HCII2023 Design Café

The ‘HCII Design Café’ is a new interactive satellite event to be held in person for the first time during the HCII2023 conference. The goal is to provide a forum for (re)thinking and discussing HCI issues in the context of broader topics relevant to society and the economy. Inspired by the ‘World Café method’, the HCII Design Café is based on a proven valuable participatory scheme for engaging on a specific topic, in a moderated small-group setting, with interested stakeholders that come from different professions in related fields. The aim is to stimulate open dialogue, constructive deliberations, and informal but meaningful collaboration, to empower creativity and inspiration in a casual atmosphere, and to promote innovative approaches for transforming ideas into practice.

The focus of the HCII Design Café will be on two major challenges:

  1. Human-Environment Interactions as these are shaped in contemporary and future digitized working and living environments. This topic is addressed in the White Paper “Seven HCI Grand Challenges” (prepared by a group of 32 international experts involved in the community of the HCII Conference series), which arise in the emerging landscape of rapid technological evolution toward more intelligent interactive technologies.
  2. Sustainable and Resilient Communities facing climate issues and disrupting activities and events with global impact. This topic is addressed in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 as a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. In 2030 this UN agenda should have become reality.

The HCII 2023 Design Café is conceived, coordinated, and moderated by Christine Riedmann-Streitz (MarkenFactory GmbH, Germany) and it will feature a keynote speech by Norbert Streitz (Smart Future Initiative, Germany). Discussions at the HCII 2023 Design Café Tables will be hosted by: Aaron Marcus (Aaron Marcus and Associates, USA), Elizabeth Rosenzweig (Brandeis University, USA), Pei-Luen Patrick Rau (Tsinghua University, P.R. China), and George Margetis, Margherita Antona and Stavroula Ntoa (FORTH-ICS, Greece).

The results of the HCII2023 Design Café will be published.

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Register for the HCII2023 Design Café


28 July 2023, 13:30 – 18:00
Room: 181

  • Opening and Welcome:
    Constantine Stephanidis, HCII2023 Conference General Chair
    Christine Riedmann-Streitz, HCII2023 Design Café Organizer
  • Opening Speech:
    Norbert Streitz
    Designing Human-Environment Interactions from the Perspective of the UN SDGs
  • Table-Talks:
    Group Discussions on impactful issues regarding Human-Environment Interactions, and Sustainable and Resilient Communities, organized around tables; participants are welcomed to contribute to 4 tables
  • Walk & Talk:
    Networking and exchange of ideas on key aspects of Human-Environment Interactions and Sustainable and Resilient Communities
  • Vernissage:
    Presentation of the results of the Table-Talks in the plenary
  • Voting:
    Prioritizing the most relevant future proposals
  • Closing of the event

Design Café Participation

The HCII2023 Design Café will take place on Friday, 28 July 2023, 13:30 – 18:00 (Room 181), as an ‘in-person’ only event.

The event will be of interest to professionals, academic and research experts, students from Universities and Design Schools, individuals working in Design or R&D Departments in Industry, Government Institutions or Agencies, Service Providers, etc.

Participation is open to registered conference participants, but also to interested individuals not registered to the conference. A separate registration fee of $75 is applicable for all participants. As the number of seats is limited, registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Cancellation Policy

The Design Cafe registration fee is non-refundable, but it is transferable.