OzCHI24 Paper Writing Guide 2016

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:

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).

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. 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.)

Meet the Commitee: Romina

We are enjoying so much your great work!
It is time to meet another Committee member:
Romina Carrasco has been working in Human-Computer Interaction since 1999 in Ecuador, Italy, Spain, Chile and Venezuela. Romina is interested in how technologies can support education, art and health.
She had been a university teacher for more than six years and now she is studying her PhD at Microsoft Research Centre for Social Natural User Interfaces (Social-NUI) at Melbourne University.
In her PhD, she is investigating how to empower social participation in Older Adults(65+). She is really interested in older populations and finding ways to support their ‘healthy ageing”. That is why she is enjoying so much your submissions!

Her advice: remember to forget about ageist stereotypes and that this group is characterized by its diversity.

Good luck!

A reminder about submissions

Just a reminder for the upcoming mini-challenges and final submission, you must put your Team ID with your post so that we can easily identify your team and that no mistakes get made! Do not worry if you missed it for Mini-Challenge 1, but do not miss it again! Your Team ID is listed here.

A message from our sponsors-HFESA


We are excited to have the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia (HFESA) return as a sponsor for OzCHI24 this year! As their name implies, HFESA seeks to promote human factors and ergonomics, and for you as students this is perhaps best expressed through their involvement with various academic groups. In its capacity as the parent body for Australia’s Computer-Human Interaction Special Interest Group (CHISIG), HFESA facilities the OzCHI conference and various activities of CHISIG.

As always HFESA looks forward to seeing the what you all will come up with during the 24 hours, and is eagerly awaiting the three finalist teams presentations at OzCHI in Launceston!

Mini Challenge 3: Short Video

Welcome to the third mini challenge for the OzCHI Student Design Challenge 2016.

Your task is to create a 10-15 second video that illustrates a use scenario for your design concept.

The judges will be seeing whether:

  • The use scenario demonstrates a real need and how this is addressed through design
  • Participants have empathized with the real needs, emotions, and concerns of the elderley
  • The video is creative and interesting

Remember: bonus points are up for grabs for the winning team(s) of each Mini Challenge!

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

You have three hours to complete this! Please post your submission on your blog and comment on this post with a link to your entry by 1AM AEST.

Mini Challenge 2: The Problem Space

Mini Challenge 2: The Problem Space
Welcome to the second mini challenge for the OzCHI Student Design Challenge 2016.

Your task is to tell us about an unmet need of older people that could be addressed by interaction design.

Explain in one paragraph:

  • What the need is
  • Who has this need
  • Why this need is not well addressed through existing design
  • Whether this need confirms or challenges existing stereotypes about older users

Make sure to include some key references to support your arguments.

The judges will be looking for:

  • Identification of a real need
  • A convincing case that the need is ‘meaningful’ and not well addressed through existing design
  • Submission is supported by relevant literature

You do not need to use the ‘unmet need’ that will be part of your final solution.

Remember: bonus points are up for grabs for the winning team(s) of each Mini Challenge!

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

Please post your mini-challenge submission on your blog and comment on this post with a link to your entry by 7PM AEST.

Mini Challenge 1: Contextual Diagram

Welcome to the first mini challenge for the OzCHI Student Design Challenge 2016.

Your task is to create a contextual diagram of what ‘Healthy Ageing’ means based on your readings and the data you have gathered so far.

Your diagram can take any form you choose. For example, you could create a mind map, rich picture, or user journey map.

The judges will be looking for:

  • A range of ideas and insights about ‘Healthy Ageing’
  • Identification of the existing role of technology in healthy ageing
  • A visually appealing diagram

Remember: bonus points are up for grabs for the winning team(s) of each Mini Challenge!

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

You will have two hours to complete this mini challenge! Please post your mini-challenge submission on your blog and post your link as a comment on this page. Your entry will be due at 4PM AEST.

Meet the Committee: Jen

Wlobster2e are really enjoying looking at all your blogs and getting to know the teams in the competition. Our first Meet the Committee profile is Jen, a friend of @AdmiralDolphin who is seen here wearing a lobster costume.

Jen has been super busy posting on the website and answering your comments, emails, and Tweets since the competition opening, and has been helping out with coordinating many aspects in the lead-up to OzCHI24 2016.

She is a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of IT student, doing her Honours year in HCI on cross-cultural design and temporality at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.

Jen’s team ‘The Normans’ from the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, won OzCHI24 in 2015.

Jen’s favourite part of OzCHI24: “I enjoyed brainstorming and talking through through the strengths and weaknesses of different design concepts. The leap from exploring the problem by reviewing the literature and gathering contextual data to considering novel ICT interventions was interesting, frustrating, and exciting.”

What Jen learnt from OzCHI24: “Design is not linear. While the phases of the Double Diamond could be interpreted as ‘steps’ in the design process, design is much messier in practice. We backtracked, skipped forward, revisited previous steps, and engaged in different phases concurrently as need and time constraints demanded.”

Tips for this year’s teams:
If you haven’t already, check out our top tips post: https://www.ozchi24.org/2016/08/admiral-dolphins-top-tips-for-ozchi-2016/
Make sure you take some breaks, stay hydrated, and eat something green between all the caffeine and sugar hits 😉

A message from our industry sponsors- Infoxchange


We are lucky to have Infoxchange as our industry sponsors for the Challenge this year, alongside our ever supportive co-sponsors HFESA! Infoxchange will be at the OzCHI conference helping to judge the presentations and network with our participants. Their sponsorship supports conference registrations and travel scholarships for our finalist teams.

We hope you are having a good time so far. We encourage you to tweet Infoxchange at @Infoxchange with the hashtag #ozchi24 to thank them and let the know you are enjoying the Challenge!

Infoxchange is a not-for-profit social enterprise that has delivered technology for social justice for over 25 years. We tackle Australia and New Zealand’s biggest social challenges through the smart and creative use of technology. We work with community, government and corporate partners to solve family violence, homelessness, mental health and issues facing people with disabilities, the elderly, Aboriginal, Maori and Pasifika communities.

A message from Infoxchange to our participants: “We’re thrilled to be part of OzCHI 2016 and we can’t wait to hear what the next generation of technology specialists is going to bring to our field of meaningful social innovation. Bring on the ideas!”

Introduce yourself

Hello OzCHI24 teams and welcome to the Challenge!

We would love to get to know you a bit better 🙂

1) Send us a tweet to say at @ozchi24
2) Use your team’s blog to introduce your team!

Tell us briefly:

  • Who you are
  • Where you are studying
  • Why you joined the competition
  • Admiral Dolphin says, “Squee! What can I find on the Internet of Fish (IoF)?”

When you’re done, please post your blog link as a comment on this post. This is not a mini challenge but a fun way to be involved with the competition.

NOTE: We have also updated the team list on the Contestants page! If your team is still not listed correctly, please email us at sdc@ozchi.org and let us know. There will be no more changes to team names and new team member additions permitted now that the competition has started.