Interactive Installation and Performance (Demos)

Interactive Installations and performances showcase original oral performances and/or multimedia productions, and/or interactive installations, live presentations of running systems or artifacts, such as interfaces, prototypes, or research tools, that can both present innovation and solicit diverse and expert feedback within the broad discipline of HCI. 

Written extended abstracts of demos are reviewed by a jury published in the conference proceedings. Submissions can consist of extended abstracts, pictorials, audio, video, or other multimedia files and can include languages used in Africa other than English (however a translation to English of such submission is welcome to be accompanied to enable wider reach). Creators of files and/or their collaborators can also submit pictorial abstracts, papers, or notes to relate oral/media content to scholarly discourse as additional publications. 


AfriCHI aims to increase HCI’s awareness of designs, tools, inventions, methods, theories and pedagogies for creating or using technology in Africa and to provide opportunities for Africans to benefit from expert feedback and new collaborations. Installations/Demos displayed throughout the conference create opportunities for AfriCHI attendees to see and experience live multimedia presentations or performances that represents any of the topics under the broader theme of the conference. 


All materials (extended abstract, image, eventual video, eventual supplemental materials) must be submitted through the submission system and the total size of the submission cannot exceed 100 MB. Submissions should not contain sensitive, private, or proprietary information that cannot be disclosed at publication time. Submissions should NOT be anonymous. However, the confidentiality of submissions will be maintained during the selection process. All rejected submissions will be kept confidential in perpetuity.

It should be self-contained and clearly describe the novelty and distinguishing ideas of your project, even for readers who are not able to view the related demonstration at the conference or associated videos. Your abstract should include:

A description of the system, installation or exhibit and the problem it addresses. Where relevant, discuss the broader context and questions that your work promotes reflection upon.

A description of the relevance of the work to the immediate conference community, as well as to the broader HCI community, emphasizing its novelty, uniqueness, and rationale.

Additional elements

Additionally, all authors are also required to submit an image and strongly encouraged to submit a video about their poster or demo. Demo authors are also required to submit a supplemental materials document describing the technical set-up and space requirements for their demos.


Authors should also upload the schematic description of the demo as a still image with at least 1500 x 1200 px.


The video should summarize the content of the extended abstract. Submitting a video is optional, but highly encouraged, as it will increase the visibility of your demonstration before, at the conference, and in the ACM digital library in perpetuity. Please make sure that your video is playable on standard PC and Macintosh video players. We recommend that you encode your video as an MP4 using the H.264 codec. Be sure to have permission for all content, and use rights-free music tracks.

Supplemental Materials for Demos that Require Physical/Technical Setup

A supplement materials are mandatory for demos submissions that require technical set-up and physical space. This supplement is useful for describing anything that does not fit or is not appropriate for the extended abstract and is used to determine how to organize demonstrations. Supplement materials are for the purpose of review and planning only and will not be published. This information is used to determine spatial, technical, lighting, power requirements, etc. The supplement should be no longer than 4 pages. 

Submission Format & Template

Authors are required to submit an Extended Abstract about the Demo between 2 to 4 pages and should follow the ACM Extended Abstract template, with accompanying additional elements (image and/or video). 

Submission format: Multimedia File, Extended abstract

Online submission: Online submission system (The link for submission is below this page)

Submission deadline: August 15th 2023

Notification: 31th August 2023

Camera-ready final deadline: 25th September, 2023

Review & Selection

Your abstract and multimedia will be reviewed, please follow the previous instructions about your submission carefully. Your abstract and installations must also reflect appropriate ethical practices, including all issues relating to participants’ or subjects’ privacy, intellectual property, personal/sensitive information.

Presenting at AfriCHI

Authors are strongly encouraged to plan to present their installations/demos on-site to ensure their received feedback from conference participants. However, where this is not possible, an online session may be organized to enable presentation depending on the logistics available.

Paper after the conference

Extended abstracts will appear in the Proceedings of AfriCHI 2023, which will be published in the ACM Digital Library. Images will be published as source material in the ACM Digital Library. Authors of accepted demos must present at the AfriCHI 2023 Conference, and register for the conference. 


Abdullahi Kawu
Bonsuk Awani