SIGCHI Development Fund Recipients

The SIGCHI Development Fund (SDF) provides resources for the SIGCHI community to spur equitable communication, innovation, and expansion of SIGCHI globally and locally. Below, we list awarded SDF proposals since 2022, to support transparency around how the community support budget is used. Past accepted proposals from 2021 have been shared on SIGCHI’s Medium blog.

2024 (Running total awarded: USD 13,015)

Month

Category

Event/Initiative

Awarded

Items supported

Principal investigator

Principal investigator affiliation

January

Conferences

Invited workshop and panel at IMX 2024: IMX in Latin America

10,000

Travel support for speakers from Latin America

Asreen Rostami

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

January

Chapters

Industry & Academic Combined Hybrid Panel Event

3,015

Venue and tech support for hybrid, catering

Jeni Paay

Swinburne University of Technology


2023 (Total awarded: USD 303,300)

Month

Category

Event/Initiative

Awarded

Items supported

Principal investigator

Principal investigator affiliation

December

Chapters

Rejuvenate SIGCHI's India Chapters Network

4,910

Catering and travel for chapters-related meet-ups

Dani Raju

Studio Hasi

November

Conferences

C&C 2024: Promoting Disciplinary DEI for the Interactive Arts Community

10,000

Travel grants for artists

Brian Bailey

University of Illinois

November

Community

Expanding HCI Horizons: Bridging Knowledge Gaps for CS Students

5,750

Student travel and accommodation, organizer travel, power supply

Christianah Titilope Oyewale

Mohammed VI Polytechnic University

November

Chapters

Colombo SIGCHI Chapter: South Asian HCI Research and Collaboration

3,000

Catering for awareness-building sessions and student travel grants for Winter School

Dilrikshi Gamage

Tokyo Tech

October

Chapters

Presentation and Conversation with Virpi Roto

2,800

Catering

Jeni Paay

SIGCHI Melbourne and Swinburne University of Technology

October

Conferences

ISS Student Design Competition

5,400

Registration and travel support for student participants

Scott Carter

Toyota Research Institute

September

Sustainability

AfriCHI Student Design Competition '23

7,500

Student travel grants

Edward White

Technical University of Ingolstadt

September

Conferences

UIST ’23 DC Travel Funds

12,475

Accommodation, registration, and airfare for doctoral consortium participants

Dan Afergan

Google

August

Conferences

CSCW ’23 DEI activities

3,900

DEI lunch, hybrid, honorariums, guided tours of the George Floyd Square, materials for crafts/games

Amy Zhang

University of Washington

August

Chapters

SIGCHI Expo Deakin Downtown

3,015

Food for expo to support/grow chapter across academia and industry

Phuc Le

Monash University/SIGCHI Melbourne Chapter

August

Community

Haptics for Inclusion

10,000

Travel costs for PhD students, early career researchers, and speakers/presenters with disabilities, and sign language interpretation costs

Arthur Theil

Birmingham City University

July

Community

African Co-design Academy 

7,500

Travel and accommodation for student, postdoc, and early career participants

Catharina Maria Till

Independent Institution of Education’s Varsity College

July

Sustainability

Philippi Village Workshop on local, sustainable economies

2,000

Transport, tour guide and speaker honorariums, photography

Leandro Navarro

Technical University of Catalonia

June

Conferences

Stepping stone panel for global AutoUI

10,000

Travel and accommodation for panelists from underrepresented regions

Hatice Şahin Ippoliti

University of Oldenburg

June

Community

Latin American Conference on HCI 2023

7,000

Student scholarships, sign language interpretation, and translation services

Marisol Wong-Villacres

Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral

June

Community

Dutch Post-CHI 2023 Event

2,250

Travel for students, accessible recordings of the program, and honorariums for keynote speakers

Ujwal Gadiraju

TU Delft, Board Member, CHI NL

June

Conferences

RecSys Travel Support Fund

10,000

Travel grants for Doctoral Symposium students and first-time presenters

Linus Dietz

King’s College, London

May

Community

Expanding  hybrid CHItaly 2023

6,700

Virtual reality headsets for hybrid participation, subscription to spatial.io, travel for invited speaker, and student registration

Cristina Gena

University of Turin – Italy

May

Conferences

CUI 2023: Accessible conference

4,825

ASL translation service and childcare

Minha Lee

Eindhoven University of Technology

May

Community

AMPLIFY: Amplifying regional connections of Thai HCI academics to SE Asia in a Thai HCI academic retreat

