As we mentioned before, Tom and I are scheduled to attend a couple of events over the coming months. We will be in Austin next week for the duration of the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive and next month in Vienna for ACM SIG-CHI.
Despite the lure of the almighty swag, we are primarily there to meet people in our field but in particular, we also want to meet our readers. So we’re putting out a request to ask if any of you are in charge of a booth at either of the conferences and feel like sharing some space for a day or two. We promise we’ll stay skinny and take up as little space as possible. What we’d like to do is meet some readers, shoot the breeze, and maybe even do some sketches for people and heck, maybe we’ll have our own swag. If you’re interested in sharing your booth, please shoot me an e-mail.
The last day for early registration at CHI 2004 is March 10. After this date, registration is still open (through April 7) but costs $200 more. Also, if you are a student, the discount is considerable so register early and take advantage of all the perks you can get!
The conference is in Vienna this year and promises to break a lot of new ground by covering a number of special topics including: ambient intelligence, games, mobile computing, and robotics. Beyond the fancy stuff, the core program seems to be a good mixture of academic and commercial perspectives to HCI. Overall it will be an excellent event for advancing our discipline as well as making connections across our various sub-communities. It’s a great venue for personal and professional development, and I hope that many of our readers will be able to make it out there!