SIGCHI Development Fund Examples

SIGCHI Executive Committee “Development Fund” provides resources to alleviate some of the constraints that can stifle the exchange of ideas across our diverse community and around the world. This page provides a summary of some of the previous activities the SIGCHI executive committee has supported with “development funds”.

To find details on how to apply to the SIGCHI Development Fund please visit our SIGCHI Development Fund page which details the standard and special funding initiatives we have.

WomENcourage 2017 Supporters Programme

Panagiota Fatourou, 6,000 EUR (Diamond Sponsor)

The ACM Europe Celebration of Women in Computing, womENcourage 2017 is a scientific event, as well as an event aimed at networking and exploring career opportunities for women in computer science and related disciplines. This conference brings together undergraduate and graduate students, as well as researchers and professionals, to present and share their achievements and experience in computer science. The program includes technical presentations and also discussions related to career issues in academic and industrial research.

CRA-W 2017 Grad Cohort Workshop sponsorship by SIGCHI

Kathryn S McKinley, $15,000

Women and minorities are severely underrepresented in all areas of computing, even while demand for computing professionals is growing. The CRA-W Grad Cohort Project has been building a national community of researchers, with the goal of improving their graduate school experience and increasing retention. Grad Cohort is a two-day mentoring workshop, where students present research posters, learn research skills, and are mentored by successful inspirational senior women researchers, who serve as role models. They learn practical approaches to navigate and succeed in graduate school (e.g., how to pick a thesis topic, develop research ideas, write papers, and attend conferences). Role models provide personal insights on the challenges and rewards of their own careers. The workshop offers networking opportunities and peer support to students at similar stages in graduate school.

Creativity and Cognition 2017 Art Exhibition, Singapore

David Ayman Shamma & Jude Yew: $16,000

Human Computer Interaction (HCI) in South East Asia is a relatively nascent field within design, research, and innovation as compared to its counterparts in Europe, Japan or the USA. SIGCHI has made some advancements through many of its conferences, and C&C 2017 is being hosted in Singapore for the first time. Here, Interaction Design is often considered as a niche discipline and mainly focuses on the development and the aesthetics of screen based user interfaces but has hardly reached out into the wider range of everyday interactions and applications. The Creativity and Cognition Art Exhibition is meant to be a platform to reach out to not just the Singapore public, but also to the wider South-East Asian community. Funds were requested to help cover the costs: in particular costs to host artists (both professional and student) from mostly the region and a few abroad.

Integrating LA and the International CSCW Communities (2017)

Pamela Hinds: $35,000

CSCW research in Latin America has been active for more than 20 years, albeit largely disconnected from the broader international CSCW. Holding CSCW 2017 in Latin America would have been an opportunity to acknowledge this history and to allow the larger CSCW community at large to learn from CSCW Latin America and for researchers from the region to be better integrated into the international CSCW community. However, a change of venue was necessary. A series of activities are proposed instead with the aim of integrating existing Latin American CSCW research groups into the larger SIGCHI community. Funding is requested for an International School and CSCW Tutorials presentations.

AfriCHI 2016

Anicia Peters: $10,000

In inaugurating ArfiCHI the organisers are going to build a network of people across Africa, AfriCHI’ers, to develop and sustain AfriCHI annually or bi-annually. Through AfriCHI, they aim to inspire African researchers, practitioners, students and teachers to deepen and extend interaction design and HCI research on Africa. The goal is to invite contributions on practical, technical, methodological, empirical and theoretical aspects on all topics related to HCI and Interaction Design from as many African countries as possible. AfriCHI also aims to make research, design, methods, tools and pedagogies already being carried out in Africa, more visible to the international HCI community, and to widen participation of Africans in international HCI fora. Funding is requested for the support of an international keynote speaker and student travel grants.

TVX Asia Forum (2016/2017)

Hokyoung Ryu & Pablo Cesar: $10,000

The purpose of this initiative is to significantly increase the number of attendees coming from Asia to the ACM TVX conference, by gathering a strong local community around the topic of interactive experiences for TV and online video. The request was to help finance a workshop at  ACM TVX 2016 and 2017. The workshop will provide a participatory forum in which a new community is formed in order to substantially expand the reach of the conference in Asia.

