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Jonathan Arnowitz <[log in to unmask]>
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Jonathan Arnowitz <[log in to unmask]>
Wed, 26 Jan 2000 15:17:02 +0100
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This is a reminder to those making plans for the CHI2000 conference to
include attending the Dutch Design Day (DDD) in your conference plans.  DDD
will take place the day after CHI2000, Friday 7 April 2000.

Do to printing-space constraints in the CHI2000 advanced program, it is
perhaps not clear, but people should register in advance in order to
guarantee a seat aboard the bus transportation from the Kurhaus (the
conference headquarters) to Amsterdam (and back if needed).  So please
register at

Here is more complete information on what DDD is:

CHI 2000 Lab tour proposal: Dutch Design Day

The purpose of the Dutch Design Day is to realize three major themes of the
CHI 2000 Conference:
oHighlight European HCI (a further realization of the planned European HCI
oPromote Interactions with any and all HCI professionals interested in the
latest work in HCI Design work in the Netherlands.
oHighlight Design work at the CHI 2000 conference and bringing Design issues
into closer contact with a broad base of HCI professionals.

Another advantage of this day is that it gives the conference attendees (who
have been staying in The Hague for a week) a chance to go out and visit
Amsterdam, the capital city of the Netherlands, in a structured and
user-friendly way. 

We would like to cooperate with other organizations and companies, who want
to offer lab tours, to assure they are included in the Dutch Design Day. For
example, large organizations can join the Dutch Design Day at a venue
provided by us or we can coordinate with them  transportation to their lab
tour site.
Description of the organizations offering the lab tour
Informaat BV is a company dedicated to, among other things, introducing
Usability and User-centered Development into client companies. Together with
The Netherlands Design Institute we will form an organizing committee which
will include a cross section of the Dutch HCI community to assure a
well-rounded representation and a participatory planning/execution of the
Dutch Design Day. The Netherlands Design Institute will act as the
coordinator/administrator for the event and have made a contact person
available who has had previous experience in planning such events as the
Dutch Design Day. 
This project will probably also be jointly funded by the Netherlands Design
Institute, the Institute for Innovative Research - Human-Computer
Interaction, and the city of Amsterdam, Informaat, as well as other
Short overview of the Lab tour program and how the conference theme ("The
future is here") is linked with the lab tour program
In addition to the conference themes mentioned above, the Dutch Design Day
will try to highlight the latest and most advanced design projects from
Dutch Design companies, this will include the latest in web design &
interaction, application techniques, new or developing HCI products, and
most importantly experimental designs.
Lab tour
Instead of a traditional lab tour, the Dutch Design Day will be a design
market, where 15-30 companies involved in Dutch Design will give small
exhibits spread over several venues throughout the city of Amsterdam. The
venues planned will all be in a short walking distance from each other
(maximal 10 minutes) so that CHI 2000 attendees can get a flavor of the city
of Amsterdam while not forcing them to make large or annoying hikes to get
from one place to the next.
A flyer will be made available giving descriptions of each exhibit as well
as a map that will make getting to and from one exhibit to the other vary
Description of the content of the Lab tour program
The content of the tour will be as varied as the HCI organizations
participating. The purpose of the variety of venues is to organize the
exhibits in such a way that people with particular interests can find all
related exhibits within the same venue.
The organizing committee will assure that all exhibits are relevant and
meaningful to the CHI 2000 attendees. After acceptance of this event is
given by the CHI 2000 Conference Committee we will submit a call for
participation through various HCI and Design organizations in the
Netherlands. This call will be used to form the organizing committee as well
as judge the participation proposals for acceptance to the exhibits.
The CHI 2000 Local Arrangements Liaison will be a member of the organizing
committee will act as liaison to the CHI 2000 Conference Committee.
Participation will be free, but exhibitors will have to pay their own costs
(computer equipment etc., though technical support and advice will be
available on site for the exhibitors).
Rough outline of the time schedule
11 am to 1.30 pm - Buses begin to take CHI 2000 attendees from the Kurhaus
in The Hague to the Main Exhibition site in the Netherlands Design
Institute. Buses will run every half hour until 1:30. The buses will be
reserved based on advanced registration. A special bargain fare might be
arranged with the Dutch Railway System to offer non-registrants an easy and
cheap way of attending the Dutch Design Day
12 noon to 6 pm - The exhibits will be available for people to visit.
Lunch:  the participants can eat whenever and where ever they want, the walk
between venues is strewn with cafés, restaurants, sandwich shops, a list of
restaurant recommendations will be included.
6-8 pm - Dinner, attendees are free to go to any restaurant they wish, a
list of recommendations will be made available.
8 pm-Late - A reception followed by a festive close the events with a short
panel presentation on the day followed by a party with live music.
Based on a schedule published in advance - Buses will begin taking people
back to the Kurhaus from 6 pm onwards, based on a schedule from the
pre-registration. The buses will run according to a schedule based on the
pre-registration sign-up. The Dutch Railway System will have trains
available all night long (a schedule will be provided) for people who want
to stay late. 

Timing and Duration:
All day Friday, 7 April.
Organization of the lab tour
Registration and confirmation
Registration will be required for a guaranteed seat on the buses (which will
be provided for free).
Buses will be arranged based on the response to the registration to bring
people to the Netherlands Design Institute before 12:30 from the Kurhaus.
Buses will run according to a schedule determined by the pre-registration
from the Netherlands Design Institute back to the Kurhaus. The buses will be
reserved based on advanced registration. A special bargain fare will be
arranged with the Dutch Railway System to offer non-registrants an easy way
of attending the Dutch Design Day.