Call for Participation

AfriCHI 2021 invites original papers that move the field of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) forward, be it through the advancement of theory, methodology, or practice. We invite submissions of long and short papers of the highest international standard, presenting original work that significantly contributes to research and practice of HCI in its broadest sense.


AfriCHI 2021 is an interdisciplinary conference about all issues that connect people, digital technology, and Africa and its people. Topics of interest include but are not limited to, any of the following in relation to Africa and its people.

Contexts:  Places; people, users or developers; communities or groups; events; every day or unusual phenomena; languages; perspectives; trans-national, cross-cultural or cultural aspects etc.

Meanings, values or experiences:  Health, education, governance, citizenship, well-being, designing things that matter, empowerment, ethics, sustainability, privacy, gender and cultural diversity, accessibility, engagement, aesthetics, fun, etc.

Processes: Techniques, tools, or methods for researching, designing, co-designing, evaluating, deploying, or using interactive systems, etc. Technologies: Mobile devices; multi-touch and touchless interaction; web technologies; social media; personal, community and public displays; decentralized networks; big data; quantified self; internet of things; artificial intelligence, etc.

Pedagogies and epistemological: Teaching, learning or developing capacity in HCI and Interaction Design; Afro-centric research, theory or invention; indigenous or traditional knowledge in HCI design; post-colonial perspectives, etc.

Important Dates

Please note that the deadlines are firm and will not be extended. 

Mentor request

1st July 2020


15 September 2020


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

Long research papers are 5 to 10 pages long. Short research papers are 4 pages long. The submission of video material to accompany papers is encouraged.
AfriCHI’s anonymization policy is the same as for the CHI conference and it states: authors are expected to remove author and institutional identities from the title and header areas of the paper, as noted in the submission instructions (Note: changing the text color of the author information is not sufficient). Also, please make sure that information that may identify you does not appear in the document’s meta-data (e.g., the “Authors” field in your word processor “Save As” dialogue box). Further suppression of identity in the body of the paper is left to the authors’ discretion. We do expect that authors leave citations to their previous work anonymized so that reviewers can ensure that all previous research has been taken into account by the authors. However, authors are encouraged to cite their own work in the third person, for example, avoiding “As described in our previous work [10],…” and using instead “As described by [10],…”


ACM Proceedings Format
LaTeX template
Overleaf template
Microsoft Word template + fonts

Selection process 

Research papers are peer-reviewed in a double-blind review process.

Technical setup at the conference

Research papers will be presented during the conference. A video projector and sound system will be available.


Research papers will appear in the Proceedings of AfriCHI 2021, which will be published in the ACM Digital Library. Video materials will be published as source material in the ACM Digital Library. Authors of accepted papers must present at the AfriCHI 2021 Conference, and register for the conference. 


Research papers co-chairs

Long papers

Maletšabisa Tšabi Molapo, IBM Research, South Africa
Elefelious Getachew Belay, Addis Ababa Institute of Technology, Ethiopia

Short papers

Nobert Jere, Walter Sisulu University, South Africa
Gloria Iyawa, Namibia University of Science and Technology, Namibia

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