Call for Participation

AfriCHI 2021 welcomes proposals for workshops and tutorials.

What are workshops?

Workshops as spaces for debate and co-development of ideas and approaches related to the advancement of research and practice within the field of Human-Computer Interaction. Workshops may address any aspect of Human-Computer Interaction and may provide opportunities for interactive discussions that would advance the field in Africa.

Workshops are facilitated by a group of leading researchers and pioneers who are actively engaged in their respective HCI field based on their previous research contribution. The participants will act as leader and coordinators for the session development and ensure successful and timely execution of the session. They will prepare in advance to share perspectives, knowledge, and interest in the workshop theme. The outcomes of workshops include heightened sensitivity to recent issues, joint publications and research programs and critical yet friendly feedback on emerging ideas. Often, they establish or solidify research networks and contribute to community building.

Each successfully submitted workshop proposal is reviewed closely by the conference organizing committee, to ensure a balance of content for the conference program,  and will be either accepted or rejected for inclusion in the conference. Accepted workshops are announced on the conference website. The workshop will run for a full day, with scheduled morning, lunch and afternoon breaks. Workshops will run in parallel with courses as pre-conference activities on 8th – 9th March 2021.

What are tutorials? 

Tutorials allow attendees to extend their knowledge beyond their current area(s) of expertise. Tutorials should help participants to: 

  • explore new methods, techniques, and practices
  • develop new skills in order to innovate
  • become inspired to pursue new ideas.

We expect tutorials to provide clear practical value to intended audiences (researchers, practitioners, designers, developers, managers, and students) at specific levels (new researchers/practitioners, general interest, or experts).

Tutorials can, without excluding other options:

  • Cover foundational concepts of research and practice
  • Be specialized offering significant depth in specific established and/or emerging areas of research and practice
  • Focus on tools and methods offering hands-on practical skill development in methodologies, technologies, research/design/development approaches, etc…

Organizers can run tutorials only if at least 5 participants register by the early bird registration deadline.  Therefore, instructors should be active in advertising their tutorial to relevant audiences because we base instructor compensation on the number of registered participants. Compensation criteria are:

  • Min 10 paid participants: Free conference registration for the 1st instructor
  • For every additional 10 participants: Free conference registration for an additional instructor or 300 USD compensation

Accepted tutorials are announced on the conference website. Tutorials will be offered in a maximum of four 90-minute sessions. Tutorials will run in parallel with workshops as pre-conference activities on 8th – 9th March 2021.

Important Dates

Mentor request

1st July 2020


13 December 2020


5 January 2021

Public Announcement

7 January 2021

Camera ready

18 January 2021

Registration deadline


Submissions Details

Online Submission

(Click here to go to the submission system)

Submissions format

A workshop or tutorial proposal should be described as follows.

Extended abstract

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

  • Title of the workshop or tutorial
  • Names and affiliations of the facilitators or instructors
  • A description of the aims, objectives, benefits and significance of the proposed workshop or tutorial
  • Intended audience (researchers, students, practitioners, etc) that are expected to contribute to the workshop or will benefit from the tutorial
  • A summary of the learning outcomes the attendees will gain as a result of attending the tutorial course highlighting their relevance for the intended audience, in the case of tutorials
  • A scheduled overview of planned activities
  • A draft of the call for workshop or tutorial participation
  • A promotional strategy, detailing how the organisers plan to recruit and select participants, apart from what will be shared in the conference website
  • A list of resources, such as a workshop or course website that might be accessed to provide more information about the workshop or tutorial
  • Facilitator(s) or instructor(s) background, provided as short biographical notes

All proposals must be submitted on the approved template and submitted via the Africhi’2021 subscribed submission system.

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

Selection process 

The selection process is curated. Workshop & Tutorials selection will happen by the discretion of the Workshop & Tutorials 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

Technical setup at the conference

The conference will provide a projector, screen and speakers. Budget constraints make it unlikely that additional equipment can be provided. Additional technical requirements must be discussed with the chairs and the authors can request assistance for setup.

Conditions for accepted workshop and tutorial

Although accepted workshops and tutorials will be announced through the AfriCHI 2021 website, workshop and tutorial organisers are required to set and circulate a call for workshop or tutorial participation through appropriate channels and establish a website for the workshop or tutorial no later than November 7. Workshop and tutorials are run with at least 5 participants registered by the early bird registration deadline so proponents should be active in promoting their workshops and tutorials. Please note that the period between the notification of acceptance and the required public announcement is short, so plan accordingly.


Workshop participants are selected by the organisers of the workshop, based on criteria set by the organisers. Typically, potential participants submit a position paper, stating their contribution, interest and expertise related to the workshop. AfriCHI 2021 encourages workshop organisers to experiment with submission formats. Accepted workshop participants need to register for workshop participation in the conference website.

Workshop and tutorials are run with at least 5 participants registered by the early bird registration deadline so proponents should be active in promoting their workshops and tutorials. Tutorial participants are not screened. However, they will need to register for tutorial participation in the conference website.

Organizers of accepted workshops and tutorials must register for the AfriCHI 2021 conference.


Extended abstracts will appear in the Proceedings of AfriCHI 2021, which will be published in the ACM Digital Library. 


Workshops and Tutorials Co-chairs

Wanjiru Mburu, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Makuochi Samuel Nkwo, Ebonyi State University, Nigeria

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