The Connections track is an opportunity for CHI PLAY community members to propose and host an event during CHI PLAY 2023 conference. We welcome proposals for engaging and interactive events, such as Courses, Panels, Fireside chats, Workshops, and more! Our goal is to provide a channel for our community to engage in knowledge sharing and discussion advancing the games and play field. Connection organizers have the flexibility to decide on the format and duration that best suits their vision. We provide some examples below, but we encourage prospective organizers to contact the Connections Chairs ( to discuss their plan. 

Courses allow participants to learn hands-on knowledge about topics relevant to CHI PLAY attendees. Courses can be proposed as one or two hour online sessions in the two weeks leading up to CHI PLAY (Sept 25-Oct 6) or as a one, two, or three hour hybrid session on Day 0 of CHI PLAY (Oct 10). Courses are great opportunities to disseminate knowledge to an interested audience and allow interdisciplinary knowledge development between practitioners and researchers. If you work in game education/research or game development, and are eager to teach a course at CHI PLAY, we look forward to your submission. 

Panels represent an opportunity to promote dialogue about topic areas pertinent to the CHI PLAY community. In this format, a panel host will guide live discussion with 3 – 4 panelists who are knowledgeable or experienced in the selected area of interest, often followed by an interactive Q&A with the audience for one hour during the main conference. Ideally, each panelist will offer a differing perspective on the topic. Panels will be organized during the core conference days (Oct 11-13) as hybrid events.

Fireside chats are an opportunity for a host and speaker to have a casual but in-depth discussion on topic(s) relevant to CHI PLAY attendees for one hour during the main conference days (Oct 11-13). In this format, the host guides a live, conversational discussion with a single speaker often followed by an interactive Q&A with the audience. 

Workshops are a gathering place for attendees with shared interests to meet in the context of a focused and interactive discussion. Workshops are an opportunity to move a field forward and build community: a chance to find people who care about the same issues, questions, and research agendas as the organizers. Workshops can be proposed as a three or four hour hybrid session on Day 0 of CHI PLAY (Oct 10).

We are especially enthusiastic about submissions that will stimulate conversation on equity, diversity, and inclusion in games contexts; sustainability; connection with industry; game development best practice; grand design challenges; tangible games; research methodologies and practices; and novel or useful perspectives on games scholarship.

All accepted Connections will be open to everyone registered to attend CHI PLAY 2023. There are no additional registration fees for attending Connections. Connections organizers are NOT able to have their own call for submissions or selection process. 

Connections organizers are required to register and expected to attend the conference. Connections organisers could request up to $500 to facilitate organizer(s) participation at the conference.


Please use PCS to complete the Connection proposal form. 

The proposal form includes the following components: 

  • Introduction
  • Format and Duration
  • Objectives
  • Planned activities or topics
  • Plan for any interactive components
  • Background of the instructor/panellist(s)
  • Budget


Connections are a curated track and highly selective. 


Tentatively accepted Connections organizers will receive email communications about the format of the Connections, as well as any delivery considerations.

Organizers of accepted Connections will receive instructions on how to submit a publication-ready copy of their Connections proposal for distribution and archival in the ACM Digital Library.


Accepted Connections proposals will be distributed in the CHI PLAY Extended Abstracts, available and archived in the ACM Digital Library. 

Questions? Please contact the Connections Chairs at

Important Dates:

(all times are 23:59 AoE)


TBAEarly Bird Registration

Full Papers (Journal Articles)

February 21, 2023Submission deadline
April 21, 2023First-round notification
June 2, 2023Revisions due
July 7, 2023Final notifications given

Work in Progress

June 22, 2023Submission deadline
August 3, 2023Notification

Perspectives on Play

June 22, 2023Submission deadline
August 3, 2023Notification

Student Game Design Competition

June 22, 2023Submission deadline
August 3, 2023Notification

Interactivity Track

June 22, 2023Submission deadline
August 3, 2023Notification

Connections Track

June 22, 2023Submission deadline
August 3, 2023Notification

Doctoral Consortium

June 22, 2023Submission deadline
August 3, 2023Notification
August 31, 2023Revised DC Video submission deadline

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