CHI 2016 CFP: Advances in DIY Health and Wellbeing Workshop

CHI 2016 one-day workshop on Advances in DIY Health and Wellbeing on May 7th OR 8th


In conjunction with CHI 2016 in San Jose, California, a workshop will be held to discuss the rapidly growing DIY Health and Wellbeing domain. Maker and hacker culture has driven advances in diabetes technology and the development of other bespoke assistive technologies. There is potential for growth in this field to other health and wellbeing domains, and many HCI concerns and questions are starting to arise.

A keynote by Brandon Arbiter of will outline advances in DIY diabetes, and short introductions by attendees will follow along with a show-and-tell of DIY Health and Wellbeing technologies and participant demos. Group discussions will occur on topics that have been chosen and developed by attendees prior to the workshop.

Submissions are welcome on topics related to DIY health & wellbeing and HCI, including: case studies or demos of hacking health or wellbeing devices; reports of on-going research on DIY health or wellbeing; reflections on the opportunities of patient-led technology projects; studies of grassroots maker communities for health and wellbeing; and, position papers on challenges and opportunities for HCI research in DIY heath and wellbeing.

Four-page position papers in Extended Abstract format should be submitted to Easychair by January 8th 2016 at 5pm GMT (papers submitted by December 15th 2015 will be considered for early acceptance). At least one author of each accepted position paper must attend the workshop and all participants must register for both the workshop and for at least one day of the CHI 2016 conference.

More information can be found here, An open call for a journal special issue on DIY Health and Wellbeing technologies will follow the workshop.


Aisling Ann O’Kane, University College London

Amy Hurst, University of Maryland – Baltimore County

Gerrit Niezen,

Nicolai Marquardt, University College London

Jon Bird, City University London

Gregory Abowd, Georgia Institute of Technology



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