August 29, 2018 12pm PST

Studio proposals deadline

October 24, 2018

Notification of acceptance

November 20, 2018

Camera-ready deadline

March 17, 2019 (Sunday)

Studios at TEI conference in Tempe, AZ


TEI 2019 invites proposals for one-day studios, to be held on Sunday the 17th of March, 2019 in Tempe, Arizona, USA.

Studios at TEI should encourage new and enriching perspectives in the fields of tangible, embedded, and embodied interaction by combining the practical and hands-on with academic debate/discussion around the chosen topic. A studio is a hands-on experience that exposes participants to something new—a design technique, an unexpected combination of technologies and materials, an approach to creative design—or that aims to join forces in solving a common problem. Successful Studio proposals combine theoretical and practical aspects within the realm of (design) research.

We hope that this year's theme, Hybrid Materials, inspires proposers to host studios that specifically challenge boundaries between the digital, biological, social, virtual, and analogue. Possible Studio topics might include:

We ask Studio proposers to indicate where on the continuum of practical and theoretical skills their Studio proposal can be placed and provide some insights to whether theory will drive the practical or if through practical exploration, theory may be developed. Studios are expected to accommodate around 15 participants each and we encouraged the studios to be open to every conference participant although this is ultimately at the discretion of the studio organizers.

Each Studio will be represented by a 4-page extended abstract that will be included in the Proceedings and published in the ACM Digital Library. Organizers are also encouraged to arrange for later publications of a Studio intellectual and creative output, where appropriate.

Studio participants should be registered in the conference (additional costs will apply). A minimum number of registered participants will be required for a Studio to take place. All participants will need to register for the Studio they are attending.


Submit a proposal as two documents (a “description” document and a “logistics” document) formatted according to the ACM Extended Abstract guidelines (see below)


(4 pages maximum, including References)

LOGISTICS document

(4 pages maximum)

The ACM formatted Studio Logistics Document Template contains detailed descriptions and examples of the expected contents for each part


The review process will take into account the organizers' ability to clearly articulate a plan for a Studio that will provide an engaging hands-on experience and/or provoke rich debate. Additional criteria are: the expected community interest level on the topic, available equipment, and how the topics and processes covered complement other studio offerings. The Studio Chairs may suggest organizers of submissions that are similar in topic to collaborate on a joint session.


In order for the Studio extended abstract to appear in the conference proceedings, at least one organizer of each Studio must register for the conference and their Studio, and organizers must have secured the commitment of a minimum number of participants to attend, by the early registration deadline. For publications in the TEI Extended Abstracts, copyright remains with the author. The publication is not considered an archival publication; however, it does go into the ACM Digital Library. Because you retain copyright, as the author you are free to use this material as you like, including submitting a paper based on this work to other conferences or journals. Authors grant unrestricted permission for ACM to publish the accepted submission in the TEI Extended Abstracts without additional consideration or remuneration.




Organizers are responsible for setting up the Studio before the start of the session, leading discussions and sustaining participation.


It is encouraged that the Studio organizers should communicate their Studio results to a larger audience after the conference. In addition to any presentations, you may make material available about the event for public consumption, self-promotion, and promotion of TEI conferences (after consent of your participants should you be showing their likeness through photos/videos and if showing their Studio projects). This material can range from online photos and videos, design documents and/or schematics, a blog, or a report for publication in an ACM Bulletin, or a similar venue.


If you have any questions about Studios for TEI 2019 please contact the Conference Chairs.