Chi 2011 - Connecting

CHI 2011 Sustainability Featured Community

Important Dates

Message from the Sustainability Community chair

Sustainability is a new Featured Community at CHI 2011. Sustainability is about decision-making. In some cases, we may know what a sustainable choice would be and we have to communicate this to the user or to the stakeholders. In other cases, the complexity is so high that we need better tools to help us find the choices. Some choices are behavioral while others are implicitly imposed on us by our infrastructure. This is a fascinating area that touches all aspects of human-computer interaction because human activity is central to the issues. Please read the full Sustainability Community proposal for a more thorough description of the community.

The SigCHI community has a strong history in designing more useful and usable technologies through an interdisciplinary process. Work with us to extend this foundation by joining the SigCHI Sustainability Community to help users, designers, engineers, and architects to create better, longer lasting, less wasteful, more useful and usable objects, devices, structures, and infrastructures. From sense-making to affective computing, social networks, large displays, user experience, mobile computing, and end-user programming; almost every area in HCI can be targeted toward sustainability.

Not sure how to get started? Let’s talk! Contact us anytime and let’s get the conversation going. And see you soon in Vancouver!

Azam Khan
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Types of Submissions

Submissions about sustainability advances are appropriate in any of the following forums. We especially encourage you to submit interesting Case Studies that illustrate how innovative sustainability techniques were used in specific projects that have broad implications. We urge you to submit material to one or more of the following forums: 


CHI Workshops take place on Saturday May 7th and Sunday May 8th. They present an opportunity to connect with other researchers and practitioners on a specific topic area. Workshops aim at deepening our understanding of specific topics through interactive presentations, discussions, and break-out sessions, facilitated by the workshop organizers. Submission deadlines are spread through January and February 2011 - please refer to each individual workshop’s Call for Participation for more information.

Workshops most relevant to the CHI Sustainability community:

W6: Visible - Actionable - Sustainable: Sustainable Interaction Design in Professional Domains
Saturday May 7th, 2011
Contact: Daniela Busse,
Organizers: Leonardo Bonanni, Daniela Busse, John C Thomas, Eli Blevis, Marko Turpeinen, Nuno Jardim Nunes

W18: Everyday Practice and Sustainable HCI: Understanding and Learning from Cultures of (Un)Sustainability
Sunday May 8th, 2011
Contact: James Pierce,
Organizers: James Pierce, Hrönn Brynjarsdóttir, Phoebe Sengers, Yolande Strengers

For the full list of available workshops and their individual Calls for Participation please see the CHI 2011 list of workshops.

Preparing Your Submission

You must prepare your submission in the format that is required for each type. Please use the term "sustainability"¯ in the title, abstract, or author's keywords to help us get it to qualified reviewers. You can contact us at if you have questions about sustainability submissions. We encourage you to check the due dates, read the requirements for your submission ideas, and start now, if you haven't already.

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