@CHI 2016

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  1. Proposal to Participate in HCI Across Borders Workshop – Monali Agarwal
  2. Emotional Wellbeing: Technology for Mental Health in Developing Countries – Nova Ahmed
  3. Across the Borders of Legality: Leveraging Pirate Infrastructures – Priyank Chandra
  4. Towards Bridging the Participation and Power Barriers Through the Power of Play – Yoram Chisik and Monchu Chen
  5. HCI, Forced Migration & Refugees: Collaborations across Borders and Fields – Karen Fisher, Katya Yefimova, Negin Dahya, Eiad Yafi, Elizabeth M. Belding, Maren Borkert, Guanghua Chi, Arul Chib, Claire Cravero, Dana Diminescu, Oliver Farshi, Kathie Friedman, Pete Giencke, Vikki Katz, Paul Schmitt, Nguyen Thi Hoan, Jeff Wishnie, and Volker Wulf
  6. ICT Intervention for Agricultural Development: Exploring Prospects for Pakistani Farmers – Syed Ali, HarisDurrani, Muhammad Naeem, Waleed Riaz, and Suleman Shahid
  7. Cuba Intercambio: Cultural and Information Exchange for Cuba – Michaelanne Dye, Annie Antón, and Amy S. Bruckman
  8. User-Created Persona: Personas Beyond the Global North – Daniel G. Cabrero
  9. Crowd-Computers Interaction Research and its Role in Development – Leonel Morales Diaz and Laura S. Gaytán-Lugo
  10. Privacy and Security Issues in ICTD: Research and Practice – Shion Guha, Md. Rashidujjaman Rifat, Syed Ishtiaque Ahmed, and Nicola Dell
  11. Innovation Across Borders: Supporting Startups Globally – Julia Katherine Haines
  12. Sub-Saharan Africa Assistive Technology Data Mapping – Mark Harniss, Rebecca Matter, Gubela Mji, Mussa Chiwaula, and Ryan Hartford
  13. Agricultural Knowledge Management in Rural China: Learning from Existing Approaches in India – Rui Zhou, Jasmine Hentschel, and Neha Kumar
  14. Mobile Phone based Interactive Videos for Perinatal Depression – Syed Ali Hussain
  15. Do Roads Restrict Innovation? The Role of Logistics in Participation – Margaret Jack
  16. Project Boost: Addressing the “Socio” in a Socio-Technical System to Improve Income-Earning Opportunities in Urban America – Vaishnav Kameswaran, Meghana Marathe, Tawanna Dillahunt, Joyojeet Pal, Katharina Reinecke, and Kentaro Toyama
  17. Designing ICTs for Social and Situated Learning Systems at the Margins – Linus Kendall
  18. Online Learning Across Diverse Low-Resource Indian Contexts – Aditya Vishwanath, Arkadeep Kumar, and Neha Kumar
  19. HCI Education Across Borders: Collaborating to Teach HCI in African Universities and Innovation Hubs – ‘Maletšabisa Molapo
  20. Designing Tools & Services For Gleaning In Food Systems – Andrew Nelson and Carl DiSalvo
  21. Crossing Gender Boundaries: The Case of Technology Centers in Favelas – David Nemer
  22. Situated Displays as a Tool to Aid Under-Represented Communities – Stuart Nicholson
  23. HCI and the Vocation of Global Good – Joyojeet Pal
  24. Education Across Borders: Technology Supported Mentoring and Team-Building – Vineet Pandey
  25. Messaging Systems For Development: Connecting End Users To Experts Across Domains and Borders – Trevor Perrier
  26. Changing Perceptions of Citizens of India and Pakistan – Aditya Vashistha, Agha Ali Reza, Umar Saif, Roni Rosenfeld, and Richard Anderson
  27. Cognitive Modeling for Illiteracy Eradication – Mennat-Allah Saleh and Christian Sturm
  28. OUX: Building an Open Distributed UX Lab – J. Alfredo Sánchez
  29. Alternate Constructions of Damage: Frictional Design and Disaster Impact Assessment in Post-Earthquake Nepal – Robert Soden and Nama Budhathoki
  30. Opportunities for HCI4D and Refugees: A Focus on Antenatal Health for Syrian Refugees – Reem Talhouk
  31. Learning-Oriented Participatory Approach in Design of Projects for Technology-Enabled Maternal and Child Health Care – Rahel Bekele, Christiane Floyd, and Melissa Densmore
  32. Mobile Technology-Based Supports for Prenatal Care Among the Ngäbe in Panama – Elba Valderrama-Bahamondez and Inmaculada Riverade Castillo
  33. Real-Time IVR platforms for Under-Resourced Contexts – Delvin Varghese and Madeline Balaam
  34. #GatekeepersMustChange – Tigist S. Hussen, William D. Tucker, Nicola J. Bidwell and Ineke Buskens
  35. Zero-Rating Plans Across Borders – Mehrab Bin Morshed and Neha Kumar


The Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) community at CHI has expanded its scope in recent years to study technology use in under-served, under-represented, and under-resourced regions around the world. This area of work is identified (not without debate) at CHI as HCI4D*, where the ‘D’ is used for highlighting the ‘developing world’ context where much of this work has taken place. To work around the limitations imposed by this term, we invite individuals who identify themselves as HCI4D researchers/practitioners, and also more broadly – those who are keen to (or already keenly) pursue research and practice in these under-served, under-represented, and/or under-resourced contexts.

