Sunday, May 4, 2014

CHI 2014

Last week was the ACM CHI Conference: an international HCI Student Design Competition. This year, sixty-six teams across the world entered the competition with projects related to the theme: Body Data. Several UMSI student teams participated in the Design Competition, with five teams making it to the top 12 semi-finals. Each team presented a poster and five minute presentation in front of three panels of judges. Two of our teams, Beam and InnoMotion, made it to the final four - where they were asked to present a ten minute presentation and powerpoint before final judgements were made. Beam and InnoMotion took first and third place. We are so excited to have two teams make it to the final four!
As a first year student, I never thought I would participate in an international competition, let alone be a part of the first place team. It really has been a crazy week. We spent the week attending presentations, writing scripts, developing our powerpoint presentation, and practicing practicing practicing! It was a lot of hard work and we spent several nights working late, but we are so glad to have been a part of it. All of the teams from UMSI were incredibly well received and did such amazing and innovative work.

I hope this gets you all excited for the fall semester and the 2015 CHI Competition.  Next year's conference will be held in Seoul, Korea!

Finalist Teams: Beam and InnoMotion