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*Call for Proposals*

HCI Across Borders <>
Symposium in Denver (CO, USA) at CHI 2017
6th-7th May, 2017

*About the Workshop*
The Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) community at CHI is increasingly
embracing research being performed on topics and in regions that have been
understudied in the past. To promote these efforts, the Development
Consortium Workshop titled *HCI Across Borders* was held at CHI 2016 in San
Jose. With support from SIGCHI and in collaboration with Facebook and
Google, it was attended by 70+ researchers from 20 countries across the
globe, with some of these countries being represented at CHI for the first
time. The goal of this Consortium was to build community and invite
collaborations *across borders* on themes of interest to the participants –
those actively involved in international HCI projects, with most of them
conducting research in understudied areas and with underrepresented
individuals and communities across the world.

This year marks another milestone as this event has grown to be a CHI
Symposium. Our goal is to build on the efforts from the Development
Consortium at CHI 2016 and to grow the community working in the area of HCI
Across Borders (HCIxB), by providing an opportunity for interested
researchers to come together as a community, improve the visibility of
their work, and to bring greater awareness to the challenges that plague
international research, particularly research that takes place in
resource-constrained settings, to the larger HCI community.


We solicit participation from HCI researchers and practitioners across the
globe who work with underserved, underrepresented, and/or under-resourced
communities. We particularly invite participants who are keen to explore
collaborations across borders. “Borders”, in this context, include
geographic boundaries, but also boundaries of other kinds, such as
disciplines, methodologies, ideologies, and more. Research areas of focus
can be diverse, including but not limited to learning, global health,
crisis informatics, civic engagement, mobile banking, etc.

While this is no exhaustive list, examples of topics/themes of submission
might include:

   - Leveraging participatory design and co-design approaches
   - Factoring cultural sensitivities in the design of new technologies
   and/or HCI methods
   - Designing to accommodate power differentials in communities
   - Devising innovative techniques for engaging new technology users
   - Designing for sustainability
   - Studying the intersection of HCI and the UN’s Sustainable Development
   Goals (SDGs)
   - And more!

These are examples of projects that our Symposium might include, as the
Consortium did last year <>:

   - Emotional Wellbeing: Technology for Mental Health in Developing
   - HCI, Forced Migration & Refugees: Collaborations across Borders and
   - ICT Intervention for Agricultural Development: Exploring Prospects for
   Pakistani Farmers
   - Cuba Intercambio: Cultural and Information Exchange for Cuba
   - Online Learning Across Diverse Low-Resource Indian Contexts
   - Cognitive Modeling for Illiteracy Eradication
   - Mobile Technology-Based Supports for Prenatal Care Among the Ngäbe in

Please submit a proposal (3-5 pages in the CHI Extended Abstracts
<> format) *starting now *and
before *April 15th, 2017*. We would appreciate early submissions. You will
receive a decision within 15 days of submitting so you can plan your
registration and travels accordingly.

All submissions will be reviewed by the organizers and a program committee.
They will be selected in accordance with their potential to contribute to
the Symposium and to foster discussion. Accepted submissions will be
available on our website before the conference. Authors of accepted
submissions will also be invited to present posters of their proposals at
CHI (although not mandatory).

Please submit your PDFs at Please note that we
will accept contributions until the number of available attendees is
reached, which may be before the ultimate deadline.

We are working on obtaining funding to pay travel expenses (or at least a
portion thereof) for attendees in need. Please note that CHI guidelines
require at least one author of each accepted submission to attend and be
registered for the Symposium.


Neha Kumar, Georgia Tech (USA)
Susan Dray, Dray & Associates (USA)
Christian Sturm, Hamm-Lippstadt University of Applied Sciences (Germany)
Nithya Sambasivan, Google (USA)
Laura S. Gaytan-Lugo, University of Colima (Mexico)
Leonel Morales, Francisco Marroquin University (Guatemala)
Negin Dahya, University of Washington (USA)
Nova Ahmed, North South University (Bangladesh)


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