Congratulations and Well Done!

Thank you everyone for all your hard work! It’s been wonderful seeing your progress during the challenge. We have reached the end of the 24 hour challenge for 2017.

Our reviewers will be assessing the entries over the next weeks and we are aiming to announce the finalists on 6 October 2017.

We encourage you to browse the team blogs and take a look at the excellent submissions to this year’s challenge!

Submission reminder – 1 hour left!

Hey Challengers! The time for submitting your work is coming to an end. Please remember that you only have until Sun 10AM AEST to submit your paper.

Please check the submission guidelines in the Challenge Brief (Section 4. Submission), and remember to also include the link to your video in your paper’s references!

Mini Challenge 3 Results!

Dear Challengers,

The judges have truly impressed by the quality and creativity of your storyboards, well done to all the teams with successful submissions! We have thoroughly reviewed your storyboards and have finally come to a decision based on the criteria of the clarity of use scenario (demonstrates a real need and how this is addressed through design), what people will use the technology and how, and how creative and interesting is the storyboard.

The winner of the mini challenge 3 goes to Team Experiators! Your storyboard shows a clear and very nice example of sharing experiences and interactions through technology. The runners-up are The Frech Team. Honourable Mentions go to The Bridge, Elemelons 2.0 and Why See Design. 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!

Congratulations to everyone and good luck with your Final Challenge Submission!

We are back!

Hello OzCHI24-ers! We are now getting to the final stage of this challenge! Bring all of your writing skills to make a wonderful paper after all the hard work you have done.

We are now available again to answer your questions on email and Twitter

We are now off-the-air!

Hey Challengers! We are now off-the-air. We will be back in 5 more hours, and will reply to any questions you send us through Twitter and Email.

Keep up the good work!

Mini Challenge 3: Storyboards

Hopefully at this stage of the challenge, you are starting to get an idea in mind for your final design intervention.

In this challenge you will be tasked with developing a use scenario for your design concept and reflecting on the types of interactions and experiences that are generated through this design intervention, presented as a series of 3-5 storyboards.

The storyboards will help you have an idea for the creation of the video you need to do for the final submission.

Step 1: Think of a concrete use scenario for your design concept (even if this is not the final version of your design intervention, or the idea that you choose for your final submission).

Step 2: Draw a sequence of 3-5 graphical storyboards that illustrate the use of your design concept, and provide us with information about:

  • The use context
  • The people using the design
  • The interactions and experiences of using the design
  • Any positive or negative implications of the design concept for individuals, the community, and the environment

Your storyboards can be drawn using any visual style (e.g. photographs with text and speech bubbles, sketches, cartoons etc).

This resource may help: Pedell, Sonja. “Picture scenarios: An extended scenario-based method for mobile appliance design.” Ozchi 2004. Wollongong, Australia (2004).

Please use the left hand side of the table to explain your storyboards (if required), and the right hand side for the visuals.

Step 3: To submit your mini challenge entry, publish it on your team blog and post a comment here with the URL to your entry.

Mini Challenge 3 is due to 10PM AEST.

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Quick reminder about the problem

Hi Everyone!

You have done an awesome job on Mini Challenges 1 and 2, and we are really looking forward to seeing your Mini Challenges 3 and the paper/video of your final submissions.

We would like to remind you that the focus of this year’s challenge is to design for sharing, i.e. to facilitate interactions and experiences around the definitions of sharing that you have constructed as a team.

Good luck in the rest of the challenge!

Mini Challenge 2 Results!

Hello Challengers!

We have been reviewing the fantastic submissions for mini challenge 2, and finally could decide a verdict. The main criteria were your creativity and how you meaningfully executed a solution to your problem definition.

So many teams did excellent work, we needed to scrutinize our own scores to decide on a winner – The Bridge!! Congratulations! Your solution was meaningful and addressed your problem definition precisely.

The closest teams were the Misfits and Why See Design, both teams had a very clear problem definition and had solutions which worked well towards solving them! – An honorable mention goes out to you all.

Congratulations to everyone and good luck with the rest of the challenge.

Meet the Committee


lobster2Jen is the Chair of the OzCHI Student Design Challenge 2017 and has been busy reading your posts, responding to your emails, and coordinating all things OzCHI24. She is a PhD Student at the Queensland University of Technology in the area of participatory, cross-cultural design. Jen’s team ‘The Normans’ from the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, won OzCHI24 in 2015.

Jen’s favourite part of OzCHI24: “OzCHI24 was a fantastic learning opportunity, and I enjoyed gaining experience in a wide range of different design activities within the 24 hour period. Attending the OzCHI conference as a finalist and networking with the OzCHI community was important for my career development as I met my PhD supervisor and colleagues there.”

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:

Make sure you take some breaks, stay hydrated, and eat something green between all the caffeine and sugar hits 😉


Diego is a member of the Committee of the OzCHI Student Design Challenge 2017 and is managing the submission system and the OzCHI24 website this year. He is a PhD Student at the Queensland University of Technology in Human Computer Interaction, studying the changes in the dynamics of the relationship between parents and children after children leave home. Diego was a contestant on 2016, as a member of ‘The Global Gang’ team.

Diego considers that “OzCHI24 Challenge is an excellent opportunity to experience the complete design and writing process in an extremely short period of time. The 24 hour period can bring the best of yourself in many facets: from analysing how to solve a problem to how to work as a team.”

What Diego learnt from OzCHI24: “Even if you do not get into the finalists, there are plenty of positive things you can get from the challenge. For me, it is very important to have a good communication with your team, and to listen to everyone’s thoughts and ideas.”

Tips for this year’s teams:

Eat well, take time to rest, and enjoy the experience!


Shannon is a committee member for this year’s OzCHI24 challenge, and is also an undergraduate student from the Queensland University of Technology, studying a bachelor of Information Technology and majoring in Computer Science. Her interest in HCI began in 2015 when she decided to take a minor in HCI, learning various research and design methods. Subsequently, Shannon developed an interest in sleep technologies, and now works as a Research Assistant at QUT in her spare time, focusing on adolescents and their sleep patterns and lifestyle.

Shannon’s team ‘Doppio’ was shortlisted in the 2016 OzCHI24 challenge, she felt that the challenge was beneficial to her development in HCI. Her favourite thing about the challenge was working with a group of passionate people, with the ability to share knowledge with each other and develop new skills whilst applying her current skills to produce a meaningful solution. She was also intrigued to see how much work her team was capable of within 24 hours, and was pleasantly surprised.

Shannon’s advice for the challenge:

Be imaginative, and don’t forget to take care of yourself during the 24 hours! Sleeping is completely fine, we advise it.