NordiCHI’14 Panels offer attendees the opportunity to discuss novel areas, controversial ideas and hot topics in human-computer interaction with recognized experts.

Quick Facts about NordiCHI’14 Panel proposals

  • Submission deadline for a proposal: August 14, 2014
  • Submission: by email to
  • Submission format: SIGCHI Extended Abstracts Format
  • Notification of proposal acceptance: August 21, 2014

If your Panel is accepted:

  • Panel description for website: August 28, 2014
  • Panels at the conference: October 28-30, 2014

Panels are 80 minute sessions that involve significant interaction with audience members. A Panel can come in many forms, but often the sessions include a group of experts invited to debate a topic or theme, enact some aspect of their expertise, or reflect on and compare their diverse experiences. Panels should also include involvement from the audience, often through questions and answers, voting or critique of the experts’ presentations, and so forth. In NordiCHI’14, the Panels can make use of Audience Participation systems providing realtime backchannel, voting, and other features. If you are interested in using this type of system in your panel, please contact the chairs for more information.

The Panel proposal must be submitted as a single PDF file via email to by August 14th, 2014. Final PDF submission must be no larger than 5 megabytes.

The proposal must have the following two distinct sections, each written according to the SIGCHI Extended Abstracts Format:

Part 1. The Extended Abstract

The Extend Abstract part of the submission material consists of a 4-page extended abstract in the SIGCHI Extended Abstracts format. The extended abstract should include the title; the name and affiliation of the organizer(s), as well as each proposed invited participant. Only include the invited participants who have confirmed their participation. Within the limits of 4 pages you should summarize the lessons or experiences you hope to convey in the session. This should include the topic(s) to be covered, as well as contrasting or controversial perspectives on the topic(s). Your extended abstract must stand alone; readers must be able to get something out of the abstract even if they do not attend the interactive session. The Extended Abstracts of accepted panels will be distributed to the conference participants.

Part 2. The Session Proposal

Along with your extended abstract, you must develop a session proposal of up to 8 pages. This proposal will not be distributed but will be used by the reviewers to judge the suitability of your concept as an interactive session. Thus, it should address a number of issues, including:

  • the main topic(s) to be presented, debated, discussed, enacted, etc.
  • who will participate, why these people, what qualifications they bring, etc. In this proposal document, you may include participants who you hope to recruit but have not yet confirmed participation.
  • the session format – who will moderate it and how, the invited participants’ role, other roles, the audience role
  • logistics we need to consider to host the session (e.g., special seating or A/V, audience size limitations, use of student volunteers, expectations about attendee background or interests, etc.)
  • any other considerations that will help reviewers appreciate your concept.

Regardless of the topic, all session proposals should include a plan for engaging audience members in the interaction and minimize actual presentations.

Panel submissions will be juried. Co-Chairs will invite external members to evaluate proposals. We plan to include 2-3 Panels in the NordiCHI’14 program.

Panels present ideas that are novel, topical, controversial, or engaging for other reasons to the audience, inspiring the audience to respond and further elaborate the ideas. The review criteria will consider the extent to which the session proposes:

  • one or more topics likely to evoke a lively response from the NordiCHI attendees
  • invited participants who will contribute unique perspectives, content, or other interactive content to the session
  • a well-organized and feasible session plan
  • a clear mechanism for audience engagement and interaction
  • useful and interesting contributions to HCI

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.

Giulio Jacucci and Albrecht Schmidt