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Lars Erik Holmquist, Viktoria Institute
Tom Igoe, ITP, New York University

Message from Lars Erik and Tom

Tom Igoe Lars Erik Holmquist

Interaction (n): a cyclic process in which two actors alternately listen, think, and speak.
- Chris Crawford, from The Art of Interactive Design: A Euphonious and Illuminating Guide to Building Successful Software

Computer-Human Interaction is grounded in action. There is a limit to how well we can understand any interactive system without experiencing it first-hand. Interactivity at CHI is your opportunity to share your work directly with your colleagues in a high-visibility setting, which combines both a hands-on demonstration during the entire conference and a presentation in the technical program.

The CHI 2007 Interactionary is where the CHI community can experience the year's most exciting interactive works. If you've got a working prototype, device, or system to bring to San Jose, we want to know about it.

Contact us:

Make your submission via the 'Trends' sections of the SIGCHI PCS siteexternal link (select "new submissions" in the top menu after logging in)


We are looking for the most innovative examples of interaction from all the CHI communities. If for instance you have designed an MP3 player for athletes; or found a new way to get gestural control out of an accelerometer; of if you have come up with a great new way to educate cognitively challlenged students; or if you just made a breakthrough in direct brain-computer interfaces; or if you have constructed a new ergonomically designed input device; or devised a new way to organize scheduling based on physical-digital artefact; or if you have come up with anything else that would be interesting for CHI 2007 attendees to interact with - then we want you to submit it to Interactivity!

Interactivity is the heart of CHI. Submit your demo or prototype now to be a part of it.

Presentation format

Interactivity at CHI 2007 consists of two segments: a booth in the Studio and a presentation at the conference.

The Studio is the hub for all activities in the Interactivity, where attendees can experience your work for themselves. Your presentation in the studio will consist of a hands-on setup where CHI 2007 attendees can interact with your work. This means that the project must be in such a stage that it is a working prototype or demonstration!

In addition to presenting in the Studio, all Interactivity participants will present a summary of their work in a regular conference technical session.

A 6-page summary of accepted submissions will be published in the Conference Extended Abstracts and included in the ACM Digital Library. Authors will also have an opportunity to submit videos for inclusion in the conference DVD.

We look forward to your submissions!


How to submit

Interactivity is part of Contemporary Trends, which also includes other venues such as Experience Reports and Interactive Sessions.

A CHI 2007 Interactivity submission should consist of the following parts:

  • A self-contained abstract in the CHI 2007 Extended Abstracts format (maxmimum 6 pages)
  • A demonstration supplement that explains how the installation will be presented in the CHI 2007 Interactivity Studio. Please use the Demonstration Supplement format below (no page limit)
  • An optional video presenting your project (maximum 5 minutes)

The abstract and supplement should be combined and submitted as a single PDF file. The video should be submitted as additional material through the conference submission site. Your submission should not be anonymized, so please include full name and affiliation of the submitters in both the PDF and the optional video.

Make your submission via the 'Trends' sections of the SIGCHI PCS siteexternal link (select "new submissions" in the top menu after logging in)

After logging in or creating a new account in the system, go to "New submission" from the top menu. Then select "Make a new submission to CHI 2007 Trends". When entering your submission, be sure to select "Interactivity" for "Venue (Submission Type)".

For primary community, select one from the list. This will determine who gets to review your submission. If you think it is needed, you can also select a secondary community - additional reviewers will be drawn from this community.


The abstract is a camera-ready 6-page short paper in the CHI 2007 Extended Abstracts format. If your submission is accepted, this abstract will be published in the CHI 2007 Extended Abstracts publication and included in the ACM Digital Library. Therefore 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 your demonstration at the conference. There will be no time for significant revisions so please make sure that your extended abstract is ready for publication when submitted.

To give the reviewers and readers a comprehensive picture of your project, your abstract should include:

  • a description of the system and the problem it addresses
  • a description of the audience the work intends to serve
  • a description of the relevance of the work to both the community to which you are submitting this and to the broader CHI community, emphasizing its novelty, uniqueness, and rationale
  • a statement about the commercial status of the technology
  • a statement on the context in which the work has been performed (e.g. as research, art, education etc.)


The supplement describes how you wish to present your project in the CHI 2007 Interactivity Studio in San Jose. It should contain details on how the demonstration will be executed in practice, and how visitors will interact with your work during the conference. The interaction can be described in the form of a short usage scenario, storyboard sketch, screenshots, illustrations, photos, and/or video documentation. The demonstration supplement should also include technical requirements such as preferred setting, space, power, networking, lighting, acoustics, and any necessary special equipment. Demonstration supplement materials are for the purposes of review only and will not be published. There is no limit on the number of pages in your supplement. A template for demonstration supplements is provided below - please make sure you follow the detailed instructions provided in this document!


