Design competition at Mobile HCI 2011 (Aug 2011, Stockholm)

Design Competition at Mobile HCI Conference 2011

This is the 2nd year of design competition at Mobile HCI. The selected contestants will present their design at the conference, and  thereby winners will be chosen based on the combined votes from the audience and the jury members.

Submission for participant screening:

  • 1st submission of IDEA DOCUMENTATION: April 22nd, 2011
  • Notification of acceptance & review feedback: May 31st, 2011

If you are selected for poster booth exhibition:

  • Camera-ready submission of IDEA DOCUMENTATION + POSTER: June 27th, 2011

If you are selected for presentation:

  • Camera-ready submission of IDEA DOCUMENTATION + PRESENTATION: June 27th, 2011

Design brief: The Essence of Mobile Communication and Connectivity

Mobile technology is very close to everyday lives, for more than half of the world’s population. It is reflected well by the fact that we hear about it very often. However designers, researchers, technologists and journalists alike tend to give too much highlights on what’s new, especially around high-end, so-called ‘Smart phones’. Arguably, smart phones embody the exciting future of mobile connectivity, but they may not reflect the reality of mobile connectivity for majority of users around the world for many years to come, due to affordability, infrastructure, total cost of ownership, and simply, user preference.

Overall, people’s behaviors around mobile communication devices have certainly changed over the past decades. People have experienced a considerable diversity of mobile phones, hence it is logical to assume that what people may consider as essential features of a mobile phone would have been diversified and changed as well.

Thereby we challenge contestants to define the essence of mobile communication and connectivity and demonstrate what, why and how to design it. Most importantly, contestants need to think about a mobile device that is not about extra new features but is rooted on the good design of its core essential functionalities and experience they will create. Perhaps we can think about a phone that uses the exact same hardware features of existing basic phones but with a completely redesigned user experience. Perhaps we can think about a phone that “pushes” some of its intelligence to the cloud. Or a phone that can be operated with voice and that does not require a display.

Please check further details at the Design Competition webpage:

Winners will get…

  • A certificate of acknowledgment presented at the closing session of the conference
  • Acknowledgment on the conference web site
  • Latest smart phones for the winners



About Fil Salustri
I'm a design methodologist and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. Adjectives that describe me include: secular humanist, meritocrat, and long-winded. Some people call me a positivist too, as if that were a bad thing. Go figure. My real home page is

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