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Africa Human Computer Interaction (HCI) Conference (AfriCHI’16)

Special Call for Full Papers, Notes & Multi-media/Oral Submissions

uonSubmissions of Full Papers, Notes and Gumzo tracks to AfriCHI’16 can be made until 3rd February 2016 (midnight GMT) at https://cmt.research.microsoft.com/AFRICHI2016/

Information about AfriCHI


The inaugural African Human Computer Interaction Conference (AfriCHI) will take place in beautiful Kenya, between 21st and 25th November 2016. AfriCHI will be hosted by the University of Nairobi. The aim of AfriCHI is to widen the international participation of Africans in the practise and study of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and Interaction Design, and to a dvance HCI by increased awareness of designs, tools, inventions, methods, theories and pedagogies for creating or using technology in Africa. AfriCHI’16 is organised in co-operation with the Association of Computer Machinery’s Special Interest Group for Computer Human Interaction, ACM SIGCHI, by a pan-African team, and has the theme: Kujenga madaraja, kubomoa vizuizi or Building Bridges, Breaking Barriers.

AfriCHI’16 is for anyone interested in people’s interactions with digital technology or media, who is African, based in Africa, or undertakes/wants to work on projects in Africa or with Africans. We welcome practitioners, professionals, scholars and students in all fields and traditions that consider interactions with digital technology. This includes not only designers, engineers or analysts of software, hardware and media (e.g. user experience or mobile application designers, information architects, usability experts etc.), but also educators in all aspects of digital life; researchers in all disciplines; change-makers, planners and managers in all sectors including government, NGOs and industries; entrepreneurs, artists, activists; and elders in grassroots/creative collectives.

We invite a broad range of contributions for presentation at AfriCHI’16, publication in the conference proceedings and wider access in prestige online archives. This includes tracks for written papers and notes; oral performances and multimedia works; panel discussions; posters; demonstrations; English and local-language workshops; courses; and, Doctoral and Masters research. Contributions will be reviewed by international experts in HCI, its allied fields, and in African contexts and traditions and, if accepted, will be published in the Proceedings of AfriCHI’16. The written part of these proceedings is eligible for archiving in the ACM Digital Library. We will use the Internet Archive for multimedia contributions to Gumzo, which is a track for New dialogues for HCI that reflects our eagerness to engage HCI with Africa’s diverse languages and expressive genres and forms. Please read about language and format options for each track.

We encourage submissions from people who have had few possibilities to participate in international conferences and also offer mentoring and collaboration to people seeking this kind of assistance. AfriCHI’16 is exploring real-time Internet links with institutions throughout Africa to ensure that people who cannot travel to Kenya can listen to talks. If you can help make this happen please contact the Remote Access Chair on: remote@africhi.net.

We also warmly invite volunteers to join our team to contribute time and skills to organising other conference activities, before or during AfriCHI’16 – please contact: volunteer@africhi.net.


AfriCHI’16 is an interdisciplinary conference about all issues that connect people, digital technology and Africa and/or Africans. Topics of interest in all tracks include, but are not limited to, any of the following in relation to Africa/Africans:


Places; people, users or developers; communities or groups; events; every day or unusual phenomena; languages; perspectives; trans-national, cross-cultural or cultural aspects etc.

Meanings, values or experiences:

Health, education, governance, citizenship, well-being, designing things that matter, empowerment, ethics, sustainability, privacy, gender and cultural diversity, accessibility, engagement, aesthetics, fun etc.


Techniques, tools or methods for researching, designing, co-designing, evaluating, deploying or using interactive systems, etc.


Mobile devices; multi touch and touchless interaction; Web 2.0 technologies; social media; personal, community and public displays; decentralised (mesh) networks; Big Data; Quantified Self; Internet of Things, etc.

Pedagogies and epistemologies:

Teaching, learning or developing capacity in HCI/Interaction Design; Afro-centric research, theory or invention; indigenous or traditional knowledges in HCI/design; post-colonial perspectives etc.



Submissions of Full Papers, Notes and Gumzo tracks to AfriCHI’16 can be made until 3 February 2016 (midnight GMT) at https://cmt.research.microsoft.com/AFRICHI2016/. Other tracks have later deadlines (see below).

Submissions include the main files, conforming to the templates and formats for the relevant track, an abstract and descriptive information (e.g. authors, keywords). Authors may submit and resubmit their materials as often until submission deadlines. We urge authors to test uploading submissions before the relevant deadline and contact the appropriate track chairs to arrange alternatives in advance if they predict problems e.g. due to Internet issues.


AfriCHI Papers & Notes are original, double-blind peer-reviewed, scholarly accounts of HCI research, design and/or theory that are presented at AfriCHI’16 as talks. Papers and notes are published in the conference proceedings. Papers and notes will have a maximum length of 10 and 4 pages respectively (excluding references), and will be more widely accessible in a prestigious online archive. AfriCHI will have two rounds of double-blind reviews on full papers and notes. Eligible full pa pers and notes submitted by 3rd February will be invited to be revised and submitted as full papers and notes, respectively, in the second round of reviews. Papers  that do not meet expectations in the first review will be invited to be revised as notes for the second review.

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Deadline: 3rd February 2016

Paper Co-chairs: Bukelwa Ngoqo, Myriam El Mesbahi

Notes Co-chairs: Meke Kapepo & Helene Gelderblom

Email: papers@africhi.net


Gumzo: New dialogues for HCI showcases original oral performances or multimedia productions, published in the conference proceedings and openly licensed via the Internet Archive. Submissions consist of audio, video or other multimedia files and can include languages used in Africa other than English.  Submissions are coordinated through CMT but also require uploads to the Internet Archive http://africhi.net/authors/submission-types/gumzo. Creators of files and/or their collaborators can also submit pictorial abstracts, papers or notes to relate oral/media content to scholarly discourse as additional publications. These will be double-blind peer-reviewed and, if accepted, will appear in the written proceedings and widely accessible in a prestigious online archive.

Template: Paper and Pictorial

Deadline: 3rd February 2016

Chairs: Marion Walton, Thomas Reitmaier, Anja Venter, Daniel Gonzalez-Cabrero and Liani Maasdorp

Email:  gumzo@africhi.net


Posters are graphical displays around which authors discuss, with a small group, their work-in-progress, early insights or late-breaking results. Written abstracts of posters will be double-blind peer-reviewed and, if accepted, will appear in the conference proceedings and a more widely accessible in a prestigious online archive.

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Deadline: 1st June 2016

Chairs: Nuzhah Gooda Sahib-Kaudeer, Christine Wanjiru and Gabriel Dzodom

Email: posters@africhi.net


Panels are discussions between invited people, with special knowledge, experience or expertise,that provoke lively debate about issues relevant to AfriCHI. Written abstracts of panel proposals are reviewed by jury and, if accepted, will be pub lished in the conference proceedings and will be more widely accessible in a prestigious online archive.

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Deadline: 1st June  2016

Chairs: Abiodun Ogunyemi and Muhambe Mukisa

Email: panels@africhi.net
Doctoral & Masters Consortia are interdisciplinary workshops, facilitated by an expert panel, in which students discuss their work and explore and develop their research interests. Students’ written abstracts that are accepted after review, will be published in the conference pro ceedings and will be more widely accessible in a prestigious online archive


Christopher Chepken (PhD)
Msc Coordinator, SCI, UoN