Workshops (organizers)

NordiCHI’14 Workshops aim at bringing together researchers in the field of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) to discuss a specific workshop topic.

Quick Facts about NordiCHI’14 Workshop proposals

  • Submission deadline: 8 May 2014
  • Submissions by email to
  • Notification: 5 June 2014
  • Camera-ready final submissions: 21 July 2014 (5:00pm PT)
  • Submission format: unanonymized 2–4-page proposal in SIGCHI extended abstracts format and a 250-word Call for Participation. The 250-word CFP
    will be used on this NordiCHI website where we will collect short descriptions of each accepted workshop.
  • At the conference: One-day session on Sunday 26 or Monday 27 October 2014. You may also propose a shorter or longer workshop.
  • Archives: Workshop proposals will be archived in the Extended Abstracts of NordiCHI proceedings, available for conference attendees and in the ACM Digital Library.

UPDATE 9.5.2014
The workshops submission is closed, we thank all those who submitted a workshop proposal to NordiCHI! We got a record number of workshop proposals, 23. The proposal evaluation starts now and the notifications will be sent to the organizers by June 5th.

A message from the workshop chairs

Workshops offer an informal environment for attendees with common interests and diverse perspectives to engage in rich discussions around works in progress or new areas of research and practice. NordiCHI 2014 invites workshop proposals addressing basic research, applied research, new methodologies, emerging application areas, design innovations, and HCI education. The goal of the workshops is to generate ideas that might give the NordiCHI community new ways of thinking about well-travelled themes and topics or that might suggest new promising directions for future work.

Workshops are held a day or two before the start of the conference (26 or 27 October 2014) and can be full or half-day in length. We will give preference to workshops that focus on community building and communal knowledge creation rather than structured miniature paper presentation sessions.

Antti Salovaara, Aalto University
Dag Svanaes, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Workshop venue (added on April 14)

All workshops will be held, together with the tutorials and the doctoral consortium, on the premises of Aalto University’s ARTS school. The venue is located at Arabia, Helsinki, in an old factory building which was refurbished in 1986 and has since then been the home for university-level art and design education. We plan to arrange bus transportation from the conference hotel to the workshops venue.

Organizing a workshop

There are two groups of people involved in a workshop: the organizers and the participants. Organizers are responsible for the workshop’s topic, logistics and final outcome. Participants are responsible for the content and discussion. The following is an outline of the submission and organization process:

1. Workshop organizers submit a workshop proposal (as described above), which is reviewed by a jury and is either accepted or rejected. Notification about the decision is sent to organizers by 5 June 2014.

2. If a workshop is accepted, both NordiCHI and the workshop organizers will advertise the workshop to solicit potential participants to submit position papers. Workshop organizers solicit participants for their workshop through a Workshop Participants Call for Participation. We strongly recommend that the organizers set up a website for the workshop. NordiCHI places a link to the website on the conference workshops page.

3. Participants interested in the workshop submit a position paper to the workshop organizers by 14 August 2014. Position papers are statements of interest and/or expertise in the workshop topic, in any format or media as defined by the workshop organizers.

4. The workshop organizers will review position papers using their own criteria, and will decide on the final list of participants. Notifications (either acceptance or rejection) will be sent by 11 September 2014 to interested participants.

Workshop proposal contents

The proposal should be 2–4 pages in length, unanonymized, and formatted according to the SIGCHI Extended Abstracts Template and should detail:

  • Title and duration
  • Workshop theme and goals
  • Outcomes of the workshop
  • Relevance to the field
  • Intended audience
  • Organisers’ names and backgrounds
  • Expected number, balance and selection of participants
  • Description of activities planned
  • Needed facilities
  • A 250-word call for participation on a separate page. This call will be posted on the NordiCHI workshop page if the workshop is accepted (changes allowed until 20 June 2014).

Workshop selection process

The workshop chairs are responsible for selecting the workshops for the conference. They will consider several factors during the selection process, including:

  • The potential for the topic of the workshop to generate stimulating discussions and useful results.
  • The organizers’ ability to demonstrate in the proposal a well-organized process and plan for the workshop that fosters interactivity.
  • The overall balance of topics in the Workshops program.
  • The proposed size of the workshop. For large workshops, a clear and workable plan to facilitate a lively discussion environment for all participants will be scrutinized.

If multiple workshop proposals are received on the same or similar topics, the workshop organizers may be encouraged to merge them.

Added on 14 april: We have agreed to let one person enter the workshop without paying a fee. This can be used for an invited keynote speaker, or for one of the organizers – it is up to the workshop organizers to decide. Otherwise, the workshop organizers (as all conference organizers) will pay the normal fee, an estimated 100€ per workshop.

The organizers and participants of accepted workshops must attend the workshop on site, and register for at least one day of the NordiCHI’14 conference. Accepted workshop proposals will appear in the Extended Abstracts Proceedings of NordiCHI 2014, which will be distributed to the conference attendees in digital format and listed in the ACM Digital Library.