Call for Participation

Panels are an interactive, discussion-oriented forum in which audience members are invited to engage as active participants in the discussion. Panel organisers are strongly encouraged to propose a panel on topics which are likely to appeal to a broad audience in the AfriCHI community. A good panel will lead to an interactive conversation that will engage both the panellists and the audience in creative ways. Panels should not be a series of short talks, akin to a papers session.

AfriCHI 2021 panels will allow researchers and public and private sector representatives to promote discussions dedicated to controversial and challenging topics related to the Research and Usability of Human-Computer Interaction and Interaction Design in a broader sense.

We highly encourage panel organizers to minimize the number of panellists to provide for fruitful and cohesive discussion. At the same time, it is important that panels represent the diversity of AfriCHI’s community, including diversity of gender, experience, national origin, native language, race and ethnicity. A wide diversity of ideas is strongly encouraged.

Important Dates


13 December 2020


5 January 2021

Camera ready

18 January 2021

Registration deadline


Submission Details

Online submission

(Click here to go to the submission system)

Submission format

Submissions must have the following components:

Extended abstract

A panel proposal should be described as follows.

The description of a panel is a 4-to-6-page long paper in the Extended Abstracts Format, including references. It should be self-contained and clearly provide a detailed panel description including:

  • Title of the panel
  • Names and affiliations of the proponents and panellists
  • A description of the theme, aims, objectives, benefits and significance of the proposed panel
  • Intended audience (researchers, students, practitioners, policymakers, etc.) who are expected to benefit from the panel
  • A scheduled overview of the planned activities
  • Proponent(s) and panellist(s) background, provided as short biographical notes

ACM Extended Abstracts Format
LaTeX template
Overleaf template
Microsoft Word template + fonts

Selection process 

The selection process is curated. Panel selection will happen by the discretion of the Panels Chairs. Acceptance of proposals will be informed by factors such as:

  • Clarity of intended outcomes
  • Value for the participants
  • Level of expected interest
  • Impact and relevance to AfriCHI’s broader audience
  • Profile of the proponents


Extended abstract will appear in the Proceedings of AfriCHI 2021, which will be published in the ACM Digital Library. Images will be published as source material in the ACM Digital Library. Authors of accepted panels must present at the AfriCHI 2021 Conference, and register for the conference.


Panels Co-chairs

Paula Alexandra Silva, Coimbra University
Santhi Kumara, University of Rwanda

We hope you will join us online from 8-12 March 2021.