A demonstration, ‘demo’, is a live presentation of a running system that can be a prototype, an original research tool or an innovative applications. Having people interact directly with a new system, interface, design is often the best way to communicate what you have created, get diverse and expert feedback and build beneficial collaborations. Abstracts for demos will be published in the written conference proceedings and online archive.

Submission format: PDF, 4-pages in Extended Abstract Format.
Supplementary information, e.g. a video preview and still image, can also be submitted.
Online submission: Online submission system
Submission deadline: Thursday, 16 June 016
Notification: Wednesday, 20 July 2016
Camera-ready final deadline: Wednesday, 10 August 2016


AfriCHI aims to advance HCI by increasing awareness of designs, tools, inventions, methods, theories and pedagogies for creating or using technology in Africa; provide Africans with opportunities for diverse and expert feedback on their work; and, build beneficial collaborations. Thus, we warmly invite African entrepreneurs and maker collectives to demonstrate, face-to-face to individuals and small groups, their new and emerging tools, technical solutions and innovative applications. Contributions can include, but are not limited to, any of the following in relation to Africa or Africans:

  • Interaction technologies e.g. mobile devices, sensors, huge and tiny displays, smart materials, wearables etc.
  • Design for specific contexts e.g. the home, urban life and rural areas, schools, museums, games and play, news, community building, the workplace, etc.
  • Interface and system concepts
  • The design process and methodology


Your submission must include:

1) A demo description as an Extended Abstract and
2) a brief technical and space requirement, submitted together in a single PDF file of no more than 4 pages.

Both items should be well-written and use English language, please see general conference guidelines about English use. You may also submit supplementary material (e.g. videos, images) to assist the reviewers in evaluating your demo – this material will not be archived. Your submission should contain no proprietary material or cite proprietary or confidential publications. The deadline for submission is Thursday, 16 June 2016. For questions on formatting and uploading of submissions, please contact: .

1. Demo description

Describe your demonstration in words and images or sketches using the regular Extended Abstract template. Your Extended Abstract must be no longer than 4 pages excluding references, written in English and understandable to readers who have not viewed the demonstration. Please include:

  • Title, author information, abstract, keywords, body, and references.
  • A description of the system and problem(s) the system addresses (if appropriate)
  • A description of the relevance of the demo’s relevance to AfriCHI’16, such as its local appropriateness or originality
  • A statement about the maturity of the concept, system, tool or technique and its commercial status if any
  • Description of what the audience will experience as part of the demo
  • Proper referencing of research or practical claims, and of closely related work
  • A description of the demonstrator, such as developer, co-designer, marketer, etc.
  • All submitted materials will be non-anonymous, so submitters must exercise caution and not include sensitive, private or proprietary information that cannot be disclosed in the publication.

2. Technical Requirements

Describe the technical and space requirements to run your demonstration at the conference in a single page. Summarise all the audio-visual and computing equipment you will need. Please keep in mind we can supply only a minimum of equipment, thus you should plan to bring you own equipment insofar as it is possible to do so (e.g., laptops, portable supplies) and you will be responsible for the security of your own equipment.

Selection & Review

Demos will be selected from both submitted and invited submissions. A jury, composed of experts in HCI and ICTs in Africa, will assess submissions according to their feasibility, contribution, local appropriateness, variety, novelty, technical requirements and our available space at the conference.

You should ensure that you have the rights to all materials in your submission including music, video, images and consent from people featured in images/videos. As explained in the publication and copyright information, AfriCHI will follow the standard process of copyright retention and publishing rights for ACM publications.

You will receive notification on 20 July 2016 of a confirmed rejection or a conditional acceptance. Along with the notification you will receive light feedback that consolidates the reviewers’ opinions and indicates your demo submission’s strengths and weaknesses and recommended improvements. Review of submissions is single-blind, however, confidentiality of submissions is maintained during the review process. All submitted materials will be kept confidential until the date of the conference. Provided the final version of your demo abstract conforms to all requirements by 10 August 2016 it will appear in the proceedings.

Camera-ready & Publication

We will include information to guide preparing and submitting the final camera-ready versions of your demo abstracts with notifications of conditional acceptance. You should revise your extended abstract according to the reviewers’ report and submit your camera-ready, final Extended Abstract on Wednesday, 10 August 2016 using the online submission system. A member of the program committee will check that the final version of each note to confirm it meets publication requirements and, if so, will finalise acceptance. If an abstract does not meet publication requirements by the camera-ready deadline then we may omit it from the programme. Only title and author information will be published on the conference website prior to the conference.

Demonstration at AfriCHI

You will be assigned a space in the demo section at the conference. AfriCHI will provide support for moving larger or heavy exhibits only before or after the conference. You will be responsible for setting up your equipment and running your demonstration daily. Additional equipment or technical needs have to be communicated in the supplementary submission material. Student volunteers can provide limited help during the conference.

We will waive the registration fees for one participant for demos.