The CHI 2006 Interactivity is seeking demonstrations of not only the results of scientific research, but also of interfaces from all sources that push the boundaries of human-computer interaction. These interfaces can be innovative, artistic, or simply cool. We also welcome submissions from industry and practitioners that are not product promotions; if your primary goal is to promote a current or forthcoming product, we encourage you to become an exhibitor at the conference.
Interactivity proposals are welcome from the following communities: Design, Education, Engineering, Research, and Usability. Cross community Interactivity submissions are encouraged; select one of the relevant communities to submit to and in your cover letter explain what other communities your proposal relates to. The proposal will be reviewed by members of all relevant communities.
What is Interactivity?
Interactivity was introduced at CHI 2005, and is different from the demonstrations and videos at previous conferences. Instead of just showing your research, you have an opportunity to let your audience experience it first hand and learn from your design. It consists of two segments: a booth in the Chamber and a presentation at the conference.
The Chamber is the hub for all activities in the Interactivity. It is a room close to the Commons where attendees can experience your work for themselves. Ways to present your work in the Chamber, in order of preference, include:
If your submission to the Interactivity is accepted, your work will be showcased in a regular conference technical session. This presentation is in addition to what you provide for the Chamber.
Format of Submissions
All submissions to the Interactivity must contain these parts:
All the pages for these parts, except the video, must be included in a single PDF file.
These are described in more detail below.
The PDF and the video must be submitted to the Interactivity section of the CHI2006 submission web site, no later than 14 October 2005, 5:00 (1700) PM PDT. Submissions should contain no information or materials that will be proprietary or confidential at the time of publication.
Responsibility for permission to use video, audio, or pictures of identifiable people rests with you, not the conference.
In a one-page cover letter, include the name(s) of author(s), contact information for the contact author, and the title of the submission. Also include the names of any communities that this submission is relevant to, beyond the community you are submitting to.
This is a four-page paper in the Conference Extended Abstracts Publication Format, which includes the title, author information, abstract, keywords, body, and references. Since this will be read by people who will not see your presentation or video, it must be understandable on its own. This portion of your accepted submission will appear in the CHI2006 Extended Abstracts and in the ACM Digital Library.
The proposal begins with a detailed description of how your work will be presented in the Chamber. The three possible presentation formats, listed in order of preference, are:
Your proposal can include screen shots, photographs, and sketches as appropriate, together with the narrative for explaining what will be presented.
The description must be followed by:
Your submission must also include an outline that describes the organization of your technical session, which will normally include an overview of the work, a demonstration, and audience participation and questions.
In evaluation of submissions, preference will be given to presentations that devote much of the time to direct experience of your system, through a live demonstration, video, or both. In other words, please do not plan to talk for 20 minutes!
Presenters of formal demonstrations that use computers must provide their own technical support and are required to perform a technical rehearsal in the demonstration preparation room well in advance of their presentations. For systems that may be prone to unpredictable system problems, we encourage presenters to show a video of the system instead of giving a live demonstration.
All four sections (cover letter, extended abstract, proposal, and presentation outline) must be combined into a single PDF file.
Each Interactivity submission will be evaluated based on a video you submit that, together with your proposal and presentation outline, demonstrates what attendees will see and interact with during your presentation and in the chamber. The video is limited to 5 minutes and must be in a format that Apple's QuickTime Player understands. The file must be no more than 200 Mbytes in size. It must be uploaded as an auxiliary file with your submission to the CHI2006 submission web site. Please see the Guide to Successful Submissions: Video for advice on how to create a professional looking video presentaion.
CHI 2006 will try to provide mentors for individuals who have not been published at CHI before and would like assistance in preparing their experience report/interactivity submission. Please see Mentoring for more information. The deadline to request a mentor is 14 July 2005.
Submissions will be reviewed independently by reviewers drawn from the relevant community(ies) in conjunction with the Interactivity Chairs. This is intended to insure that the presentation is relevant to and noteworthy according to community standards, as well as being appropriate for presentation in the Interactivity format.
Authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection the week of 16 December 2005.
If you wish to have your video included on the conference CD and in the ACM Digital Library (as a file attached to your extended abstract), you must produce a video in a format that Apple's QuickTime Player understands that is no larger than 30 Mbytes. This must be submitted to the Interactivity Chairs no later than 13 January 2006.
Please note that submissions will not be published without a signed copyright release form. Responsibility for permissions to use video, audio, or pictures of identifiable people rests with the author, not CHI 2006.
Confidentiality of Submissions
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, 22 April 2006, except for short excerpts from your final video, which will be combined with other interactivity presentations into a video to be made available to conference attendees several weeks before the conference starts. Submissions should contain no information or materials that are proprietary at publication time.
Interactivity Submission Checklist