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Africa Human Computer Interaction (HCI) Conference (AfriCHI'16) Special
Call for Full Papers, Notes & Multi-media/Oral Submissions.

Submissions of Full Papers, Notes and Gumzo tracks to AfriCHI'16 can be
made until 3rd February 2016 (midnight GMT) at
https://cmt.research.microsoft.com/AFRICHI2016/.


Information about AfriCHI

www.africhi.net <http://www.africhi.net/>The inaugural African Human
Computer Interaction Conference (AfriCHI) will take place in beautiful
Kenya, between 21st and 25th November 2016. AfriCHI will be hosted by
the University of Nairobi. The aim of AfriCHI is to widen the
international participation of Africans in the practise and study of
Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and Interaction Design, and to advance
HCI by increased awareness of designs, tools, inventions, methods,
theories and pedagogies for creating or using technology in Africa.
AfriCHI¡¯16 is organised in co-operation with the Association of
Computer Machinery¡¯s Special Interest Group for Computer Human
Interaction, ACM SIGCHI, by a pan-African team, and has the theme:
Kujenga madaraja, kubomoa vizuizi or Building Bridges, Breaking Barriers.

AfriCHI¡¯16 is for anyone interested in people¡¯s interactions with
digital technology or media, who is African, based in Africa, or
undertakes/wants to work on projects in Africa or with Africans.
We welcome practitioners, professionals, scholars and students in all
fields and traditions that consider interactions with digital
technology. This includes not only designers, engineers or analysts of
software, hardware and media (e.g. User experience or mobile application
designers, information architects, usability experts etc.), but also
educators in all aspects of digital life; researchers in all disciplines;
change-makers, planners and managers in all sectors including government,
NGOs and industries; entrepreneurs, artists, activists; and elders in
grassroots/creative collectives.

We invite a broad range of contributions for presentation at AfriCHI¡¯16,
publication in the conference proceedings and wider access in prestige
online archives. This includes tracks for written papers and notes; oral
performances and multimedia works; panel discussions; posters;
demonstrations; English and local-language workshops; courses; and,
Doctoral and Masters research. Contributions will be reviewed by
international experts in HCI, its allied fields, and in African contexts
and traditions and, if accepted, will be published in the Proceedings of
AfriCHI¡¯16. The written part of these proceedings is eligible for
archiving in the ACM Digital Library. We will use the Internet Archive
for multimedia contributions to Gumzo, which is a track for New dialogues
for HCI that reflects our eagerness to engage HCI with Africa¡¯s diverse
languages and expressive genres and forms. Please read about language and
format options for each track.

We encourage submissions from people who have had few possibilities to
participate in international conferences and also offer mentoring and
collaboration to people seeking this kind of assistance. AfriCHI¡¯16 is
exploring real-time Internet links with institutions throughout Africa to
ensure that people who cannot travel to Kenya can listen to talks. If you
can help make this happen please contact the Remote Access Chair on:
[log in to unmask]

We also warmly invite volunteers to join our team to contribute time and
skills to organising other conference activities, before or during
AfriCHI¡¯16 - please contact: [log in to unmask]

Topics 
AfriCHI¡¯16 is an interdisciplinary conference about all issues that
connect people, digital technology and Africa and/or Africans. Topics
of interest in all tracks include, but are not limited to, any of the
following in relation to Africa/Africans:
- Contexts:  
Places; people, users or developers; communities or groups; events; every
day or unusual phenomena; languages; perspectives; trans-national,
cross-cultural or cultural aspects etc
- Meanings, values or experiences:
Health, education, governance, citizenship, well-being, designing things
that matter, empowerment, ethics, sustainability, privacy, gender and
cultural diversity, accessibility, engagement, aesthetics, fun etc.
= Processes:
Techniques, tools or methods for researching, designing, co-designing,
evaluating, deploying or using interactive systems, etc.
- Technologies: 
Mobile devices; multi touch and touchless interaction; Web 2.0
technologies; social media; personal, community and public displays;
decentralised (mesh) networks; Big Data; Quantified Self; Internet of
Things, etc.
- Pedagogies and epistemologies:
Teaching, learning or developing capacity in HCI/Interaction Design;
Afro-centric research, theory or invention; indigenous or traditional
knowledges in HCI/design; post-colonial perspectives etc.

Submissions
Submissions of Full Papers, Notes and Gumzo tracks to AfriCHI'16 can
be made until 3 February 2016 (midnight GMT) at
https://cmt.research.microsoft.com/AFRICHI2016/. Other tracks have
later deadlines (see below).
Submissions  include the main files, conforming to the templates and
formats for the relevant track, an abstract and descriptive information
(e.g. authors, keywords).  Authors may submit and resubmit their materials
as often until submission deadlines. We urge authors to test uploading
submissions before the relevant deadline and contact the appropriate track
chairs to arrange alternatives in advance if they predict problems e.g.
due to Internet issues.

