Call for Participation

In conjunction with NordiCHI 2014:
Monday, 27th October, 2014 in Helsinki, Finland

Managing chronic conditions can be challenging. People in such conditions, and the people around them, have to: deal with symptoms, adapt to the resulting disability, manage emotions, and change habits to keep the condition under control. Self-care technologies have the potential to support self-care, however they often disregard the complexity of the settings in which they are used and fail to become integrated in everyday life.

In this workshop we will discuss how to design self-care technologies that are in harmony with people’s everyday life. Therefore, we invite designers, social scientists, researchers and practitioners interested in broadening the scope of self-care technology design to participate in a full-day workshop in which we will reflect on each other’s work, and do a design exercise with patients and caregivers. Non-academic participants can also attend the workshop without submitting a contribution if they wish to participate in the discussions. The workshop will provide an opportunity for this diverse group to meet and coordinate common efforts.

We will consider participants that submit: a position paper (2-4 pages ACM sigCHI Papers template), or a <500 motivation letter (for non-academics). Both submissions should be sent to: by 14th August 2014.

We expect position papers on self-care technologies, including: recent experiments, prototypes, field studies, theoretical accounts and critical reflections that discuss issues of design, development, and use.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Success (and failure) stories of self-care technology
  • Challenges of using self-care technologies in everyday life
  • Appropriation of self-care technologies
  • Solutions created by patients and caregivers
  • Collaborations and division of work in self-care
  • Enabling patient empowerment
  • Bridging clinical and non-clinical settings
  • Underlying issues of self-care technology design or use

Contributions will be peer-reviewed by at least two members of the program committee (and/or organizers) and selected on their quality, originality, and compliance with the workshop theme. The diversity of backgrounds of the workshop group will also influence the selection of participants. We expect to accommodate between 15-20 participants in the workshop as well as invited patients.

At least one author of each accepted position paper must register for the workshop and for at least one day of the conference. If the participant does not want to attend one extra day of the conference, the registration fee will be doubled.

The outcomes of the workshop will materialize in four concrete contributions. First, accepted contributions will be published as part of a technical report from one of the organizers’ institutions. Second, the organizers’ refections and ideas about the workshop will be summarized as an article to be submitted to Interactions magazine. Third, a summary of the workshop will be sent to the national (or european) magazine of the patients’ association. Fourth, if relevant interest exists, a journal special issue will be proposed.

14th August, 2014: Submission deadline for position papers and motivation letters
11th September, 2014: Notification of acceptance
27th September, 2014: Camera ready version
27th October, 2014: Workshop at NordiCHI 2014