2,000

Travel and accommodation for keynote speakers and student volunteer translator

Atima Tharatipyakul

Singapore Institute of Technology, Bangkok ACM SIGCHI Chapter chair

May

Community

AccessHack: The Effects of Inclusive Project-Based Education on Accessibility Computer Science Education

5,000

Accessibility services such as ASL and CART, honorarium for speakers and panelists

Megan Hofmann

Northeastern University

April

Conferences

DIS 2023: Inclusion Development Award

9,750

CART Captioning Services, ASL services, and honoraria for panel speakers from community organizations

Daragh  Byrne

Carnegie Mellon University

April

Community

AccessSIGCHI Meetup at CHI 2023

550

Food and a drink for disabled PhD students and CHI first timers

Jennifer  Rode

University College London

April

Community

ACM SIGCHI Winter School: Connecting South Asia to collaborate and develop research interest in HCI

7,000

Travel for students and speakers

Dilrukshi Gamage

Tokyo Institute of Technology

March

Conferences

RecSys 2023 Summer School

58,300

Travel grants for students and speakers, and AV equipment

March

Community

CHI Student Competition Workshops at Argentina

5,075

Lodging for participants and travel for speaker

Christian  Sturm

Ingolstadt University of Technology, Germany

March

Community

Graphics Interface ’23 Early Career Researcher Mentorship and Panel

3,500

Support for mentors’ registration and travel expenses

Sowmya Somanath

University of Victoria

March

Community

Spaces and Interfaces: A Summer School on HCI for Wellbeing

10,000

Speaker travel, speaker and student accommodation, catering, social events

Yvonne Rogers

University College London

March

Conferences

Increasing participation of scholars from the global south in ACM COMPASS ’23

10,000

Travel, accommodation, and visa fees for five scholars from underrepresented regions

Engineer Bainomugisha

Makerere University, Uganda; Co-Sponsorship Chair, COMPASS 2023

March

Community

Symposium on Human-Computer Interaction for Work

6,500

Student travel and hybrid support

Susanne Boll

University of Oldenburg

March

Community

1st BR-CHI Research and Collaboration Workshop

6,400

Transport and accommodation for mentors, accommodation for student participants, and interpretation of Brazilian Sign Language

Leticia  Santos Machado

Federal University of Jequitinhonha and Mucuri Valleys (UFVJM)

March

Community

First HCI workshop in Morocco

4,000

Lodging for keynotes and student participants, and speaker fees

Houda Elmimouni

Indiana University

February

Community

Registration support for HCI Across Borders workshop at CHI 2023

8,000

Conference and workshop registration fees for students

Vikram Kamath Cannanure

Carnegie Mellon University

February

Conferences

2023 ACM UbiComp/ISWC Conference

10,000

Funds to support low-income and middle-income registration tiers

Edward Wang

UC San Diego

February

Community

Open sourcing CHI course on Interaction Design in Digital Games 

5,000

Student stipends to create the slides and videos, supporting with accessibility needs, overhead for admin support

Pejman Mirza-Babaei

Bluemoon UX Research and Development Ltd.

February

Community

Consortium for a Science of Sociotechnical Systems (CSST)

10,000

Travel, room and board for 2 mentors and 5 mentees, supplies for meeting and community-building activities

Stephen Voida

University of Colorado Boulder

February

Conferences

Hybridization of ACM CHI Play 2023

10,000

Ceiling mounted webcams, matchbox microphones, event management platform, video switches, streaming devices

Jim Wallace

University of Waterloo

January

Community

World Information Architecture Day New Hampshire

2,200

Registrations, badges, posters, speaker honorariums

Marlyn Tadros

Southern New Hampshire University

January

Chapters

Conducting and hosting events for Srishti chapter members

1,000

Transport for speaker and guests, food and beverage organizers, venue rental, gifts, website hosting, social media subscriptions

Sakshi Bhutra

Srishti SIGCHI Chapter

January

Community

CHI Together at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland

10,000

Social event and travel stipends for PhD students and international guest speaker

Johannes Schöning

University of St. Gallen 


2022 (Total awarded: USD 183,364)

Month

Category

Event/Initiative

Awarded

Items supported

Principal investigator

Principal investigator affiliation

November

Chapters

{drag design} : {drop tech} talks @ IIIT Bangalore

3,300

Figma, Zoom, Canva subscriptions for hybrid participation and publicity, speaker honorarium and travel, refreshments

Taru Jain

IIIT Bangalore

November

Chapters

Grow and Support SwissCHI

3,000

Accommodation and catering for events to help revitalize the chapter

Johannes Schöning

University of St. Gallen

November

Community

ISS ’22 Diversity and Hybrid

7,690

Catered writing workshop for SVs helping with hybrid, catering, support for Indigenous CHI workshop attendees

