Student Design Consortium

Welcome to the Student Design Consortium (SDC)!

This challenge provides students with a great opportunity to participate and showcase their problem solving and design skills in a national competition. It is a podium for interactions between IndiaHCI attendees, future professionals in HCI, and also the experienced HCI and Design professionals.

Over the years, this challenge has garnered a lot of interest and excitement among students from a variety of backgrounds. We are excited to be chairing the Student Design Consortium for this year, and we invite a large number of quality submissions.

The tracks for SDC 2020, in line with the broad theme of IndiaHCI 2020 “Emerging Trends in Technology Design” focus on societal challenges including:

  • Well-being
  • Social Isolation
  • Social Distancing


We encourage students to engage were appropriate, with participatory design or co-creation approaches to evaluate current research or engage with upcoming developments in technology in modeling the relationship between machine intelligence and human agency, such 3D printing, digital fabrication, citizen sensing, the maker movement, AR, VR, MR, AI, machine learning, IoT, new sensors, and actuators, to name a few. We also encourage students to think beyond the existing solution and try to imagine innovative solutions to the problems proposed in our tracks.


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?

We look forward to seeing your submissions.

Submission Format 

The submission must have the following FOUR components:

Extended Abstract: Teams will submit an anonymized paper (6 pages maximum) written in the Conference Extended Abstract Format, 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. The paper should clearly describe the novelty and distinguishing characteristics of your work. 

Poster: The poster design should be one standard A4 page in size and submitted in PDF format. Kindly submit your poster to this link.

Explainer Video: Teams must provide a supplementary video (MP4 file, max 5-minutes), with a file-size no larger than 50 MB, 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. In case the size of your video file is larger than 50 MB, please upload it on the internet and paste the URL in the submission portal. Please make sure that your video and your URL are anonymized as per the requirements of the track.

Proof of Student Status: All authors must submit a note signed by their academic supervisor(s)/head of school to with the title of their paper as the subject line. Authors working in teams must send their student proof as one zip file. The student proof is used to verify:   

  1. Your university 
  2. Whether the team members are graduate and/or undergraduate students  

All SDC submissions must be made through the EasyChair portal.

Eligibility Guidelines 

For this year’s design challenge, the following are the evaluation 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 (Masters and PhDs). 

Review Process 

Each paper will be reviewed through a double-blind peer-review process. This will be done by at least three independent reviewers (experts in the relevant area that are not on the review committee) and a meta-reviewer (from the review committee).