In short: Are you interested in bidding to host MobileHCI 2020? Deadline for bids is May 15th, 2018.
In more detail:
On behalf of the steering committee for the MobileHCI conference series we are inviting bids to host MobileHCI 2020 (the 22st in the conference series). MobileHCI 2018 (mobilehci.acm.org<http://mobilehci.acm.org>) will be in Barcelona and MobileHCI 2019 will be in Taipei. For 2020, we are inviting bids especially from Europe. Details of the conference series can be found here: http://mobilehci.acm.org/sc/
MobileHCI is the forum that provides academics and practitioners a valuable place to discuss the challenges, potential solutions and innovations towards effective interaction with mobile systems and services. It covers the analysis, design, evaluation and application of human-computer interaction techniques and approaches for all mobile computing devices, software and services. Beyond mobile devices and services, the conference covers issues in the whole ecosystem of mobile, smart and embedded devices and related services. The exact nature of a bid can of course include and seek to extend or focus this as the proposers envisage.
For the contents of the bids, please see below. We are paying special attention to the diversity (gender, cultural, economic, etc.) both in the organizing committee and in how the organisers plan to attract diverse audience to MobileHCI.
Bids should be sent to kaisa.vaananen at tut.fi<http://tut.fi> by ** May 15th, 2018 **. After receiving bids, the MobileHCI steering committee will review and vote on the bids and everyone who submits will be given the decision with feedback by June 15th.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact any of the steering committee members. Information about the MobileHCI bidding process can be found at the International Steering Committee Web pages here: https://mobilehci.acm.org/sc/bidding.html
The form of the bid is fairly open but we do need the following information in order to make an informed decision:
* The initial planned dates. MobileHCI has typically been in September. For 2020, we are suggesting either Aug 31st to Sept 4th or Sept 29th to Oct 3rd.
* Intended location for the conference
* How will the conference be organised
* Will there be program chairs who manage the entire program or only papers chairs who manage the papers while the conference chairs manage the conference and program. Ideally, programme chairs should manage the main papers track and the entire program while the conference chairs manage the logistics of the conference
* Who will be programme chair - inc brief bio (1/2 page) and what will they be expected to handle
* Who will be conference chair - inc brief bio (1/2 page) and what will they be expected to handle
* Brief statement of chairs' experience of running conferences
* Who will edit the proceedings (default = both programme and conference chairs)
* Commitment to publish the proceedings with ACM
* A draft program for the conference
* We suggest that the first day is the workshop day, followed by three days of the main conference. The conference itself should most likely be dual track.
* Which research groups will support the conference
* Which sponsors are likely and how will you attract sponsorship
* Any letters of support from local entities offering help
* Diversity plan - this is very important, both in terms of the committee and attracting participants (including developing countries)
* Any direction/theme change you would envisage for MobileHCI (default = none)
* Any new features/tracks you would like to include or other changes you would like to make to the conference (default = none)
* Venue and costs
* Brief description (1/2 - 1 page) of conference venue
* Also address the accessibility of the venue
* Brief description (1/2 - 1 page) of conference city and region/country
* Rough idea of likely costs of (estimates only): - registration rates (normal is to include everything inc workshops and dinner for all delegates, bar one-day attendees) - venue hire - travel costs and rough times from main world cities, say, London, Helsinki, Frankfurt, Paris, Milan, New York, Tokyo and Sydney - a basic decent hotel for 5 nights
* Bidders can include a full budget (using their own or the ACM TMRF budget templates) which can include costs such as food, AV, room rental, registration, USB sticks, badges, PC meeting, speakers, conference
* Management and ACM overhead and revenue details including registration, tutorials, workshops, sponsorship etc.
Bids are welcome from any organisation or group of organisations provided that:
* they agree to accept the committee guidelines on publication, refereeing and finance
* dates are agreed with the committee through negotiation after bidding
* the proposing team consists of at least one permanent faculty member
Please submit your bid as a single PDF document by May 15th, 2018 by sending it to kaisa.vaananen at tut.fi<http://tut.fi>. You can request an example of an earlier successful bid from Kaisa.
Looking forward to your bids!
Kaisa Väänänen, Chair of the Mobile HCI Steering Committee
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