Call for papers

We are pleased to invite submissions to the CHI 2019 workshop on Designing Digital Wellbeing: A Research and Practice Agenda, to be held in Glasgow, UK on May 4, 2019.

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline:  4 February 2019 by (12pm (noon) PDT / 3pm EDT / 8pm BST). 
    **DEADLINE EXTENDED** New deadline: 11 February 2019 (12pm (noon) PDT / 3pm EDT / 8pm BST).
  • Notification decisions sent to authors:  22 February 2019   1 March 2019
  • CHI early-bird registration: ends 11 March 2019
  • Workshop: 4 May 2019

Workshop focus and goal

Traditionally, many consumer-focused technologies have been designed to maximize user engagement with their products and services. More recently, many technology companies have begun to introduce digital wellbeing features, including features for managing time spent and for encouraging breaks in use. These are in the context of, and likely in response to, renewed concerns in the media about technology dependency and even addiction. The promotion of technology abstinence is also increasingly widespread, e.g., via digital detoxes. Given that digital technologies are an important and valuable feature of many people’s lives, digital wellbeing features are arguably preferable to abstinence. How these are defined and designed is something that needs to be explored further.

The aim of this one-day workshop is to investigate how we should be rethinking of digital interactions to support users in making meaningful and considered decisions. We do so by bringing together both industry and academic participants to discuss what digital wellbeing means, who is responsible for it, and whether and how we should design for it going forward.

Example questions we will address during the workshop:

  • How exactly should digital wellbeing features be designed?
  • What do we consider digital wellbeing to be and is there a shared understanding of it?
  • How do we evidence the effectiveness of digital wellbeing features?
  • Where do responsibilities lie when it comes to potentially problematic patterns of use?

Submissions

We invite interested attendees to submit a 2-4 page position paper (including references) using the CHI Extended Abstracts format.

**Please note that if you are struggling with the new EA format, we will accept submissions in the old EA template (OLD – Microsoft Word Template for Extended Abstracts and OLD – LaTeX Template for Extended Abstracts)

Papers should engage with the workshop topic, by either presenting findings from one’s own research or a think-piece to aid discussion of the broader implications during the workshop. Submissions should also include the authors’ definition of digital wellbeing, and at least one speculative paragraph on how digital wellbeing will evolve in the next 10-15 years.

Papers should be in PDF format and not anonymized. Submissions can be made by emailing marta.cecchinato@northumbria.ac.uk.

Acceptance will be based on quality and relevance to our themes, prioritizing diversity of experiences. Submission will be reviewed by the organizers and where necessary, by invited external reviewers, depending on the quantity and subject area.


If you are interested in the topic, CHI 2019 will have many papers and activities on related topics.

We recommend the course “Design for wellbeing – tools for research, practice and ethics” led by Rafael Calvo and Dorian Peters on Tuesday 7th May. Also the “4th Computing and Mental Health Symposium” held on Sunday 5th of May.