Final results.. Delayed..

We are running with some glitches in managing the reviews for the submissions. We anticipate a delay of 1 week in announcing the final results. We will get back to you latest by September 6th.

We sincerely apologize for the delay and we appreciate your patience!

In light of this delay, we will also provide new dates for the camera ready version. Stay tuned!


SDC Co-chairs, 2015

Tips for next year’s groups?

Now that you have (hopefully) had a chance to get some rest, we have one more question for you: what tips would you have for next year’s groups? And was there anything the chairs could have done to make the process more smooth for you? (Yes, that was two questions …)

Answer in the comments here.

The challenge is done … what now?

We hope that everyone had great fun. We are really impressed with the submissions and the great zeal of participation. Congratulations to everyone for putting together the wonderful work within such a short time! It’s time to reward yourself with at least one day off and a great celebration. 🙂 We hope to see you next year.

But did you know … there are two other ways for students to be involved in OzCHI this year!

Here’s the link to learn more about the 2015 OzCHI conference, which will be held in beautiful Melbourne from December 7-10, 2015.

The organising committee is looking for Student Volunteers to support the conference organisers. In particular, we seek enthusiastic, intelligent and reliable people, capable of confidently doing the job, while having fun and interacting professionally with delegates. No experience is required. Volunteers must be current Masters or PhD students. Applications to be a Student Volunteer are due by October 4th.

The OzCHI Doctoral Consortium provides PhD students with the opportunity to present their work-in-progress and discuss their research plans with peers and senior researchers in a supportive and constructive environment. The consortium is a full-day event held on December 7, 2015. Submissions for the Doctoral Consortium are due by August 28th.

Issues with Easy Chair

We are hearing issues about uploading the submissions on Easy Chair. Please be mindful that Easy Chair will ONLY allow PDF files with size limit of 1 GB.

You may want to change the format of image to JPEG to reduce the size of the submission. But please do not change the resolution.

It might not be feasible to send the paper in email because of the size issues. Email us (on either the link to your paper or the paper itself- whatever is feasible.

We apologize for the issues with Easy Chair. And considering that we have extended the submission deadline by one hour: Submissions are now due at 12 noon AEST.



The judges have decided!

The judges have reviewed your videos, discussed them at great length, and have finally come to a decision.

The winners of the third mini challenge are The Lucky Mercenaries with their sarcasm-detection tool for people with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The runners-up are The Normans with a tool for the socially isolated unemployed.

Honourable Mentions go to Pataippu with their dance floor game for lonely dolphins visiting museums and the Yellow Umbrellas who have designed a game for children with speech difficulties.

There were a lot of fantastic submissions this time, and it was hard to narrow down the winning teams. Thank you to all teams who submitted videos!

Mini Challenge 3: Meet the judges


Our judges have been hard at work this cold Sunday morning, reviewing your entries for the third Mini Challenge.

We welcomed back Fernando and Rohit from Mini Challenge 2, as well as a new guest judge.

Dr Jenny Waycott

Dr Waycott is a Lecturer in the Department of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne. With interests are in human-computer interaction and educational technology, her research is concerned with understanding the role technologies play in people’s learning, work and social activities. Dr Waycott’s recent work has focused on the design and use of technologies to support older adults and housebound people who are socially isolated. In her free time, she likes kid-wrangling and dog walking.

Submission Deadline

We know that videos (and papers) can take a while to upload. That’s why we won’t turn off EasyChair submissions until 11am – but you need to make sure that your paper is uploaded! If you have trouble uploading, you can email your paper to just to make sure that we get it in time.

Just under 2.5 hours to go. We loved watching all the videos, and we know that our international panel of judges is looking forward to seeing your papers.

All the best!

Please have patience for the results…

Please have patience for the results of third mini challenge… We will be updating you in next couple of hours. Our guest judges are in their deep sleep at this time (AEST), they will be providing us with their results after their morning tea/coffee.

Until then, please keep working on your submissions! Stay tuned…

Let us know if you are going through any problems. We will try to reply you (with sleepy heads)… We wish everyone good luck.

OzCHI Paper Writing Guide 2015

This year we’re once again using an academic format. This has many benefits such as:

  • Gives you experience writing in academic style that will be assessed in a peer-review structure
  • 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 quicker)
  • Allows you to include images, tables, and (most importantly) images in your paper to help strengthen your arguments
  • Simplifies turning the top team entries into a publication format

You will be using the DIS Pictorials format for your paper; this uses the SIGCHI Extended Abstract template. Look at the supplied DIS Pictorials template (PDF) to see how you can use images in this format. Your paper can be up to 6 pages long; we expect that most of it will be pictures and associated discussion. (If your references make you go over 6 pages, that’s OK)

Here are some sample papers in the DIS Pictorials format

  1. Eclipse: eliciting the subjective qualities of public places
  2. Stillness and motion, meaning and form
  3. Admixed Portrait: Reflections on Being Online as a New Parent

Things you should do

Use references! References provide grounding to the real world and show that your solution isn’t just based on assumptions. For example, you could use the paper by Beacker et al found on the challenge brief page to support discussion of design goals. Whenever you use someone else’s work, you should include a reference.

It is a good idea to start working on your paper early. Don’t leave it to the last hour! You have nearly seven hours left. Start early, and 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 “Designing for the socially isolated”. 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: social isolation, elderly, virtual reality.

The Problem
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 the specific situation of use that you are addressing (briefly).

Outline your method/approach to the challenge. Try to have at least one reference justifying the approach you took. Show us how you did this – but it’s fine to include some text as well.

This will be the bulk of your pictures. Show us your solution, demonstrate or tell us why it will be effective, how people will use it, etc. Any results from usability/prototype testing goes here. Remember that in the DIS Pictorials format you should focus on showing us what happened, but you can add some discussion as well.

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 the ACM Referencing style. Remember to include both your blog’s and your submitted video’s URLs as references. (Note: If you use another referencing style for your submitted paper, that’s fine; just make sure that you are consistent. If you are a finalist, you will be required to use the suggested style).


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 – but note that we are using a different submission template this year. (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 3

Welcome to the third mini challenge for the OzCHI Student Design Challenge 2015.

Your task is to create a short video (up to 2 minutes) which illustrates your solution in use.

It could be a roleplay, an animation or something completely different, but we want to see what it might look like if someone used your solution. Don’t worry – you don’t have to have a working prototype – just pretend.

You have three hours to finish this one! Please post your answers on your blog and post your link as a comment on this page.

There will be PRIZES! for the winning team.

Remember: It’s OK to reuse any (or all) of your mini challenge submissions in your final paper or video.