HCI has a growing body of work regarding important social and community issues, as well as various growing grassroots communities working to make CHI more international and inclusive.


In this workshop, we will build on this work: first reflecting on the contemporary CHI climate, and then developing an actionable plan towards making CHI2019 and subsequent SIGCHI events more inclusive for all.

Call for Proposals

We would like to invite you to take part in a one-day workshop to be held on May 4th or 5th at CHI2019. With this workshop, we proactively take part in building a more inclusive CHI community. We do this in a highly interactive one-day workshop where we will first reflect on current privilege, marginalisation, and inclusion in our community, and then develop actionable ideas on how to improve inclusion at CHI2019 and future HCI events.

We welcome submissions from anyone who is concerned about inclusion at CHI and HCI more widely, and who would like to play a part in building a better future for our discipline. In order to take part, we ask you to write a brief (max. 3 pages including references and short bio) personal statement in the Extended Abstract format. Submissions should address one or more of the following questions - or a related question that is important to you and could also be important to others.

They should be sent in PDF format by the 22nd of February 2019 (extended deadline) to

Admittance will be on the basis of workshop relevance, and the potential of contribution to discussions and actions, as reviewed by the workshop organisers. We want to stress again here, that no prior experience or research in this field is necessary to take part in the workshop - only a willingness to take part in making HCI more inclusive! If accepted, we require that at least one author of the submission attends the workshop, who must also register for at least one day of the conference.
Thank you to everyone who submitted an application!

DEN Travel and Accommodation Grants

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The Digital Economy Network (DEN) is kindly supporting our workshop by offering five (5) travel and accommodation grants for DEN students to attend this workshop! Please mention that you are part of the DEN in your proposal email.

Programme of Activities

Time Activity
09:00 Welcome and introduction from the organisers
09:15 An introductory activity to welcome all attendees
10:00 ‘Privilege Activity’
10:45 BREAK
11:00 Discussion based on ‘Privilege Activity’
11:30 Brainstorm new content to surface and examine additional dimensions of power that operate in the HCI community and its associated practices and processes.
12:30 LUNCH
14:00 Welcome back from organisers
14:15 Small group activities to develop a small booklet filled with questions and discussions on how to improve inclusion at ACM SIGCHI events and in our labs, classrooms, and communities of practice
15:00 Whole group discussion of the booklet
16:00 Planning of actions leading to dissemination during CHI2019 and future work
17:00 DINNER


Angelika Strohmayer is a PhD candidate in Computing at Newcastle University. Her work explores the potential for respectful and meaningful design processes and digital interventions in third sector service delivery. She is also a co-founder of and the #CHIversity campaign, both working to make HCI more welcoming and inclusive.

Cayley MacArthur is a PhD candidate in Systems Design Engineering working in the Games Institute and Touchlab at the University of Waterloo. Her research seeks to interrogate the intersections of gendered language, spaces and praxis in HCI. Her desire to connect grassroots efforts to effect organizational change is reflected to her commitments to service in the HCI community, including serving as Equity Chair for CHI 2019.

Velvet Spors is a creative technologist and PhD candidate at the Mixed Reality Lab, University of Nottingham, where they are currently investigating digital self-care technologies in a public setting (in partnership with the National Videogame Arcade). Their research foci are empathy in technology, playfulness and implicit interconnectedness between people.

Michael Muller works as a researcher at IBM Research in Cambridge MA USA, where he applies participatory and other methods to understanding the work of data science workers. Consistent with the broad democratic aspirations of participatory design, he tries to be an ally to feminist, Indigenist, LGBTQIA+, and other progressive activists.

Morgan Vigil-Hayes is an assistant professor in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems at Northern Arizona University. Her research uses techniques from computer networks, mobile computing, social computing, and network analysis to investigate how information systems can be better designed to facilitate community values and cohesiveness. She is especially interested in understanding information systems through an Indigenous lens and designing for tribal sovereignty and Indigenous cultural values.

Ebtisam Alabdulqader is a PhD candidate based in Open Lab at Newcastle University, and a lecturer in the Information Technology Department at King Saud University. Her current research focuses on investigating strategies to promote the adoption of digital technologies to augment the current healthcare system and establish new relational healthcare models. She is also the founder of community and the vice chair for the ACM SIGCHI chapter for Riyadh Saudi Arabia.


