Interaction11's Call for Participation closes August 31st

26 Jul 2010 - 1:05pm
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Josh Damon Williams

Interaction11’s Call for Participation will be closing at the end of the week this Saturday, <strike>August</strike> July 31st, at 11:59 p.m. EST. We’ve already received a healthy number of topic submissions from the well-prepared, highly-organized, and consistently punctual individuals, but we know there’s also a significant contingency of last-minuteists out there who need reminders and gentle prods before they finally make time to submit. If you’re part of that latter group, this message is for you -- put the procrastination on the back burner for an hour or so and write up your idea for a workshop, lightning round, or activity.

Details about how to submit are below.


Josh Damon Williams Marketing Co-chair for Interaction11


IxDA’s Interaction11 Conference
February 9-12, 2011 (Wednesday through Saturday)
Boulder, Colorado, USA
presented by IxDA in partnership with Boulder Digital Works (BDW)

[Note: All dates are different from Interaction’10]

August 1, 2010
Presentation Proposals Due

August 15, 2010
Student Design Competition Submissions Due

September 1, 2010
Acceptance Notices Sent

September 15, 2010
Full Program Announced



The IxDA Interaction conference is the premier annual event for interaction designers, with content and activities relevant to practitioners, managers, educators, and students. Now in its fourth year, the Interaction conference has hosted leading speakers from consultancies, agencies, corporations, and universities around the world. All have provided inspirational content related to web and desktop software applications, mobile devices, consumer electronics, digitally-enhanced environments, service and system design, and more. You may not have the press or the patents, written a book or been asked for your autograph, but you have an important voice in the IxDA conference. We want to hear from you.

This year we are asking for community submissions for lightning (20 minute) sessions and pre-conference workshops around a variety of themes, ranging from design practice (including guidelines, methods and processes) to design theory and new applications of design solutions. IxDA is proud to represent a diverse and multidisciplinary community; we encourage submissions from the fringes of interaction design and beyond. Check out content from previous IxDA conferences — available online at — to get a flavor of the types of material presented and to understand the precedent for content and style.

Presentation proposals are due August 1, 2010. Shoot any questions to We are waiting to hear from you… what have you got to say for yourself?


Lightning Sessions are 20 minutes each. This year, Lightning Sessions will be curated into groups of related or complementary themes. Lightning Session speakers within a group will then form a panel for moderated Q&A with each other and attendees. More detail on this new format will be available closer to the conference.

To submit a Lightning Session proposal:
- Provide a short title and description of your talk (approximately 250 words). Describe the focus of the session, the communication goals, and intended audience.
- Optionally, submit a short video of yourself to illustrate your presentation abilities (up to three minutes in length). The conference committee is actively attempting to integrate new speakers into the program — particularly speakers who have not presented at IxDA before — and a video will be useful in assessing presentation capabilities.

Accepted Lightning Session presenters will enjoy a complimentary conference registration and a speaking honorarium of $400.

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Pre-Conference Workshops are an opportunity to share a particular idea, method, or process with a smaller group of IxDA attendees for a longer period of time. All workshops will take place on Wednesday, February 9, 2011, and are three hours long. Pre-Conference Workshops participants pay $250 per workshop in addition to the standard conference registration. For each workshop, total revenues are split between the presenter and IxDA. Registration is capped at 40 participants per workshop.

To submit a Pre-Conference Workshop proposal:
- Provide a short title and description of your workshop (approximately 250 words). Describe the focus of the session, the communication/education goals, intended audience (including an indication of what skill or experience level will benefit most), and what participants will learn as a result of the session.
- Create an outline of the session describing how you will use the three hours of workshop time
Describe any special materials or room arrangements that will be needed.
- Optionally, submit a short video of yourself to demonstrate your presentation and teaching abilities to the selection committee (up to three minutes in length), or notes or slides from a previous workshop, lecture, or teaching engagement.

Accepted Pre-Conference Workshop presenters will enjoy a complimentary conference registration and the revenue share described above (50% of the total revenue generated by your workshop).

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Community Activities are an opportunity to organize or lead a focused group interaction in or around Boulder. An activity need not be directly related to the conference – consider a broad view of “interactions” to include skiing, hiking, yoga, wine tasting, gallery tour, or any other engagement that might occur in a group setting. Consider this an opportunity to teach a group how to paint, or to coordinate a biking tour, or to create a short film. All Community Activities will take place on Friday afternoon, February 11, 2011, and must be at least 2.5 hours. Community Activities should have no extra participation fee, but may require an equipment or registration fee to be paid by participants (for example, a ski trip may require a lift ticket purchase or equipment rental).

To submit a Community Activity proposal:
- Provide a short title and description of the activity (approximately 250 words). Describe the focus of the session, how it relates to “interaction”, and what attendees are expected to experience. Describe how you will organize the activity details prior to the conference. (Selected activities will have the opportunity to coordinate with our logistics team ahead of time.)
- Also, make sure to include minimum/maximum number of participants, special materials or transportation needed, and expected costs to participants.

Accepted Community Activity organizers will enjoy a complimentary conference registration.

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Founded in 2003, the Interaction Design Association (IxDA) is a member-supported organization committed to serving the needs of the international interaction design community. With the help of thousands of members worldwide, we provide a forum for the discussion of interaction design issues.

IxDA’s mission includes evangelism of our field, innovation in our discipline, professionalism in our standards of practice, support for interaction design education in academic programs, and community building for our growing global community of interaction design professionals.


26 Jul 2010 - 1:18pm
Dave Malouf

uh! I think there is a mistake here. Title says 31st and list of important dates say just the 1st.

Yikes! which is it?

26 Jul 2010 - 1:23pm
Josh Damon Williams

Thank you! Yes, that's typo.

The close of submissions is JULY 31st (not August). 

26 Jul 2010 - 1:18pm
John Yuda

This saturday is July 31, which I assume is when the window closes.

26 Jul 2010 - 1:24pm
Josh Damon Williams

Exactly. Thank you John! 

Participation closes Saturday, July 31st at 11:59 pm EST.

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