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On this website, you will find all information about our one-day CHI workshop: ‘Tangible Interaction for Supporting Well-being’.

What is the workshop about?

We invite researchers and practitioners across disciplines in HCI (i.e. designers, makers, developers) who share an interest in promoting well-being through tangible interaction. We are specifically interested in bringing people who are passionate and have already been engaging with designing tangible interfaces to support well-being. We welcome work that covers different types of well-being, which may include emotional, physical, social, spiritual, work-related, personal, environmental and financial well-being.

The main workshop output will be the co-creation of a Manifesto for expressing, documenting, and disseminating our ideas within the broader HCI community and beyond. We will draw from both participants’ and organizers’ works and use the Manifesto as a medium for defining a research agenda and demonstrating the importance of contact, sensory and actuation interaction for well-being in a post-pandemic context. The following questions will guide our contributions:  

  • How is well-being defined in HCI research on tangible and embodied interaction and what are the different types of well-being?
  • What should be the role of tangible and embodied interaction for supporting well-being in post-pandemic contexts and futures?
  • How is well-being assessed, facilitated and shaped by tangible interfaces? What are the different qualities of tangible interfaces and how do they support well-being?
  • What are the motivations behind choosing a particular modality, materials, its form factor, and context of use (i.e., body, work, or clinical settings)?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities for designing and evaluating tangible well-being technologies in contemporary life (i.e., technical, social)?

If you are interested, please check our Call for Participation. For more details, you can also view our workshop paper here.

Why should you attend?

The workshop is intended to serve as an opportunity to connect to fellow researchers and practitioners working in this domain and, starting from the co-development of the Manifesto during the workshop, foster future collaborations.

To participate, check the Call for Participation and submit your provocation by February 24, 2022 (Deadline extended to March 3, 2022). If you have further questions, please contact us:

We expect that the workshop will take place face-to-face at the CHI 2022 Conference in New Orleans. We will plan to have a hybrid format for participants who cannot join us physically. We will ensure that everyone who takes part remotely can still contribute to the workshop activities and discussion meaningfully. More details will be communicated closer to time.

We are looking forward to reviewing your provocations! 


CHI 2022 Conference: April 30–May 6 2022

Our Workshop @CHI: May 1, 2022
(in-person workshop with opportunity to join us online)

Call for Participation Deadline: February 24, 2022, Extended to March 3, 2022

Notification of Acceptance: March 10, 2022