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Support for Attendees with Families at CHI 2018

CHI 2018 values that many attendees are parents and caregivers. We listened to parents’ needs and constraints voiced during a survey last fall, and decided to support attendees with families this year through multiple options, including a child pass, on-site childcare services, and a nursing room. We hope this flexibility enables broad attendance to CHI 2018 by attendees with families.

Child Pass

To provide access to the conference centre and to make your kids feel welcome at CHI 2018, we are including a $10 “child pass” for kids 0-18 to accompany their parents. This pass provides access to the convention centre and to the reception on Monday for children who are accompanied by their parents. All children that will be coming on site to the conference will require this pass, including those using childcare. We will use the child pass registrations to communicate information to parents. Attendees can register for a child pass on the CHI Registration site when they register themselves, or at any time thereafter, including on-site.


The CHI 2018 conference chairs and family chairs are happy to support on-site childcare at this year’s event. The program is partially subsidized by the conference and its generous sponsors.

Childcare is provided by KiddieCorp, a professional on-site childcare service for conferences and events, which has worked with ACM and SIGCHI in the past (e.g., at CHI2016 in San Jose, CHI2001 in Seattle). Children will have a large common room with toys, snacks, and on-site activities such as crafts, construction toys, tiny tikes toys, books. The KiddieCorp team members are uniformed, qualified, screened, and experienced employees who have completed the KiddieCorp training program. KiddieCorp offers childcare in English.

Childcare will be available from Monday, April 23 through Thursday, April 26 at the cost of up to $10/hour USD (the cost is partially contingent on the number of sign-ups but we can guarantee that the price will not exceed $10/hr). The hours of care will be during technical sessions, but not during the lunch break or evening networking events. Reservation of childcare spots will be on a first-come first-served basis, and payment at the time of registration for childcare is required. Limited on-site registration for childcare may be available. Childcare is available for children 6 months to 12 years old.

The CHI 2018 registration page will be used to indicate interest for childcare. KiddieCorp will contact attendees to confirm childcare registration and set up payment.

Unfortunately, due to space constraints, we are unable to provide childcare during the weekend.

Nursing Room

CHI 2018 will provide a quiet, private nursing room for feeding and changing. The nursing room will have a changing table, nursing chairs, a play mat, a kettle, and a fridge to store milk.

Other Childcare Options

Attendees who are looking for babysitting services beyond what CHI 2018 can offer (e.g., for evening events) can inquire with a local nanny service called Service des Génies. They work with qualified college students for on-site babysitting services. While this service is not sponsored by CHI 2018, Service des Génies works with international hotel chains in Montreal to offer such services. Contact Catherine Feuillarade at c.feuillarade@videotron.ca for information. There also may be attendees interested in doing babysitting swaps – please check the HCI parent Facebook group for more information.


We will be updating the childcare page on the CHI 2018 website with additional details (e.g., location of nursing room, map of washrooms with changing tables) as we approach CHI 2018, so look back often for new information!


Childcare Survey

The decisions regarding childcare are informed by: the results of a background survey soliciting feedback about family support and childcare options at CHI 2018 launched in October 2017, email discussions with conference chairs with experience providing childcare services, and ACM SIGCHI’s own experiences providing childcare (there have been many past efforts). Below, we summarize the results of our survey, which was designed to investigate various childcare and child-friendly options to cater to the needs of our community.

We advertised the survey on social media (e.g., Facebook’s CHI Meta and CHI Women pages, the CHI Twitter account) and via mailing lists (e.g., CHI announcements). It was available for a month: Oct 4, 2017 to Nov 7, 2017 and contained a mixture of open- and closed-form questions. In all, we had 95 respondents, including 66 faculty (69.5%), 17 students (17.0%), and 10 people from industry (10.5%). Of these, 56 (58.9%) reported that they would be more likely to attend CHI 2018 if childcare services were offered and 66 (69.5%) indicated that they would be likely or very likely to use childcare services at CHI 2018.

When asked about which childcare services would be of most interest (a select-all-that-apply closed-form question), 73 respondents (92.4%) selected on-site childcare at the conference centre (similar to CHI2016 in San Jose) followed by on-site shared nannies at the conference centre (62%) and independent babysitters/nannies (38%). When asked about how much childcare was needed on a daily basis, the top three responses were: over multiple talk sessions (49.4%), a full day (31.7%), and the full day and evening (8.9%). As an international conference, we did not want to presume that English would meet every child’s need. Five respondents stated that they would prefer a different spoken language if possible (3 German, 1 Korean, 1 French).


CHI 2018 Family Chairs
Jon Froehlich, University of Washington, USA
Audrey Girouard, Carleton University, Canada

Conference Chairs
Regan Mandryk, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Mark Hancock, University of Waterloo, Canada

Satiety: a concept for resilience Get Fit for (CHI) 2018 (#gf4c18)

By m.c. schraefel – chi Health Chair – @mcphoo

We are always hungry.