Gustavo Berumen
My name is Jose Gustavo Berumen Salazar, although I go by Gustavo Berumen. I was told by professors in Mexico that the less Latin-American sounding the name the better, as it is harder to get published when everything indicates that one is from Latin America. I cannot confirm how true these statement were, but there is evidence of unfairness against minorities based on names [1], and people masking their names to make them more similar to the dominant group [3]. I am a Ph.D. student in HCI at the University of Nottingham, based in the Department of Computer Science. My Ph.D. project aims to support people’s capacity to improve their usage of Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) through the addition of a ”smart” digital layer to regular CPGs. CPGs are cheap, disposable and quickly consumed everyday products (e.g. packaged food and toiletries). I had a background in cognitive psychology and research experience in cognitive neuroscience (i.e. the study of the brain activity associated to cognitive processes such as memory). I made the decision to change paths to the field of HCI because I want to do research that had a higher impact and practical applications. I believe that my background gives me tools to attempt to understand people’s behaviors, and that the research methods I learned could help me to conduct further investigation into human and technology interaction. Download Position Paper

Katta Spiel
Katta has a background in Cultural Studies and Computer Science from Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. Most recently Katta was involved in projects at TU Wien where they co-designed technologies with autistic children. Katta's PhD centered on the children’s experiences with technologies and including their first-hand perspectives. Katta's research agenda is focused on including marginalised perspectives in the design and evaluation of technologies. Other research interests include Games and Play, Critical Computer Science, Gender Studies and Philosophy of Science. Katta is involved in Roller Derby and can be found knitting in most meetings.
Reem Talhouk, Open Lab, Newcastle University, Newcastle, United Kingdom Download Position Paper

Monika Pröbster
I graduated with a diploma in psychology (the German equivalent to a master’s degree in psychology) at the University of Heidelberg in 2016. For my thesis, I conducted a study about gendered language, more precisely, the mental representations of grammar and gender-stereotypical cues. In 2017, I started working at Heilbronn University. In my research, I concentrate on the social and psychological implications of technology (e.g., in virtual reality), with a special focus on gender and diversity issues and user-centered methods. I’m fascinated by the field because it offers -like psychology itself- a lot of variety and interdisciplinarity. Furthermore, it is ever changing and there is yet much to discover. Recent work I was involved in dealt with personas and how they can be developed considering gender [1], presented in a way that fosters engagement and perspective taking [2] and on the properties of digital training in tech, taking a closer look at gender issues[3].
[1] N. Marsden, J. Hermann, M. Pröbster, 2017. Developing personas, considering gender: a case study, presented at the Proceedings of the 29th Australian Conference on Computer-Human Interaction, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
[2] M. Pröbster, M. E. Haque, M. Haag, and N. Marsden, 2017. Framing Personas: Enhancing Engagement and Perspective Taking, in Tagungsband Mensch und Computer 2017, R. W. Manuel Burghardt, Christian Wolff, Christa Womser-Hacker, Ed., ed Regensburg: Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V., pp. 331-334.
[3] M. Pröbster, J. Hermann, and N. Marsden, Year. Digital training in tech: a matter of gender?, in Proceedings of the 4th Conference on Gender & IT, pp. 11-18.
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Elizabeth Wilson
Elizabeth is a PhD candidate at Queen Mary University as part of the Media and Arts Technology programme and Digital Economy Network. Her research looks at interaction with musical algorithms, and has recently worked on a project with the BBC that looked at creative uses for voice user interface technology as a response to the gendering and biases present in these technologies. She is also interested in feminist-HCI and in facilitating spaces for marginalised groups within music and computing.
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Anita Chen is a graduate student in the College of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State University. Her primary research interests are at the intersection of Human Centered Design (HCD), Philosophy, Psychology, and Policy. Specifically, her current research is on the effects of algorithmic bias in shaping norms of fairness and regulatory policies. Her current projects are on algorithmic fairness of ‘sharing economy’ platforms. Her near future research plans involve researching technology and policy in Rwanda during the summer of 2019. Her hopes for #CHInclusion are to learn and to participate in the greater dialogue for creating a more inclusive Human Computer Interaction. Download Position Paper

