ACM SIGCHI aims to support the HCI community in a number of ways, including supporting community-building events and initiatives, providing travel awards, and other things. This portal is currently open to applications. Please see the calls below, and note the guidelines for submissions.
Thank you for your interest in nominating a member of SIGCHI for their excellent service to theSIGCHI community. This program is aimed at honoring voluntary contributions made to the SIGCHI community at the (1) conference level, (2) chapter level, and/or (3) SIG level. Examples of such service could include, but are not restricted to the following:
- Conference leadership that involved giving significant time and energy to a conference, going above and beyond what might normally be expected of such a service role
- Chapter leadership that involved contributed to significantly strengthening HCI activity in a particular region
- Volunteering on a SIGCHI committee to implement a new, impactful initiative, such as launching and operationalizing the SIGCHI YouTube channel
Please also note:
- The service being recognized should have taken place not more than three years prior to the time of nomination.
- If someone has done significant amounts of service over a greater number of years, they may be eligible for a SIGCHI Award instead (or in addition).
- Members of the SIGCHI Executive Committee may not be nominated while they are still serving on it.
- There is no deadline. The nominations will be reviewed by a small team of EC members, as they are received. Results will be announced via SIGCHI communications channels.
To nominate, the form will ask you to provide the following:
- name and contact information of the nominator and nominee;
- whether this nomination is for service at the conference, chapter, or SIG level (or a combination);
- a brief summary (500 words max.) of why the nominee deserves to be recognized;
- a short description (200 words max.) of the capacity in which the nominator knows the nominee
Thank you for your time and generosity!
The SIGCHI Executive Committee
We are now half-way through this EC's term, and looking to fill the following Adjunct Chair (AC) roles for the next 18 months: Equity Co-Chair, Partnerships Co-Chair, Community Support Chair, Volunteer Support Chair, Education Chair, and Web Chair. We also solicit suggestions from our community for additional potential roles (“Name Your Adjunct Chair”). Please read the SIGCHI bylaws to learn more about the AC role. Newly appointed ACs will work closely with one or more assigned EC members to determine and pursue the scope within which they will operate.
The time commitment may vary across roles and over time. We ask that appointed ACs be willing to make a minimum time commitment of 3-5 hours per week on average. In addition, there are monthly full-EC meetings that last approx. 2 hours each, and quarterly in-person EC meetings that last 2.5 days.
The call descriptions are below. You can nominate yourself or someone else for these positions. Please fill out the application below, by January 20 2023, 11.59pm Anywhere on Earth. All applications will be reviewed to assess backgrounds of relevance, vision, and commitment. A few EC members will meet with up to 3-5 interested applicants for each call. A final choice will be submitted to the full EC for a vote of approval. The intended start date is February 15, 2023 and likely end date would be June 30, 2024. We will plan for an in-person onboarding meeting in March 2023, and newly recruited ACs are strongly encouraged to attend.
Please email email@example.com with any questions about these roles or about applying.
Call #1: Equity Co-Chair (with Cale Passmore) The SIGCHI Equity Talks organized in 2021 surfaced several insights that are being considered by the EC. We invite applicants who would be willing to continue and expand on this charge, with a strong commitment to making SIGCHI more equitable. We anticipate that this Equity Co-Chair would work with current Equity Chair Cale Passmore and the Equity Committee, to oversee 1-3 equity and inclusion initiatives (such as the Equity Talks), be sensitive and responsive to the needs of groups that find themselves on the margins of the SIGCHI community, and make concrete contributions to a long-term strategy to address structural inequities on account of ethnicity, culture, geography, among other dimensions.
Call #2: Partnerships Co-Chair (with Susan Dray) SIGCHI aims to cultivate stronger partnerships across the worlds of research (academic and industry), design, education, and practice. This SIGCHI Partnerships Co-Chair will ideally be involved in developing SIGCHI’s relationships with a range of other institutions, alongside current Partnerships Chair Susan Dray. The institutions to partner with may include globally dispersed small and large organizations that value HCI, and might add valuable perspective to SIGCHI’s current approaches. Some examples would include nonprofits, big and small tech companies, and/or other research communities. Global outreach is essential, and with that a drive to collaborate with local institutions and communities that may be relatively new to HCI research but have been actively engaged in HCI practice.
