Important Dates

  • Monday, July 8, 2020, 5:00 pm PDT: Submissions due
  • Monday, July 22, 2020: Notification of acceptance
  • Monday, August 14, 2020: Camera-ready versions due 

About Demonstrations

CSCW 2020 demonstrations present implementations of new CSCW systems and concepts. The curated demonstrations allow conference participants to view novel and noteworthy CSCW systems in action, discuss the systems with those who created them, and try them out. Appropriate demonstrations include applications, technologies, and research prototypes, and may showcase work that has been or is being published at CSCW or elsewhere. Demonstrations can also serve to showcase novel commercial products not previously described in the research literature. 

 Compelling demonstrations can include (but are not limited to) the following areas:

  • Multi-user interactions with large displays
  • Hardware and tangible devices that have the potential for novel cooperative interactions
  • Augmented or immersive environments
  • Novel social networking systems
  • Design interventions in MOOCs or other large learning environments
  • Visualizations of collaborative and social workflows
  • Crowdsourcing, community-sourcing, or crowdfunding demonstrations
  • Chatbot and conversational agent systems supporting multi-user scenarios
  • AI-based systems as partners in collaboration with individual user, teams, or communities 

 As CSCW will be virtual in 2020, demo presenters will be presenting their demos virtually. The exact format of the demo session is still being determined. This will likely mean some form of synchronous video conference session where presenters can give video demonstrations to attendees, in the case of demos that cannot be experienced by remote attendees or software demos that attendees can try out remotely. Presenters must have been directly involved with the development of the system and be able to explain the unique and novel contributions of the system.

 CSCW demos are non-archival. We encourage the submission of demos that were previously shown at other venues but that will be novel to the CSCW audience, as such demos can serve to build bridges between research communities. Authors should state previous demo venues in their submission and point out differences to previous demos.

 All questions about Demos should be directed to

 All demonstrations will be advertised and showcased in the conference pack and throughout the conference. In addition, a panel of judges will select one demonstration to receive a Best Demo Award during the reception.


Submission Materials

Demonstration submissions consist of two required and one optional component.

  •  A 4-page extended abstract (required) – will be published in the ACM Digital Library and distributed to all attendees
  • A video of the system in action that helps illustrate the proposed demonstration (required)

 The extended abstract is a description of the project goal or research problem, contribution, and value to CSCW attendees of max. 4 pages. 

It will be published in the ACM Digital Library and distributed to all attendees as part of the Conference Extended Abstracts

The extended abstract details the kind(s) of cooperative activities the demonstration is intended to support, the noteworthy and distinguishing ideas or approaches it embodies, a brief description of the system that will be demoed, and a clear statement of the demo’s relevance to the CSCW audience. The extended abstract should be submitted in PDF format. Please submit it in the SIGCHI Extended Abstract Format Word, LaTeX )).


  • Information about the presenter(s), including their relationship to the project.
  • Please note if this is a demo of a system described in a CSCW paper accepted for this year’s conference or that has appeared at a past CSCW conference. There’s nothing wrong with this, but it’s useful for us to know. If the system has been demonstrated before, describe if there are any changes for the proposed CSCW demo.
  • Do you plan to gather data about attendees’ interactions with the system? If so, describe what data you plan to gather, and an example of the release form that you would ask attendees to sign. If the demo is accepted, proof of final IRB approval must be submitted by October 21st (if your home institution has an IRB). CSCW can provide a “letter of cooperation” to assist with your IRB application, if needed. If your institution does not require IRB approval, a letter stating so from the demo presenters must be submitted instead.

 The demo submission must be supported by a short Video Figure. The video should be at most two minutes long. A week before the CSCW conference, this video will be uploaded to CSCW’s websites and will be accessible to the public.


Submission Instructions

 The extended abstract, system summary, and URL for accessing the video have to be submitted via email to  by July 1, 2020 5:00 pm PDT. Submissions received after the deadline will not be considered.

Please direct all questions regarding the demo submissions to We look forward to seeing you!


Demonstrations Co-Chairs

Dakuo Wang (IBM Research)

Amy Zhang (University of Washington)