Summer School on Smart Cities (2016)

Geraldine Fitzpatrick: $3000

The main purpose of the proposed events is to stimulate interdisciplinary discussions and in particular to contribute HCI perspectives to the development of Smart City visions and to learn from other disciplines so that HCI practitioners are better able to contribute to multi-disciplinary research projects of the scale needed to realize a good people-centred Smart City vision. The following activities will be organized alongside an International Summer School on Smart Cities: an Executive Workshop targeted to municipalities and cities, national and international governmental institutions, stakeholders of economic, innovation and urban development, as well as real-estate, energy and mobility developers, architects and scientists; a panel discussion and public lecture as part of the public lecture series, open to the general public.

Cross-discipline Activities through the Workshop on Interactive Systems in Healthcare (WISH) (2016/2017)

Lena Mamykina, Madhu Reddy, Katie Siek, Gabriela Marcu, Leslie S. Liu: $40,000

The overarching goal of the Workshop on Interactive Systems in Healthcare (WISH) is to establish lasting and meaningful connections between the HCI and medical informatics research communities – bringing together students and researchers from various disciplines who are working on creating, implementing, and evaluating innovative health technologies. Proposed a 2-year plan to build up efforts and organize a set of activities that will specifically focus on further integration of efforts between the CHI and AMIA conferences.

CHIuXiD 2016

Eunice Sari: $10,000

The CHI UX Indonesia conference (CHIuXiD) is an annual international HCI and UX conference organised by Indonesia ACM SIGCHI Local Chapter (CHI UX Indonesia – With this proposal, support was requested to supplement the registration fees to cover the CHIuXiD 2016 expenses. Specifically, to support the flight, accommodation, and related expenses of the Keynote Speakers. Remaining funds are to be applied to the Design Challenge Prizes, Publication Fees, Creative HCI/UX Competition Prizes, and other related logistics.

European Training School on Research Methods in HCI (2016)

David Lamas: $10,000

The purpose of this Summer School is to disseminate high value HCI knowledge while promoting the SIGCHI as a community among young researchers and practitioners. This is the third of what we hope will become a regular event on Research Methods in HCI in Europe. SIGCHI’s support is to provide student scholarships – the aim was to provide 30 SIGCHI sponsored scholarships.

Invited Workshop at ACM TVX 2016 & 2017: TVX Asia Forum

Hokyoung Ryu: $10,000

The purpose of this initiative is to significantly increase the number of attendees coming from Asia to the ACM TVX conference, by gathering a strong local community around the topic of interactive experiences for TV and online video. The request to ACM SIGCHI, thus, is to help in financing a workshop at TVX in the coming two years (ACM TVX2016 and 2017), particularly crafted for attracting our Asian colleagues to the conference, where mutual learning and connections will occur. The workshop, as part of the conference, will provide a participatory forum in which a new community is formed. The conference will provide as well sufficient visibility to this initiative (panel, poster session).

UX Indonesia-Malaysia Seminar 2014


This seminar aims to create awareness of UX community in Indonesia and Malaysia about the importance of UX in improving the quality of everyday life. Funding was requested to cover 34% of the costs with sponsorship and registration fees covering the remaining amount. This primarily went to the conference room and break foods.

Enhanced Interactivity at CHI 2012

Joe Konstan: $30,000

CHI 2012 had accepted approximately 70 reviewed interactivity demos and exhibitions that span from research systems to hands-on collections to be experienced to interactive art pieces. Funding was requested to cover up to $30K of additional interactivity costs beyond what was already budgeted for.

Paper Development Workshop in Brazil (2012)

Cleidson de Souz, Hugo Fuks, and Marco Gerosa: $9,960

Only a few members of the Brazilian CSCW community have publications at the major SIGCHI conferences. Based on that, the proposers  requested support for a 1-day paper development workshop to take place in Brazil in October 2012.

Itinerant Workshop for the Evangelization of HCI Research and Practice: Bringing together Brazilian Universities and Industries (2012/2013)

Elizabeth Sucupira Furtado, Tayana Conte, Paulo Melo, Simone Barbosa: $17,301

Goal is to organize workshops in three main capitals of the North and Northeast of Brazil. The proposed workshop series will create opportunities to bring together students, researchers and professionals of HCI-related fields. SIGCHI was asked for sponsorship for this first workshop series. This sponsorship would finance the travel expenses for the invited speakers and workshop organizers, as well as supplies and the production of printed workshop material such as flyers and certificates.

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