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Boom or Bust: creating digital technologies in turbulent times

Create 2009 is a 2-day conference about creating innovative interactions, whether digital consumer products, interactive services or interaction paradigms. This is the third year of hosting the 'Create' conference.

This year, we are particularly interested in submissions from practitioners and academics willing to share frank and open accounts of research and design practice beginning to be shaped or influenced by the global economy and climate considerations. However, we also welcome submissions related to the more traditional themes of this conference. How do we work together as designers and HCI specialists to come up with people-centred design, and how do we work with others to make our designs a reality?

We are looking for three different types of submission all of which will be peer reviewed

Short and extended papers
We invite case studies of innovative design from the commercial, public, government and research sectors. Cases can come from any paradigm - the web, mobile and hand held, or consumer electronics.
Please outline the problems, capabilities, or new functions that were being addressed, and describe the solutions you or your team created to resolve it. We are particularly interested in receiving papers discussing issues related to recent global events. We also welcome theoretical and research perspectives on the process of design innovation and approaches to creativity in HCI; how human factors can be integrated within a creative design process, methods that encourage creativity in interaction design, and the challenges of working in multi-disciplinary teams.

Initial submissions should be no more than 3000 characters (approx.
500 words). Accepted papers can be either short papers 2 pages long, or be extended to long papers of up to 8 pages.

Video papers
We welcome submissions which follow the themes for paper or showcase submissions but would benefit from a more visual presentation style.
For example, this could be videos illustrating or describing large scale installations that would not be technically or physically possible to exhibit during the conference. We also welcome videos demonstrating novel interactive artefacts that may be in the early stages of development, project descriptions or creative visions of future interactive technologies.

Videos should be no longer than 7 minutes in length (including titles and credits) and should not require any supporting material to be understood. It is very important that you have the rights to use all the material that is contained in your submission. Successful submissions will be required to submit a short 2 page paper which should also be possible to understand without having seen the video.

Installations or exhibits should be of a relatively small to medium scale and may include documentation in the form of videos and posters to accompany them. We are particularly interested in exhibiting:
interactive products, interactive service design solutions, small- scale interactive artworks, networked objects, screen based interactive media and interactive installation pieces.

Key dates

20 April 2009 - Closing date for abstracts and proposals
4 - 8 May 2009 - Author notification
25 May - Closing date for full papers and video papers

For more information and submission details go to


CREATE is jointly organised by the Human-Computer Interaction Specialist Group of the Ergonomics Society, and British Computing Society's Interaction Specialist Group, and will be held at the British Computer Society conference venue in Covent Garden, London, on
1 - 2 July, 2009.

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