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CHI Stories

Quick Facts

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: 15 March 2019 (12:00pm PST)
  • Notification deadline: Rolling decisions will be made with all decisions finalized by 29 March 2019

Submission Format

  • Initial Pitch: Email a “pitch” to chi_stories@chi2019.acm.org.
  • Pitches should include:
    • Name, affiliation, contact information, and online presence (if possible)
      • Submissions are not anonymous.
    • A pitch of no more than 200 words that includes:
      • A summary of your story,
      • How your story interweaves HCI or the CHI community,
      • How your story invites constructive and respectful dialogue, and
      • The take-away message for attendees.
    • (Optional) Link to video of your pitch
    • (Optional) Link to talk examples

Selection Process
Curated. The CHI Stories team and other selected members of the conference committee will view pitches and contact the storytellers to collaborate on a final storytelling format.

Chairs
Nazanin Andalibi, University of Michigan
Naveen Bagalkot, Srishti Institute of Art, Design, & Technology, Bangalore
Wendy Moncur, University of Dundee
Katie Siek, Indiana University
chi_stories@chi2019.acm.org

At the Conference
Storytellers will share their stories at the conference in the Lomond Auditorium on Tuesday, 7 May 2019 in the 17:30-19:30 time slot (Caveat: this is the same time as the job fair). We will work out presentation details with storytellers.

After the Conference
Video or audio podcasts of the conference presentations will be available for those choosing to archive their story. More on this soon.

What is a CHI Story?

We imagine that CHI Stories will be a mashup of TED, The Moth, and motivating stories that we hear at community rallies. Storytellers will share their experiences with the CHI community during CHI 2019 on Tuesday, 7 May 2019 in the Lomond Auditorium. CHI Stories will present a personal narrative while at the same time engaging with ideas and themes important to the discipline and conference. We strongly encourage all CHI community members – from people just starting to explore HCI to junior colleagues evolving into independent researchers to mid-career people reflecting on what is next for them to those who hop in and out of the HCI community to established members who have the institutional knowledge to discuss our challenges, legacy, and vision.

We are also open to nominations of others. Know someone who has a good story? Or someone you want to hear more about, but are not sure how to ask? Nominate them and we will consider asking them.

Stories should be about 5-10 minutes long when delivered orally. They will be presented to an audience at the conference with the option to be recorded or remain ephemeral. Story presentations may be augmented with audiovisual materials, but this is not necessary. A story is not an academic presentation, but rather a narrative with you as an important character. It should be a truthful telling or enacting of a real event that causes the audience to reflect on your experience. Your story should probably be told in the first person and include your interior thoughts and reactions.

Without constraining ideas in any way, we’d love to find stories about:

  • That time you took a turn.
  • Those times you failed.
  • That person who inspired and/or challenged you.
  • That other thing you tried.
  • A dream you had and what happened to it.
  • Anything that would offer perspective to colleagues, especially regarding inspirations, challenges, dreams, or fears.
  • Personal stories and experiences that motivated you to do what you do in the realm of human-computer interaction, broadly defined.
  • An experience relevant to our field that comes after someone says, “Really? I’d love to hear more about that.”
  • Surprise us!

Message from the CHI Stories Team

We are bringing CHI Stories back from its inauguration in CHI 2017! CHI Stories is a space where we can listen to each other and learn from each others’ perspectives.

At CHI, we traditionally have the opportunity to learn about research and network at a professionally acceptable level, however to foster deeper connections and more awareness of the diversity of our community members’ experiences, CHI Stories delves deeper where community members can share their personal stories of inspiration, challenge, breakthrough, setback, perseverance, twists, and turns. In CHI Stories, we hope to find something more at the reflective, and perhaps the visceral, levels.

We encourage everyone to consider this venue to help us weave a diverse set of people and stories that can shape the CHI community.

  • Nazanin Andalibi, University of Michigan
  • Naveen Bagalkot, Srishti Institute of Art, Design, & Technology, Bangalore
  • Wendy Moncur, University of Dundee
  • Katie Siek, Indiana University
  • chi_stories@chi2019.acm.org

Preparing and Submitting your Story

The first step is to send a “pitch” to the CHI Stories team. An initial pitch should be a short <200 word summary of your story. Alternatively, people can submit a short, 2 minute or less video that tells us what the story is about. All written and video pitches are for the committee only. Once we select storytellers, we will work with them to develop the final form of each presentation.

CHI Story proposals must be submitted via email by 15 March 2019 (12:00pm PST) but earlier submissions are preferred.

  • Initial Pitch: Email a “pitch” to chi_stories@chi2019.acm.org.
  • Pitches should include:
    • Name, affiliation, contact information, and online presence (if possible)
      • Submissions are not anonymous.
    • A pitch of no more than 200 words that includes
      • A summary of your story,
      • How your story interweaves HCI or the CHI community,
      • How your story invites constructive and respectful dialogue, and
      • The take-away message for attendees.
    • (Optional) Link to video of your pitch
    • (Optional) Link to talk examples

Story Selection Process

Stories will be curated by the CHI Stories team members. We will set up a video conference to talk with potential storytellers. The main criteria for selection are:

  • Content: Will the story be of interest to the HCI community? Will the story be meaningful to people who view it? Will the story have impact and lead to reflection? Does the story contribute to a larger understanding of our field? Can audience members gain a deeper understanding of the presenter or the issue? Does the story broaden the horizons of people who hear it?
  • Presentation: Does the presenter tell their story in a compelling manner? Does the story have a clear narrative stream? Is there significant reflective component on the part of the speaker?
  • Diversity: Does the content and/or the presenter represent a community, group, or perspective that is nontraditional or underrepresented in the field?

At the Conference

You will tell your story in front of an audience. You should be prepared to tell your story without notes, although you might want to accompany it with presentation materials. We will work out venue details with each storyteller.

After the Conference

If you choose, your presentation can be recorded and made available as an audio or video podcast.

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Updates

22nd March 2019
Presenting at CHI 2019? Apply now for an Interactivity Hot Desk!

15th March 2019
Best Paper Awards and Honourable Mentions have been announced!

11th March 2019
Read about how we’re making CHI more accessible.

9th March 2019
The early registration deadline has been extended until 18th March.

7th March 2019
Opening and closing keynote speakers announced!

22nd February 2019
Read about our efforts to improve the sustainability of CHI.

19th February 2019
letter to the CHI community from one of our general chairs.

19th February 2019
Submission for CHI Stories now open!

18th February 2019
Join us for Lunch@CHI!

12th February 2019
Read about the Newcomers Reception and top 10 things to know about CHI.

1st February 2019
Check out the list of accepted courses.

31st January 2019
Registration and hotels now available!

25th January 2019
Countdown to CHI 2019!

14th December 2018
Check out the list of accepted workshops and symposia.