Call for Demos

ACM SIGCHI Designing Interactive Systems, 4-8 June 2016, Brisbane, Australia

We invite researchers and practitioners to submit their work to the Demo track of DIS 2016. The track invites interface or system demonstrations, novel gadgets, techno-craft, and other interactive experiences that critically or creatively explore the conference themes. We welcome work from a wide range of practitioners in areas such as HCI, Design and Digital media, including submissions from students and independent practitioners.

Demo submissions should be exploratory and ambitious: we encourage innovative submissions that relate to the topics in the DIS 2016 call for papers:

  • Design Methods and Processes: Methods, tools, and techniques for engaging people; researching, designing, and co-designing interactive systems; participatory design, design artefacts, research through design; documenting and reflecting on design processes.
  • Experience: Places, temporality, people, communities, events, phenomena, aesthetics, user experience, usability, engagement, empowerment, wellbeing, designing things that matter, diversity, participation, materiality, making, etc.
  • Application Domains: Health, ICT4D, children-computer interaction, sustainability, games/entertainment computing, digital arts, etc.
  • Technological Innovation (systems, tools, and/or artifact designs): Sensors and actuators, mobile devices, multi touch and touchless interaction, social media, personal, community, and public displays

In addition to the opportunity to display your demo during DIS 2016, accepted submissions will feature an extended abstract of the demo (max. 4 pages, including references) published in the DIS 2016 companion publication (adjunct proceedings) in the ACM DL. Accepted demos may include additional digital material for display such as videos and/or a poster.

Accepted authors are expected to attend the conference and be with their demo during the dedicated DIS Experience Night session on Monday, 6 June 2016.



  • March 13, 2016: Demos due
  • March 27, 2016: Demos author notifications
  • April 1, 2016: All camera ready papers due
  • May 8, 2016: Early bird registration deadline
  • DIS 2016 Experience Night – Demo session: Monday 6 June 2016


Preparing and Submitting

The demo submission should include an extended abstract and separate one page specification of the demo’s infrastructural requirements. An optional video of up to 3 minutes length can be provided for review purposes only. Authors must provide a link in the paper (just before the References) to view the video (e.g. from YouTube or Vimeo). The video may be password protected – in that case, please include the password with the link.

Participants are expected to bring the necessary equipment to the conference site with them. By default, the conference will provide:

  • One table & two chairs
  • One large moveable screen (at least 55-inch) in landscape orientation (1920 x 1080). The screen can driven via an attached Windows 8 machine or used as an external monitor (VGA & HDMI connectivity)
  • One power outlet (Australian, please bring your own power adaptors)
  • Internet (Ethernet and Wi-Fi)

Please specify which of the default facilities you intend to use and whether you have additional wishes. The Demo Chairs will investigate infrastructure and equipment possibilities for the accepted demonstrations.

Optional posters and/or video can be presented electronically on large digital screens (at least 55-inch) with full HD resolution, in landscape (1920 x 1080px) mode. If accepted, we will request a digital copy of your poster in PDF format and/or video.


Formatting and Length

Demo Extended Abstracts should be at most 4 pages in length. All submissions should be formatted using the SIGCHI Extended Abstracts Format (US Letter). Please use the most recent SIGCHI Extended Abstracts template in either Word or LaTeX format. Submissions should be no longer than 4 pages. This includes all figures, tables, appendices, and an abstract of less than 150 words. References DO count towards the page limits. Submissions that are over the required length will be rejected. All submissions must present original, unpublished research. Submissions are not allowed to be under concurrent review with other conferences, journals, or venues.



Demo extended abstracts should be anonymised for blind peer review. Authors are expected to remove author and institutional identity from the title and header of the abstract, as well as any information embedded within the meta-data of the submission file. Suppression of identity in the body of the abstract is left up to the discretion of authors. However, reviewers must be able to compare your current submission to other related work in the area. In many situations, this is the author’s own work found in other publications. We ask that if you are citing your own work, that you refer to it in the third person as opposed to removing it completely because of blind review. For example, rather than stating, “This study builds on our prior work [removed for anonymity],” please refer to it in the third person, such as, “This study builds on prior work by <authors, where you list your names> [2].”


Review Process

Demo submissions will be reviewed in a double-blind peer-review process. 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.


Demos and Posters Chairs

Lian Loke
University of Sydney, Australia

Markus Rittenbruch
Queensland University of Technology, Australia

demos [AT]