This was the 2013 OzCHI 24-hour challenge

The 2013 edition of #ozchi24 has come to an end. A big thank you to all the teams participating in this year’s challenge. We eventually had a total of 225 people from 5 countries participating and 36 teams successfully submitting their response to the challenge.

Our judges will be reviewing the entries over the next 2 weeks and we are aiming to announce the finalists on 8 October 2013.

Meanwhile we encourage you to browse the team blogs to take a look at the range of excellent submissions to this year’s challenge!

Below are some memories from the last few hours.

Post it notes

Video editing

SNALK post it notes


Blackboard Brainstorming Brainstorming

Team GPS collaborating Seekers Design workspace Potluck sketching

Potluck design materials Sunset or sunrise? Countdown

FAQs for submitting your paper and video

We had some common questions coming in on Twitter and thought we’d share them here with everyone. Please use the comments section below to post any other questions you might have. We’ll keep updating this post as new questions come in. Make sure to also check the earlier news update on How to submit your paper.

Do we need to publish our final video on our blog?

No, but it’s a very good idea to post the video on your blog, as it helps us to keep track of them, and gives us a fallback if the reference in your paper should be broken (e.g. because of a copy and paste, or spelling error).

Do we need to publish our paper on the blog?

No, you don’t have to publish your paper on your blog. But you are free to link to it, if you’d like to.

Do we need to send our paper also via email or Twitter?

No, you just need to submit your paper (with the references to your blog and video) on Easychair, that’s all. You should get an auto-response from Easychair confirming your submission.

Is there a particular filename we should use for naming our paper?

It actually doesn’t matter what you name your file, since Easychair automatically renames the file when you submit it.

The paper template has only space for two authors, do we need to list all?

Yes, you should list all the members from your team as authors. The best way to do this is to just make that section a one-column area and write all the names as a comma-separated list, e.g.: Team member 1, Team member 2, Team member 3; followed by the affiliation (your university) etc.

Our video is still rendering… what do we do?

Since we know that rendering your video can take more time that you’d think (hope), we are giving everyone an additional 30 minutes to complete your submission. Make sure though to have your paper submitted on Easychair as soon as possible. You can then resubmit another version with the correct link to your video. If you think you won’t be able to get your paper with video link in by 10.30am (AEST), please email us!

Mini-challenge 3: Results

Just like the blogs picking a winner for this the video mini-challenge was much harder than we ever thought it would be! The majority of the videos had something that endeared them to us.

But the winner of this challenge is, Team Pani jo sharbi with their short, but awesome stop motion video:

Honourable mentions

Hoppa í polla for their reflection on traditional mail:

And to three teams for their comedic reinvigoration of the challenge…woooo Harlem Shake!
Team GPS

The Illusionists

Fast Five

Congratulations to Pani jo sharbi and to every team. Keep up the amazing work.
We’re down to just 8 hours now…
Admiral Dolphin

How to submit your paper

When you have finished your paper (make sure to use the OzCHI paper template), you need to submit this via Easychair. If you don’t have an Easychair account, you can sign up by registering a new account.

Here is a a step-by-step guide for successfully submitting your paper:

  1. Once you are logged in, click on ‘New Submission’ in the menu bar.
  2. Select the ‘Student Design Challenge’ track.
  3. Fill in first name, last name, email address, country, and organisation (your university) for each of the members in your team.
  4. Tick the ‘corresponding author’ box for the member in your team that will handle all the correspondence for your team; we will send out the feedback and results from the judging process to this author.
  5. Enter the title and abstract for your paper – these should be the same as in your actual paper.
  6. Enter at least three keywords (one per line) that describe your submission, for example the keywords might be: email, communication, task management.
  7. Upload your paper (ideally as PDF) by clicking on the ‘Choose file’ button.
  8. Click the ‘Submit’ button at the very end of the page and wait for the upload process to be completed.
  9. If you need to resubmit a new version of your paper, you can do this by clicking on ‘My Submissions’ in the menu and selecting the according submission. To upload a new version, click the ‘Submit a new version’ link in the menu on the top right corner.

Remember to include a link to your blog and video in your references. It’s through your references that we will be able to check your video, so make sure you’ve uploaded the video and gotten it’s URL early enough to include it as a reference!

That’s all. Email us should you have any issues!

