Call for proposals

The grid system, Helvetica, and melted cheese are elements first defined in Switzerland and now used to design around the globe (well maybe not the cheese!).

For 2023, we’re inviting you back to Switzerland to (re)define the power of design together.

Play an active part in Interaction 23?

Woman on stage behind a podium with 2 screens either side that show 'Take action'. Audience seated in foreground.

The Call for Proposals is now closed

Thank you for considering speaking at Interaction 23.

By 10 October: We’ll send first notices to all proposals recommended for our final review stage.
By early November: We’ll send final notices to all submissions selected for the program.

All the information you need to submit a proposal for an interactive and engaging talk, webinar, workshop, session or panel during Interaction Week 2023.

To be defined... a conference, and a manifesto?

Interaction 23 is a call – to formulate essential design positions about how we want to (re)define life across the planet. The inevitable transformations of personal lives and social structures have gathered momentum. As hope of long-term systems change arises, so do doomsday narratives. We’re inviting the best ideas to take the stage, and opening our platform to new voices and topics using the following themes.

We've outlined everything you need to come and take a stance in the midst of these new beginnings!

Join us to undesign the defined; to design the undefined!

What can be (re)defined? What must be redesigned?

Pick your format: There's a wide range of options — 7, 15, or 35-minute talks, and half-day or full-day workshops. We're looking for speakers offering diverse perspectives, specific case studies, or hands-on design approaches in one of our areas to be (re)defined by design:

  • Design decision making processes:
    Supporting people in deciding has never been easy. How we design interactions influences how people decide and consequently act. Many decisions humans make are based on automatic responses. Or they are made collaboratively with non-human agencies, as machine learning systems are increasingly become part of interactive systems. What kinds of decision making processes can be shaped by technologies and by designers?  How do we affect decision making processes through our designs or our design processes?
  • Decentralization for the better:
    How can we design decentralized systems to empower people, increase trust and address social and environmental challenges for the better? For example we in Switzerland have a political system that is decentralized by design. How can interaction design help to counter the loss of trust in current authorities? What can we learn from  people, who are already  building new,  decentralized systems, designed by, run by — and above all for — the people.
  • Create new work experiences:
    Covid has turned the world of work on its head with home office. However, many of the current changes are not solely due to a change in work locations, but go much deeper. It is a chance to re-define how we organize, work and collaborate within and across organizations. New employee centered work experiences are designed that support flow, productivity and purposeful work. Despite these well-intended changes, work-life balance seems to suffer more than ever. What is the role of design in these transformations? How will design shape the future of work?
  • Lowering the environmental impact of technology:
    Each new technology • since the dawn of time • brings both a positive and a negative impact on our planet, and on us humans. We must stop letting the negative bigger than the positive. How can we ensure that new technologies have only positive impacts and help us become more sustainable through more efficient use of resources and greater accountability for negative impacts? How can interaction design support minimizing the negative impact of old and new technologies? How can we help to make the use of digital technology sustainable and climate positive?
  • Establishing design ethics: 
    Interaction designs shape the way we can in the world, more than ever before. Designers might enable humans to achieve their goals, they might constrain them by removing options in their interest, and they even might trick them in doing things that are against their interest. Therefore, design problems and solution must be weighed with its ethical impact. Which ethical questions do arise? How can we establish design processes that address ethical questions from the onset?  What can we learn from existing practices and case studies?
  • (re)design interaction design: 
    Almost 20 years ago calls for an interaction design role and discipline were started. It is time to reflect on this history and to (re)define our discipline. ****Interaction design is grounded in an iterative process. What if we apply this process to the field itself? What changed over the past? Why? What did we learn? What is to keep and what not to perpetuate? What is our next iteration?
  • or a topic to be defined by you!

Our approach to curation

Equity and inclusion

Our selection criteria are designed to enable a broad and diverse presenter roster. Our application form will ask for optional criteria that will not be shared with our peer-reviewers in the initial evaluation process. They will help us curate our lineup from an inclusion and parity perspective.

The Program Committee, who curates our final selection, will use this optional information from an inclusion and parity perspective.

First time speakers are welcome! Non-native English speakers are welcome! Our team is open to 1:1 coaching with you. Or present your talk in your first language! If you're not confident in writing your proposal in English, don't worry! We'll handle the translation work.

Our process

Your proposal is peer-reviewed by members of the IxDA community — our selection committee. The review process starts when the Call for Proposals opens — proposals are reviewed as they are received.

We review on the basis of quality, speaker experience, and how well the proposal aligns with other presentations to create a narrative, keeping in mind our overall aim: diversity of points of view.

The selection committee might contact you, before or after our first review, with a request to merge or combine your proposal with another proposal. This will only happen if there's overlap between the proposals.

We’ll be using these criteria to evaluate:

  1. Does the proposal have clear outcomes and key takeaways that participants will get out of the session?
  2. Does the proposal speak to, involve, or collaborate with one or more of our conference audiences?
  3. Does the proposal offer something interesting, useful, innovative, or important to the event?
  4. Does the proposal support our aims to present and amplify diverse voices in our community?

Pitch video

As part of the application form, we encourage everyone to prepare a short video of 45 to 90 seconds where you introduce yourself and pitch your idea. Usually, it is good to bring some friends over and talk to them. You can film this with your phone or a webcam. No need for any post-production. Of course, you can link an online available presentation as well.

This video will help us evaluate your skills as a speaker.

Key dates

6 July – 18 Sep: The Calls for Proposals is open and deadline extended. We started reviewing submissions as they are received.

10 October: We’ll send first notices to all proposals recommended for our final review stage.

Early November: We’ll send final notices to all submissions selected for the program.

Feedback

We’ll provide brief feedback to any proposal not selected.

Get ready to start your submission

We know that organizing your proposal can seem daunting, so we’ve made this handy checklist for you to gather your thoughts before you start:

  • Title of your session
  • Teaser (A Twitter-style description of your talk)
  • Format (Talk? Workshop? Roundtable?)
  • Description of your session
  • Three key takeaways
  • Your connection to the topic

Once your proposal is submitted, you'll receive a confirmation email – make sure you check your spam folder if you don't find a message in your inbox!

Questions?

Don't hesitate to reach out if you have any doubts or questions, or if we’ve missed something important!

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