Call #3: Community Support Chair SIGCHI is committed to providing financial and various other infrastructural support to its communities, committees, chapters, and conferences. Currently this is done through mechanisms such as the SIGCHI Development Fund and the Gary Marsden Travel Awards, where funds are disbursed to support individual travel (such as to conferences) and group initiatives (such as workshops, summer schools, etc.). The Community Support Chair would work with existing committees to ensure the management of these and possibly other new community support mechanisms, while also identifying gaps in our funded initiatives, and pursuing innovative and novel directions to offer increased and diversified support. Management of funds includes working closely with the ACM to ensure smooth disbursement of funds, understanding the difference between different types of support offered by ACM, conducting fair and equitable review of applications, revisiting the call at regular intervals, communicating regularly with the SIGCHI community, and continually engaging with the EC.
Call #4: Volunteer Support Chair The success of SIGCHI depends in large part on the wellbeing of its volunteers and volunteering practices. The Volunteer Support Chair would examine our volunteer development, leadership, and mentorship efforts across SIGCHI, and ensure that these efforts—across levels—are supported, growing, and learning from each other’s successes. This may entail, among other things, further data collection on volunteering challenges, more and distributed mentor circles (as at CHI 2021), community engagement sessions (such as Equity Talk #7), and potential creation and management of policy documents.
Call #5: Education Chair
SIGCHI cares about HCI education, and this is an area that has changed and grown considerably in recent years. We would like to recruit an Education Chair who would be willing to put together an assessment of the state of current efforts to support HCI education at the ACM/SIG level, co-create an agenda for a hybrid HCI world, and lead the curation of a repository of resources that represents the diversity of the field and the SIGCHI community. Any other initiatives that would support HCI education for SIGCHI would be welcome.
Call #6: Web Chair
The SIGCHI website could (always) do with some maintenance and care, and we would like to recruit a Web Chair who can work with different EC members and committees as needed to keep our website up to date. It would be the responsibility of this Web Chair to put in regular hours to keep the site clean and updated, archive pages appropriately and periodically, and ensure that our website is user-friendly and functional. A combination of technical and writing skills would be a must to have.
Call #7: “Name Your Adjunct Chair” This role is for you, SIGCHI community members, to propose a role that you think is important for the EC to consider but does not fit into or align with any of the existing roles, as far as you can tell. Indicate what this Adjunct Chair role could focus on and list examples of projects that it might include, along with target outcomes for the SIGCHI community. Then describe the background and skills that might be desirable for this AC, what they might bring a vision for, and how much of a commitment (e.g., hours per week) they may need to make. Please clarify whether you would be willing to volunteer for this role if created, or if you are interested in nominating anyone else.
Please note that we will also be doing calls for two VP roles in January, once the ongoing process of changing the SIGCHI bylaws to add these roles is approved by the ACM.
We are now looking to fill the roles of VP for Accessibility and VP at Large. This is in response to the recent change in SIGCHI Bylaws that were proposed by the SIGCHI Executive Committee (EC) and approved by the ACM EC. The role descriptions are below. You can nominate yourself or someone else for these positions.
Please fill out the application by February 15 2023, 11.59pm Anywhere on Earth. All applications will be reviewed to assess backgrounds of relevance, vision, and commitment. A few EC members will meet with up to 3-5 interested applicants for each call. A final choice will be submitted to the full EC for a vote of approval. The intended start date is March 20, 2023 and likely end date would be June 30, 2024. We will plan for an in-person onboarding meeting in March 2023, and newly recruited VPs are encouraged to attend if possible.
The details about the VP for Accessibility responsibilities, as included in the recent bylaws changes, are as follows:
- Overseeing all aspects of accessibility within SIGCHI-sponsored conferences and publications, SIGCHI-affiliated chapters, and all SIGCHI Committees
- Connecting regularly with disability communities in SIGCHI to align Executive Committee policies and practices with member needs
- Making recommendations to the Executive Committee on policies and practices affecting accessibility within SIGCHI, including within the Executive Committee (e.g., accessible meeting formats)
- Establishing and overseeing contracts with qualified accessibility service providers (e.g., CART and SLI) for SIGCHI events
- Working with the Vice-President for Publications on issues related to the accessibility of the end-to-end publication process
- Working with the Vice-President for Conferences and the Council of Steering Committee Chairs to establish standards of accessibility for conferences, conference websites, and conference-related meetings
- Working with the Vice-President for Operations on issues related to the accessibility of technological infrastructure
- Working with the Vice-President for Communications regarding accessibility of outreach activities and materials
- Working with the Vice-President for Chapters regarding accessibility of chapter meetings and accessibility
- Overseeing any committees or working groups organized to facilitate accessibility activities, subject to approval by the SIGCHI Executive Committee
- Compiling a regular report of activities and sharing it with the SIGCHI Executive Committee
Please read the SIGCHI bylaws to learn more about the VP at Large role. We would like this individual to lead initiatives that align with and support the interests of our members, volunteers, and community at large.