Submission submission (mini challenges)

Make sure you complete your responses for the 2nd and 3rd mini challenges by midnight (AEST) – that’s in 1 hour and 35 minutes. We will start reviewing all the responses then. For the 3rd challenge, the video, please post the link in the comments section of the post. We will announce the winners as a news entry again. Watch this space!

Mini-challenge 3: A short video

Your final mini-challenge is to create a short (less than 30 seconds) video and upload it to a hosting service such as Youtube or Vimeo. It can be on anything challenge related. Topics ranging from your thoughts about the challenge, to a video calling out the team member who fell asleep at the keyboard will be excepted. The point of this exercise is to get you thinking about how you will go about producing your video, how long finalising, uploading and so on will take.

Make sure you either embed or link to the video from within your blog. Then add comment to this post with a link to your video/blog post.

Good luck
Admiral Dolphin

How to write an academic paper…quickly

This year we’ve changed the format of the paper (formally a ‘note’). There were a number of advantages to using an academic format, such as:

  • Standardising referencing, which makes it easier for your reviewers to follow your justifications for your solution, and thus understand your submission
  • Standardising the format, which helps us compare and review all the submissions (so hopefully we will be proportionally quicker)
  • Gives you experience writing in academic style that will be assessed in a peer-review structure
  • Allows you to attach images, tables, and other media to your paper to help strengthen your arguments
  • Simplifies turning the top team entries into a publication format, which we will then publish as part of the OzCHI conference catalogue

Does this actually make the challenge harder? Probably not. The format for your paper is a 2-page ‘short paper’, using the OzCHI paper template. In this template, once you remove the title box, author list, abstract, references and figures (such as images), you only need to write about one page of content (which in turn is on a page with large margins).

Things you should do

Use references! References provide grounding to the real and show that your solution isn’t just based on assumptions. For example, you could use the Whittaker and Sinder reference from the challenge brief to justify the statement that email’s features have been overloaded for years.

It is a good idea to start working on your paper early. Don’t leave it to the last hour! You can fill in content as you go along – using the structure below.

How to structure your paper

The structure of your paper might look something like this:
Make sure your title is not too generic, for example don’t make it simply “The future of email”. If your solution is a specific application with a name, it’s a good idea to include the name in the title and then specify what it does.
Write a short (about 100 to 150 words) abstract that summarises the problem, why it matters and your solution (how you propose to address the problem) as well as the approach you took (e.g. if and how you evaluated your proposed solution).
Author keywords
Enter at least three keywords that describe your submission, for example the keywords might be: email, communication, task management.
Briefly introduce the challenge problem (you can repeat some of the key messages from the challenge brief), including any additional background research you might have done (most of your references will go here) and your proposed solution (briefly).
Outline your method/approach to the challenge. Try to have at least one reference justifying the approach you took.
This will be the bulk of your text. Talk about your solution, why it will be effective, how people will use it, etc. Any results from usability/prototype testing goes here.
Summarise the key findings you made through designing your solution and discuss what work needs to be done to follow on from your solution.
List your references using Harvard Referencing (APA). Remember to include both your blog’s and your submitted video’s URLs as references.


It’s a good idea to look at examples of how other papers are written. In particular we recommend you to take a look at some of the OzCHI student design challenge papers from previous years, like this, this and this. (You need to be within a university network to access the PDF versions of those papers, assuming your university has a subscription for the ACM Digital Library.)

Mini-challenge 2: maintaining your blog

For this challenge we’re going to be reviewing your blog to try and get an insight into your team. We want to get a look into your team and your team ideas, we want to see your process and your idea evolution.

How did you come up with your ideas, what was your approach? Did you brainstorm inside, read research papers, talk to people outside the competition, perform an interpretative dance or something else? How has your plan changed?

We also want to see your work environment, are you out in the open, locked in a basement, surrounded by whiteboards or maybe blanketed in monitors?

What are your next moves in the challenge, how do you intend to keep us in the loop? Are you planning on making some videos, posting pictures, writing a post or even composing a song?

Have fun
Admiral Dolphin

Mini-challenge 1: Results

And the Winner is…


It was so close we couldn’t just couldn’t decide between Team Chaos’ entry and Team inFamous’ entry.

Both teams put a lot of thought into choosing their references, both for how the references meshed with their own thoughts and how the references linked back into the challenge, something very important to consider for the final submission!

We also have an honourable mention for Five Itchy Penguins.

Keep up the great work everyone!
Admiral Dolphin