Announcing the opening of the Call for Proposals for hosting Interaction|14

1 Apr 2012 - 5:20am
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Steve Baty

I am pleased to formally open the Call for Proposals for cities interested in hosting the 2014 Interaction conference - the annual conference of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA).

Since its inception in 2008 Interaction has grown to be a significant and must-attend event for design professionals interested in the practice and discipline of interaction design. This year's event, held in Dublin, Ireland in conjunction with the Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Dun Laoghaire (IADT) attracted a record crowd in excess of 750 people from 32 countries

Interaction|13 will be held in February 2013 in Toronto, Canada and will be co-hosted by the OCAD.

In 2012 IxDA held Interaction in Europe for the first time; and the first time the conference has been held outside of North America. 2014 will follow in these same footsteps.

As with previous conferences we are seeking to co-host Interaction with a design school with a strong interaction design program, and we encourage local interaction design communities to take the opportunity to make a case for the conference to be held in their city.

The requirements for proposals are outlined below, along with a summary of the submission guidelines, timing, review and selection process.

Should you have any questions about the process, the requirements, or the conference itself, please send an email to or reply to this thread. All questions relating to clarification of information surrounding this Call will be responded to publicly.

I look forward to your submissions, and to seeing all of you at Interaction|13.

Steve Baty
President, IxDA

Timing for submissions

  • All submissions are required no later than midnight GMT June 30 (Saturday). 
  • Review will take place between July 1 and July 31
  • Shortlist of locations presented to IxDA Board, August (Date tbc)
  • Final selection of location for Interaction|14 will be made on August 31


Each proposal will be acknowledged via email to confirm receipt within the deadline.

Selection Criteria & Submission Requirements

The Interaction conference is a significant undertaking. The successful proposal will be able to demonstrate:

  • Partnership with a design school with a strong interaction design program at undergraduate and graduate level;
  • A location that is convenient for attendees arriving internationally
  • Venues capable of seating 750 people theatre-style; three smaller rooms capable of seating 200 people each; and 6-8 rooms suitable for small sessions and workshops
  • A selection of hotels near to the conference venue(s) at various prices and quality to suit the range of needs of conference attendees (i.e from 3-star to 5-star accommodation) - please include standard room rates
  • A plan for providing Internet access (wi-fi) for attendees at all conference venues and events
  • Support from the co-host design school in terms of:
    1. Student participation
    2. A/V
    3. Planning & logistics around the conference
    4. Catering
    5. Potential venues for conference social events and receptions
  • A strong and vibrant local design community
  • A summary of the process by which the submission was created.


Benefits to the Host Community

Hosting the Interaction|14 conference will bring the world's interaction design community to you. It will expose your local designers to the leading thinkers and practitioners in interaction design in personal, face-to-face encounters that you usually have to travel overseas to experience. It also provides you with an opportunity to showcase your local talents to the world, through events like the local design challenge, student competition, exhibition, and other conference events.

Benefits to the Co-Host Design School

Benefits to co-hosting the Interaction conference include:

  • Recruitment of your students. Many of the 750 professionals in attendance are in Director-level positions at leading creative agencies and Fortune 500 companies, and are in a position to hire. This creates an opportune time for a recruitment event for your students. The design consultancies represented at IxDA 2012 included frog design, Crispin Porter+Bogusky, Razorfish, Mad*Pow, Cooper, Adaptive Path, SapientNitro and more.
  • Research partnerships. The companies in attendance at the IxDA 2012 conference included Google, GE, Nokia, Microsoft, SAP, Intuit, Google, and Boeing, illustrating the ability for faculty/corporate research cooperatives and other relationship building.
  • Promotion of your graduate programs. A great number of the attendees at the IxDA conference seek higher education in design, business, and other disciplines; this creates an ideal opportunity to promote graduate degrees.


IxDA is willing to work with the successful school to create a strong branded presence of the school’s offerings at our conference; this may take the form of a workshop, a recruiting event, portfolio reviews, or other unique events intended to connect the university with the attendees in a meaningful way.

Submission Format

Submissions should be sent via email to Acceptable formats include:

  • Powerpoint/Keynote
  • Word/Pages
  • PDF
  • Video
  • Self-contained (i.e. executable) presentations (e.g. Flash, HTML)


If submitting a multimedia/video presentation, please provide a written summary addressing the key criteria for selection.

Each submission should clearly indicate the contact person for the proposal.

All questions should be sent to



25 Jun 2012 - 8:04am
Steve Baty

Please note that submissions close on June 30.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Steve Baty, President.

4 Jul 2012 - 12:55am
Steve Baty

Only one location - Amsterdam, submitted by IxDA Netherlands - made the deadline for proposals to host the Interaction 14 conference.

IxDA Netherlands have published their submission at: - we invite all interested members of the community to peruse the proposal. Please feel free to post your comments either here or directly to IxDA Netherlands.

Although there are no other contenders for the location of Interaction 14, the selection committee must still review the proposal's detail and evaluate the suitability of Amsterdam as host city. We expect to finalise the location by August 31, as per the original timeline.

We would like to thank all those locations who investigated the opportunity, and the team at IxDA Netherlands for their submission. We acknowledge the uncertain times faced right across Europe, and appreciate the size of the undertaking involved in hosting Interaction. 


Steve Baty
President, IxDA

10 Jan 2013 - 6:30pm

Any updates??

11 Jan 2013 - 2:47am
Yohan Creemers

Hi Astrid,

The update is here:

- Yohan

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