This year, IS-EUD invites proposal for hands-on sessions to be held in parallel tracks, as part of the main conference program, on the afternoon of Thursday, May 28th, 2015. The “End-Users’ Playground” will be open to the general public, thus offering a unique scenario in which (a) wider categories of the public will create, modify and extend technologies with the tools researchers have developed for their needs and (b) researchers can obtain feedback directly from end users. The Playground aims at inspiring new perspectives on the field of End-User Development. It will be an excellent opportunity for organizers to share their tools with other researchers and to engage the end-users at the same time, in order to broaden the scope of their research practices. A successful Playground activity, therefore, will offer direct hands-on experiences with new and cutting-edge end-user development technologies, both for conference attendees and non-professionals.

Playground activities should accommodate a maximum of 20 participants each, with a minimum of 5 participants required to run the activity and they are open to anyone (conference attendees and the general public). Each activity will last a maximum of 4 hours.

For each Playground activity, we request a short proposal (up to 4 pages) in the Springer LNCS publication format, which will be published in the Conference Proceedings. Organizers are also strongly encouraged to arrange for posterior publications of a Playground activity’s output.

End-Users’ Playground focuses on the exploration of new tools, techniques and approaches that allow end-user development for a wide variety of contexts. For instance, topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • Multi-touch, in-air gestural and full body movement interaction
  • Mobile applications
  • Physical computing (hardware & software)
  • Smart tangibles
  • xReality interactions
  • Digital fabrication
  • 3D modeling
  • Animation
  • Ubiquitous computing environments
  • Support to DIY and makers communities
  • Web applications
  • Visual programming environments
  • Natural programming environments

At least one author of each accepted proposal must register for the conference before the early registration deadline. Once a proposal is accepted, a form will be made available for participants to register on the conference website. The list of accepted activities will be also promoted on the website of the conference venue ( in order to increase the visibility of the event for the general public. Organizers are also welcome to promote the participation to their activity in the way they consider more   appropriate (e.g., website, mailing lists, social networks, etc.). Organizers are responsible for specifying the optimum number of participants and if their activity requires some selection criteria to be met. Registration to a Playground activity is free of charge.

Submission guidelines

Submit a proposal (up to 4 pages) formatted according to the Springer LNCS guidelines (

Organizers may submit and update their submission through the EasyChair system ( until the submission deadline.

The proposal should be structured accorded to the following:

  1. Abstract (150 words maximum)
  2. Topics to be covered and their relevance to the EUD community
  3. Detailed description of the planned hands-on activity (e.g., how the tool will be introduced to the participants, a scenario of the activity in text or in  visual format, a tasks list, a description of the organization of participants in the groups, etc.). You may include diagrams or screenshots if relevant.
  4. Objectives and learning goals for the activity
  5. Supporting documentation (e.g., project website)
  6. References

Please add an additional page in which you indicate:

  1. Short biographical statement(s) of organizer(s)
  2. Cost of material and hardware, if any (per participant, with list of individual items)
  3. Logistics requirements: space, equipment, video/audio, specialized tools, etc.
  4. Selection criteria and expected number of participants
  5. Expected length (up to 4 hours)

Review Process

Before the conference
  • Arrange for delivery of needed materials
  • Develop a final agende of the activity and review it with IS-EUD 2015 End-User’s Playground Chairs
  • Organizers of an accepted activity are encouraged to set up and maintain a web page providing information about their session and to promote the participation to the activity.
At the conference
  • Organizers are responsible for setting up and leading the session.
After the conference
  • It is expected that End-Users’ Playground results will be communicated to a larger audience. Organizers will make material available about the event for public consumption. This material can range from online photos and videos, blog posts or academic publications.
  • In case of software tools, it is expected that they will be made available for download after the conference (e.g., github or project webpage).

Important dates

  • Proposals: January 26, 2015
  • Notification: February 28, 2015
  • Camera-ready: March 9, 2015

More information

If you need further information about the End-User’s Playground track, please contact the Chairs Andrea Bellucci, Lily Diaz-Kommonen and Monica Maceli at

End-User’s Playground Chairs

  • Andrea Bellucci. Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
  • Lily Diaz-Kommonen. Aalto University, Finland
  • Monica Maceli. Drexel University, US