Call for Proposals

HCI Across Borders<>

Symposium in Denver (CO, USA) at CHI 2017

6th-7th May, 2017

About the Workshop

The Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) community at CHI is increasingly embracing 
research being performed on topics and in regions that have been under-studied 
in the past. To promote these efforts, the Development Consortium Workshop 
titled HCI Across Borders was held at CHI 2016 in San Jose. With generous 
support from SIGCHI and in collaboration with Facebook and Google, it was 
attended by 70+ researchers from 20 countries across the globe, with some of 
these countries being represented at CHI for the first time. The goal of this 
Consortium was to build community and invite collaborations across borders on 
themes of interest to the participants – those actively involved in 
international HCI projects, with most of them conducting research in 
understudied areas and with underrepresented individuals and communities across 
the world.

This year marks another milestone -- this event has grown to be a CHI 
Symposium. Our goal for 2017 is to build on the efforts from the Development 
Consortium at CHI 2016 and grow the community working in the area of HCI Across 
Borders (HCIxB). We aim to provide an opportunity for interested researchers to 
come together as a community, to improve the visibility of their work, and to 
bring to the larger HCI community a greater awareness of the challenges that 
plague international research, particularly research that takes place in 
resource-constrained settings.


We solicit participation from HCI researchers and practitioners across the 
globe who work with underserved, underrepresented, and/or under-resourced 
communities. We particularly invite participants who are keen to explore 
collaborations across borders. “Borders”, in this context, include geographic 
boundaries, but also boundaries of other kinds, such as disciplines, 
methodologies, ideologies, and more. Research areas of focus can be diverse, 
including but not limited to learning, global health, crisis informatics, civic 
engagement, mobile banking, etc.

While this is not an exhaustive list, examples of topics/themes of submission 
might include:

· Leveraging participatory design and co-design approaches

· Factoring cultural sensitivities in the design of new technologies and/or HCI 

· Designing to accommodate power differentials in communities

· Devising innovative techniques for engaging new technology users

· Designing for sustainability

· Studying the intersection of HCI and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals 

· And more!

Examples of projects from our Consortium last 
year<> include:

· Emotional Wellbeing: Technology for Mental Health in Developing Countries

· HCI, Forced Migration & Refugees: Collaborations across Borders and Fields

· ICT Intervention for Agricultural Development: Exploring Prospects for 
Pakistani Farmers

· Cuba Intercambio: Cultural and Information Exchange for Cuba

· Online Learning Across Diverse Low-Resource Indian Contexts

· Cognitive Modeling for Illiteracy Eradication

· Mobile Technology-Based Supports for Prenatal Care Among the Ngäbe in Panama


Please submit a proposal (3-5 pages in the CHI Extended Abstracts 
format<>) starting now and 
before April 15th, 2017. You will receive a decision within 15 days of your 
submission so you can plan your registration and travels accordingly.

All submissions will be reviewed by the organizers and a program committee. 
They will be selected in accordance with their potential to contribute to the 
Symposium and to foster discussion. Accepted submissions will be available on 
our website before the conference. Authors of accepted submissions will also be 
invited to present posters of their proposals at CHI (although not mandatory).

Please submit your PDFs at Please note that we 
will accept contributions until the limit on the number of attendees is 
reached, which may be before the ultimate deadline.


We are working on obtaining funding to pay travel expenses (or at least a 
portion thereof) for attendees in need. Please note that CHI guidelines require 
at least one author of each accepted submission to attend and be registered for 
the Symposium.


Neha Kumar, Georgia Tech (USA)

Susan Dray, Dray & Associates (USA)

Christian Sturm, Hamm-Lippstadt University of Applied Sciences (Germany)

Nithya Sambasivan, Google (USA)

Laura S. Gaytan-Lugo, University of Colima (Mexico)

Leonel Morales, Francisco Marroquin University (Guatemala)

Negin Dahya, University of Washington (USA)

Nova Ahmed, North South University (Bangladesh)


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