Want To Be a Speaker?

BostonCHI Background

BostonCHI is the Boston-area chapter of ACM’s Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (SIGCHI), and is Boston’s largest HCI-related group. Our members hail from universities, large companies, small businesses, and private consultancies from all over New England, and include some of the brightest minds in user experience today. Fields we represent include usability, user experience (UX), user centered design (UCD), interaction design (IXD), graphic arts, documentation, usability, psychology, user interface design (UI), human factors, industrial design, ergonomics, information design, computer science, training, education, and many others. We provide professional development opportunities for members, hold monthly speaker-driven gatherings that are freely open to members and non-members, and maintain a presence at many related Boston area events.

Previous speakers include many renowned user experience industry professionals, including people such as Steve Krug, author of Don’t Make Me Think; Colin Ware, University of New Hampshire, author of Information Visualization; Ben Shneiderman, founding director of the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory at the University of Maryland; and Bill Buxton, Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research.

Benefits for You

  • Free marketing (We’ll market you and the event via local events, web, twitter, facebook, G+, Linkedin, cross-marketing with other groups, etc.)
  • A shareable video of your talk published on BostonCHI.org
  • Video angles that feature both you and your slides
  • Slides linked to or published on BostonCHI.org (if you desire)
  • Links to your organization and/or other preferred sites from your speaker bio and potentially other areas
  • If you aren’t located in the Boston area, we’re happy to discuss subsidizing your travel
  • And of course, networking!

Benefits for Your Organization

  • Good PR and increased exposure
  • Your history with BostonCHI will help promote brand recognition, a strong reputation, and recruiting opportunities among user experience practitioners
  • Recruiting opportunities during announcements

Interested in further promoting your organization? We currently have some sponsorship opportunities available.

Available Dates

We’re currently reviewing proposals for topics to be scheduled for winter and spring 2018.

What to Expect

  • Once you’re scheduled, please send the final copy of your title & abstract,  bio, and high resolution head shot to programs@bostonchi.org a minimum of six weeks in advance.
  • RSVP list, including attendee organizations, available prior to the event
  • Please arrive close to 6:30 for setup. Let us know if you would like help bringing materials in. We’re also happy to help pack up and carry materials out at the night’s end
  • The venue will have signs to the BostonCHI gathering inside
  • BostonCHI provides name tags
  • We can’t guarantee network access unless arranged in advance. If you need to access the Internet, please let us know in advance
  • Each talk’s 8:30 end time is firm. Our hosts ask us to wrap things up by 9:00 sharp

Typical Meeting Schedule

  • 5:30 – 6:30 PM Steering Committee meeting (We’re in the building)
  • 6:30 – 7:00 PM Setup, networking, and sponsor-provided food
  • 7:00 – 7:15 PM Announcements and BostonCHI monthly business
  • 7:15 – 8:30 PM Featured speaker, including Q&A (8:30 firm end-time)
  • 8:30 – 9:00 PM Networking & dessert



Interested in Speaking, or Want to Refer a Speaker?

Appropriate topics discuss areas around user interface design, user experience design, visualizations, human factors, usability, and accessibility, among other things. Take a look at our previous topics for inspiration and examples. If interested, or to ask questions, email us at programs@bostonchi.org.

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