Newly appointed VPs will work closely with the current Adjunct Chair for Accessibility and VPs at Large to determine and pursue the scope within which they will operate. The time commitments always vary across roles and over time. We ask that appointed VPs be willing to make a minimum time commitment of 3-5 hours per week on average. In addition, there are monthly full-EC meetings that last approx. 2 hours each, and quarterly in-person EC meetings that last 2.5 days.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about these roles or about applying.
The Gary Marsden Travel Awards support undergraduate and graduate students, early-career researchers (such as those who are ≤ 5 years post-graduation), and those experiencing financial hardship or lacking institutional support, in attending ACM SIGCHI conferences. See below for more details.
Email email@example.com with any questions about GMTA or fixes/feedback for the application form. For transparency, recipients are announced periodically on the SIGCHI website.
Who is eligible to apply?
- You must be a SIGCHI member at the time of application to be eligible. Read about membership and how to sign up on the SIGCHI website. Please note, ACM membership and SIGCHI membership are not the same. You can check which one you have via MyACM.
- We will award funds to no more than one presenter per submission. Also, we will award funds to no more than one student per advisor, per submission cycle.
- If we have a large number of applicants, we will prioritize first-time attendees and presenters. Acceptances can include papers, posters/extended abstracts, works in progress, demos, case studies, etc. If you do not have an accepted submission, however, you can still apply.
- Overall, we will accept applications that demonstrate financial need and clear benefit to the applicant in attending the conference.
When should I apply?
- There are seven deadlines per year: the 9th of January, February, March, May, July, September, and November at 11:59 PM AoE.
- You must apply to a deadline that occurs more than one month prior to the start of the conference that you plan to attend. If you have a conference acceptance, we recommend applying as soon as you receive it. If you will need to apply for a visa, you may apply for the travel award before your submission has been accepted.
- Normal turnaround times for decisions will be one month from the deadline. We will try to offer faster turnaround times (two weeks) for applicants who need to apply for visas. Note that ACM policy allows for visa letters to be generated during conference registration.
What does the award cover?
- The awards cover both physical and virtual attendance at SIGCHI conferences. There are no limits on how many times you can receive GMTA support for virtual attendance. For physical travel, you can only receive support once every three years.
- Registration: Complimentary codes will be provided to cover any combination of conference registration and up to two workshops/courses.
- Travel: Through reimbursement, we can cover flights, local transportation lodging, meals, visa fees, childcare, one travel companion ticket, and mobility aids (e.g., scooters, walkers). Other expenses, such as travel insurance, are not currently covered.
- Carbon offsets should be estimated and included in the cost of registration if you are taking a flight. You can use websites such as Cool Effect to calculate costs.
- Childcare funds can be requested for virtual or physical travel.
- One travel companion ticket can be requested for physical travel, provided a justification for why it is needed (e.g., a care provider for an infant, sighted guide, personal care assistant).
- After submission, any changes to the budget need to be re-approved.
- In the event that you need support for upfront costs, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org beforehand.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Am I required to have a letter of support from my advisor/program chair? No, letters of support, while helpful, are optional. We can rely on the rest of the application to evaluate financial need and benefit to the applicant.
- Can funds be used for travel outside of the conference dates? Funds can only be used from two days before the conference to two days after.
- Can funds be used for travel insurance (or anything else not listed above)? ACM policy does not allow reimbursement of travel insurance, but if you would like to make a special request, please let us know in your application and we can consider making an exception.
- Can funds be used for a rental car? ACM will only reimburse rental cars with prior approval. If you are requesting funds for a rental car, you must include it in your budget when you apply and provide a justification for why it is required compared to cheaper options such as public transport or taxis.
- How do I submit receipts for reimbursement? If your application is accepted, you will later receive an email from ACM allowing you to upload receipts to a reimbursement portal. Receipts are required for any expense over USD 25.
- How can I get a visa support letter? There should be an option to request a visa support letter when you register for the conference, or instructions on the conference website.
