Interact 2017 Mumbai

Victor Menezes Convention Centre, Opposite IDC School of Design, IIT Bombay Campus, Powai, Mumbai Maharashtra 400 076
Time zone:
(UTC +05:30) Kolkata
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INTERACT is among the world's top conferences in Human-Computer Interaction. Starting with the first conference in 1990, this conference series has been organised under the aegis of the Technical Committee 13 on Human-Computer Interaction of the UNESCO International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP). This committee aims at developing the science and technology of the interaction between humans and computing devices.

Situated under the open, inclusive umbrella of the IFIP, INTERACT conferences have always been international in their spirit. The past venues of the INTERACT conferences are a clear example of this inclusiveness. (Recent venues: INTERACT 2015 in Germany, INTERACT 2013 in South Africa, INTERACT 2011 in Portugal)


Many regions that are considered least developed or developing today, have witnessed the peak of their civilization in the past. Economists and thinkers around the world predict that these regions would re-achieve an acceptable level of human development by the year 2020. As this wheel of time turns, parts of these expectations should be visible on the horizon by the year 2017.

Information and communication products are playing an unprecedented role in connecting these newer worlds. We now have new and unique users, uses, challenges, and opportunities. Early adopters from these groups have already adopted newer technologies. The early majority is likely to follow.

It is not surprising that a large number of HCI researchers and technology companies are showing immense interest in these emerging markets. INTERACT 2017 will explore these challenges and opportunities.


In this new age of global connectivity, designers are often required to design products for users who are beyond their borders and belonging to distinctly different cultures. The process of designing products is becoming more multi-disciplinary by the day. Solutions are now designed with a global perspective in mind, however local the solution might be.

For those in the field of human-computer interaction, the phenomenon of global thoughts, local designs would have a direct impact. It encompasses the areas of HCI in the industry of emerging economies, HCI contributions in socio-economic development, HCI for products and services in emerging markets, including mobile systems, HCI and designs for low-literacy users, HCI and designs for bottom of the pyramid users, and HCI for remote contexts, including issues related to international outsourcing / global software development. We would develop onthese ideas going forward.


The principal host for INTERACT 2017 will be the Industrial Design Centre (IDC) in Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B). The conference will be co-sponsored by HCI Professionals Association of India (HCIPAI) and the Computer Society of India (CSI).

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