How to submit in 2016!

Your main deliverables this year are your paper and video. You should also keep your online journal (blog) up to date, showing off your OzCHI24 journey. Anything you can’t fit in the paper but think is important should be posted on your blog. When the reviewers needs clarification on your paper or video they will look in your blog, so remember to use references where applicable.

For the paper follow this year’s paper writing guide found here. The template for SIGCHI Extended Abstract format can be downloaded here. Please include a link to your blog and video in your paper’s references.

Before the challenge finishes we will publish a post here with an embedded form allowing you to upload your paper (you must submit both Microsoft Word and PDF versions), as well as provide links to your blog, video, and mini-challenges. When you name your your word and pdf files you need to include your Team ID at the start of the filenames, e.g. 2016000.docx or 2016000_teamOzCHIxyz_version123.pdf. When submitting through the form you must enter your Team ID correctly so that we can match your submission to your team. Remember your Team ID is the series of numbers assigned to you by us and can be found here.

We would prefer it if your team only submits once, but should you find a compelling reason to resubmit, do so. When assessing your team, we will only look at your most recent submission. If you have any problems submitting, or need to inform us of an issue please email if you need any help.

Mini Challenge 2: Results!

Hello Challengers!

We have been reviewing the fantastic submissions for mini challenge 2 for the last 4 hours, and finally could decide a verdict. The main criteria were identifying the need and it’s meaningfulness, innovation from existing solutions, and solid reasoning based on literature. So many teams did excellent work, we needed to scrutinize our own scores to decide on a winner – the Team Experientia!! Congratulations!

The closest teams are Blackbox, Bluequince, Tessellations, and Wiz of OzCHI – an honorable mention goes out to you all.

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

Mini Challenge 1: Results!

Hello Challengers!

It is time to announce the results of the first mini-challenge, a contextual diagram. The mini-challenge was judges on the range of ideas and insights, the role existing technology is playing in healthy ageing, and the overall visuals of the diagram.
These diagrams blew our socks right off, they ranged from professional flowcharts to hand drawn mind-maps, all getting right into the heart of the challenge.

An honourable mention goes out to teams bluequince, Flying Carpet, Experientia, Tessellations, blackbox, 30I0, Leeroy Jenkins, Chaotic minds, The Inquisitors and Elemelons for their diagrams, but in the end there can be only one winner and that is Team MegaMind!
MegaMind gave us a diagram that had insightful linkages between the current information, ideas of how to tackle it, showed us what existing technology can and is doing, and looked swell to boot!

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

Meet the Committee: Hasan


It is time to meet another Committee member:

Hasan Shahid Ferdous is a PhD research student at the Microsoft Centre for Social NUI and Interaction Design Lab (IDL), Department of Computing and Information Systems, University of Melbourne, Australia. His current research is focused on social and collaborative use of technologies, particularly in the family mealtime context. He is also interested in touch, eye-gaze and other NUI interactions in the public or private social settings.

He has completed Master of IT (Research) degree from from Monash University, Australia and BSc (Engg.) from the Dept. of CSE, BUET, Bangladesh. He has been a faculty member at the Dept. of CSE, BUET since 2011 and currently on leave. You can know more about his research and other activities from his personal website.

His advice: Think about both the positives and negatives that technology can bring to any particular issue!

Good luck!

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.