We will be providing the opportunity for people to remotely attend the CHI conference via telepresence technologies. Our goal is to increase access to the conference for remote participants who would otherwise be unable to attend due to mobility impairments, chronic health issues, temporary travel limitations, or cost restrictions.
You can rent a Beam Pro telepresence robot provided and managed by Event Presence. The telepresence robot is made by Suitable Technologies and will allow you to appear on the screen, maneuver in the conference venue, and mingle with other participants.
- The Beam rental cost will be $30 for each time block that you select. A time block is generally comprised of “one session and one break”. You will be able to select as many time blocks as you like throughout the CHI schedule. By selecting a session/break time slot, you will be able to meet up with colleagues throughout the convention centre, as well as check out the CHI demos, posters, art show, and more! You will not be able to attend paper sessions via a Beam or present talks.
- If you would like to use a Beam for an entire day during the main conference program, Monday to Friday, you can book a series of time blocks for that day. We do not have a daily rate.
- The Beam rental cost for a single day on the weekend is $200. This will allow you to participate in weekend activities like a workshop. Two day workshops will cost $325. Beams will allow you to view presentations, make a presentation yourself, and participate in small group activities.
If you are interested in using a telepresence robot, please fill out this application form by February 28, 2018. Applying early will help us better understand and prepare for remote attendance needs. If you are selected to participate, we will contact you with more details on how to register for the conference and select your time slots.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Susan Fussell, Cornell University
Carman Neustaedter, Simon Fraser University