Friday, July 14, 2006

Experiencing CHI 2006: From a Practitioner's Viewpoint

Thoughts on CHI 2005...

"Prologue—CHI 2005, which took place in Portland, was the first CHI conference I had attended since CHI 1992, in Monterey. I spent most of my time at CHI 2005 in an exhibit booth, but attended the ACM SIGCHI Member Meeting, where there was much heated discussion about the need for CHI conferences to serve the needs of practitioners better. Some sponsors even threatened to withdraw their support from the conference unless this situation were remedied. I resolved to return to CHI in 2006 to assess the progress the organizers of CHI have made toward addressing this issue.

According to a SIGCHI Bulletin report about CHI conference fees by Dennis Wixon, it’s imperative that the organizers succeed in making changes that will make the conferences profitable. He said, “Diversity of participation was at risk with sponsors, practitioners, designers, and non-traditional researchers [such as] ethnographers leaving. … We increased our outreach to a range of communities including design, education, engineering, management, and research. …broader participation in the conference benefits everyone.”

The twenty-fourth annual CHI conference—CHI 2006—was held at the Palais des Congrès in Montréal, Québec, Canada, from April 24th through 27th, 2006. In setting the theme Interact • Inform • Inspire, the organizers encouraged “researchers and practitioners from all segments of the CHI community—design, education, engineering, management, research, and usability—[to] interact, inform and inspire each other.” Two days of workshops preceded the conference on April 22nd and 23rd; however, I did not attend the pre-conference workshops."   continued ...   (Via uxmatters)

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