Design Competition

Call for Papers

The aim of the design competition is to create a space for students and professionals to present creative solutions to practical problems, exchange experiences with the HCI community, inspire ideas and opportunities for new work.

At IHC 2022, the Design competition aims to motivate students and professionals in the field of IHC, Computing, and Design to think about technological innovations for socially relevant problems. Finalists will have the opportunity to present their work to a jury of academic and industry professionals working in the field of HCI and to publish an extended summary of their solution in the Extended Proceedings of the event. The finalist proposals will be announced on the IHC page and on social media.

Competition Theme Challenge

“Design and innovation for the path of good information”

The Internet offers means to disseminate good information, however, to the same extent, it ends up facilitating the expansion of disinformation, which aims to mislead or distort reality through the omission, modification or minimization of information and of fake news, which are based on untrue sources on various broadcast platforms.

In 2022, the IHC brings the theme “Paths of Interaction”, alluding to the paths that converge and intersect in favor of a common goal. In line with this vision, the Design Competition proposes a reflection on the ways of interaction that lead to disinformation and fake news, which have been shown to be so harmful to society, in areas such as health, education, politics, environment, culture, etc. The harmful phenomenon of fake news has been enhanced with the current dissemination of digital information and communication technologies, pointing to the relevance of considering the human factors associated with this topic. Thus, innovative solutions aimed at designing for the path of good information can help in this process, helping users to search, identify and/or analyze disinformation and fake news.

Challenge: Participants are invited to develop digital solutions that support reflection, knowledge, denunciation, or the fight against disinformation, in all its forms, be it false, fabricated, manipulated content, etc. Solutions that point to “paths of information and knowledge” are desired, through the interaction proposed in the design solutions.

Objective: The solution should help one or more specific spheres of society to deal with the problem of fake news and disinformation, promote people’s awareness of the problem and the importance of media literacy, and/or encourage reporting or fact-checking.

Expectations: The digital design product can be of any type, exploring different interaction paradigms (such as Ubiquitous Computing, Wearable Computing, Internet of Things, Interactive Digital Art, Multimodal Interfaces, Multiverse, among others), avoiding proposals solely focused on mobile applications or web applications. Therefore, solutions that incorporate the digital into everyday physical objects are encouraged. It is essential that the problem is well characterized, presents a solid basis for the establishment of requirements and needs, and that the design process followed to conceive the proposed solution is reported.

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Submissions

Each team must submit 3 items:

  1. Report of up to 3 pages in Portuguese or English (ACM Primary Article Template);
  2. Link to the interactive prototype of the proposed solution;
  3. Link to video-demo of up to 2 minutes presenting the solution.

Team Building

Each team must have a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 participants, including a leader. The leader can be a university professor, a postgraduate student at the Doctoral level, or a professional in the market. Undergraduate students, even if they carry out the paid activities in the market, do not classify themselves as team leaders. Each team must contain at least 1 undergraduate or graduate student.

Processo de Revisão

The Design Competition will consist of 2 stages: Elimination Phase and Qualifying Phase – Final Presentation.

 1. Elimination Phase

I. Each team must submit the three requested items: report, link to prototype, and link to video demo (see details below). A jury made up of researchers and industry representatives will choose the 5 best projects that will be presented at the IHC 2022. The 5 selected projects must consider the comments and suggestions received and send the final version of the report that will be published in the extended proceedings of the event.

The report must have up to 3 pages (references do not count towards the limit), be written in Portuguese or English, using the ACM Primary Article Template. MS Word users should use the Interim layout.docx template and LaTex users should follow the Latex template version 1.83. The report must be organized according to the following structure:

  • Title and authors (including a clear indication of who is the Team Leader);
  • Introduction: Context and problem addressed;
  • Methodology/Process: what were the paths followed to find and design the solution (methods used, field research, etc);
  • Justification: why the proposed solution is relevant to the context, why the methods used are adequate;
  • Proposed Solution and Usage Scenario: presentation of the solution with a description of a usage scenario;
  • Feasibility: critical argument considering the feasibility of real implementation of the solution considering the necessary infrastructure and economic viability;
  • Prototype: Link to the prototype;
  • Video: Link to the demo video.

 

II. The report must be submitted electronically in PDF format through the JEMS system.

The prototype must allow, at least, to simulate the execution of the most relevant action/task for the proposed solution. Teams can use any prototyping tool or resource, as long as they can be accessed by the evaluators through a link and do not require the installation of any resources. Authors of solutions that include interaction with physical objects, sensors and actuators can create graphical representations of these objects and detail/explain in the demo video.

III. The demo video must be up to 2 minutes long and must present the concept of the proposed solution and its prototype with the aim of “selling the idea” and convincing the audience. At the team’s discretion, the participants, process and design rationale may be presented and explained. The video must be publicly accessible on Youtube and categorized with the tags: #IHC2022 #CompeticaoDesign #DesignCompetition

The demo video of each finalist team will be posted on the IHC 2022 page, on the event’s social media and will be presented at the opening of the competition session at the event.

2. Qualifying Phase – Final Presentation

The authors of the 5 selected proposals will be invited to present them during the IHC 2022. At least one representative of each selected proposal must be present at the event for the presentation. The Organization of the event will offer at least one entry per selected proposal.

At this stage, a jury made up of at least 3 representatives from industry and academia will choose the 3 best proposals. Further details on the final phase and instructions on the presentation will be released later to the finalist teams.

Criteria for the Evaluation of Proposals: in both phases, the evaluation of proposals will be guided by the following criteria:

  • Adequacy of the proposal: alignment with the theme of the Design Competition and the theme of the event;
  • Responsibility: care in the characterization and presentation of the theme; concern with the social, environmental, and legal issues involved; be careful with sensitive topics that are likely to generate controversy (politics, religion…);
  • Rigor: quality of the work carried out, from understanding the problem to the construction and analysis of the built prototype; clarity about the design process adopted; process documentation; organization and presentation of the report; reasoning and justifications for the decisions taken;
  • Creativity and innovation: the potential of the proposed technology to help solve the problem; innovation and originality of the solution presented;
  • Feasibility: possibility of implementing the proposal; technological and economic feasibility.

Award

The IHC Design Competitions have been very competitive with excellent proposals and highly qualified teams, so the selection as a finalist is already characterized as a certificate of excellence of the work submitted. Thus, each finalist team that presents its proposal at the IHC 2022 will receive a Certificate of Recognition (Honorable Mention) for the work carried out. In addition to special certificates for the best proposals, the winning team will also receive a prize to be defined by the Organization.

Coordination

Ingrid Monteiro (UFC) – ingrid@ufc.br
Marcos Seruffo (UFPA) – seruffo@ufpa.br

Important Dates

Submission of Design Proposals: 06/27
Notification of results: 08/01
Submission of the final version: 09/29
Presentation of selected projects at IHC 2022: 10/17 to 10/21

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