Important Dates

Workshop proposals dueFebruary 23, 2023,
Acceptance notificationsMarch 31, 2023
Camera ready dueApril 14, 2023
Workshops will be held onJuly 10 and 11, 2023
Deadlines specified as midnight Anywhere on Earth time.


We welcome proposals for hosting a workshop at DIS 2023 that align with this year’s theme of resilience, as well as continual topics of interest to DIS, where designers, artists, psychologists, user experience researchers, systems engineers, and many more, convene to debate and shape the future of interactive systems design and practice. Workshops offer unique opportunities for diverse groups of scholars, practitioners, and researchers to come together and spend focused time on generative topics. Workshops are well suited for working together on open, unresolved or controversial issues and developing a diverse range of outputs.

Well designed and facilitated workshops attract broad interdisciplinary interest, inspire interaction between participants, and foster community-building. Examples of interesting workshop topics include but are not limited to artistic and humanistic approaches, craft, digital fabrication, critical feminist technoscience, social justice, algorithmic ethics, VR/AR, and design methods.

We encourage interdisciplinary, provocative, and discussion-generating proposals relating to themes of DIS, such as:

  • 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; the use of critical theory, feminist methods, counter-factual histories and cultural analysis to understand, critique and reflect on design products and contexts as well as design practices.
  • Experience: Places, temporality, people, communities, events, phenomena, aesthetics, user experience, usability, engagement, empowerment, disruption, wellbeing, designing things that matter, diversity, participation, materiality, making, etc.
  • Themes: Sustainability, Health, resilience, longer-term approaches, children-computer interaction, games and play, digital arts, making, craft, digital labor, etc.
  • Technological Innovation (systems, tools, and/or artefact designs): Sensors and actuators, mobile devices, multi touch and touch-less interaction, social media, personal, community, public displays, smart objects and/or intelligent systems, open source hardware, IoT, artificial intelligence, etc.

Workshops will be held on July 10 and 11, 2023, the two days prior to the main conference. They will be hosted on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University. We will have classroom style spaces as well as some spaces available that can accommodate hands-on making activities.

Workshops can be in one of the following formats:

  • One day long on July 10 or July 11 onsite.
  • Two days long on both July 10 and July 11 onsite.
  • Fully online at a time of the organiser’s choosing.

While synchronous interaction is preferred in all the options, all workshops must have some online asynchronous material to account for participants with technical or accessibility differences. We strongly encourage onsite workshops to support hybrid participation options.

Accepted workshop proposals should aim to attract between 10-25 participants. All accepted workshop proposals must have a minimum of one organiser who registers for the workshop, and at least five confirmed participants.

Submission Details

Proposals to host a workshop have two separate components submitted as separate files: 1) a 4 page abstract, and 2) a detailed workshop description. Proposals are not anonymised for review.


An abstract describing your proposed workshop should be up to 4 pages in length including references in the ACM Primary Article Template AND Publication Workflow, submitted via the PCS submission system as a .pdf. This will serve as the ACM DL record of accepted workshop proposals. The Abstract is archived in the ACM DL.

The Abstract should contain:

  • Title and proposed duration
  • Organisers’ names and institutional addresses (proposals are not anonymised for review)
  • Workshop theme and goals, background and motivation, anticipated outcomes
  • Drafting workshop call
  • Author bios do not need to be in the Abstract; they go in the Detailed Workshop Description.

References do not count towards the 4 page limit.To get a sense of the content and genre of writing, authors of workshop proposals can refer to examples of accepted DIS Workshop Abstracts from DIS 2019. Please note the template layout has changed since DIS 2019.

Final accepted abstracts should be made accessible. Follow the guidelines “Creating an Accessible ACM Conference Submission” in the Call for Papers and Pictorials and the instructions on Creating Accessible Figures and Tables.

Detailed Workshop Description

A workshop description should also be submitted (as a separate file), containing details of your proposed workshop to help the workshop chairs understand the specifics. The Detailed Workshop Description is not archived in the ACM DL; it is used to help practically plan the workshops. This document should be 2-4 pages in length, in any legible format as .pdf.

Detailed Workshop Description:

  • Intended audience and recruitment strategy
  • Schedule and description of activities planned
  • Intended outcomes of the workshop, their benefits and significance
  • Required facilities
  • Any equipment workshop organisers plan to bring and use for the workshop, including size, weight, light emission, sound emission, power requirements, etc
  • Plans for asynchronous engagements for participants that are unable to access in-person or synchronous virtual space, particularly for reasons of pandemic or technical limitations
  • For onsite workshops, plans to accommodate hybrid participation are not strictly required, but are strongly encouraged
  • A plan for how the results of the workshop will be disseminated beyond DIS 2023
  • Short biographies of the organisers
  • A draft 250-word call for participation for your workshop which will be posted on the DIS 2023 conference website. This should contain information on how and what potential participants should submit to you.

All submissions (Abstract + Detailed Workshop Description) will be reviewed by the workshop chairs. Workshop chairs will review independently and convene for a ranking of reviews.

Successful proposals to host a workshop should describe how the workshop format will be leveraged to generate clear outcomes and to make constructive and valuable use of the participants’ collective expertise. Social, active and engaging workshop concepts with clear collaborative outcomes will be preferred, as will workshops that have strong potential to generate cross-disciplinary interest.

Workshops Chairs

  • Sumita Sharma, University of Oulu
  • Noura Howell, Georgia Tech
  • Tom Jenkins, ITU Copenhagen
  • Arne Berger, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences