A distinguished professor Albrecht Schmidt from Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich has organised a workshop titled HCI Ambassadors with cooperation of ACM SIGCHI. in conjuction to the prestigious ACM UIST 2018 conference - User Interface Software and Technology Symposium. The workshop was held on 14 October in Hasso-Plattner institute, Postdam, Germany. The aim of the workshop was discussing how to promote and establish human-computer interaction as a credible subject in research and teaching as well as building bridges how to make SIGCHI more internationally inclusive and to extend its reach.
Two of our researchers (Klen Čopič Pucihar and Matjaž Kljun) have attended the workshop. The participants have shared and discussed lessons learned from HCI education, research & practice in Hungary, Indonesia, India, Iran, Jordan, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, Poland, Slovenia. The conclusion was that we all face similar issues and challenges including considering conferences as not prominent venues for publishing despite the fact that the number of ACM SIGCHI conference have much lower acceptance rate that many journals. The workshop also sparkened novel collaboration ideas including organising local SIGCHI chapters, workshop and local conferences as well as possible collabortions on future research projects.