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Workshop on effective hackathons at CHI 2018

Posted by Nancy Wilkins-Diehr on 01/03/2018 16:04 UTC

Upcoming workshop on effective hackathons being put on at the CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems in Montreal this April. The plan is to include a gateway perspective in some of the topics. You don’t need to be an expert in order to participate. Submissions from those interested in learning about hackathons as a way to advance their gateway are also welcome to submit. Submission deadline Jan 26. Full details below.

Hacking and Making at Time-bounded Events: Current Trends and Next Steps in Research and Event Design,

Co-located with CHI 2018,
Montréal, Canada | April 21-26, 2018

Time-bounded intensive events or hackathons where teams work together under intense time pressure are becoming increasingly popular across disciplines. Yet little is known about how to design a hackathon for intended outcomes, what influences event design, what benefits hackathons offer, and what the larger impact of hackathons on intellectual communities and on the society as a whole are. This one-day workshop is co-located with CHI 2018, a premier forum for innovations through academic-practitioner interactions, and will bring together the diversity of researchers, experienced event organizers, and individuals interested in running their own events in the future. The aims of this workshop are to facilitate sharing hackathon-related experiences, consolidating existing research, and building and strengthening academic-industry partnerships to enable new research opportunities. Relevant topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Design variations (e.g., collaboration or competition, learning or community building, etc)
  • Short term and longer-term outcomes
  • Practical support and recommendations for event organizers
  • Applications of hackathons beyond traditional software engineering context
  • Mediated interactions and modality transitions
  • Theoretical space of “hackathons”

Submission details:
Your submission should be in a single PDF file between 2-4 pages in total, and include a short overview of each author’s background, their interest in this field, and motivation for participation in the workshop, as well as a description of one or more workshop themes of particular interest to the authors. This may be in a form of summarizing research ideas, recounting an experience with related event, or story drawn from participant’s own research or event. Supplementary materials can also be submitted. All submissions will be peer-reviewed by the workshop organizers. Accepted submissions will be posted and publicly downloadable on the workshop website. Details can be found at

Additional requirements:
At least one author of each accepted paper must attend the workshop, and must register for the workshop and one day of the CHI 2018 conference.

Important dates:
Submission deadline: January 26, 2018 (11:59 pm EST)
Notification of acceptance: February 22, 2018
Workshop date: April 21 or 22, 2018
Workshop location: Montréal, Canada (co-located with CHI 2018,


  • Ei Pa Pa Pe Than, Institute for Software Research, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  • James D. Herbsleb and Alexander Nolte, Institute for Software Research, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  • Elizabeth Gerber, Northwestern University, USA
  • Brittany Fiore-Gartland, eScience Institute, University of Washington, USA
  • Brad Chapman, Harvard T.H.Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University, USA
  • Aurelia Moser, Mozilla Science Lab, USA
  • Nancy Wilkins-Diehr, San Diego Supercomputer Center, Science Gateways Community Institute, USA

If you have any questions regarding the workshop, please send us an email at