Inspired by Jane McGonigal’s advocacy for harnessing the “superpowers,” insights, and expertise of gamers [17], we ask applicants to submit the following to be invited as Pervasive Players and Superheroes:

  • Figure 1: Sample Super-Hero Form

    Figure 1: Sample Super-Hero Form

    Research Summary: One page summary of current (or planned) projects that relate to our workshop themes. The summary should include details on how the applicants’ projects or research agendas connect to these themes, as well as links to resources, papers, software, or creative works (e.g., online demos or design and programming resources on open source programming hubs such as GitHub).

  • Superpowers: A short description of the applicant’s “super powers,” or skills, expertise, and background that can contribute to building and expanding upon a multidisciplinary pervasive play community (e.g., transmedia producer, game designer, mobile app expert, or player/user experience researcher). Applicants should specify the roles they see themselves currently playing, as well as those they aspire to (see Figure 1).
  • Inspirational Articles: The suggestion of 1-3 articles, books, performances, or other works that have inspired them in the area of pervasive play. From the list of works that are submitted, we plan to build a reference library on the workshop website.

If design teams and/or organizations would like to apply with a combined project abstract, each member of these groups should submit a short description on the super powers they plan to engage during the workshop, and must contribute one to three inspirational articles to the community’s annotated reference library (which will be posted on our site as we compile them).

Submissions need only be about 2-3 pages at most. They can be relatively informal and definitely playful. Please use the CHI Extended Abstracts format for your submission. Accepted submissions will be posted here on our website just prior to the workshop date (Saturday, May 7th, 2016).

Please email your submissions to

Feel free to send any questions you may have to as well!

*Important Dates*

Early Submission Deadline: December 17, 2015 (past)
Early Notification: December 21, 2015 (past)

Submission Deadline: January 13, 2016
Notification to Authors: January 15, 2016
Camera-Ready Papers: February 12, 2016 (5pm PDT)
Workshop: May 7, 2016!

Note: The early submission deadline will allow you to get notification
of acceptance before the end of 2015 in order to leverage 2015 Q4