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OverviewCall for proposalsSpeakers

Thank you!

The call for proposals is closed.

Please check back in mid-November for announcements about our official program.
Applicants can expect to hear back if they were selected on or around 30 October 2020.

If you wish to submit to the 2020 Interaction Awards, the Call for Proposals is open until 31 October 2020. Learn More ↗

We are proud to share that our submission pool was one of our most diverse yet, reflecting the global reach of our growing IxDA community.

Total: 374 submissions (65 workshops, 307 talks)

  • 52% of submitters identify as women, and 7% as gender non-conforming, non-binary, or two-spirit
  • 59 countries, and all continents except Antarctica
  • 74% of submitters have never spoken at an IxDA event before
  • 16 courageous submitters would be first-time speakers at a conference
  • Our most popular theme with 37% of submissions is "New World to Design"

Politics. Pandemics. Economic disruption. Social injustices. Climate crises. Privacy wars. Deep fakes.. Our theme, Design In Perilous Times, asks: “How do we destroy the poisonous paradigms seeping into all areas of our lives?”

We seek talks, panels, sessions, and workshops by individuals from all walks of life. From within and beyond the screen, we welcome a wide spectrum of interaction design insights — architects, managers, artists, service designers, communications experts, and, of course, interface and user experience folx.

The Interaction 21 team is available to support all speakers with coaching and reviewing of presentations. You are welcome to present in the language of your choice, and we will provide translation as required. Talks will be live captioned.


IxD21’s online format has the unique affordance of allowing presenters to share their insights anonymously. We welcome proposals that would otherwise not be presented on stage - be they delicate, controversial or simply better understood when presented anonymously.



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