Student Design Challenge

Important dates

Submission deadlineOctober 5, 2019 (at 5pm AEST)
Notification of acceptanceNovember 6, 2019
Camera-ready deadlineDecember 1, 2019
Conference datesFebruary 9-12, 2020

*Deadline times are in AEST – Australian Eastern Standard Time

General information    

Building on the theme of the conference—Future Bodies, Future Technologies—the TEI2020 Student Design Challenge (SDC) encourages submissions to speculate on how humans will create synergies between future digital and physical technologies that can be worn and embedded or can be integrated with biological bodies and living organisms.  

While recent interdisciplinary research has proposed new types of materials and fabrication approaches, interactive technology has rapidly become more pervasive in our daily lives thanks to the small form factor and fast growing computing power of current digital devices (e.g., mobile and wearable devices). We are interested in the intersection between these two areas. More work still needs to be done to fully explore the feasibility and utility of integrating digital technologies into the human body. We think that, in the near future, wearable technology, fashion technology, tech toys, and organic materials will become more common, giving life to a totally new paradigm for hybrid computing.

With this student challenge, we invite students to think of how these topics can be integrated and how symbiosis between bodies and technologies are possible, including new types of applications, new ways of using materials, new interfaces, and new fabrication methods. Submissions might envision future implementations, uses, and implications of concepts such as:

By imagining a future in which such systems become a reality, we invite students to consider the social, biological and 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:

All selected demonstrations will be eligible for early-bird registration.

Submission guidelines

All work should be submitted through the Precision Conference (PCS) system.

Submissions will be selected by a jury and should include all author names, affiliations and contact information, and are thus not anonymous.

The teams can have a maximum of five student members (each should provide evidence of part-time or full-time student status at the 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 ― in fact, at TEI we place great emphasis on the tangible/physical aspects of the project and we strongly support projects that will engage the audience at the conference.


Submissions have to include a paper and a video.

The paper should be up to 4 pages, excluding references, using the SIGCHI Extended Abstracts Format (available under Templates).

The video clip length should be maximum 3 minutes.

Material to submit upon acceptance

Authors of accepted submissions will be notified on November 6, 2019.

Student Design Challenge chairs

If you have further questions about the Student Design Challenge, please contact the Student Design Challenge Chairs.

Andrea Bianchi, KAIST
Roberto Martinez-Maldonado, University of Technology Sydney
Michelle Pickrell, University of Technology Sydney & Digital Transformation Agency

The SDC chairs can be contacted by email: