Reflections on CHI 2023 in Hamburg & Presenting “Pears”
I recently had the opportunity to attend and present at the CHI 2023 conference in Hamburg, Germany. This was my first time attending an in-person CHI conference since 2019 in Glasgow, and it was fantastic to reconnect with the HCI community face-to-face after several years of virtual conferences.
I presented my recent TOCHI paper titled “Designing Technology-Mediated Peer Support for Postgraduate Research Students at Risk of Loneliness and Isolation”.
CHI 2023 was an exciting conference experience for me, not only professionally but also personally, as it was the first conference I attended with my 3-year-old son. We had a great time exploring Hamburg and it was amazing to experience Germany through my son’s eyes – aside from the CHI presentations, we particularly enjoyed all of the vegan restaurants, and the amazing play parks!
Attending an academic conference as a parent was a new experience for me. The CHI organizers did a great job accommodating families through providing free childcare during the main conference days and a dedicated nursing room. As a family with a young child, these services were invaluable in allowing us to fully participate in the conference.
The ability to connect with other researchers and practitioners in HCI after a long break was invigorating. CHI 2023 reminded me of the welcoming, intelligent, and enthusiastic nature of our community.