Nearly a decade ago, at CHI 2007, the first workshop on user-centered design and international development was held – also in San Jose. Since then, we have seen an explosion of work in this area. This has been accompanied by a growth of sophistication in understanding, methods, approaches, and techniques towards devising solutions to problems seemingly intractable due to logistical and methodological challenges. As the area has grown, it has understandably become harder for us to stay connected with the expanding scope of research and practice and the increasing number of people involved. While technological and methodological advances are critical for further development of our field, so too is it important for us to stay connected. We often work in relatively isolated contexts, geographically dispersed across the globe, and rarely find the opportunity to associate with the larger community even though we know this could be helpful.

Why work across borders? Though every country and context is unique, and much of our work aims to design for “situatedness”, there are lessons to be learned across borders as well. Questions we would like to ask include: What are common themes that tie together different resource-constrained contexts? For instance, could a maternal health project in India benefit from lessons learned from a project in Kenya and vice versa? How can we – as a community – work within countries and across them as well?

The primary objective of this event is to bring together HCI voices from across the globe at a venue as they develop themes of common interests and work on potential projects/proposals they can pursue together as collaborators. Our secondary, and larger, objective however is to launch a series of such workshops that will help advance towards a richer, stronger, and a fundamentally more cohesive community overall.

* Unpacking the term HCI4D will be one of the undertakings of this workshop. Though debated, the term helps us refer to the area that applies what we know about human-centered processes and technology design to work that aspires towards economic, social, and human development. 


Our workshop will take place over two days – 7th/8th May 2016 – and solicit participation from HCI researchers and practitioners across the globe who work with under-served, under-represented, and/or under-resourced communities.  We invite participants keen to explore collaborations across borders and geographies. We define “borders” and “geographies” broadly to include both national boundaries and more localized boundaries such as those between cities or different groups within a country. Research areas of focus can be diverse, including but not limited to education, healthcare, civic engagement, mobile banking, etc. We welcome all methodological and ideological leanings.

Examples of topics/themes of interest might include, among others:

  • Leveraging participatory design and co-design approaches
  • Factoring cultural sensitivities in the design of new technologies
  • Designing to accommodate power differentials
  • Devising innovative techniques for engaging users
  • Designing for sustainability

Examples of projects might include, among others:

  • Study of Facebook use and gender roles in South Africa and Namibia
  • Design of mobile-based reporting systems for targeted African-American and impoverished citizens to report police brutality in Atlanta (GA), Minneapolis (MN), and New York (NY)
  • Design of mobile media for maternal and newborn health in India and Pakistan
  • Study of IVR use to provide information on agricultural practices in Peru and Ethiopia
  • Development of mobile technology-based supports for prenatal care among the Ngabe-Bugle and the Embera in Panama


Please submit a proposal (2-4 pages in the CHI Extended Abstracts format) by 21st December 2015 for early notification of acceptance (by 31st December) and 15th January 2016 for notification by 24th January. Final revised submissions will be due on 31st March.

Submissions should discuss a plan or intent to collaborate ‘across borders’, articulating your area of work and research questions that interest you. If these include potential projects and collaborators, even better! Submissions can be crafted by a set of authors (who may like to meet and discuss at the workshop), or by a smaller group/individual seeking additional team members. If additional collaborators are sought, submissions should describe desired expertise/profiles/locations. These submissions will seed small group discussions and informal presentations at the workshop.

All submissions will be reviewed by the organizers and selected according to their potential to contribute to the workshop’s goals and foster discussion. Accepted submissions will be available on our workshop website at least two weeks before the conference to allow participants to prepare. In addition, organizers may consider the publication of revised versions of accepted papers as part of a special issue in a related journal.

Please send submissions to hci4d.across.borders@gmail.com. All deadlines will be observed at 11.59pm AoE.


CHI workshop guidelines require that at least one author of each accepted submission attend and that each (physical) participant be registered for the workshop and one day of the conference. If these constraints become limiting, please contact us so that workarounds might be considered. We are working on obtaining funding to pay travel expenses (or at least a portion thereof) for attendees in need. So if you do work in this area and are hesitating because you believe that obtaining travel money will be difficult to impossible, please go ahead and submit anyway. We will work with you to try and fund (or partially fund) your travel.

Virtual Participation

We understand that not everyone who wishes to participate (with or without a submission) will be able to attend physically, be it due to financial or other constraints. We invite you to express an interest to participate (via email) and we will work with you to accommodate you on our ‘virtual track’ where you will also have the chance to work with a mentor and on a team.