CHI’18: Engage with Arab Workshop

Call for Participation (CfP): CHI 2018 Workshop on Exploring Participatory Design Methods to Engage with Arab Communities
When:   Saturday 21 April 2018 OR Sunday 22 April 2018 (TBC)
Where:  CHI’18, Montréal, Canada | Room: TBA

This one-day workshop will be organised as part of the ACM CHI 2018 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, held in Montréal, Canada between 21 and 26 April 2018.

Important Dates:

  • Early submission deadline: 5 January 2018
  • Early Notification: 20 January 2018

ArabHCI is an initiative inaugurated in CHI17 SIG Meeting that brought together HCI researchers/practitioners from the Arab World with those who are conducting/interested in research in this context. The goal was to start a community that explores challenges and unique opportunities for future research in Arab countries and with Arab participants. This workshop focuses on one of the themes that derived our community discussions, the extent to which participatory approaches in the Arab context are culturally and methodologically challenged. We invite researchers/practitioners who had success or failure stories designing “with” Arab communities to share their experiences and learned lessons around applying participatory approaches. The workshop will result in developing a research agenda specific to HCI participatory methods in the Arab world. We suggest that submissions cover the following:

  • Give sufficient background information about your participants; i.e. culture, traditions, recruitment, etc.
  • Describe the design process including: the experienced cultural and contextual challenges, any innovative methods used
  • Explain how you approached these challenges, what worked for you (or not) and any future recommendations

Submitted position papers must not exceed 4 pages in the CHI Extended Abstract Format. The submissions should be sent in PDF format to ( and without the CHI copyright statement on the first page. Position papers will be selected based on the contribution to the workshop theme, quality of presentation, and potential to stimulate discussion. Upon acceptance, at least one of the authors must register for both the workshop and for at least one day of the main conference.

Full Abstract: TBA

Workshop Programme:
09:00 – 10:00  Welcome and Participants Introduction
10:00 – 11:30  Panel: Success stories
11:30 – 12:00  Coffee Break
12:00 – 13:30  Panel: Failure stories
13:30 – 15:00  Lunch Break
15:00 – 16:30  Participatory Challenges (in groups)
16:30 – 17:00  Coffee Break
17:00 – 17:30  Research Agenda Discussion

Ebtisam Alabdulqader – Open Lab, Newcastle University, UK
Shaimaa Lazem – Informatics Research Institute, SRTA-city, Egypt
Mohamed Khamis – Ubiquitous Interactive Systems Group, LMU, Munich, Germany
Susan Dray – Dray & Associates, USA