Judy Kay

The University of Sydney

November

Conferences

Participation at IUI ’23

10,000

Student travel awards. prioritizing DC and those from underrepresented countries

Yong Zheng

Illinois Institute of Technology

November

Chapters

Towards Sustainable Local Tourism with CHI

9,973

Travel support for keynote speakers students, and mentors, catering

Iyubanit  Rodríguez

Universidad de Costa Rica

October

Conferences

Participation at UMAP ’23

10,000

Student travel awards, prioritizing DC and those from underrepresented countries

Yong Zheng

Illinois Institute of Technology

September

Chapters

Melbourne Chapter: Designing Interactive Systems – Melbourne ’22

2,000

Catering to support networking events for academics and practitioners

Jeni Paay

Swinburne University of Technology/SIGCHI Melbourne Chapter

August

Chapters

National Symposium on Human Computer Interaction (FUSION ’22)

1,305

Conference management, Discord/Zoom subscriptions, prizes for student competition, honorariums

Nur Zuraifah Syazrah Othman

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

August

Community

CHI Student Competition Workshops at Ecuador, Colombia, and Peru

10,000

Office supplies, catering, travel support for speaker and participants

Christian Sturm

Hamm-Lippstadt University of Applied Sciences

August

Conferences

Fostering Meaningful Connections between Remote and In-Person CHI PLAY Attendees for an Equitable Conference Experience

9,860

Professional streaming equipment, SV support, subscription and access fees for online games for social events

Kathrin Gerling

KU Leuven

July

Community

SIGCHI Melbourne Chapter Exhibition Booth at UX Australia

1,120

Funding for chapter booth at UX Australia

Jeni Paay

Swinburne University of Technology

July

Community

XXI Brazilian Symposium on Human Factors in Computational Systems (IHC’22)

10,000

Childcare, Brazilian sign language interpretation, registration for people with disabilities and other underrepresented groups, accommodation for chair and keynotes, equipment rental, opening reception, catering, reusable cups

Maria Lúcia Bento Villela

Universidade Federal de Viçosa

June

Conferences

AutoUI ’22 conference panel: Women in AutoUI

10,000

Travel grants for panelists, portraits and photobook of women in AutoUI

Kristina Stojmenova

University of Ljubljana

June

Community

Participatory Design Conference ’22

8,750

Online streaming services and technical onsite camera crew and editors to support hybrid participation

Rachel  Clarke

Open Lab, Newcastle University

May

Community

Summer School on Digital Interactive Smart Spaces

10,000

Travel support for speakers

Maristella Matera

Politecnico di Milano

May

Community

Introduction to HCI Research World

9,750

Travel support for keynote/mentors and students, stationery, catering

Rahat Jahangir Rony

North South University

May

Conferences

IDC ’22 Hybrid Conference

6,989

Hybrid event platform, video/audio production, registration for attendees from underrepresented backgrounds, childcare

Cristina Sylla

University of Minho

May

Community

Protea CHI Symposium

10,000

Travel support and catering for mentor and attendees for student design workshops

Melissa  Densmore

University of Cape Town

April

Community

Symposium on Human-Computer Interaction for Work

10,000

COVID tests and masks, student travel grants, catering

Andrew Kun

University of New Hampshire

April

Community

Dreaming Disability Justice in HCI

1,187

Registration for workshop attendees

Cella Sum

Carnegie Mellon University

April

Community

24 Hours of UX ’22

4,000

Platform for online participation

Keith Instone

24 Labs

April

Conferences

Participation at UMAP ’22

10,000

Registration for scholars from underrepresented regions

Yong Zheng

Illinois Institute of Technology

April

Conferences

Increasing participation of scholars from the Global South at COMPASS ’22

10,000

Travel support for scholars from underrepresented regions

Engineer Bainomugisha

Makerere University, Uganda; Co-General Chair, COMPASS 2022

March

Conferences

Global Plaza @ CHI ’22

4,940

Virtual registration for attendees from the Global South

Annu Prabhakar

University of Cincinnati

February

Conferences

Social Justice Event at CHI ’22

4,500

Payment and registration for sketch note artist

Minha Lee

Eindhoven University of Technology

February

Community

Crossing Data / Cruzar Datos: Building Bridges with Activist and Academic Practices from and for Latin America

5,000

Conference and workshop registration for attendees with limited financial resources

Milagros Miceli

Weizenbaum Institute / TU Berlin