Raghda Marie Zahran, Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK
I am a postgraduate researcher at the School of Education, Communication and Learning Sciences (ECLS) and a visiting researcher in the Open Lab. My work is focused upon the pedagogical responses to cloud computing phenomenon and its affordance to disrupt academics’ practice and students’ learning. I bring +18 years of experience in R&D, industry, and higher education. I managed five successful enterprise Projects that solved eminent operational problems. I led the engagement with industry and community and the organization of ICT and Engineering projects exhibitions. I also organized several hackathons and national game jams in the Arabian Gulf Region. My recent work includes teaching ICT courses, supervising capstone projects, managing academic programs and training staff and academics. My teaching practice is learner-centred. I follow progressive design thinking and critical reflection strategies as a means for engagement with meaningful problems.
Rosanna Bellini, Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK
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Sharifa Sultana is a PhD student in Information Science at Cornell University, USA, advised by Dr. Susan R. Fussell. She is interested in HCI, HCI4D, wellbeing, and feminist-HCI. She uses quantitative and qualitative (ethnographic) techniques to study marginalized rural populations in Bangladesh and aims to design computational tools and systems for physical and mental health. Her work on designing within a patriarchal society received the best paper award at CHI2018 [1].
Syed Ishtiaque Ahmed, Computer Science, University of Toronto, Canada
Susan R. Fussell, Information Science, Cornell University, USA
[1] Sultana, S., Guimbretière, F., Sengers, P., and Dell, N. Design within a patriarchal society: Opportunities and challenges in designing for rural women in bangladesh. In Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, ACM (2018), 536.
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Jacob Harrison
I am a PhD researcher from the Media and Arts Technology CDT at Queen Mary University of London, working with the Augmented Instruments Lab research group. The focus of my research is the design of musical instruments for disabled musicians, with a focus on musical performance and the social and cultural role of musical instruments. This interdisciplinary research incorporates HCI methodologies, as well as discourse from Disability Studies and the NIME (New Interfaces for Musical Expression) community.
Andrew McPherson, Queen Mary University of London, London, UK
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Oliver Haimson is a President's Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Michigan's School of Information. He conducts social computing research focused on how people present and disclose changing identities on social media during life transitions, with a primary research goal of impacting technological inclusion of marginalized users. One of his main research areas is transgender identity disclosure and presentation on social media. Download Position Paper

Siddharth Mehrotra is a Master in Media Informatics student at RWTH Aachen University, Germany. He is a recipient of & Germany education fund scholarship-2018. Siddharth’s research focus is in the area of Human Computer Interaction (HCI). In particular, his interest is in the emerging field of assistive technologies. While the topic of accessibility has a long history in industry & academia, he is inclined towards appropriate assistive technology that helps people with disabilities overcome or compensate, at least in part, for their limitations. He is also among top 100 young computer science young researcher’s selected for 6th Heidelberg Laureate Forum.
Vyom Kushwaha is a Bachelor in Design student at Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India. His inclinations lies towards Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and Systems Design. He wants to create experiences which incorporates a sense of culture and community.
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Madeleine Steeds is a genderfluid PhD student based at the School of Computer Science, University of Manchester. While new to the discipline of CHI, they are passionate about academic inclusion. They were an LGBTQ+ liberation co-ordinator at Leeds University Union and a member of the University of Leeds, School of Psychology Equality and Inclusivity Committee (2017/2018) . They were an elected delegate to the NUS Women’s and NUS LGBTQ+ conferences (2017). In their free time Madeleine is an active socialist campaigner, with focus on campaigning for the reform of the 2004 UK gender recognition act. Download Position Paper

