Boston-Area HCI Research 1-minute Madness and Dinner

Information for Presenters

Thank you for your interest in presenting at the Boston-Area HCI Research 1-minute Madness. We strongly encourage all students actively engaged in HCI-related research to present; all others are warmly welcome to do so. Here's how to prepare.

The event is called Madness because of the pace of the presentations rather than their style. While some authors do prepare extravagant performances, most successful Madness presentations concisely highlight the key aspects of a project or an idea. For inspiration, you may want to review some of the successful Madness presentations from CHI 2006, though you are free to design your Madness presentation in any way you like.

Here are the details:

By Sunday, Nov 8, please send your slide(s), image or video

Getting your idea across is easy with the right visual material. Many presenters choose a single slide, others use multiple auto-advancing slides or a video. Due to the logistics of Madness you will not have manual control over the timing of the slides. If you use multiple slides, you need to preprogram them to advance automatically and to finish within 60 seconds. To minimize time loss between presentations, we will compile all slides into a single slide deck, which we will play from PowerPoint 2007 on a Windows machine. Please send your IUI Madness material in PowerPoint format, as a single 60-second video clip, or as a zip file with one or more 1024x768 gif/jpeg/png images. If you send PowerPoint slides, please take care to use fonts that are standard on the Windows platform. If you must use non-standard fonts, or are not sure whether your fonts are standard, please send images of your slides instead of a PowerPoint file (though make sure to export them at 1024x768 resolution).

To help us with the logistics, please name your files as follows:

<name of your institution>-<name of your group>-<presenter's last name>.<ppt|zip|png|etc>

For example:

Please send the slides to Chuan-Heng Hsiao ( by the end of the day on Sunday, November 8.

Give your 60 second presentation

The Madness will take place during the dinner on Wednesday, November 8. We will provide you with a program showing the order of the presentations. Because the presenters are also the intended audience, we will set up the procedure such that presenters can remain at their tables except for the short period of time immediately preceeding their presentation.

Note that the slide deck will be set to auto advance, so you cannot run over---it would take time away from the following presenter. You can finish early though, in which case we will advance the deck for you.

Last but not Least

If you have more questions, please feel free to e-mail Chuan-Heng Hsiao at, or any of the student organizers.

We are looking forward to seeing you all on Nov. 11.


Elena Agapie (Harvard)
Michael Bernstein (MIT)
Audrey Girouard (Tufts)
Chuan-Heng Hsiao (Harvard)
Erin Solovey (Tufts)

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