No kidding. Really. There’s only a short window of time when we’ve finished a meal in which our bodies tell us we’ve had enough.

By getting to know your body’s workings a little better you can use this knowledge to eat better, perform better, feel more satisfied and – if you want to – burn fat while you’re doing it.

The big win here is to leverage TIME to help ensure you get feeling full while you have a meal.

A big help to ensure you can do this: 20minutes head start; and then start with Red/Green.


If you are ravenous at the end of the day and get set to wolf down a meal because you’re hungry, you will likely overeat. This is how man vs food type competitions and Food Network shows work: if you gorge under 20 minutes, you beat your hormones in your gut – and you can eat pretty much as much as you can swallow in that period.

It takes those signals that long to figure out you’re actually eating. After 20mins of gorge, it’s like walking on hot coals: sure you can do 10feet; longer, no matter who you are, you feel it. Go ahead and time your next pig out. Does it go much beyond a steady state 20?

Start the Hormone Clock, pre meal

To take advantage of the satiety effect that begins at 20mins, get the hormonal clock running. 20mins before you sit down for a meal, have something small/thin to eat. A cup of miso soup; a slice of turkey, a half a navel orange, half a scoop of protein powder – any one of those real food things. BONUS: drink even a small glass of water with this small bite.

Use FOOD order

For your meal, start with the RED STUFF (using the red box/green box concepts from the previous posts – red is stuff that had eyes or breathed – for plant eaters its the fungi and legumes and pulses) Yes for greater satiety longer – make sure you have the equivalent of something the size of your palm as your red thing. If you’re a guy, have two palms.

The red stuff is a great place to go at night if you have the munchies: if you’re really hungry have some red stuff. IF you find you don’t want the Red, you’re likely not really hungry. Go for water. You might be struggling on hydration. No kidding.


Check in with yourself during your meal: are you starting to feel full? How full? 80%? 100% 120%% (ie stuffed?)

Just so you know: having more, once you hit 80% full, won’t help with the satiety signals waning after you eat. You will get hungry again. In about the same amount of time. The difference is whether ya overeat before getting there.

Pale Colours – Last if there at all

And finally to improve satiety overall: if you’re having white or yellow range coloured stuff on your plate, unless its also cruciferous (ie cauliflower), WAIT till the end of your meal – if you still want it (or put it back in the fridge)

WARNING Ok, truth: the above on the white stuff is code for “processed food” – stuff where the colour or texture or fibre has been drained out of it like the delicious pasta, bread, pizza, white rice – processed food takes out bits that are in whole food that turn on the hormones that trigger our satiety. It’s why ya can’t feel satisfied on donuts; only stuffed, and then still hungry. So one of the best ways to ensure you feel more full and satisfied rather than stuffed uncomfortable and even guilty is: go for whole, minimally processed food. You’ll be able to tune what you’re doing – like triggering satiety – easier.

We can talk more about how to use the white stuff strategically later, but for now – always last if at all.
Power assist Plate – get a plate that is a complete 80%:

Once you learn where 80% full is, and how much is still left on your plate that you really wish you wouldn’t eat after that point, but do because, well, you do (I sure do) – then you can start simply to put out that much on your plate.

Whether you make an agreement with yourself about “no seconds” is another matter.

Position Matters:

IF you’re not sure you’ve hit full at your 80% point, stand up. Really – test it – you’ll find you feel more full once you’re standing than sitting.


Practice for the Road

As part of getting fit for CHI – you can take time now to practice any of these tips – how they feel now – and then how you can operationalise them in different circumstances. like

How start the satiety clock 20mins before a meal when you’re on the road? What can you always have in your bag or get to quickly as your go to clock starter?

How can you find an excuse to get up at your 80% point if you’re at a restaurant and want that full assist to slow down?

Later we’ll talk about why buffets are just wired in us to make it impossible – almost – to eat reasonably – and how to learn and practice Buffet Defence.


Questions? Comments? Leave ‘em here or find me on twitter too!


Pics by m.c.


Smaller print: Why Trust Me?

i’m m.c. – your CHI Health Chair – besides being a prof in the uk in Computer Science and Human Performance, i’m also a certified nutritionist, strength and conditioning coach and movement coach (and i’m insured for just this kind of coaching).

I work with a range of folks from those wanting to get a little leaner to athletes recovering from injury. I also have worked with businesses that want to improve their creative edge – as effortlessly as possible.

Find me on

If you’re interested in learning about this area of physical / mental connection – learning a bit more about kinesiology to the microbiome to inform design – i’m doing a CHI course, (From Resilience to Brilliance

)come on and let’s dig into it.



if you’d like to explore research around body-centered computing – what the implications for design are from learning about how we work under (and on and around) the skin, please join us for our CHI workshop The Body as a Starting Point
– no position papers required:

just your interest – and a short form – due by Feb 2.


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