Tamanna Motahar is a lecturer of Department Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), North South University, Bangladesh. She Completed her Masters in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alberta, Canada. Before that, she obtained another Master’s in Telecommunication Engineering form North South University, Bangladesh. She graduated summa cum laude in B.Sc. in Computer Engineering from the American International University Bangladesh (AIUB). Her interdisciplinary research works are based on Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Internet of Things (IOT) and ICT4D. She teaches programming languages (C, C++), data structure and algorithm courses and Junior Design classes of CSE students in North South University. She is also mentoring several groups for their technical projects.
Dr. Nova Ahmed is an Associate Professor of Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), North South University, Bangladesh. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Dhaka in Computer Science. She has served as a faculty member in the University of Dhaka right after her graduation. She pursued her MS at Georgia State University and doctoral degree from Georgia Institute of Technology. She served in Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) for a year. She joined North South University since she came back to Bangladesh to serve her country. Her area of interest covers any aspect of problem solving covering sensor based hardware systems to human centered computing where she can focus on mainly the local problems. She is passionate to engage women and children in Computing, STEM and/ or programming.
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Geertje Slingerland is a PhD candidate based at Delft University of Technology. Following up on her experiences with issues around grassroots and bottom-up communities during her Design for Interaction Master programme, she now works closely together with citizens, community workers, and governmental actors in her PhD research. The context of her research is highly diverse in marginalized neighbourhoods where she tries to elicit local stories and information as a means to increase civic engagement. She explicitly focuses on findings ways to not only include the so-called “usual suspects”, but to include citizens less easy to reach. A big challenge is to find the appropriate strategies to get such a diverse group of citizens on board, with various ethnic, educational, and socio-economic backgrounds. While some common ground needs to be established to open up the dialogue, at the same time the differences between people need to be manifested to respect and learn from everybody’s unique perspective.
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Neeshé Khan is a PhD candidate at the department of Computer Science, University of Nottingham. Prior to pursuing her PhD, she has a wealth of experience in Publishing and Scientific Funding sectors in London, UK. Being a champion for inclusion throughout her life she has continued to hold volunteer positions, such as a Diversity Link to implement diversity and inclusion framework at her previous employer. She is currently part of a programme that mentors children from disadvantaged backgrounds and passionately speaks about inclusion in technologies. Her PhD explores Insider Threat within Cybersecurity. The current fundamental principles for identifying these threats is problematic and urgently needs to be revised. New approaches (through software) need to be implemented i.e. identification of these risks should be made without prejudice to names, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, disabilities, job functions, job titles and so on, whilst being inclusive for all groups regardless of individual differences to determine threats or vulnerabilities on a micro and macro scale.
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Michael Ahmadi’s main research interests include the role of diversity (with a focus on gender) in IT-organizations in general and considering design processes in particular.
Sebastian Taugerbeck is a sociologist and, from a socio-informatics perspective, particularly interested in the topic of the potential use of digital media in organizational contexts of total institutions.
Konstantin Aal’s focus points are currently the research of collapse prevention in elder people (iStoppFalls), as well as the use of social media during the Arab Spring.
All authors are active researchers at the institute for Information Systems and New Media, University of Siegen. Download Position Paper

Karina ArrambidePhD Candidate, Systems Design Engineering, Games User Research.
Karina is a PhD pursuing a degree in Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo, under the supervision of Dr. Lennart Nacke. She holds an MSc in Information Technology with Business and Management from the University of Sussex in the UK, and a BSc in Information Technology from the University of Monterrey in Mexico. Her main interests include understanding players’ behaviors and emotions by applying diverse games user research methodologies, specifically biometrics such as electromyography and galvanic skin response. She is also interested in the research of new methodologies and technologies that can help improve players’ experience. Download Position Paper

Wendy Lucas is a Professor of Computer Information Systems at Bentley University. She holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Tufts University, an M.S. in Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University. Wendy has been on the faculty at Bentley since 1998 and was the Director of the M.S. in Information Technology program from 2013 to 2018. Since stepping down from that role, she has been serving as the vice chair of BostonCHI, the Boston area chapter of the ACM SIGCHI. Wendy’s years of experience in the technology industry and academia have led to her pursuit of initiatives focused on increasing the participation of women and minorities in IT, including being a member since 2013 of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Academic Alliance; serving as a panelist at an NCWIT-sponsored Aspirations in Computing Celebration for high school student award recipients; participating in a faculty/industry roundtable sponsored by the Center for Women in Business at Bentley on addressing the lack of diversity in the tech industry and academia; and co-chairing a mentoring circle at the 2018 Grace Hopper Celebration. In her research, Wendy’s interest in developing new languages and tools for information visualization led to a one year appointment as a visiting scholar in the Computer Science group at Harvard University, working on the semi-automated generation of information visualizations. Other interests include developing techniques for evaluating system usability and designing collaborative interfaces. Her prior professional experience includes being president and cofounder of a medical software company and serving as a technology consultant.
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