Design Competition

For the third time in the IHC history, we are promoting the Design Competition. The IHC 2015 theme is Public Visualisation to Improve Cities, an up-to-date and challenging issue that can lead to direct benefits to society.

The aim of the competition is to create a space in IHC 2015 for students (undergrad or graduation), with the participation of professionals, to present creative solutions to practical problems, exchange experiences among the HCI community, as well as sharing inspiring ideas and opportunities for further works.

Theme / Design Problem

"Public Visualisation to Improve Cities"

Smart cities has become a relevant concept in discussions on sustainable urban development, both in Brazil and worldwide. While this concept creates opportunities to raise quality of life and the sustainability in Brazilian cities, it is also a challenge for public and private administration. How to use this data to promote improvements in the city? And how to engage citizens with the improvements?

The challenge is then to design a public (and creative!) installation for data visualization. It can be related to mobility, culture, health, security, education, transparency, sustainability (natural resources, energy, water, etc.), housing, sanitation, or any other theme under the city' interest. It can be restricted to a place, for instance, a park, school, university, etc, of of general interest. It is important to create an attractive visualisation, calling people's attention to the theme. The public installation may be complemented by a Web or mobile app.

Existing - and Inspiring - systems and applications:

  • Copacabana Lixômetro - measures and displays the amount of waste collected in the beach area:

  • Nuage Vert - chimney representing the instant energy consumption in Helsinki, Finland:

  • Impostômetro - Make visible to the population the amount of taxes collected:

  • Public transport in Fortaleza itineraries (buses and vans)

  • Inspect Recife - How the municipality is doing in collecting and spending financial resources:

  • - citizen participation platform

  • Ushahidi - open platform for development of citizen collaboration systems:

  • Hackthon in Miami - 2014:

  • Hack Hackers:


Why participating:

  • It is an opportunity for students to attend a national event (free registration!);
  • It is a space to discuss creative solutions to practical problems of our cities and coexisting institutions (universities, businesses, citizens, streets, hospitals, parks or squares...);
  • You can get feedback on their work by professional / academic area;
  • The idea may actually become useful to the cities;
  • To create and strengthen ties - can be rewarding!


What to consider in your proposal:

  •  Qual problema social vocês pretendem resolver?
  • What do make your solution creative and attractive?
  • How data can be obtained? Is it open or private data? Are there privacy implications to display the data?
  • Where the visualisation should be installed to create the desired impact? Is there complementary software in the Web or mobile platform?
  • How to evaluate the solution impact?
  • Are there cultural implications in the visualization? Can it be applied to other contexts?


Requirements for Participants

Forming groups

  •  Groups of up to 5 participants, oriented by a teacher or experienced professional;
  • Each group must be composed by at least 2 participants and 1 supervisor;
  • Participants can be undergrad and/or graduation students. Professionals can complement the groups;
  • Groups can composed only by students and the supervisor, or mixed, with the participation of professionals. Mixed groups are very welcome!


IMPORTANT: At least one member of each project must be present during the event to present the project.

Process and Submission

1) Idea submission (until 07/07/2015) - submit by JEMS System:

  • A summary of the idea - up to 500 words;
  • A video up to 3 minutes or 5 slides;
  • Submissions will be evaluated and five finalists will be invited to the IHC;
  • At this stage, the authors should not be identified (blind review).


For the 5 finalists:

2) submit the final presentation until 10/07/2015, consisting of:

  • Up to 15 slides to be presented at IHC
  • An extension of the summary of the idea, with up to 4 pages following the conference short paper format describing the motivation (the problem), methodology applied, expected results, how the solution could be evaluated.

IMPORTANT: One participant of each finalist group will have free registration at the event.

Submissions will be accepted in Portuguese or English.


A jury composed by researchers and industry professional will choose the 5 finalists. During the IHC, a jury composed by 4 representatives from industry and academia will select the 3 winning projects among the finalists.


  • Érico Fernandes Fileno (UP) – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • José Eurico Vasconcelos Filho (UNIFOR) – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Lara Schibelsky Godoy Piccolo (UNICAMP) – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Important dates:

  • Deadline: 07/07/2015 14/07/2015
  • Notification of finalists: 07/08/2015
  • Submission for finalists: 07/10/2015
  • Presentation at IHC: 3-6/11/2015