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5th Symposium on End User Development: My world, my device, my program
Madrid, 26-29 May 2015

This year, IS-EUD invites proposal for hands-on sessions to be held in
parallel tracks, as part of the main conference program, on the afternoon
of Thursday, May 28th, 2015. The “End-Users’ Playground” will be open to
the general public, thus offering a unique scenario in which (a) wider
categories of the public will create, modify and extend technologies with
the tools researchers have developed for their needs and (b) researchers
can obtain feedback directly from end users. The Playground aims at
inspiring new perspectives on the field of End-User Development. It will be
an excellent opportunity for organizers to share their tools with other
researchers and to engage the end-users at the same time, in order to
broaden the scope of their research practices. A successful Playground
activity, therefore, will offer direct hands-on experiences with new and
cutting-edge end-user development technologies, both for conference
attendees and non-professionals.

Playground activities should accommodate a maximum of 20 participants each,
with a minimum of 5 participants required to run the activity and they are
open to anyone (conference attendees and the general public). Each activity
will last a maximum of 4 hours.

For each Playground activity, we request a short proposal (up to 4 pages)
in the Springer LNCS publication format, which will be published in the
Conference Proceedings. Organizers are also strongly encouraged to arrange
for posterior publications of a Playground activity’s output.

End-Users’ Playground focuses on the exploration of new tools, techniques
and approaches that allow end-user development for a wide variety of
contexts. For instance, topics might include, but are not limited to:

Multi-touch, in-air gestural and full body movement interaction
Mobile applications
Physical computing (hardware & software)
Smart tangibles
xReality interactions
Digital fabrication
3D modeling
Ubiquitous computing environments
Support to DIY and makers communities
Web applications
Visual programming environments
Natural programming environments
At least one author of each accepted proposal must register for the
conference before the early registration deadline. Once a proposal is
accepted, a form will be made available for participants to register on the
conference website. The list of accepted activities will be also promoted
on the website of the conference venue ( in order
to increase the visibility of the event for the general public. Organizers
are also welcome to promote the participation to their activity in the way
they consider more   appropriate (e.g., website, mailing lists, social
networks, etc.). Organizers are responsible for specifying the optimum
number of participants and if their activity requires some selection
criteria to be met. Registration to a Playground activity is free of charge.

Submission guidelines

Submit a proposal (up to 4 pages) formatted according to the Springer LNCS
guidelines (
Organizers may submit and update their submission through the EasyChair
system ( until the
submission deadline.

The proposal should be structured accorded to the following:

Abstract (150 words maximum)
Topics to be covered and their relevance to the EUD community
Detailed description of the planned hands-on activity (e.g., how the tool
will be introduced to the participants, a scenario of the activity in text
or in  visual format, a tasks list, a description of the organization of
participants in the groups, etc.). You may include diagrams or screenshots
if relevant.
Objectives and learning goals for the activity
Supporting documentation (e.g., project website)
Please add an additional page in which you indicate:

Short biographical statement(s) of organizer(s)
Cost of material and hardware, if any (per participant, with list of
individual items)
Logistics requirements: space, equipment, video/audio, specialized tools,
Selection criteria and expected number of participants
Expected length (up to 4 hours)
Review Process

Before the conference

Arrange for delivery of needed materials
Develop a final agende of the activity and review it with IS-EUD 2015
End-User’s Playground Chairs
Organizers of an accepted activity are encouraged to set up and maintain a
web page providing information about their session and to promote the
participation to the activity.
At the conference

Organizers are responsible for setting up and leading the session.
After the conference

It is expected that End-Users’ Playground results will be communicated to a
larger audience. Organizers will make material available about the event
for public consumption. This material can range from online photos and
videos, blog posts or academic publications.
In case of software tools, it is expected that they will be made available
for download after the conference (e.g., github or project webpage).
Important dates

Proposals: January 26, 2015
Notification: February 28, 2015
Camera-ready: March 9, 2015
More information

If you need further information about the End-User’s Playground track,
please contact the Chairs Andrea Bellucci, Lily Diaz-Kommonen and Monica
Maceli at [log in to unmask]

End-User’s Playground Chairs

Andrea Bellucci. Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
Lily Diaz-Kommonen. Aalto University, Finland
Monica Maceli. Drexel University, US

For more information, look at

Dr. Patrick C. Shih
College of Information Sciences and Technology
The Pennsylvania State University

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