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Last chance for your submissions to our CHI 2016 workshop:

Lightweight Games User Research for Indies and Non-Profit Organizations
May 8 | San Jose, CA, USA

Final acceptance round: February 26, 2016

Info: http://gur.hcigames.com/chi2016/
Submit here: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=chigur2016

This one-day workshop will take place at ACM CHI 2016 and wants to
bring together professionals, researchers, practitioners and anyone
else interested in the domain of Game User Research, across companies,
organizations, and research institutions.
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TOPIC

Small independent developers, non-profit organizations, and academics
that create games on a budget are currently underrepresented in the
CHI Game User Research (CHI) community. The GUR community has thrived
at CHI with four workshops and a course since CHI 2012; all of these
were well attended. However, in line with the #chi4good spirit, the
GUR field must advance towards demographics that will benefit from GUR
but are currently less well represented. This includes small,
independent developers, non-profit organizations, and academics that
create mobile games, games for health or change, and educational
games.

This workshop will be a think tank focused on developing
methodological and practical solutions for anyone who creates games
with minimal resources. The think tank event invites everyone to
participate and construct collective knowledge, share and discuss
among GUR professionals, non-profits, indie developers, and the
interdisciplinary academics interested in the field.

This GUR workshop is the first of its kind in that it focuses on
lightweight methods for GUR, for example, quick and dirty user
experience setups and methods, low-expertise requirement approaches or
low-cost adaptations of eye-tracking methods to evaluate games user
interfaces. Ultimately, the workshop serves as a springboard towards
building a community of user researchers around the common issues and
approaches when dealing with low budgeted projects.
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PARTICIPATION

Our goal is to understand, investigate, promote and provide the value
of GUR for small companies and -initiatives and any other situation
where resources are minimal. We are interested to find out how
developers and academics can benefit from existing GUR strategies,
tools, and techniques in the particular context of small-scale
development; or how these need to be modified, adapted, or re-thought
to meet actual needs. This is notable regarding resource cost, zero
training need, high value-to-cost ratio, as well as automation and
remote testing capacities. The outcome of this workshop will be a
collection of DIY (Do-It-Yourself) best practices, guidelines, tools,
and techniques for this target group that is simple, lightweight, and
cheap to apply.
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SUBMISSIONS

Participants are invited to submit a 4-page position paper (CHI
extended abstracts format) or an abstract and slides/video (only
recommended for industry participants). Content should highlight
practical challenges relating to applying GUR for in non-profit
organizations, indie and other small-scale and low-resource
environments.

Participants are asked to submit their proposals via EasyChair
submission system. A short biography of each author attending the
workshop needs to be included (100-150 words). Submissions will be
juried by the organizing committee, who will also select up to 20
participants according to relevance, quality of results, practical
value and diversity. If accepted, at least one author must register
for the workshop and for one or more days of the CHI conference.
Papers will also be compiled on the workshop website.
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Workshop’s Call for Submissions released: 30 November
Participants’ final submissions: 26 February 2016
Workshop: May 8, 2015

Thank you for your submissions and participation in our workshop.

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