A video is by far the best way to communicate interactive projects to the reviewers. Therefore we strongly encourage you to submit a video in addition to your written documentation. The video must be no longer than 5 minutes and should be submitted through the CHI 2007 submission web site. Please make sure that your video is playable on standard PC and Macintosh computers.

Submitted videos are for review purpose only and will not be published. However, successful submissions will have an opportunity to include revised videos on the CHI 2007 Conference DVD.

Complementary submissions

The requirements for originality are less strict for Interactivity than for papers and notes - therefore it is possible to submit work that has already been published elsewhere, as long as you make this clear in the submission. In particular, we encourage Interactivity submissions that complement a CHI 2007 Paper or Note submission, so that attendees can get a direct experience of your work in addition to the technical presentation.

Review process

Projects for CHI 2007 Interactivity will be selected in a 2-stage process. First, all submissions will be reviewed by at least 3 independent reviewers from the relevant communities. Second, a jury will make final selection of projects based on reviews, feasability, available space at the conference, and other relevant information. This is to make sure that the Interactivity represents a good balance of different types of projects from all CHI communities and that they can be presented in a good way at the conference.


An international jury will select the works to be exhibited, based on reviews from the CHI communities. The CHI 2007 Interactivity jury members are:

  • Durrell Bishop, Luckybite
  • Karmen Franinovic, Zero-Th Association
  • Elizabeth Goodman, UC Berkeley School of Information
  • Florian 'Floyd' Mller, Georgia Tech
  • Naohito Okude, Keio University
  • Katie Salen, Parsons The New School for Design
  • Atau Tanaka, Sony CSL Paris
  • Nina Wakeford, INCITE University of Surrey


Submissions to Interactivity are made through the CHI 2007 Communities. Therefore you should decide which of the following communities is best suited for your work: design; education; engineering; management; research; or usability. Although accepted submissions are ultimately selected by the Interactivity chairs and jury, your choice of community will affect how the submission is reviewed. Please see the CHI 2007 web site for more information on communities.

Upon acceptance

Authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection on 21 December 2006 or shortly after.

If your submission is accepted, you will be required to install your demonstration in the conference venue on April 28, 2007, and have it packed away by the end of the conference, on May 3, 2007.

There will be a special conference reception where Interactivity projects are showcased, and you are required to have your demonstration up and running during this reception. In addition, we strongly encourage you to have your demo staffed and available throughout the conference, especially during breaks. Since manning a demo during the whole conference is exhausting, we strongly recommend that at least two people attend the conference to present the project. Note that although student volunteers will be present in the Studio at all times, CHI 2007 will not be able to provide anyone to run your demonstration if you are absent!

The conference will provide a space for your demo, table and chairs if you request it, a power connection, and a wireless internet connection (as provided by the main conference). Authors of accepted submissions are responsible for bringing and setting up the equipment that is required for their presentation, e.g. laptop computers, displays, projection screens, etc. If you have any special requirements such as furniture, props, etc. please first try to find a way to bring it to San Jose, or investigate if you can rent or buy it when you arrive. If this is not possible you must notify the Interactivity chairs as soon as possible (preferrably already in your Supplement) and we will try to work with you and the CHI 2007 organizers to meet your needs. To ensure that we can plan the demo area properly, make sure to specify all needs in your demonstration supplement!

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. The main authors are personally responsible for clearing copyright on any third-party material for inclusion on the conference DVD and presentation at the conference. Accepted authors will be required to sign a copyright clearance form to make sure that all rights are covered.

Submission templates

The SIGCHI extended abstracts format can be found at:
The Demonstrations Supplement template is available at:
Your submission should not be anonymized, so please include full name and affiliation of the submitters.


  • Read all the above material
  • Secure the rights for any third party materials used.
  • Prepare the 6-page extended abstract using the Conference Extended Abstracts Publication Format as described earlier.
  • Prepare a supplement describing the setup as described earlier using the supplied Demonstration Supplement format
  • Combine the two into one PDF file and test your PDF files to ensure that it prints correctly
  • Prepare your optional video in a format that is playable on standard PC and Macintosh computers and make sure it is no more than 5 minutes long
  • Submit both the PDF file and the video to the CHI 2007 submission web site under your selected Community. The PDF is your primary submission, and the video is submitted as an auxiliary file. All parts of your submission must be received no later than October 20, 2006
We look forward to seeing you at CHI 2007 in San Jose!

- Lars Erik Holmquist & Tom Igoe, CHI 2007 Interactivity co-chairs