Research and Design Competition

In the first phase of the International Conference for Interaction Design and Children (IDC) 2018 Research & Design competition, children all over the world were invited to submit their ideas for future technologies that would celebrate diversity and foster social inclusion. We received an amazing range of ideas that are now the basis for the second stage of the competition.  We have created a collection of the ideas here, have a look!

In this second phase, we invite researchers and designers to submit a design concept (not actual artefacts) that responds to the same brief and builds on one or more of the ideas of children. Each submission should have the form of a 2-4 page summary (in SIGCHI Extended Abstract format) for the academic judges (the track chairs), accompanied by a short, 1-minute video (uploaded to a publicly accessible website) that presents the concept to our child judges (think CHI madness made for kids). You can also submit any supplementary material (e.g., drawings, sketches, photos) to explain your concept.

The submissions will be judged by the children who submitted their ideas on the basis of the videos, and by the track chairs, who will consider the paper and all other material. The criteria for selecting the best submissions are:

  • responds to the brief in innovative ways
  • incorporates ideas and triggers from children
  • speculates about the future in interesting ways
  • raises (research) questions for the field
  • is well-designed and presented

Important Dates

  • R & D Competition starts 15 Jan 2018
  • Competition open until 6 Apr 2018 13 Apr 2018 (**DEADLINE EXTENDED**)
  • Notifications to winners by 4 May 2018
  • Presentation at the conference 19 – 22 June 2018

Challenge / Brief

Reviewing and building on children’s ideas from Phase I as inspiration, design something that could help different groups of children understand each other better.

We are all different in many ways. We are girls, boys, tall, bookish, sporty, and quiet. We like vanilla ice cream, scrambled eggs, and very different kinds of music. We speak different languages and have skin with countless shades under the sun.

Being different and unique is not always easy though, especially when some people (even us!) have trouble understanding and accepting others for their differences. What can we do to understand each other better, celebrate our differences, and get along without misunderstandings or fighting? Could technology help?

Presentation & Prize

The winning submissions will be presented at the conference in Trondheim, Norway. The selected short papers will also be included in the conference proceedings and archived in the ACM digital library. We will also work with all winners to give the designs a broader audience by seeking publication in a magazine like ACM Interactions. The award ceremony will take place during the conference dinner.

How to submit

Please upload your submissions here.

If you have any problems submitting or have any questions, please contact us at

Your ideas are your ideas

Like in the first stage of this competition, it is important for us to make clear that all contributions are owned by their creators (children, researchers and designers). In your submission, please acknowledge on whose ideas from Phase I of the competition you build your concepts.