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 SIGCHI Extended Abstract format for your paper; this uses the SIGCHI Extended Abstract template. A Microsoft Word template can be found here. Your paper should be 4 pages long including references; we expect that you will include a good mix of illustrations and associated discussion, including your references.
Here are some sample papers in the Extended Abstract format:
- Not all Days are Equal: Investigating the Meaning in the Digital Calendar
- Lover’s Cups: Drinking Interfaces as New Communication Channels
- Eclipse: eliciting the subjective qualities of public places
- Stillness and motion, meaning and form
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 Brereton 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! 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).
Enter at least three keywords that describe your submission, for example the keywords might be: social isolation, elderly, virtual reality.
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. You should focus on showing us what happened through both pictures and discussion.
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.)