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Call for contribution: Empowering Interactions

Call for papers

SIDeR 2013, Aarhus University, Denmark, 9-10 april 2013

Theme: Empowering Interactions

The conference theme for the 9th Student Interaction Design Research conference (SIDeR’13) is Empowering Interactions. Interaction design is now pervasive in all areas of life and there are few activities that are not in some way augmented, supported or even made possible by information technology. People from all walks of life are influenced by technology and in turn influence, appropriate or simply love technology. This has led to new opportunities for empowering people through technology, as well as helping people create technology that empowers themselves or others. This can be seen both as a democratic endeavour that opens up the world of information technology to everyone, as well as a pragmatic way of ensuring that products are actually used after their creation.

At the SIDeR’13 conference we invite everyone to submit work highlighting different forms of empowering interactions. You are free to interpret our theme as you see fit – it is a theme, not a stringent formula to be fulfilled. We welcome case studies, theoretical musings and couplings of theory and practical work.

Call for contributions

We invite three different types of submissions:

1)     Papers. Papers must not exceed 4 pages (~2000 words) following the standard ACM format. Papers will be reviewed by members of the Program Committee. Accepted papers will be presented orally at the conference.

2)     Posters. Posters should be submitted as a .pdf file and must also include an accompanying description, which must not exceed 2 pages following the standard ACM format. Printed posters in A1 format must be presented at the conference in dedicated poster sessions.

3)     Demos. Demos can be submitted by sending a video and a technical description, which must not exceed 2 pages  following the standard ACM format. Demos will be presented in dedicated demo sessions.

Submit your contribution here:


Suggested topics for papers include but are not limited to:

  • Participatory Design
  • Design Process
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Ubiquitous Computing
  • Multimodal Interaction
  • Tangible User Interfaces
  • Aesthetics of Interaction
  • Experimental Design
  • Game Design
  • Design Methods
  • Interaction Techniques
  • Information visualization
  • Design cases
  • Mobile computing


Papers must be submitted here: before February 15th 2013, 23:59 GMT+1 (That is Danish local time). The submitted papers must follow the standard ACM format. Notice of acceptance will be sent out March 15th at the latest. You are welcome to contact the conference organizers for additional information at


For a better experience of the conference we would also like you to attach to your submission:

A photo of each author, a short bio, a cover photo/image of your project, and links to relevant portfolios or social network profiles of the authors so that conference participants can find out more information about your design interests (author photos should be a least 200×200px, cover photos at least 400x400px).

See you in Aarhus!

Peter Dalsgaard, Nicolai Brodersen Hansen, Marianne Graves Petersen, Jonas fritsch

Program Chairs


Welcome to the DEVICE design award!

The DEVICE design award is the first step in order to establish an international EU funded award of excellency in designing for vulnerable generations - children and elderly. Here, at the SIDER’13 conference, the award is targeted towards students in interaction design. Submissions relevant for the award are judged in terms of innovation, and human-centric approaches to design, along with the conference theme of empowering people through technology. 

The evaluation criteria for the award are:


  • Focus on vulnerable generations: children and/or elderly
  • Design methodology
  • Societal relevance
  • Design quality
  • Empowerment

All papers, posters and demos submitted to SIDeR’13 focusing on the DEVICE user groups - children and/or elderly, can be considered for the award. Please state in your submission if you wish to take part or not. The winners of the award will be awarded with a diploma and a NEXUS 7 tablet for each contributing author. The award is sponsored by the EU funded DEVICE project, and the winners will be selected by a committee consisting of members from the project. See more about the DEVICE project here


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