Tracks
AfriCHI Papers & Notes are original, double-blind peer-reviewed,
scholarly accounts of HCI research, design and/or theory that are
presented at AfriCHI¡¯16 as talks. Papers and notes are published in the
conference proceedings. Papers and notes will have a maximum length of 10
and 4 pages respectively (excluding references), and will be more widely
accessible in a prestigious online archive. AfriCHI will have two rounds
of double-blind reviews on full papers and notes. Eligible full papers and
notes submitted by 3rd February will be invited to be revised and
submitted as full papers and notes, respectively, in the second round of
reviews. Papers  that do not meet expectations in the first review will
be invited to be revised as notes for the second review.
  Template: Paper. 
  Deadline: 3rd February 2016
  Paper Co-chairs: Bukelwa Ngoqo, Myriam El Mesbahi
  Notes Co-chairs: Meke Kapepo & Helene Gelderblom
  Email: [log in to unmask]

Gumzo: New dialogues for HCI showcases original oral performances or
multimedia productions, published in the conference proceedings and
openly licensed via the Internet Archive. Submissions consist of audio,
video or other multimedia files and can include languages used in Africa
other than English.  Submissions are coordinated through CMT but also
require uploads to the Internet Archive
<http://africhi.net/authors/submission-types/gumzo>http://africhi.net/autho
rs/submission-types/gumzo
<http://africhi.net/authors/submission-types/gumzo>. Creators of files
and/or their collaborators can also submit pictorial abstracts, papers
or notes to relate oral/media content to scholarly discourse as additional
publications. These will be double-blind peer-reviewed and, if accepted,
will appear in the written proceedings and widely accessible in a
prestigious online archive.
  Template: Paper and Pictorial
  Deadline: 3rd February 2016
  Chairs: Marion Walton, Thomas Reitmaier, Anja Venter, Daniel
    Gonzalez-Cabrero and Liani Maasdorp
  Email:  [log in to unmask]

Posters are graphical displays around which authors discuss, with a small
group, their work-in-progress, early insights or late-breaking results.
Written abstracts of posters will be double-blind peer-reviewed and, if
accepted, will appear in the conference proceedings and a more widely
accessible in a prestigious online archive.
  Template: Extended Abstract
  Deadline: 1st June 2016
  Chairs: Nuzhah Gooda Sahib-Kaudeer, Christine Wanjiru and Gabriel Dzodom
  Email: [log in to unmask]

Panels are discussions between invited people, with special knowledge,
experience or expertise,that provoke lively debate about issues relevant
to AfriCHI. Written abstracts of panel proposals are reviewed by jury and,
if accepted, will be published in the conference proceedings and will be
more widely accessible in a prestigious online archive.
  Template: Extended Abstract
  Deadline: 1st June  2016
  Chairs:  Abiodun Ogunyemi and Muhambe Mukisa
  Email: [log in to unmask]

Doctoral & Masters Consortia are interdisciplinary workshops, facilitated
by an expert panel, in which students discuss their work and explore and
develop their research interests. Students¡¯ written abstracts that are
accepted after review, will be published in the conference pro ceding
and will be more widely accessible in a prestigious online archive.
  Template: Extended Abstract
  Deadline: 6th April 2016
  Chairs: Izak van Zyl  & Obinna Anya
  Email: [log in to unmask]

Demonstrations are live presentations of running systems or artifacts,
such as interfaces, prototypes or research tools, that can both present
innovation and solicit diverse and expert feedback within the broad
discipline of HCI. Written abstracts of demos are reviewed by jury and,
if accepted, will be published in the conference proceedings and more
widely accessible in the a prestigious online archive.
  Template: Extended Abstract
  Deadline:  1st June 2016
  Chairs: Erick Oduor
  Email: [log in to unmask]

Workshops in English & Local Languages enable participants with similar
interests to explore perspectives on specific topics in HCI theory or
practice. Workshops take place over 0.5 - 2 days; and can be facilitated
in English or another language used in Africa. Abstracts of workshops are
reviewed by jury and, if accepted, will be published in the conference
proceedings and a widely accessible in a prestigious online archive.
  Template: Extended Abstract
  Deadline: 2nd March 2016
  Chairs: Rehema Baguma and Raymond Mugwanya
  Email: [log in to unmask]

Courses provide introductory or advanced instruction, over 0.5 - 1 day,
in basic HCI/related concepts, new technologies, emerging areas, tools,
methods or techniques etc. Abstracts of courses are reviewed by jury and,
if accepted, will be published in the conference proceedings and more
widely accessible in a prestigious online archive.
  Template: Extended Abstract
  Deadline: 2nd March 2016
  Chairs:  Rita Orji and Tigist Shewarega Hussen
  Email: [log in to unmask]

For more information about submissions, please visit www.africhi.net
<http://www.africhi.net/> or email the Technical Programme Chairs,
Kagonya Awori and Nicola Bidwell on: [log in to unmask]

We look forward to receiving your submission or hearing from you in the
meantime.

  Kagonya Awori and Nicola Bidwell		
  Technical Programme Chairs			

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