DIS 2018 invites researchers, prototypes and practitioners to submit their work to the DIS 2018 Demo Track. The track invites interface or system demonstrations, novel gadgets, techno-craft, and other interactive experiences that critically or creatively explore the conference themes. These should rethink and challenge the conventional modalities of demonstration, preference will be for demos that involve and activate DIS participants. 

Demo submissions need to relate to the thematic of DIS 2018 Diversity and Design, and should be exploratory, provocative, innovative and ambitious. Submissions are encouraged from a wide range of areas that may include HCI, Design and Digital media, and physical computing prototypes and should ideally fit into one or more of the following domains:

  • 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 etc.
  • 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, public displays etc..

Accepted submissions will also feature an SIGCHI Extended Abstracts Format text of the demo (max. 4 pages, including references). This text will be published in the DIS 2018 proceedings in the ACM DL. Accepted demos may also include additional digital material for display such as videos and/or a poster. Accepted authors are expected to attend the conference and be on hand with their demo during the dedicated DIS Reception session.

Important Dates

  • 12 March, 2018: Demos proposals Extended Abstracts and Specification due. Submission closes at 23:59 PDT.
  • 4 April, 2018: Successful Demos Author notifications
  • 9 April, 2018: All camera ready Extended Abstracts due
  • 9-13 June, 2018: DIS 2018 Conference

Submission and Application

Submissions to the Demo track for DIS2018 must be made through the Precision Conference System. Submissions must include the following:

  1. Extended Abstract: Demo abstracts are a maximum four 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. This includes all figures, tables, appendices, and a synopsis 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 abstracts must be anonymized for blind peer review. Authors are required 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 may need to be able to compare your current submission to other related work in the area. In many situations, the author’s own work can found in other publications. We ask that if you are citing your own work that you cite in the third person as opposed to removing it completely. 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].”</authors,>

  2. Demos Specification: A separate two page specification document in US Letter format of the demo’s infrastructural and space requirements as well as the indicative size and any unusual set up requirements. Specification to include four photographs or diagrams of set up of the demo, and should outline basic technical requirements needed. Note that successful applicants will be expected to bring all primary technical equipment required for the Demo. An optional video of up to 2 minutes length can be provided for review purposes only. Authors must provide a link in the abstract (just before the References) and in the specification 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. Specification documents and videos must have the authors names removed for anonymity.

Review Process

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


Successful applicants will be informed along with reviewer’s comments on the Extended Abstracts if applicable.

Please note that basic equipment can be provided by the conference, but the participants are expected to bring the necessary equipment to the conference with them. Apart from basic setup help no additional materials, technical expertise or economic support should be expected. The Demo Chairs will investigate infrastructure and equipment possibilities for the accepted demonstrations and will also provide comments on the specification, set up and technical requirements.

Video Preview Submission Guide for the Accepted Demos

  • File size must be under 20 MB
  • Video duration must be 30 seconds or less
  • Video resolution must be at 1080p (1920 x 1080)
  • video file must use the MPEG-4 format (.mp4) with the H.264 codec
  • 16:9 aspect ratio recommended
  • Handbrake provides good compression results and is available for OSX, Windows and Ubuntu
  • Encode your video using square pixel for the pixel aspect ratio to avoid your movie looking stretched when projected
  • The preview should contain a title slide with the title, authors, and affiliations. Titles and credits should last less than 4 seconds

Demo Chairs

Peter Hasdell
School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Erik Grönvall
IT University of Copenhagen

You can contact the chairs by sending an email to demos [AT]