Doctoral Consortium

Interaction Design and Children 2024 is now accepting applications for its Doctoral Consortium (DC) track. The DC is a forum for PhD students to present their work and receive feedback and guidance from experienced researchers in the field. It is an opportunity to discuss first results, future plans, stumbling blocks, and difficulties toward finishing their PhD research. It is also a chance to obtain feedback and ideas from peers and begin building a professional network with other junior researchers in the field. It is a closed event where only PhD students can participate. Interested students should submit an extended research abstract (up to 4 pages, excluding references) describing:

  • The research topic (context, motivation, most important related work)
  • The research question you are trying to answer
  • The work so far (any studies or initial work)
  • The methods used so far
  • The planned next steps

Abstracts will be reviewed and selected on the basis of quality and the benefit students may derive from participating in the DC. Preference will be given to students who have already worked at least 9 months on their PhD and have more than 9 months of work left to do. We strongly encourage applications from those with under-represented backgrounds in our community to increase the diversity of thought and perspective within the DC and IDC community.


  • An extended abstract (a PDF file which should not exceed 4 pages in length, excluding references). Submissions should use the ACM CHI Publication Format.
  • A brief cover letter presenting: (i) a short description of what you will contribute (from your diverse perspective) to the DC, and what you hope to learn; and (ii) a statement of the intended contribution of your PhD research (how your work should move the field forward).
  • A brief recommendation letter from your main thesis advisor supporting your application

Submit your material via the Precision Conference System.

Those accepted to the Doctoral Consortium will automatically be selected as Student Volunteers and will receive some financial assistance to participate in the conference.

Important Dates

Submission Deadline: March 25, 2024

Author Notification: April 8, 2024

Faculty Mentors

Helle Marie Skovbjerg

Helle Marie Skovbjerg is Denmark’s first professor in play and a part of Design School Kolding’s overall focus on play, in close collaboration with the LEGO Foundation, and Head of Research in LAB Design for Play. Helle Marie Skovbjerg leads and participates in research projects on play philosophy, playful design solutions, and childhood studies, fx Playful Learning Research (2019-2023) and Playful Learning Praxis (2023-2026). Her main research interests are play as practices of moods, designing for play, and tools for playful interactions, explored in On Play (2021). 

Juan Pablo Hourcade

Juan Pablo Hourcade is a Professor at The University of Iowa‘s Department of Computer Science and Director of Graduate Studies for the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Informatics. His main area of research is Human-Computer Interaction, with a focus on the design, implementation, evaluation, and ethics of technologies that support creativity, collaboration, well-being, healthy development, and information access for a variety of users, including children and older adults. He conducts research with his students at the HawCHI Lab.

Dr. Hourcade is the author of Child-Computer Interaction, the first comprehensive book on the topic, and has held various leadership roles in his research community (e.g., Papers Co-Chair for CHI 2016 and CHI 2017). He is in the Editorial Board of Interacting with Computers and the International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction. In 2022, he was named ACM Distinguished Speaker.