Building on the theme of the conference—Hybrid Materials—the TEI 2019 Student Design Challenge encourages submissions to speculate on how humans will interact with future digital, physical, biological, social, and virtual materials.
Over the past few years, we have seen advancements in new materials—such as conductive and thermochromic inks, OLEDs, biosensors, bioelectronics, and materials on and in the human body—which have shifted the way computing is embedded into the physical world. We invite students to re-image how advancements in new materials and novel ways of combining materials will shape human lives in the future. Submissions might envision future implementations, uses, and implications of concepts such as:
- Hybrid assemblies that combine digital, physical, biological, and/or social systems
- Shape-, weight-, color- and size changing materials (biosensors and bioactuators, shape memory alloys, thermo and photochromic dyes, etc.)
- Design research methods in tangible and embodied interaction, including critical making, participatory design, co-design, and speculative design
- Wearable, on-body, and in-body computing
- Novel interactions realized through traditional crafts or unconventional materials, professional artistry, craft or musicianship
- Prosthetics, human augmentation, and posthumanism
By imagining a future in which such systems become a reality, we invite students to consider the social, biological, ethical dimensions of their work. We are looking for exciting demonstrations that show creativity, inspiration, feasibility in future possibilities, and critical reflection. Successful entries will be those that show inspiration for future technologies that blend ambition and utility by focusing on post-digital materials and their implications in society.
There will be three prizes awarded:
- Best presentation of demonstration (Juried)
- Best technological contribution (Juried)
- Audience choice (Attendee voted)
All selected demonstrations will be awarded the early-bird registration.
Selection process: Juried
- Submissions are not anonymous and should include all author names, affiliations, and contact information.
- Submissions must be in English Language
- Teams size must be no more than five students (part/full time student status at time of submission). There is no limit to the number of teams that may compete from any given University or organization.
- Preference will be given to entries that offer a good demonstration.
- 4 page paper (maximum - excluding references) in SIGCHI Extended Abstracts Format.
- This should include a description of your chosen design and its use, sources of inspiration, an outline of the problems the design addresses, the approach taken in your design, and your main claims for your proposed solution; including acknowledgement of partial / incomplete solutions and limitations.
- Acknowledgement of any assistance drawn from outside the student team (advisors, faculty, domain experts, existing solutions, users, etc.)
- 3-minute (maximum) video clip
- Uploaded to YouTube/Vimeo - password protected uploads are accepted provided they are accessible to the jury.
- Poster (optional and fitting to demonstration)
- Selected teams will be required to present poster (size A1). The poster design should be submitted in PDF format and the file must be no larger than 6 Mb in size.
- Proof of all team members' student status.
If you have further questions about the Student Design Challenge, please contact the Conference Chairs.