We invite researchers and practitioners to submit their work to the Demo track of DIS 2017. The track invites interface or system demonstrations, novel gadgets, techno-craft, and other interactive experiences that critically or creatively explore the conference themes.

The organizers seek contributions that rethink or challenge the DEMO presentation format at the venue. For DIS 2017 we favor demos that in different ways involves and activates the DIS participants.

We welcome work from a wide range of practitioners in areas such as HCI, Design and Digital media, including submissions from students and independent practitioners.

Demo submissions should be exploratory and ambitious: we encourage innovative submissions that relate to the topics in the DIS 2017 call for papers:

  • Design Methods and Processes: Methods, tools, and techniques for engaging people; researching, designing, and co-designing interactive systems; participatory design, design artefacts, research through design; documenting and reflecting on design processes etc.
  • Experience: Places, temporality, people, communities, events, phenomena, aesthetics, user experience, usability, engagement, empowerment, wellbeing, designing things that matter, diversity, participation, materiality, making, etc.
  • Application Domains: Health, ICT4D, children-computer interaction, sustainability, games/entertainment computing, digital arts, etc.
  • Technological Innovation (systems, tools, and/or artifact designs): Sensors and actuators, mobile devices, multi touch and touchless interaction, social media, personal, community, public displays etc.

In addition to the opportunity to display your demo during DIS 2017, accepted submissions will feature an extended abstract of the demo (max. 4 pages, including references) published in the DIS 2017 companion publication (adjunct proceedings) in the ACM DL. Accepted demos may include additional digital material for display such as videos and/or a poster.

Accepted authors are expected to attend the conference and be with their demo during the dedicated DIS Reception session on Monday, 12th June 2017.


  • March 20, 2017: Demos due
  • April 11, 2017: Demos author notifications
  • April 18, 2017: All camera ready papers due
  • May 15, 2017: Early Bird registration deadline
  • June 12-14, 2017: Conference


Preparing and Submitting

The demo submission should include an extended abstract and separate one page specification of the demo’s infrastructural requirements. An optional video of up to 3 minutes length can be provided for review purposes only. Authors must provide a link in the paper (just before the References) to view the video (e.g. from YouTube or Vimeo). The video may be password protected – in that case, please include the password with the link.

Participants are expected to bring the necessary equipment to the conference site with them. Some equipment will be provided by the conference. The Demo Chairs will investigate infrastructure and equipment possibilities for the accepted demonstrations.

More details to come.


Formatting and Length

Demo Extended Abstracts should be at most 4 pages in length. All submissions should be formatted using the SIGCHI Extended Abstracts Format (US Letter). Please use the most recent SIGCHI Extended Abstracts template in either Word or LaTeX format. Submissions should be no longer than 4 pages. This includes all figures, tables, appendices, and an abstract of less than 150 words. References DO count towards the page limits. Submissions that are over the required length will be rejected. All submissions must present original, unpublished research. Submissions are not allowed to be under concurrent review with other conferences, journals, or venues.



Demo extended abstracts should be anonymised for blind peer review. Authors are expected to remove author and institutional identity from the title and header of the abstract, as well as any information embedded within the meta-data of the submission file. Suppression of identity in the body of the abstract is left up to the discretion of authors. However, reviewers must be able to compare your current submission to other related work in the area. In many situations, this is the author’s own work found in other publications. We ask that if you are citing your own work, that you refer to it in the third person as opposed to removing it completely because of blind review. For example, rather than stating, “This study builds on our prior work [removed for anonymity],” please refer to it in the third person, such as, “This study builds on prior work by <authors, where you list your names> [2].”


Review Process

Demo submissions will be reviewed in a double-blind peer-review process. Confidentiality of submissions is maintained during the review process. All rejected submissions will be kept confidential in perpetuity. All submitted materials for accepted submissions will be kept confidential until the start of the conference.

Demo Chairs

Erik Grönwall
IT University of Copenhagen

Ian Lambert
Edinburg Napier University

You can contact the chairs by sending an email to demos [AT]