Call: 6th International Conference on Communities and Technologies (C&T 2013)

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6th Intl. Conf. on Communities and Technologies (C&T 2013)

We cordially invite submissions to the Sixth International Conference on Communities and Technologies (C&T 2013), hosted from 29th June – 2nd July 2013 in Munich. This biennial meeting serves as a forum for stimulating and disseminating research on the complex connections between communities – both physical and virtual – and information and communication technologies.

C&T 2013 welcomes participation of researchers, designers, educators, and students from the many disciplines and perspectives bearing on the interaction between community and technology.

The conference program includes competitively selected, peer-reviewed papers, as well as workshops, panels, posters, a doctoral consortium, and invited speakers.


  • Conference Co-Chairs: Michael Koch & Johann Schlichter
  • Paper Chairs: Wolfgang Prinz & Christine Satchell
  • Workshop Chairs: Alessandra Agostini & Tom Gross
  • Doctoral Consortium Chair: Geraldine Fitzpatrick
  • Student Volunteer Chairs: Alexander Richter & Wolfgang Woerndl

Conference Themes

C&T focuses on the notion of communities as social entities comprised of people who share something in common; this common element may be geography, needs, interests, practices, organizations, or other bases for social connection. Communities are considered to be a basic unit of social experience. Information and communication technologies (ICTs) can interact with communities in many complex ways, For example, ICTs can support community formation and development by facilitating communication and coordination among members. Conversely, the lack of attention to the surrounding community context may inhibit the design and effective use of ICT innovations thus eroding the potential for new technologies to enhance everyday life.

Topics appropriate for submission to this conference are manifold. Examples of some of the vibrant areas of communities and technology research include, but are not limited to:

  • (Virtual) community formation and development
  • Technical support for communities
  • Communities and innovation
  • Urban informatics
  • Social capital, communities, and technology
  • Interactions between online and offline communities
  • Augmenting interactions between physically co-located groups
  • Communities and e-government
  • Ethnographic and case studies of virtual communities
  • Trust, privacy and security issues in virtual communities
  • Challenges of coordinating communities during natural disasters
  • Economics of technology-facilitated communities
  • Inter-organizational communities and technology
  • Communities, technology, and learning/education
  • Communities, technology, and health
  • Enterprise 2.0

Submission categories, Format

We are calling for submission of full (research) papers, posters, workshop proposals and applications to the doctoral consortium. Please submit all papers and abstracts in ACM SIGCHI two column layout (see

Full Papers

Full papers must be no longer than ten pages, including all additional material such as references, appendices, and figures. The papers must include a title, sufficient space for the author name(s) to appear on the paper, abstract, keywords, body, and references.


Posters graphically illustrate original systems, experiences, or applications, and will be shown for the duration of the main conference. Poster submissions should include an extended abstract of no longer than two pages. The extended abstract should state the contribution and originality of the work clearly and explicitly, including just enough background to make clear how the work differs from significant prior research.


Workshops provide an opportunity to discuss and explore emerging areas of Communities & Technologies research with a group of like-minded researchers and practitioners. They run for a half or one full day and will take place on 29. Jun 2013 or 30. Jun 2013.

Proposals of workshop organisers should be no longer than four pages and should include: the title of the workshop, the list of organisers and their backgrounds, and an abstract of no more than 150 words; as well as the workshop’s theme, goals and activities; maximum number of participants, means of soliciting participation, and means of selecting participants.

Please email your proposal as PDF attachment to:

Doctoral Consortium

The Doctoral Consortium is scheduled prior to the main conference program on 30. June 2013. The Doctoral Consortium (DC) offers research students a special forum where they can present, discuss and progress their research plans with peers and established senior researchers.

Research students wishing to attend the consortium should submit up to four pages, addressing the following: Introduction setting up your research area and specific research question(s)/goals(s) (including key related work); Overall research approach, methodology, and expected contributions; Work in progress (including findings to date and next steps); Questions and issues for discussion, and what you hope to gain from attending the DC; short bio.

Please send applications by 1. May 2013 to Geraldine Fitzpatrick, Doctoral Consortium Chair: geraldine.fitzpatrick AT

Student Volunteers

C&T actively encourages students to volunteer at the conference. Being a student volunteer is a great way to support the research community, meet other students in the field, and attend an international ACM conference. You will help the conference organisers with the running of the conference and support the setting-up of presentations and workshops. You will see the latest in C&T research and development, and have fun while learning about running the conference. In return, you will get free registration. To apply, email us your contact details (email, phone, university), a CV and the reasons why you would like to be a student volunteer.

We encourage early applications. Please send applications by email to the Student Volunteer Co-Chairs until 1. April 2013: Alexander Richter (alexander.richter AT and Wolfgang Woerndl (woerndl AT


  • 1. Feb 2013 Full papers and workshop proposals due
  • 1. Mar 2013 Notification of acceptance (for workshop proposals)
  • 1. Apr 2013 Notification of acceptance (for full papers)
  • 1. Apr 2013 Student volunteer applications due
  • 1. May 2013 Camera ready papers
  • 1. May 2013 Workshop papers, posters and doctoral consortium due
  • 29. Jun – 2. Jul 2013 Workshops and conference in Munich

For more Information see the conference website at


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