Submitting a Demonstration

Important Dates

  • Friday, June 11, 2021, 5:00PM PDT: Submissions due
  • Thursday, July 15, 2021: Notification of acceptance.
  • Friday, August 6, 2021: Camera-ready submissions due

About Demonstrations

CSCW 2021 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 2021, demo presenters will be presenting their demos virtually. The exact format of the demo session is still being determined. There will likely be some form of synchronous video conference sessions where presenters can give demonstrations to attendees and explain the novel contributions of the systems, with the possibility to provide links to pre-recorded videos, digital posters, or live systems for attendees to interact directly.

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 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 three required components.

  • A maximum 6-page extended abstract (required) – will be published in the ACM Digital Library and distributed to all attendees
  • A 2-minute video figure of the system in action that helps illustrate the proposed demonstration (required) – will also be published in the ACM Digital Library
  • A demo system summary that describes the logistics of the demonstration (required) – will not be published in the ACM Digital Library

Extended Abstract

The extended abstract is a description of the project goal or research problem, contribution, and value to CSCW attendees. The maximum length is 6 pages, including references and figures. 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 use the standard (single-column) ACM submission template (Word, LaTeX, Overleaf). 

System Summary

The demo system summary is a short description of the demo, the team, and the required setup. The system summaries will not be published in the ACM Digital Library. In a separate document, please include the following:

  • 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 at 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 22nd (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.

Video Figure

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. Please submit a URL for accessing and downloading the video together with the System Summary document instead of sending the video file by email.

Submission Instructions

The extended abstract and system summary (with the URL for accessing the video) have to be submitted via email to  by June 11, 2021 5:00 pm PDT. Submissions received after the deadline will not be considered. Please name your documents “ContactAuthorsLastName_Abstract.pdf” and “ContactAuthorsLastName_Summary.pdf”.

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

Demonstration Co-Chairs

  • Kurt Luther (Virginia Tech)
  • Vera Liao (IBM Research AI)