharing hands-on experiences of your work is often the best way to communicate what you have created.

Steve Benford, University of Nottingham, UK
Julie R. Williamson, University of Glasgow, UK

Preparing and Submitting your CHI Interactivity Submission

Previously published work will be accepted into the Interactivity track, on condition that the publication and presentation history is clearly outlined in the submission. The Interactivity track encourages authors of submitted CHI Papers or Notes to submit an extended abstract for Interactivity.

The submission should have the following distinct components.

Part 1: Extended Abstract

The extended abstract is a 4-page short paper in the Extended Abstract Format (i.e. includes author information). It should be self-contained and clearly describe the novelty and distinguishing ideas of your project, even for readers who were not able to view related demonstration at the conference or associated videos. Your abstract should include:

  • A description of the system, installation, exhibit or performance and the problem it addresses. Where relevant, discuss the broader context and questions that your work promotes reflection upon.
  • A description of the audience the work intends to serve
  • A description of the relevance of the work to the immediate CHI conference community, as well as to the broader CHI community, emphasizing its novelty, uniqueness, and rationale.

Part 2: Video

A video is by far the best way to communicate interactive projects to the reviewers and provides an archive of the work. You must submit a video in addition to your written documentation. The video must be no longer than 5 minutes and all uploaded content (PDF(s) + image + video) must be less than 100 MB. Please make sure that your video is playable on standard PC and Macintosh computers. We recommend that you encode your video as an MP4 using the H.264 codec. Most video editing software provides an exporting option to MP4/H.264, for example iMovie, Adobe Premiere, and Final Cut Pro. If you prefer to use free software, x264 can encode any video into H.264. What also often works is uploading the video to YouTube and downloading the encoded result.

Submitted videos will be used for review purposes. The videos may also be displayed at the Interactivity site and possibly on web sites previewing CHI content (as an example see CHI 2010 Madness videos on youtube).

Part 3: Still Image

You will also need to upload a still image of at least 1500 x 1200 px that represents your work. The image is required for publications and conference publicity.

Part 4: Supplement

This supplement is mandatory for all Interactivity submissions and must include technical set-up and space requirements. This supplement is useful for describing anything that does not fit or is not appropriate for the extended abstract.

Supplement materials are for the purpose of review and planning only and will not be published. This information is used to determine spatial, technical, lighting, power (etc.) requirements for the demonstration, exhibit, or installation. The supplement should be no longer than 4 pages. Like all other materials, the supplement must be submitted through the PCS submission system and the total of PDF(s), still, video, and supplement cannot exceed 100 MB.

CHI Interactivity Review Process

The CHI 2014 Interactivity forum contains Juried and Curated content which may be invited or selected from submissions. The selection process includes reviews by independent reviewers from the relevant communities, followed by jury selection of projects based on reviews, feasibility, available space at the conference and other relevant information. Our intention is to ensure that the Interactivity track represents the range of projects being undertaken across CHI communities and these projects can be presented appropriately at the conference.

Confidentiality and Anonymization

Confidentiality of submissions is maintained during the review process. All rejected submissions will be kept confidential in perpetuity. All submitted materials for accepted submissions will be kept confidential until the start of the conference.

Interactivity submissions that are associated with a Paper or Note submission should be anonymized, to preserve the anonymity of the Paper or Note submission.

Interactivity for Papers and Notes

We strongly encourage authors of Papers and Notes submissions to also participate in Interactivity. This is most applicable to Papers or Notes that describe novel interactive technologies or interactive experiences. Interactivity for Papers and Notes allows authors to present a hands-on demonstration of their research in a high-visibility, high-impact forum. Authors of Papers and Notes who wish to participate in Interactivity are required to prepare a separate anonymized submission for the Interactivity track. The content of the submission can be adapted from the existing Paper or Note submission and the same video materials can be used. In the event that your Paper or Note is not accepted, you will have the opportunity to also withdraw your Interactivity submission.

Interactivity submissions that are associated with a Paper or Note submission should be anonymized, to preserve the anonymity of the Paper or Note submission.

Third-party material and copyright

It is very important that you have the rights to use all the material that is contained in your submission, including music, video, images, etc. Obtaining permissions to use video, audio, or pictures of identifiable people or proprietary content rests with the author, not the ACM or the CHI conference. If you want to use music in your video, use royalty-free material. Authors retain copyright of the material but accepted submissions will not be published or shown at the conference without a signed form permitting ACM to publish the content. This is standard procedure for ACM publications.

At the Conference

If accepted, you will be assigned a booth or space in the interactivity space or at other locations in the conference venue. Support for building on-site and moving in/out of large/heavy exhibits is only provided before the conference start and after the conference. Smaller exhibits may be set up and dismantled for the required exhibition time only. Please indicate in the demonstration supplement whether this is feasible - it would allow us to 'reuse' the floor-space for another exhibit on other days.

At CHI Interactivity you will have a space for your work, but you are responsible for bringing and setting up most of any other equipment that is required for presenting your work. We can provide help with projectors, plasma displays, etc. only when these are absolutely required to enable the Interactivity. Please provide these details using the supplement PDF.

Note that although student volunteers will be present in the Interactivity space at all times, CHI will not be able to provide anyone to run your demonstration.

Publication on conference DVD and ACM Digital Library

Accepted Interactivity extended abstracts and videos will be distributed in the CHI Conference Extended Abstracts DVD and placed in the ACM Digital Library. Those extended abstracts that are associated to accepted Notes and Papers will link to the associated archival publication.