The 2020 Virtual German CHI Week

With 83 accepted papers and 34 LBWs, German researchers provided a sizable contribution to CHI 2020. Due to the cancellation of this event, we want to honor the German contribution by organizing the Virtual German CHI Week. This event will take place from May 25th – May 29th.

What to Expect

Through short paper presentations and panel discussions with international experts in the respective field, we aim to increase the visibility of the German HCI research and enable authors to receive valuable feedback on their work they would miss without CHI. 

The event is open to everyone (with no registration required) and we hope to see many of you there. All talks and discussion will be in English!

The sessions will be hosted via a Zoom Webinar and allow for actively participating in the Q&As. In case you cannot or do not want to use Zoom, we will also live stream the sessions on YouTube. The sessions will not be recorded. After the last session on each day, we invite everyone to join us on Mozilla Hub for a after-work hangout.

For the latest updates, you can also follow our Facebook event page.

How to join:

Main event on Zoom: (details)

Webinar ID:
Password: Click to show password
Important: Please use your real name within Zoom!

Live stream on YouTube:

After-work on Mozilla Hubs: Will be linked in the schedule.

Any questions? Check our FAQ.

Format of Presentations & Sessions

Each session will comprise a set of pre-recorded paper talks (3 minute) and LBW lightning talks (1 minute), followed by a 20 minutes panel discussion. For each session, the panel will consist of the paper and LBW presenters of the respective session, invited experts of the field, and two session chairs moderating the discussion.

For each paper, the lead author should have received an email with a survey asking for participation. If you are the lead author of a CHI paper with at least one author with German affiliation, please contact us.

Format Late-Breaking Work

We are happy to further include all accepted german LBW submissions in the schedule of the Virtual German CHI event. For each LBW, the presenters are asked to submit a pre-recorded 1-minute lightning talk (3 slides max) to pitch their work.

Video Presentations

For you participation we kindly ask you to prepare a pre-recorded video of your talk (3min for papers, 1 min for LBW). We will take care of playing the videos at the event to keep up with our tight schedule.

Please, provide a download link to your video by filling this form by May 20.

The video should take 3 minutes for papers, 1 minute for LBW and be provided in mp4-format. Please note, that the panel discussions following the video presentations will be held live during the event. Therefore, please make sure that you or one of your co-authors can participate to be able to engage in a discussion and answer questions from the audience.

All authors of full papers and LBW submissions are asked to submit their pre-recorded talk by May 20th, 2020.

@All authors: We’re happy to link your recorded videos in the schedule! Please provide us with a publicly available link via email.


The Virtual German CHI Week will run from May 25th to May 29th. Each day we will feature three consecutive sessions of around 40 minutes, always starting at 5pm and running until 7pm CEST. The schedule can be found here:

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Day 1 – May 25th, 2020 | 5pm – 7 pm (CEST)

Day 2 – May 26th, 2020 | 5pm – 7 pm (CEST)

Day 3 – May 27th, 2020 | 5pm – 7 pm (CEST)

Day 4 – May 28th, 2020 | 5pm – 7 pm (CEST)

Day 5 – May 29th, 2020 | 5pm – 7 pm (CEST)

Organizers & Contact

The Virtual German CHI Event is organized by Florian Alt, Susanne Boll, Teresa Hirzle, Tom Horak, Thomas Kosch, Andrii Matviienko, Heiko Müller, Enrico Rukzio, Christina Schneegass, and Stefan Schneegass.

If you any further questions or feedback, please contact Teresa Hirzle ( and Christina Schnegass (

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

First things first: Please follow our etiquette!

  • Please use your (real) first and last name (to help us keep out Zoom-Bombers)!
  • Keep discussions considerate and respectful!
  • Feel free to engage at any time – for questions use the Zoom Q&A feature, general comments and cheering can be delivered via the built-in chat.
  • By default, only panelists (i.e., session chairs & authors) are un-muted and shown with video.
  • Attendees may also try to get the chairs’ attention during Q&A by raising their hand via the offered Zoom functionality.

General Questions:

Do I have to register for the event? No, registration is not required. You can simply join the Zoom Webinar via or watch the live stream via

Can I ask questions during the discussions? Yes, absolutely! As soon as you have joined the Zoom Webinar, you can post questions through the built-in Q&A feature. Also, the chairs can un-mute you in case you want to actively join the discussion.

Are the sessions recorded? No, we don’t record the sessions.

Zoom-related Questions

How is the Zoom Webinar and the Q&A working?

  • Joining: Simply use the following link to join the panel:
    • Important: Rename yourself with your correct name. This helps us to assign the panelists and attendees as well as keeping out Zoom-Bombers.
  • Roles: Your role is either “attendee” or “panelist” when joining the panel. Presenters and session chairs will be promoted to panelists for their respective session.
    • Attendees: You can listen and view the panel discussion as well as ask questions in the Zoom Q&A. You can add comments using the Zoom Q&A or the Zoom chat. Your voice is muted until a moderator unmutes your microphone.
    • Panelists: In addition to the usage rights of the attendees, panelists are able to enable their video and unmute the microphone on their own. We kindly ask you to enable your video if possible.
  • Q&A: Please ask questions using the Zoom Q&A (session chairs will introduce it during the panel discussion). Please skim the existing questions and vote questions up that are similar. Questions that have a high number of upvotes will receive special attention by the session chairs (see image below).
  • Chat: The chat can be used for general comments or cheering – for questions, please use the Q&A functionality.
  • If you have any questions or are experiencing issues, send a private message to one of the Zoom admins.
You can access the Q&A and chat in Zoom’s tool bar at the bottom.

What is the difference between watching the live stream and joining on Zoom? In Zoom, you’re able to actively participate in the discussions by posting questions through the Q&A functionality. The live stream on YouTube is only for passively following the event.

Mozilla Hubs-related Questions

How are the after-event sessions on Mozilla Hubs working?

Joining a room:

  • For each session of the day, a separate room is provide. You can find the links in the schedule.
  • Choose whether you would like to join a room using a keyboard or a VR headset.
  • In the next window, please specify your real name and last name, so people can identify you in a room. The name is displayed above the head of an avatar. 
  • In the menu below, choose your avatar. This is how other participants will see you in a room. You also have an option to create your own avatar, but you will need a Mozilla Hubs account to do that.
Entering the room.
Choosing your avatar.
  • Then, select “On screen” if you are using a keyboard or “Connect VR Headset” if you are using a VR Headset.
  • In the next window, please make sure that you have selected the correct microphone and whether your speakers work.
  • Important: Some browsers can block your microphone. Please make sure you allow your browser to use your microphone in the upper right corner!
Check your mic settings!

In the room:

  • At the bottom panel you can write messages seen to everyone in the room.
  • Use your mouse/trackpad to control what you can see and use WASD or arrow buttons to walk around.
  • You can change a room by clicking on the link on the wall. Note: all rooms look exactly the same and were created to avoid overloading the system, since it allows up to 25 participants per room.
Switching rooms
  • Using a top menu you can (from left to right): (1) share your screen or your face camera, (2) mute your mic, (3) add virtual objects to the scene, (4) draw in the scene, and (5) take a selfie. You can save your selfie directly to your computer or share it via Twitter.
Menu tool bar.
  • Important: please make sure you do not overload the scene with too many virtual objects and clean after yourself. You remove an object from the scene go to the right upper corner and remove an object you have created
  • Next to the icon of objects in the virtual scene you can also see a list of all attendees in the room
Scene list.