The SIGCHI Development Fund (SDF) provides resources for the SIGCHI community to spur communication, innovation, and expansion of HCI at the global and local levels. As we have in the past, we continue to invite projects aiming to experiment with new opportunities, reach out to new groups, promote sustainability, inclusivity, and accessibility, and support mentoring opportunities. This year we are introducing additional funds to support small sustainability initiatives. All SIGCHI members are eligible to apply.
What kinds of initiatives does the SDF support?
We are currently prioritizing hybrid in-person/virtual initiatives, where the funding is mainly used to promote a better hybrid experience and interaction between remote and in-person attendees at events.
For sustainability activities, we are entirely open to a range of interpretations and ways to promote socio-ecological sustainability, whether they focus on raising awareness or on hands-on activities about resourcing, recycling, or reusing.
Overall, we strongly encourage proposals that align with SIGCHI's commitment to addressing racial and other systemic injustices.
Examples of initiatives we are looking to fund include, but are certainly not limited to, the following:
- Events for connecting different communities, which could be in the sense of geography, discipline, or academics/industry, etc.
- Tutoring or paper-writing workshops for new authors to submit to SIGCHI conferences.
- Summer schools or mentoring activities.
- Initiatives organized by SIGCHI chapters.
- Events to promote/support diversity and inclusion at a SIGCHI conference.
- Mechanisms to support underrepresented groups (disciplinarily or demographically) to present at a SIGCHI conference or one of its workshops.
Our blog on the SIGCHI Medium includes other examples of recently funded initiatives, which can be used for inspiration.
How much funding can a proposal request?
Sustainability activities can receive up to USD 5,000 for funding local and global collaborations.
Other events/initiatives are capped to:
- USD 5,000 for virtual initiatives, either stand-alone or part of hybrid initiatives
- USD 10,000 for in-person events, either stand-alone or part of hybrid initiatives
How is a proposal reviewed?
A proposal should address the following items and provide any other information about the event/initiative that seems relevant:
- Organizing Committee: We will look for relevant experience to signal success and organizing teams with complementary skills. We aim to prioritize proposals coming from members of the SIGCHI community.
- Primary Sponsor: The proposal must include the conference name if the initiative is happening at a SIGCHI conference. Otherwise, the proposal must indicate the organization sponsoring the event, such as a university, a company, a non-profit, etc. This organization will need to send an invoice to us with the total granted amount and fill out a tax form before the funding can be disbursed directly. Please note that, in this case, the initiative will be supported by SIGCHI, and SIGCHI won’t be financially or legally liable for the event. The FAQ page provides further information about this process.
- Explanation of Need: The proposal must elucidate how the project would provide value to SIGCHI members, i.e., to experiment with new opportunities, reach out to new groups, promote inclusivity and accessibility, or support mentoring opportunities.
- Feasibility of Plan: The proposal must convey a well-defined agenda with clear outcomes. The funding will be for a single activity, although the activity might take place over an extended period. There must also be a plan for sharing takeaways and lessons learned with the SIGCHI community.
- Suitability of Format: Since events that offer multiple formats for participation can be more inclusive, accessible, and sustainable, we will prioritize hybrid initiatives that ask for funding towards this goal.
- Soundness of Budget: The proposal must include a clear and suitable budget with justifications according to a given template.
Is there a specific timeline for the grant?
The SDF has an ongoing open call! You can expect notifications around one month after the submission. After the completion of the event, we will ask for a brief report in the form of a Medium blog post.
The SIGCHI Executive Committee (EC) welcomes volunteers who are interested in working with us to improve and strengthen SIGCHI and support its processes. Through this open call, we plan to create a live record of volunteers whom we can match with openings across committee roles on the EC.
You are welcome to nominate yourself or someone else. Please indicate your/your nominees' background(s) of relevance, commitments for volunteering, and availability as completely as possible. This is standard across our open calls. On average, these roles may take up 2-3 hours on a weekly basis, and 8-12 hours per month. Please reach out to email@example.com if you have any questions.
- Before SIGCHI appoints any volunteers, we must check their status on the ACM Sanctions Database. Once you agree to be considered for a role on a committee, you are confirming that you are okay with this look-up. If the database does produce a positive result, we will inform you so that you are able to withdraw your consideration, should you choose to do so.
- The data collected by the SIGCHI Executive Committee in this and other surveys are used to inform future decisions that impact our community.
- You can withdraw your form anytime you believe you are no longer interested in volunteering. You can also withdraw your nomination as per your preference.