Student Design Consortium

Student Design Consortium

Welcome to the Student Design Competition!

This competition provides students with an opportunity to display their abilities in problem-solving and innovative thinking in a national competition. It is also a podium for interactions between future professionals in HCI, the attendees of the conference, and also the current experts in the field. The tracks for SDC 2019, in line with the broad themes of IndiaHCI 2019 “Agents and Agency, HCI in the Age of Machine Intelligence” are (suggestions, same as before, can be chosen from):

  • Explainable and explorable AI

  • Human intelligence in Machine intelligence

  • Methodological challenges in research of “intelligent” systems

  • Ethics for research and application in AI

  • Design processes for “intelligent” systems and software

  • Philosophical inquiry in the emerging field of HCI-AI

  • Critical Views of AI

  • Agents and Human Interaction

Models for Human-Agent Interaction

Social Agents and Emotional Interaction

Agent-based Human-Computer Interaction

Human Cooperation and Agent-based Interaction

Scope: We encourage researchers to engage with participatory design or co-creation approaches to evaluate current research, or engage with upcoming developments in technology in modelling the relationship between machine intelligence and human agency, such as 3D printing, digital fabrication, citizen sensing, the maker movement, AR, VR, AI, machine learning, IoT, new sensors, and actuators. We also encourage researchers to think beyond the existing solutions and try to imagine innovative solutions to the problems proposed by our two tracks.


Evaluation: For this year’s design challenge, the following are the evaluation criteria:


  • Does the design intervention address a real need?
  • Does the design intervention align with the design brief/theme?
  • Does the intervention use technology in an appropriate and novel way?
  • Were analysis, synthesis, design, and evaluation both systematic and sufficient?
  • Was the intervention developed far enough to demonstrate the key ideas?
  • Did the team explore the entire ecosystem of stakeholders, conditions, and contexts?
  • Was the intervention well-crafted and effectively presented?


Eligibility Criteria: For this year’s design challenge, the following is the eligibility criteria:


  • Teams must consist of at least two, but no more than five students.
  • There is no limit to the number of teams that may compete from any given University or organization.
  • However, one student cannot be part of multiple teams.


Submissions are invited from all students at all stages of their university careers, from undergraduate to postgraduate studies.


We look forward to seeing your submissions!



“All submissions must be made via EasyChair:


Submissions must be made in one of the three formats:


Extended Abstract: Teams will submit a non-anonymized paper (6 pages maximum) written in the CHI Extended Abstracts Format (Download the right template from summarizing their design solution and its evolution. Submissions not meeting the page limit or formatting requirements will be automatically disqualified. This document should be submitted as a single PDF and the file must be no larger than 10 Mb in size.


Poster: The poster design should be reduced to one standard letter page in size and submitted in PDF format and the file must be no larger than 10 Mb in size.


Video: Teams must provide a supplementary video (MP4 file, max 5-minutes), with a file-size no larger than 100Mb, illustrating how your solution fits the lives of the users with the help of scenarios. It may also illustrate some details of the interface and the information presented. Kindly submit your videos following this link


Proof of student status: All authors must submit notes signed by their academic supervisor/head of school to with the title of their paper as the subject line. Authors working in teams must send their student proofs as one zip file. The student proof is used to verify the following:


Your university: Whether you and your teams are graduates or undergraduate students.

Review Process

Review Process

All Paper submission will be reviewed by the two track chairs of the Student Design Consortium.

At the Conference

At the Conference

The authors of accepted submissions should register for the conference. Authors will be provided a specific time slot to present their work at the conference. The exact time-slot will be shared once the final program is published.



  • 14th August 2019: Submission deadline

  • 15th September 2019: Notification

  • 21st September 2019: Camera-ready