Call for Participation

The 2nd African Human Computer Interaction Conference (AfriCHI) will take place in beautiful Namibia, between 3rd and 7th of December 2018. AfriCHI will be hosted by the Namibia University of Science and Technology in Windhoek, Namibia –

Under the theme “Thriving communities”

The aim of AfriCHI 2018 is to expand the participation of Africans in the practice and study of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and Interaction Design (IxD), and to advance HCI by increasing awareness of designs, tools, inventions, methods, theories and pedagogies for creating or using technology on the African continent and beyond. The theme equally reflects on the thriving of local African communities that HCI and IxD practitioners and researchers have been engaging with.

AfriCHI’18 is for anyone interested in people’s interactions with digital technology or media, who is African, based in Africa, or undertakes/wants to work on projects/research in Africa or with Africans. We welcome practitioners, professionals, scholars and students in all fields and traditions that consider interactions with digital technology. This includes not only designers, engineers or analysts of software, hardware and media (e.g. user experience or mobile application designers, information architects, usability experts etc.), but also educators in all aspects of digital life; researchers in all disciplines; change-makers, planners and managers in all sectors including government, NGOs and industries; entrepreneurs, artists, activists; and elders in grassroots/creative collectives.

We invite a broad range of contributions for presentation at Africhi’18. All accepted submissions will be published in the proceedings of AfriCHI’18 in the ACM Digital Library within its International Conference Proceedings Series. This includes tracks for written papers and notes; panel discussions; posters; interactive installations and performances; workshops; and, Doctoral and Masters symposium. Contributions will be reviewed by international experts in HCI, its allied fields, and in African contexts and traditions.

We encourage submissions from people who have had few possibilities to participate in international conferences and also offer mentoring and collaboration to people seeking this kind of assistance. AfriCHI’18 is exploring real-time Internet links with institutions throughout Africa to ensure that people who cannot travel to Namibia can listen to talks. If you can help make this happen please contact the Remote Access Chair on:


AfriCHI’18 is an interdisciplinary conference about all issues that connect people, digital technology and Africa and/or Africans. Topics of interest in all tracks include, but are not limited to, any of the following in relation to Africa/Africans:


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 or experiences:

Health, education, governance, citizenship, well-being, designing things that matter, empowerment, ethics, sustainability, privacy, gender and cultural diversity, accessibility, engagement, aesthetics, fun etc.


Techniques, tools or methods for researching, designing, co-designing, evaluating, deploying or using interactive systems, etc.


Mobile devices; multi touch and touchless interaction; Web 2.0 technologies; social media; personal, community and public displays; decentralised (mesh) networks; Big Data; Quantified Self; Internet of Things, etc.

Pedagogies and epistemologies:

Teaching, learning or developing capacity in HCI/Interaction Design; Afro-centric research, theory or invention; indigenous or traditional knowledges in HCI/design; post-colonial perspectives etc.


All submissions are made online through AfriCHI’s submission system. This includes the main files, conforming to the templates and formats for the relevant track, an abstract and descriptive information (e.g. authors, keywords). We will open AfriCHI’s submission system in May 2018.  Authors may submit and resubmit their materials as often as they wish after this date, and before submission deadlines. All deadlines on the date associated with a submission track are midnight GMT. We urge authors to test uploading submissions before the relevant deadline and contact the appropriate track chairs to arrange alternatives in advance if they predict problems e.g. due to Internet issues.

Submissions should not have been previously published or be concurrently under submission elsewhere. Submissions should be anonymized and will undergo a double-blind review process unless stated otherwise. All accepted submissions are published in the conference proceedings and will be widely accessible in a prestigious online archive.

Important Dates

Mentorship request submission: 21st May 2018

Paper and Note submission: 2nd of July 2018

Deadline Extension for Full Papers: 9th July 2018
Deadline Extension for Notes: 13th July 2018

Poster, Panel, Workshop, Postgraduate paper, Installations, Master and PhD Consortia submission: 30 August 2018 (Please note that we only have a few open spots thus the allocation will be done on a first come first serve basis. E.g. your submission will be reviewed immediately after receipt.)

Feedback all: 13th August 2018

Camera ready submission: 1st of October 2018

Mentorship submissions

AfriCHI 2018 is offering a mentorship service to authors who would like to get support in terms of improving the quality of their submissions before the submission deadline. Thus authors can submit their draft paper and specify what help they need. They then get a mentor assigned which helps them to improve the paper in terms of content, structure, language, literature, critical analysis, etc. The authors then submit their papers at the same time with all other authors and will be subjected to the same peer-review process as all other submissions.

Submission types

Papers are original scholarly accounts of HCI research, design and/or theory that are presented at AfriCHI’18 as talks.  Papers will have a maximum length of 10 pages excluding references. Further details can be found at

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Paper Co-chairs: Dr Elefelious Getachew Belay

Paper Co-chairs: Dr Molapo Maletsabisa

Paper Co-chairs: Dr Orji Rita


Notes are original scholarly accounts of HCI research, design and/or theory that are presented at AfriCHI’18 as talks. Notes will have a maximum length of 4 pages excluding references. 

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Interactive Installations and performances showcases original oral performances and/or multimedia productions, and/or interactive installations, live presentations of running systems or artefacts, such as interfaces, prototypes or research tools, that can both present innovation and solicit diverse and expert feedback within the broad discipline of HCI. Written submissions of demos are reviewed by jury published in the conference proceedings and openly licensed via the Internet Archive. Submissions can consist of extended abstract, pictorials, audio, video or other multimedia files and can include languages used in Africa other than English.  Creators of files and/or their collaborators can also submit pictorial abstracts, papers or notes to relate oral/media content to scholarly discourse as additional publications.

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The poster track provides an opportunity for researchers and practitioners to show and discuss their recent work, services, interactions and experiences. The submissions can be also about something that has not been fully designed, implemented or tested but shows great promise, has a provoking topic or only preliminary results, or summarizes several small-scale studies. Topics of interest are the same as mentioned in the CfP for short and full papers. Posters provide the opportunity for researchers to get feedback on early-stage work, discuss potential collaborations and burning issues in an informal manner with the AfriCHI community.

Accepted submissions will be presented as a poster at the conference. Authors are expected to bring the accepted posters to the conference site with them and be present throughout the posters and demos session.

Accepted posters will be included in the conference proceedings.

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Panels are discussions between invited people, with special knowledge, experience or expertise, that provoke lively debate about issues relevant to AfriCHI. Written abstracts of panel proposals are reviewed by jury.

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Doctoral & Masters Consortia are interdisciplinary workshops, facilitated by an expert panel, where students discuss their work, explore and develop their research interests, as well as get feedback on their current work and guidance on future research directions from distinguished researchers and practitioners.

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Workshops and Tutorials enable participants with similar interests to explore perspectives on specific topics in HCI theory or practice. Workshops take place over 0.5 – 2 days; and can be facilitated in English or another language used in Africa. Abstracts of workshops are reviewed by jury and, if accepted, will be published in the conference proceedings and a widely accessible in a prestigious online archive. Tutorials provide introductory or advanced instruction, over 0.5 – 1 day, in basic HCI/related concepts, new technologies, emerging areas, tools, methods or techniques etc. Abstracts of tutorials are reviewed by jury and, if accepted, will be published in the conference proceedings and more widely accessible in a prestigious online archive.

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For more information about submissions, please visit or email the Technical Programme Chairs, on:

We look forward to receiving your submission or hearing from you in the meantime.

Heike Winschiers-Theophilus & Izak van Zyl                      

Technical Programme Chairs                                   

On behalf of AfriCHI’18 Organising Committee