Panels raise and provoke lively debate amongst an interdisciplinary audience about issues relevant to AfriCHI. Written abstracts will be in the main written conference proceedings and online archive.

Submission format:  4-page Extended Abstract
Online submission: online submission system
Submission deadline: Thursday 16 June 2016
Notification: Wednesday 27 July 2016
Camera-ready final deadline: Wednesday 10 August 2016


Panels provide a forum for discussing provocative, controversial, innovative, emerging, boundary-spanning and boundary-breaking issues. The aim for AfriCHI panels is to engage all conference participants in exploring different perspectives on topics that affect and are affected by African HCI and allied fields. Thus, we seek panels that will bring critical lenses to contemporary issues that are relevant to HCI in African contexts, and raise awareness of trends and worldviews that appear on Africa’s horizons.


We invite written proposals for panels that will provoke discussion and provide opportunities for audience participation. We especially encourage formats that will engage multiple disciplines and perspectives in productive dialogue and address relevant, critical and contemporary topics for AfriCHI’16.

Your panel proposal should be no longer than 4 pages in the Extended Abstracts format and include:

  • The panel topic
  • Details of the panelists presented as one-paragraph biographical sketches describing their expertise
  • The proposed structure and format of the panel, including how you intend to encourage interaction with the audience
  • A position statement by each panelist and an overview of the ways in which the position statements relate to each other

Submitting a panel proposal is an undertaking by the panel organiser’s to ensure the proposed panelists will attend the conference. Please note that panelists are responsible for gaining their own funding for travel and accommodation and must register for at least one day of the AfriCHI’16 conference.

Review & Selection

An independent jury of experts will evaluate panel proposals. The jury will consist of experts in the topics for the proposed panels. Jury assessment and curation by the Panels Chairs will account for: the significance of the topic to HCI in African contexts; the breadth of perspectives and expertise on the topic represented by panelists; the suitability of the structure and format of the panel for engaging audience participation and provoking discussion; and, the inclusivity of the panelists where appropriate.

Camera-ready Abstracts

We will notify authors whether their panel proposal has been accepted or not on Wednesday 27 July 2016. The final camera-ready abstract should be no longer than 4 pages, and submission is an undertaking by the panel organiser’s to confirm panelists participation in the conference. Please also read the publication and copyright information.