Demo & Art Track

Demos and Art Installations are interactive expositions of technologies and technology solutions. The purpose of the Demos and Art Installations is to share hands-on experiences and promote and provoke debate of innovative interactive technologies that are relevant for children in one way or another. We welcome interesting demo and art installations such as prototypes, devices, systems, games, videos and performances from a wide range of practitioners in areas such as design, learning, engineering, research and fine arts, including submissions from students and independent practitioners. Demos and Art Installations should offer an experience of about 10 minutes.

New this Year: Inviting Artwork and Demos from Youth

This year, due to increasing interest from youth, our Demos & Arts Track invites young people to submit digital artworks and/or interactive programs, systems, and prototypes that showcase their computing and creative skills and consider these IDC conference themes:
  • What does it mean to be a child in our technology rich world of the 2020s?
  • What can children and adults do to build a sustainable and equitable future?
  • What have you been creating in makerspaces, libraries, your homes that you’d like to share with child-computer interaction researchers and designers from around the world?
This track can include many forms of digital interaction including tangible, virtual, mobile, and mixed reality. Your designs can address broad issues related to equity, social and emotional wellbeing, climate justice, sustainability, health, privacy, or any other topics that you are interested in, as a child of today’s technology filled world.If accepted,  we will work with you to showcase your artwork or demo during the conference (can be virtual or in-person).Schools, Libraries, and Makerspace programs local to the Chicago area are encouraged to send in their proposed Artworks and interactive Demos, using this form. You CAN submit as a team. Check it out!

Important Dates (Midnight in AoE)

  • Submission: March 15
  • Youth Submission: April 4
  • Author notifications: April 15
  • Camera ready submissions: May 2

Submission Instructions

A submission for the Demos and Art Installations Track consists of the following:

  1. Include the author(s) name and affiliation. Specifically, Demo/Art submissions are not blind; however, confidentiality will be maintained.
  2. A description of the demo/artwork written in the ACM CHI Publication Format, up to 6-pages maximum (including references). This includes, but is not limited to:
    • a detailed description of the demo and/or artwork
    • relevance of the demo/artwork to the IDC community
    • connection of the demo/artwork to the conference theme
    • value and/or contribution of the demo/artwork to the intended audience
    • an abstract that briefly summarizes the demo/artwork and intended presentation format
    • a link (URL) to a short video (up to 5 minutes), communicating the installation to the reviewers
  3. A still image of at least 1500×1200px that represents the demo/artwork. The image is intended for  publications and conference publicity. The image will be uploaded as a supplementary file in the online conference system.

Please upload your submission documents via the online conference system. All submissions should follow the ACM guidelines. There is a single column submission paper format.
Maximum length for demo/art submissions is 6-pages (including references).

Accepted Demos and Art Installation papers will be included in the conference proceedings published in the ACM Digital Library. Publication of the paper is dependent at least one author of the paper registered for the conference and participating in the conference.

Demo and Art Selection Process

All submissions will be peer-reviewed by an expert panel, including the Demo and Art chairs. Our objective is to ensure that the demo and art installations are exciting and significant while representing a diversity of interactive technologies that are relevant for children. Acceptance of proposals will be based on the following criteria:

  1. Relevance of the demo/art installation to the IDC community
  2. Conference theme
  3. The value provided to the intended audience
  4. Feasibility
  5. Available space at the conference
  6. Have a description that is publishable in ACM Digital Library (good description, narration. language)

After acceptance of your Demo or Art Exhibition

Participants with accepted works in this track are required to detail requirements in a separate google form which chairs will share. Participants can also ship their items to the venue if they so choose.