CHI 2014 Workshop on Designing Technology for Major Life Events

Call for Participation

Technology increasingly plays a role in the ways that we plan for, encounter, and deal with major life events. These major life events are varied and include milestones such as graduations, residential moves, new parenthood, starting a new job, engagement, marriage, divorce, retirement, the end of life, among others. This one-day workshop at CHI 2014 will address the ways that people appropriate (or avoid!) technology during times that their lives are undergoing major changes, with an emphasis on (a) identifying themes across research sites and projects, and (b) learning how to best design technologies appropriate for/across these events.

We invite 2-4 page submissions in the CHI Extended Abstracts format that describe ongoing research efforts addressing technology and its relationship to a major life event. Submissions need not be completed research, but should be able to describe insights and challenges associated with studying technology usage during these events, or designing technology that is robust and sensitive to the circumstances associated with these events. Submissions will be selected based on originality, quality, and ability to promote discussion during the workshop.

Submissions and questions should be directed to Michael Massimi ( by January 17, 2014. At least one author from each accepted paper must register and attend the workshop and at least one day of the ACM CHI 2014 conference.

Important Dates

  • January 17, January 24, 2014: Submissions due. (Deadline extended!)
  • February 10: Notifications to authors.
  • April 26: Workshop held. (Room 713AB)

Workshop Schedule


Introductions and 5 minute presentations


Coffee break


Identify breakout topics


Breakout groups 1


Group lunch


Breakout groups 2


Coffee break


Breakout groups report to whole group


General discussion


Next steps and actions


Conclude workshop


Group dinner

More Information

Extended abstract and workshop plans

Accepted Papers

Workshop Organizers

Michael Massimi, Microsoft Research
Lana Yarosh, AT&T Research
Madeline E. Smith, Northwestern University
Joseph 'Jofish' Kaye, Yahoo Research