Admiral Dolphin’s Top Tips for OzCHI 2016!

Ack Hackkk Accckk SQUEEEE! …

Translation of full transmission below

And so as we approach the time for another glorious OzCHI24, it is time I reminded you all of my top tips for success.

Prior to the competition

  • Register your team early, and if this is the first time working with your team members use the time before the competition to get to know them
  • Recruit team members with diverse skill sets (e.g. research, academic writing, web design, graphic design, animation, programming, video editing). It may also be beneficial to include a mixture of undergraduate and postgraduate students on your team.
  • Plan for the logistics of the challenge in advance:
    • Discuss with your team members the knowledge you already have about design methods, tools, and techniques that might be useful during the competition
    • Set up your team video and social media accounts ahead of time
    • Review past challenges and submissions from the archived sections of the OzCHI24 blog to get a feel of what is expected of participants during the competition
    • Gather and test your facilities and equipment before the challenge period (what room will you use? Will you have 24 hour access? Does your camera need a tripod? etc.)
    • Discuss your timeline, remember eating and sleeping arrangements are important!

During the competition

  • Participate in the main challenge and all the mini-challenges
  • Update your team blog regularly (after all it’s worth points)
  • Keep it fun and humorous! Remember to be kind to yourself and your team members (even during the early hours when nothing else matters but coffee and sugar)
  • Give it your best go, you’d be surprised at how much you will accomplish in 24hrs
  • Contact the competition organisers by email or Twitter if you have any questions or need help

Lord Dolphin, High Admiral of the 4th Sea.

Final Verdict at OzCHI 2015

Three finalist teams presented their work during the conference where each team was evaluated based upon their overall performance from 24-hour challenge to presentation. The winners of the challenge are listed below.


Normans from Australian National University, Australia


UX’treme: The wilt deniers from Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, India


Berserkbatalion from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India

OzCHI SDC 2015 Proceedings

This year we shortlisted 3 finalists and 3 runner ups teams whose papers will be included in the digital proceedings of OzCHI 2015. Below we list all the papers that these teams submitted to illustrate their process to come up to the final design solution for the given challenge. The first three are the finalist teams (in the order of their current positions from first to third, after the 24 hour challenge) and the rest three are the runner-up teams. The final awards will be awarded during the OzCHI 2015 where the three finalist teams will be competing again based on the overall performance.

UX’treme: The wilt deniers from Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, India presents Memoirs: Reliving memories with loved ones

The Normans from Australian National University, Australia presents VIRK: Virtual work environment to facilitate interaction between the unemployed

Berserkbatalion from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India presents GloTap: Design for the Socially Isolated Elderly

Yellow Umbrella from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India presents Design to prevent isolation felt by school children with speech problems

Lucky Mercenaries from University of Sydney, Australia CASI: Gamifying Social Education For People With An Autism Spectrum Disorder

Transcenders from Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, India presents Smart tags to increase social interactions at airports

The Finalists…


Three teams have been selected to present their work in the OzCHI conference, 2015 happening in Melbourne, on the basis of their submissions.

There will be a further round of judging at OzCHI, based on the overall presentations and revised submissions.

UX’treme: The wilt deniers from Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, India

The Normans from Australian National University, Australia

Berserkbatalion from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India

Each team will be supported by a travel scholarship worth 1000 AUD in reimbursements  and 1 student registration to the OzCHI conference. Each team is required to submit their camera ready version by 9th October, which will become a part of the digital proceedings of OzCHI 2015.

The overall winners, as announced at OzCHI, will receive a further prize.

Shortlisted Teams

In addition to the finalists, we have shortlisted three more teams, whose submissions will also appear in the digital proceeding of OzCHI 2015. Each team is required to submit their camera ready version by 9th October, 2015.

Yellow Umbrella from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India

Lucky Mercenaries from University of Sydney, Australia

Transcenders from Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, India

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

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.



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.)

We are almost here…

Hello team,

The day is finally here! We will be starting at 10am AEST.

The challenge brief will be posted here. Keep an eye on the updates.

You can change your team members and name until the challenge begins.
New teams (not registered yet) are also welcome to join us. Everyone will have an opportunity to introduce their team again (or first time)!

We wish you good luck!

OzCHI24 Co-chairs, 2015

One day to go…

Hello team,

Thanks for signing up for OzCHI24 this year! We are really looking forward to the event.
Woohoo! the event is finally here! Countdown begins.

In order to prepare your team for the event, we would like to mention a few things.

During the challenge, we would love to see as much ‘behind the scenes’ coverage as possible. Therefore, please create a blog entry for your team. You will be asked to share the link with us on 8th August.

Do update yourself about the chores of challenge by checking out the previous years challenge on our blog:

And of course, do not forget to have lots of fun! Equip yourself with lots of food and drinks — who does not need them during the long hours of brainstorming!

Please be mindful that we are following AEST timezone.

Stay tuned for more exciting details – and remember to follow us on Twitter @ozchi24. For any questions, contact us on

See you tomorrow.

OzCHI24 Co-chairs, 2015