This is the sixth year of the CHI Student Design Competition. The competition has grown each year with increased international representation, and always draws a large audience at CHI - it has become a major recruiting opportunity for identifying talented students. In 2008 there were over 40 international submissions, and we trust 2009 will illustrate an even larger adoption.
Jon Kolko, frog design
Mike Glaser, Drexel
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The competition is aimed at meeting three goals:
A predominant cultural shift is underway, as societies begin to embrace the real-world implications of sustainable design. This shift has been described in a number of ways, including "slow design" or "act local, think global"; each description attempts to capture the nature of living a life that brings raw materials and production closer in proximity to their origins. By utilizing resources that are locally produced, and by disposing of these resources in a way that supports the local environment, a regional value system can be established that affords sustainable practices and that financially supports the local culture.
Design an object, interface, system, or service intended to support the idea of utilizing or consuming local resources rather than global resources, in a sustainable and environmentally efficient manner. Use methods of ethnography and contextual research to understand the problem space, and develop user-centered design solutions to support, assist, enhance or otherwise benefit your target audience. Your solution could address the methods of production or transportation of local resources, or could focus on the consumptive and disposal processes; whatever the focus, however, the solution must clearly illustrate positive value to both local stakeholders and to the local environment in your respective region.
To enter the competition, student teams may present either a concept (a clear, detailed design specification that can be taken to prototype), or a fully realized prototype. Either way, teams must clearly illustrate their design decisions and demonstrate the user centered design processes that have been followed. Additionally, as this problem has a broad cultural and social focus, "system design thinking" is encouraged. We strongly encourage consideration of:
Click here to read frequently asked questions and answers concerning this competition: wickedproblems.com/chi09sdc.html
The competition follows a three round process. Each round focuses on communicating the team's ideas through a different mode, as follows:
Attendance at the CHI 2009 conference is mandatory for selected teams to reach stage 2 of the above process.
Teams should prepare a camera ready unanonymized paper (6 pages maximum) written in the Extended Abstracts format. This document should submitted as a single PDF by January 7th, 2009, (5:00 PM PST) to the PCS submission system. The file must be no larger than 4 Mb in size.
This paper must include:
All submissions must be in English and must include title and author information, including author affiliations. Please be sure that submissions do not contain proprietary or confidential material and do not cite proprietary or confidential publications. Due to tight publication schedules, revisions will not be possible. The submitted PDF version will be considered the final version of the paper.
Up to 12 successful submissions will be invited to CHI 2009 to take part in the next stage(s) of the competition, based upon reviewer ratings and comments. Teams will be provided space in the convention center to display posters and discuss their proposed solutions with the CHI 2009 attendees.
A scheduled 90-minute poster presentation event will take place during the conference. Student teams will be expected to host their posters and discuss their approach, design method and solutions with the Student Design Competition Judges. The competition judges will select four teams to orally present their proposed solutions during a scheduled Student Design Competition Final CHI presentation session.
Specific guidelines for preparing posters:
The poster must include:
Four teams selected following the Poster Presentations will present their design process and solution during a short presentation to the Judges and CHI attendees. Presentations will be limited to 10 minutes plus a subsequent 5 minutes to answer questions from the judges and audience. Presentations must include:
Each team's short paper submission will be distributed to and reviewed by both academics and professionals.
The top four entries to the Student Competition earn a Certificate of Recognition. The winning entry will be recognized during the closing plenary session of the CHI 2009 conference.
To be eligible for the student competition, all participants must provide a signed letter from their academic supervisor confirming that at least 50% of their working week is spent following an academic course of study, and that they were not employed within HCI-related industries when working on the team's submission. All students must provide proof of their student status on or before January 9th, 2009. Each team must provide one proof package - a single file containing scanned signed letters for each team member - together with their project submission.
Teams must consist of at least two, but no more than five, students. There is no limit to the number of teams that may compete from any given University.
Submissions are invited from all students at all stages of their university careers, from undergraduate to post-graduate. While not a mandatory requirement, it is strongly encouraged that the teams put forward a multidisciplinary, multi-national team.
Based on reviewers' rankings, up to 12 teams will be invited to compete at the CHI 2009 conference. Authors of accepted submissions will be expected to attend the conference in order to participate in the later stages of the competition, and to present their submissions to other conference attendees. Due to the collaborative nature of the team competition, it is essential that at least two of the team members attend the poster presentation and final competition at the conference. We regret that the ACM cannot provide funding for authors of accepted submissions to attend the conference. However, we strongly recommend that authors of submissions sign up as a CHI Student Volunteer.
Teams will be notified of acceptance or rejection on January 30th, 2009. All accepted papers will be published in the Student Competition section of the CHI2009 Extended Abstracts as well as in the ACM digital Library. Teams must immediately sign and return the copyright form sent upon acceptance.
In preparation for the second phase of the competition, all accepted teams must submit a completed poster design (electronic copies in PDF format) three weeks before the conference to allow the judges a chance to familiarize themselves with the submissions.