Competition Details

Round 1 - Short Paper

An anonymized short paper will be submitted describing the design solution. The short paper document includes project title only and abstract, but omits the name of the institution and author names, which appear in a separate cover page document. In addition a separate document, the Proof of Student Status must also be provided. All three documents are to be submitted in a zipped format inside a single folder that does not exceed the file size of 4Mb.

  1. Cover Page Document is a separate (.pdf) document that includes project title, author names, institutional affiliation, mentor name(s), and an abstract describing the project.
  2. Anonymized Short Paper Document (maximum 6 pages) including project title and abstract but excluding author names & affiliations.
  3. Proof of Student Status letter(s) for each group member – scanned letters on faculty stationary stating that at “During the work on the design problem, least 50% of the students’ working week was spent following an academic course of study.”  The letter must be signed by an academic supervisor and include their title and contact information, both phone and email.

The short paper must include:

  • A description of the proposed solution, including the approach taken and the design process followed, and any user involvement in the project
  • Images to illustrate the design solution, as appropriate
  • Where appropriate, reference to design principles and theory
  • Acknowledgement of partial or incomplete solutions
  • Acknowledgement of any assistance drawn from outside the student team (advisors, faculty, domain experts, existing solutions, users, etc.)

All submissions must be in English.  Submissions must not contain proprietary or confidential material and not cite proprietary or confidential publications. Due to tight publication schedules, revisions will not be possible. The submitted .pdf version will be considered the final version of the paper.

The Short Paper submissions should follow the format of these templates for Paper and Cover documents:


PLEASE NOTE:
YOUR PAPER CANNOT EXCEED MAXIMUM PAGE LIMIT OF 6 PAGES. This limit includes References and About Authors Sections!

To participate in the competition, the Round 1 package (one zipped folder, smaller than 4Mb, containing Anonymous Paper, Cover Page including project name, names of team members, contact information, & affiliations, and Proof of Student Status for each team member) must be received by email at isdc2010@usabilityprofessionals.org before 29 March, 2010 17:00 EST.

Round 2 Remote Judging

The top three competing teams of Round 1 will be required to do their presentations remotely and answer questions from the judges. The remote online judging session will take place on 6 May, 2010. Student teams will be expected to present their project and discuss their approach, design method and solutions with the Student Design Competition Judges. The competition judges will determine the competition winners.

The judges are Silvia Zimmermann, the UPA President and Principal at Usability.ch, Rich Gunther, UPA board member and UX consultant with Ovostudios.com, and Gordon Kurtenbach the Director of Research at Autodesk, formerly Silicon Graphics & Alias.

Specific guidelines for preparing posters
Each poster will have a display space approximately 8 feet wide and 4 feet high.
The poster is expected to follow the International Standards Organization (ISO) poster size format (A0) in portrait orientation. The dimensions for A0 format are 84cm x 119cm, or approximately 33" x 47". Either landscape or portrait orientation is acceptable. Poster board panels are 250 cm tall by 100 cm wide (98" high by 39" wide).

UPA Posters and Presentations

Posters of all teams from Round 2 will be on display at the Poster Sessions during UPA2010 in Munich. Project presentations will take place just before the Conference Banquet on Thursday, 26 May.

Specific guidelines for preparing posters
Each poster will have a display space approximately 8 feet wide and 4 feet high.
The poster is expected to follow the International Standards Organization (ISO) poster size format (A0) in portrait orientation. The dimensions for A0 format are 84cm x 119cm, or approximately 33" x 47". Either landscape or portrait orientation is acceptable. Poster board panels are 250 cm tall by 100 cm wide (98" high by 39" wide).

The poster must include:

  • The proposed solution's name, school affiliation, authors & mentors names
  • The perspective taken to address the design challenge
  • A concise description of the proposed solution
  • Clear illustrations of key aspects of your proposed solution
  • Compelling, effective visual design