AfriCHI Papers are original, peer-reviewed and exceptional scholarly accounts from all areas of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and connected technologies. We welcome submissions from a wide variety of research areas where “interaction” may be applied in the African context in particular and the Global South in general. Papers are published in conference proceedings. Papers will have a maximum length of 10 pages excluding references. Authors will present their accepted Papers at the AfriCHI conference. Accepted manuscripts appear in the conference proceedings, which appear in the ACM Digital Library. Accepted Papers will have expansive impact on the development of HCI and associated technology’s theory, design, method, and practice. AfriCHI paper co-chairs might ask Papers that do not meet expectations be revised to Notes.

Submission deadline for Papers: Monday 19th June, 2023

Notification of outcome: Monday 7st August, 2023

Camera-ready deadline: Monday 25th September 2023


AfriCHI is a platform that showcases evidence-based HCI/Interaction design research and design practices in Africa and about Africa. We invite Paper submissions from people who are African, based in Africa, or undertake projects for, about or with Africa/Africans. Papers are not limited to the conference topics of interest. Accepted Papers should be valid and reproducible, and may come from any area of HCI activity: academia or industry; science, engineering, architecture or craft; analysis or design. Accepted Papers should be original work and/or an ongoing work. Emerging from the Covid-19 pandemic and its potential impact on certain research (e.g., difficulty in running user and lab studies), we welcome submissions that introduce new and innovative approaches to conducting interactive research and designs. The main theme of AfriCHI 2023 is “Beyond Limits”. Therefore authors should consider how the topic, such as those in the list below, is relevant to African people, or places, events, processes, phenomena, languages, experiences, meanings, values, livelihoods or aesthetics in Africa etc. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Contexts: Places; people, users or developers; communities or groups; events; every day or unusual phenomena; languages; perspectives; trans-national, cross-cultural or cultural aspects etc.
  • Meanings, values and experiences: Health, education, governance, citizenship, well-being, designing things that matter, empowerment, ethics, sustainability, privacy, gender and cultural diversity, accessibility, engagement, aesthetics, fun etc.
  • Processes: Techniques, tools or methods for researching, designing, co-designing, evaluating, deploying or using interactive systems, etc.
  • Technologies: Mobile devices; multi touch and touchless interaction; Web 2.0 technologies; social media; personal, community and public displays; decentralized (mesh) networks; Big Data; Quantified Self; Internet of Things, etc.
  • HCI and AI: Predictive Interaction, UI/UX Design of AI tools, User Study on different AI domains; User Research on Different AI applications deployment, User Evaluation on different AI algorithms, AI technology assessment, Human-Centered AI
  • Pedagogies and epistemologies: Teaching, learning or developing capacity in HCI/Interaction Design; Afro-centric research, theory or invention; indigenous or traditional knowledge in HCI/design; post-colonial perspectives etc.
  • HCI for Emerging Technologies: Immersive Technology, 3D Printing, Robotics, Cloud Computing, Blockchain, Context-Aware Computing, Multi-Nodal Interaction, Green Technology, Bioinformatics etc. 
  • All-Encompassing HCI (Intersection & Union): haptic/hardware design/material science factor in facilitating and improving interactions between different fields. Intersection & Union of HCI with other fields such as arts, media studies, architecture etc. Unlimited Virtual Design. 
  • Usable Security & Privacy: Field studies of security or privacy technology; Usability evaluations of new security and privacy technologies such as blockchain; Usability evaluations of new or existing security or privacy features; Security testing of new or existing usability features; Longitudinal studies of deployed security or privacy features, User study on Cybersecurity, Usable Password/Authentication etc.
  • African Identity for HCI: Definition, Design and Implementation, Indigenous Knowledge Systems, African Arts and Design
  • Theory & Practice: Interaction Paradigms, Research Methodologies, Collaborative Systems, Workplace Studies, interactive displays, intelligent user interfaces
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