Call for Submissions – CHI PLAY Industry Track

Call for Submissions – CHI PLAY Industry Track

The CHI PLAY Industry Track is now open for submissions. Deadline July 30th.

CHI PLAY is a new international and interdisciplinary conference (by ACM SIGCHI) for researchers and professionals across all areas of play, games and human-computer interaction (HCI), we call this “player-computer interaction”. The goal of the conference is to highlight and foster discussion of current high-quality research in games and HCI as foundations for the future of digital play. To this end, the conference will feature streams that blend research and practice.

CHI PLAY grew out of the increasing work around games and play emerging from the ACM annual conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI). It has become apparent that there is a need for a dedicated conference incorporating individual conferences such as Fun and Games, Future Play and Gamification. CHI PLAY is sponsored by the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (SIGCHI). For general questions about the conference, please do not hesitate to contact us.

CHI PLAY 2014 will be held at the Radisson Harbourfront Hotel in Downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada from October 19-22, 2014.

The CHI PLAY Industry Track

The Industry Track at CHI PLAY exists to provide attendees with insights into the theories and practices used within the industry. The Industry Track is a great way to share insights gained from development and operations to an expert audience. Industry presentations at CHI PLAY come in one of four formats: Long lectures (45 minutes), Short lectures (20 minutes), Panels (45 minutes) and Roundtables (45 minutes). Lectures are issue-oriented, provide concrete examples, and can contain both practical and theoretical information. Panels take many different viewpoints on a topic or issue and combine them in one debate session with a moderator. Roundtables are small peer discussion groups led by one or two moderators.

Session Proposals

There are multiple formats possible under the Industry Track:

Lectures:Lectures are issue-oriented, provide concrete examples, and contain both practical and theoretical information. We generally prefer only one speaker but we may accept two if you can demonstrate the second person is necessary. Postmortems and case studies are included in this category. Lectures can be Long (45 minutes including Q&A) or Short (20 minutes including Q&A).It is up to the presenter to select the appropriate format for delivering the intended content.

Panels: Panels take many different viewpoints on a topic or issue and combine them in one debate session with a moderator. Debate among panelists (with very different opinions) is welcome and audience participation time should be accounted for. No more than 5 people should be on the panel. Include names and details of all of the panelists you have confirmed in the proposal. Panels will have a duration of 45 minutes.

Roundtables: Roundtables are small peer discussion groups led by one or possibly two moderators. Moderators should facilitate conversation and keep the flow of discussion moving. Constructive controversy and debate is welcome in roundtables. Topics that are open-ended in nature and promote an exchange of ideas from people likely to have different viewpoints generally work best within the roundtable format. No more than 5 people should be in a roundtable including moderator(-s). Include names and details of all of the participants you have confirmed in the proposal. Roundtables will have a duration of 45 minutes.

Deadline for session proposals: July 30th 2014

Deadline for final version of session proposals: August 30th 2014 (following accept decision)

Getting help

Please note that we are here to help you. If you have ANY questions, please email Anders Drachen (andersdrachen@gmail.com) or Ben Medler (bmedler@ea.com).

Preparing a proposal

The proposal should be in the form of a formatted PDF, max. 4 pages, containing the sections listed below in the same order. Please note that the submission must adhere to the formatting requirements of the CHI Extended Abstract Format.

The format specifies a template where the author information is listed on the first page, left column, and the title on the first page, right column. Additional text follows thereafter. Please consult the template for instructions.

  • Speaker Contact Information

This will also need to be entered in the Precision Conference System during submission of the proposal. The CHI Extended Abstract Format sees this information placed on the first page.

  • Session Title

Provide a title for the session in fewer than 20 words.

  • Format, and Audience Level

Please note the format of the proposal (Long lecture, Short lecture, Panel, Roundtable), and provide max. 100 words about the expected audience level and other requirements of the intended audience.

  • Session Description

In 500 words or less, please describe what the session will be about, and why it will be interesting to CHI PLAY attendees. This is not the abstract for the session for the printed program or a sales pitch, but should succinctly describe what is compelling about the proposed session to the Program Committee.

  • Session Presentation

In 500 words or less, please describe what the session will be about, why it will be interesting to CHI PLAY attendees, and what the key take-aways are. This is the text that will be used in the conference programme and should be written for the target audience.

  • Speaker Biography

For all presenters (or panel/roundtable participants) please include a (possibly abbreviated) list of game credits, a brief speaker history and Twitter username.

  • Supporting material

Submit supplemental information or notes that supports your session proposal. Additional materials may include additional information up to the page limit of 4 pages. Any information that cannot be contained within the 4 pages must be accessible via URLs embedded in the proposal (e.g. links to white papers, code, demos, videos, images, proof of concept, etc. are welcome).

How to submit a proposal for the CHI PLAY Industry Track step-by-step:

  • Go to precisionconference.com and create an account.
  • Then locate “chiplay” from the conference logos on the top of the page, or select “new submissions” from the top menu
  • Scroll down the list of conferences until you reach “CHI PLAY 2014” (3rd on the list).
  • Choose “Submit to Industry Track” (please note the July 30th Deadline)
  • Choose “Register to submit …”
  • Choose “Continue with the submission right now”
  • In the submission form, please fill out the required information (title, author) and provide a PDF, max. 4 pages. Please note that the submission must adhere to the formatting requirements of the CHI Extended Abstract Format.
  • Please note again the deadline for the final version of accepted session proposals, importantly including any changes to the Session Presentation (which is the text used in the conference programme), must be submitted to the Precision Conference system no later than 30th August 2014, 5pm PST.

Important information:

1)      All presentations must be submitted by the original authors
We currently only accept submissions by original authors of the presentations. We do not accept submissions from speaking relation firms, PR firms or any other party who are not direct author(-s) of submitted presentations. We require direct contact with presenters to expedite questions during the submission review process.

2)      Phases in the evaluation and acceptance of submitted proposals

Following expiry of the submission deadline on July 30th, the Program Committee will review the incoming proposals and coordinate for speaker slots with the CHI PLAY Organizing Committee. Session proposers will be notified whether their submission has been accepted or not around early August. Following this, session proposers have the opportunity to make any changes needed to the session proposal until August 30th, where the Precision Conference System closes for the Industry Track. This provides a window of time to e.g. polish and fine-tune the Session Presentation, which is used in the conference programme.

3)      Speaker confirmation

Please note that a session proposal has not been confirmed until the proposal has received an acceptance letter from the Program Committee.

4)      Presenter expectations

CHI PLAY attendees will generally be domain experts whether from the industry, academia or both. They are looking for material that is not obvious or introductory, and excellence is expected from the speakers and participants at the conference. Preparation is one of the most important factors in delivering a successful talk, panel or roundtable at any conference. Please keep this in mind when you write a proposal for the conference. The session proposal must match the actual content being delivered at CHI PLAY, and we suggest rehearsing any Lectures prior to a session.

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