15th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia
Rovaniemi, Finland     Dec 12 - Dec 15, 2016

Student Design Competition

For the first time in the history of the conference series, MUM 2016 will host a student design competition. The student design competition is a track where young designers and researchers at the beginning of their career can show their talent, imagination and skills, in concepting, modelling and prototyping their design vision on the competition theme.

Below Zero

The theme of the student design competition is Below Zero, reflecting the Arctic location of the conference venue in Lapland. The competition entry consists of a design concept for a Below Zero context or use case, in the area of mobile and/or ubiquitous multimedia.

How to Participate

To participate in the competition, the students should form teams of 2-6 students (bachelor, master’s or doctoral studies level). The team needs to come up with a design concept, which is reported in a short written report (see instructions below) and a poster. The submission should contain a clear description of the design concept, its use case, and the design process. We expect you to present how you started your concepting work, e.g. brainstorming and/or user study methods applied, what were the steps in your design process, and what kind of end concept and/or prototype you came up as the final result.

We expect entries from different design disciplines, including but not limited to, industrial design, interaction design, user experience design, clothing design, service design, and design researchers to take part of the competition. We encourage making your submission visually or otherwise appealing, and presenting it in an innovative way in order to attract the jury and the conference audience. The finalists will be invited to present their work at the conference, where the winner is selected by the chair and the jury. The competition entries will be judged for their innovativeness, design qualities, presentation quality, match with the theme, and readiness (e.g. design prototype, or ability to demonstrate the concept). The finalists’ presentations in the conference consists of an oral presentation, poster (A0 size), and, if applicable, a demo. At least one member of each finalist team must register and be present in the conference.


The submissions should be max. 2 pages (excluding references) in SIGCHI Double Column Format, (LaTeX or Word) and accompanied with a poster, both in pdf format. Submissions should be submitted via EasyChair

Authors are encouraged to submit an illustrative video (of max 3 minutes) to accompany their paper. Submissions will undergo a jury evaluation process managed by the design competition chairs. Accepted finalists are expected to bring the necessary equipment to the conference site with them. Posters and demonstrations will be presented during the poster and demo session.

Submission deadline: 7th November 2016 *Extended*

Chairs: Kaisa Väänänen, Lennart Mänd and Pertti Aula (