CHI 2018 Workshop: Hacking and Making at Time-bounded Events

In case of interest to GOSHers…

Hacking and Making at Time-bounded Events: Current Trends and Next Steps in Research and Event Design,

Co-located with CHI 2018,

Montréal, Canada | April 21-26, 2018


Time-bounded intensive events or hackathons where teams work together under intense time pressure are becoming increasingly popular across disciplines. Yet little is known about how to design a hackathon for intended outcomes, what influences event design, what benefits hackathons offer, and what the larger impact of hackathons on intellectual communities and on the society as a whole are. This one-day workshop is co-located with CHI 2018, a premier forum for innovations through academic-practitioner interactions, and will bring together the diversity of researchers, experienced event organizers, and individuals interested in running their own events in the future. The aims of this workshop are to facilitate sharing hackathon-related experiences, consolidating existing research, and building and strengthening academic-industry partnerships to enable new research opportunities. Relevant topics include (but are not limited to):

Design variations (e.g., collaboration or competition, learning or community building, etc)
Short term and longer-term outcomes
Practical support and recommendations for event organizers
Applications of hackathons beyond traditional software engineering context
Mediated interactions and modality transitions
Theoretical space of “hackathons”

Submission details:

Your submission should be in a single PDF file between 2-4 pages in total, and include a short overview of each author’s background, their interest in this field, and motivation for participation in the workshop, as well as a description of one or more workshop themes of particular interest to the authors. This may be in a form of summarizing research ideas, recounting an experience with related event, or story drawn from participant’s own research or event. Supplementary materials can also be submitted. All submissions will be peer-reviewed by the workshop organizers. Accepted submissions will be posted and publicly downloadable on the workshop website. Details can be found at

Additional requirements:

At least one author of each accepted paper must attend the workshop, and must register for the workshop and one day of the CHI 2018 conference.

Important dates:

Submission deadline: January 26, 2018 (11:59 pm EST)

Notification of acceptance: February 22, 2018

Workshop date: April 21 or 22, 2018

Workshop location: Montréal, Canada (co-located with CHI 2018,


Ei Pa Pa Pe Than, Institute for Software Research, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
James D. Herbsleb and Alexander Nolte, Institute for Software Research, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Elizabeth Gerber, Northwestern University, USA
Brittany Fiore-Gartland, eScience Institute, University of Washington, USA
Brad Chapman, Harvard T.H.Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University, USA
Aurelia Moser, Mozilla Science Lab, USA
Nancy Wilkins-Diehr, San Diego Supercomputer Center, Science Gateways Community Institute, USA
If you have any questions regarding the workshop, please send us an email at