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Susanna Paasovaara <[log in to unmask]>
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Interaction between Nearby Strangers: Serendipity and Playfulness

Workshop at NordiCHI'16, October 23rd, Gothenburg, Sweden

EXTENDED Deadline for position papers: August 25th


After we proposed this workshop, Pokemon GO brought interaction between nearby strangers to the masses. This workshop provides a good chance to discuss what else there is to interaction between nearby strangers and what can we learn from what has happened with Pokemon GO.

This workshop focuses on exploring the future of technology-supported interaction between nearby strangers, identifying the research and design opportunities and problems therein. We welcome researchers and practitioners with various backgrounds and viewpoints to the topic. The workshop will include short presentations and structured brainstorming of visionary scenarios for interactions between nearby strangers, as well as identifying a research agenda for this emerging field of research.


The topics include, but are not limited to:

*           increasing awareness of nearby social opportunities

*           bringing people together for matchmaking, activity partnering and dating

*           enabling playful interactions and social gaming with nearby people

*           encouraging serendipitous and ad hoc interactions and small talk

*           researching current practices and norms of interaction between strangers

*           gamification and other motivators for interaction

*           designing for social experiences between strangers

*           social embarrassment and awkwardness in interaction with strangers

*           privacy considerations and self-disclosure

*           establishing new social norms in public spaces

*           technology enablers

Participants are required to submit a 2-4 page position paper in the SIGCHI EA-format format. The position paper should describe why one is particularly interested in this area (in terms of research, ideas, existing solutions or upcoming activities) and what design or research challenges one sees. The submission must be in PDF format and should not be blinded. We will select papers based on relevance, quality, and diversity. We will limit the size of the workshop to 20 people to ensure effective participation. The results of the workshop will be summarized and published on the workshop's website.

Please e-mail your submission to: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]:[log in to unmask]>>

Important dates:

Deadline for submissions:         August 25th, 2016

Notification of acceptance:        September 3rd, 2016

Workshop date:                        October 23rd, 2016

Visit the workshop pages for more information:

At least one author of each accepted position paper must attend the workshop and all workshop participants must register for both the workshop and for at least one day of the main conference.

Welcome to submit to the workshop!

Workshop organizers

Susanna Paasovaara (Tampere University of Technology, Finland) Andrés Lucero (University of Southern Denmark, Denmark) Martin Porcheron (University of Nottingham, UK) Janne Paavilainen (University of Tampere, Finland) Dzmitry Aliakseyeu (Philips Lighting Research, Netherlands) Thomas Olsson (Tampere University of Technology, Finland)

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