India HCI 2010 / Interaction Design for International Development 2010 papers accepted for online archival by BCS Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC) have now been published. You can access them at

Pictures of India HCI 2010 (thanks to Chui Yin Wong) are here.

High quality designs increasingly important for users, for industry, and for society across the world. India and the other emerging economies have been designing, implementing, using and exporting interactive software, hardware and systems. These settings bring new challenges for human-computer interaction design - of a wide variety of cultures and languages, of different levels of literacy and education, of new sets of users with different experience, attitudes, expectations and capabilities. They also raise issues of designing technology to support social and economic development for marginalised groups, of designing interactive technologies that are not only affordable by the poor but even those that will help in alleviating poverty.

The other perspective is of industrial practice. On the one hand technology companies in India are process conscious, with many CMMI and ISO certificates. On the other, the HCI research and practice is still maturing. Challenges are many – of limited number of people with the right HCI skills, of low HCI awareness among the development and marketing, of integrating HCI activities in mainstream software development, of limited contact with the end-users, of the need to develop new techniques to suit this context, and of responding to major economic shocks such as the current recession.

India HCI in conjunction with the IFIP TC13 Special Interest Group on Interaction Design for International Development (India HCI / IDID 2010) will provide a unique forum to explore these challenges. We shall bring together researchers and practitioners from the India, South Asia, and worldwide to explore these challenges and to share latest research.

We invite contributions relating to:

  • HCI in the industry of emerging economies
  • HCI contributions in social and economic development
  • HCI for products & services in emerging markets, including for mobile systems
  • HCI and designs for low-literacy users
  • HCI and designs for bottom-of-the-pyramid users
  • HCI for remote contexts (international outsourcing / global software development)
  • HCI responses to a world in recession

We are inviting submissions of the following types:

We also invite pre-conference activities including:

The conference will be held from March 20-24 in the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.

Keynote Addresses

Monday, March 22, 10 am

Prof. Mary Beth Rosson,
Pennsylvania State University
From the Outside In: Designing Community Systems to Suit Their Context of Use
Prof. Mary Beth Rosson


Tuesday, March 23, 9 am

Mr. Anurag Gupta
A Little World
Human Computer Interaction: at the Bottom of the Pyramid
Mr. Anurag Gupta


Prof. Anil Gupta


Wednesday, March 24, 4 pm

Prof. Edwin Blake,
University of Cape Town
Redesigning Ourselves
Prof. Edwin Blake