Call for participation: Student Design Competition


The design problem

On the 30th anniversary of the web, its impact on a wide variety of aspects of our lives is definitely palpable. The World Wide Web (WWW) has been crucial for most advancements in science and technology in recent times.

As of 2018, according to statistics from the International Telecommunications Union, 55% of the world population had internet access (3.2 billion people). The availability of mobile communications, mainly via a smartphone, is so spread out that 2.1 billion persons in the world are expected to have access to one of these devices this year.

However, it is also a moment of reflection to assess the challenges that have arisen now that most of the world is permanently hyperconnected. Just as much as the web has united us, it seems that it has also driven us apart. This paradox has exacerbated problems we used to have at a smaller scale offline, such as bullying, harassment, polarization, and the distribution of doctored news. These now large-scale phenomena have effectively changed the course of online worldwide communication, people’s quality of life, and even the stability of democracy in some countries. And here's where the challenge lies: how can we use the web to effectively bring us together?

The design problem for this conference is how can we use digital technology to foster civility. This can be a framework, interface, object, system or service that can help people and their communities to address goals such as encouraging more informative and respectful conversations online, protecting online victims instead of becoming a mean for further victimization, democratize the provision of and access to reliable information without propagating as easily unreliable data.



Each group must submit a presentation with a maximum of 15 slides, and a written report of up to 4 pages in ACM Extended Abstract format in PDF format. The report should describe in more detail the points raised in the presentation.

Both documents should be written in English and should describe:

As with other submissions sent to CLIHC 2019, the Students Design Competition entries should not have been previously accepted for presentation or publication in any other event.

Submission format to be used will follow the ACM Extended Abstracts Format:

Important dates (SDC)

Evaluation process

Submissions will be evaluated based on:

Confidentiality of submissions will be maintained during the review process. All rejected submissions will be kept confidential in perpetuity. All submitted materials for accepted submissions will be kept confidential until the start of the conference, with the exception of title and author information which will be published on the website prior to the conference. Submissions should not contain sensitive, private, or proprietary information that cannot be disclosed at publication time.

A jury made up of researchers and industry representatives will choose five projects based on the two files submitted. Five selected projects will be invited to present during CLIHC 2019.

Late submissions will NOT be considered.

Final presentation at CLIHC

The presentation should be in English. Preferably, at least one representative of each team must be present during the event to make the presentation of their project, if a team is unable to attend the conference, due to funding limitation, virtual presentation will be available. A jury of four representatives from industry and academia will choose the three winning projects.


Cuauhtémoc Rivera-Loaiza

Universidad Michoacana De San Nicolás De Hidalgo

Claudia López

Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María