(call) up to 1.500,- for your Project: HEC Sponsorship Wintersemester 2017/18

We would like to invite you to submit projects for the upcoming round of the HEC sponsorship!

We Invite Projects to be Submitted for this Sponsorship that

  • can be individual projects (for instance M.A. or B.A. thesis work,
    or 3rd semester Master Projects)
  • can be group projects
  • can be classes or courses of the winter semester 2017/18
  • can be of any theme or focus (theoretical, artistic, experimental,
    performative, applied etc.)
  • must be HfK digital media projects or courses (UNI students may be
    members of such HfK projects or courses, but they can not apply
    individually, nor can UNI projects or UNI courses apply)
  • must be completed no later then the end of the winter semester
    2017/18 (March 31. 2018)

Some Background

HEC http://www.hec.de/ is a bremen based it-engineering and consulting firm, that sponsors projects and classes of the HfK DM program with up to EUR 1.500,- per semester. The money can be used for any purpose related to the selected project. HEC will not direct or influence content or form of the project. There is a framework of some brief contracts (for IP rights, among other aspects) that get signed by all participants. During the projects/classes there are usually 2 or 3 meetings or presentations where HEC is informed about the progress or results of the projects. They do like to voice their opinion and offer feedback from their particular point of view, but only to stimulate discussion and exchange. HEC hopes to gain fresh impulses, get publicity and find talent. A few people from your program have worked there, or for one of their affiliated companies.

The Selection Process

Dennis and I will pick 4 to 6 projects out of all submitted projects. Some of the criteria we base this first selection on are

  • potential quality of form and content
  • wide range of theme, content and focus within this group of 4 to 6
    projects (this caters a bit to HEC)
  • necessity / need / use of the sponsorship
  • potential likelihood of completion within the semester

We also like aspects such as the use, role or particular perspective on technology within the project, inventiveness is nice but not essential, and also the sustainability (german is better here: Nachhaltigkeit) of the use of the money can be an aspect.

We then submit the selected 4 to 6 projects to the members of our Stuko for approval. Following this, they are presented to HEC. They then choose from this list a project they want to sponsor. They have chosen a wide range of topics in the past. Any good idea has a good chance.

We should have a decision by the end of October. Of course this is tight, as some projects may be started differently, depending on the available budget, but in the past we have seen, that many of you do not even really know what they plan to do during the semester before this point – and at least some of you already know that this call comes around this time, every semester – and hopefully it will continue for many more to come, if HEC continues their generous support.

Your Submission

  • must contain a brief description of the project / class of not more
    then 500 words, covering title, theme / focus, methods, motivations /
    questions, context, goal / outcome (or similar points, should these
    not apply to your project)
  • must contain a rough time plan of milestones / dates / presentations
  • must contain an estimate of how the money would be used
  • must be UPLOADED (not sent directly) for instance to ownCloud or
    dropbox and a link sent to dennis.paul@hfk-bremen.de and
  • by October 15th 2017

We are looking looking forward to your submissions.

Dennis and Peter

(job offer / PhD positions) at UNI Weimar

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterstelle HCI (offizielle Ausschreibung ab 1 Oktober 2017, Bewerbungsfrist Ende Oktober / application deadline end of October)

We are looking for somebody to join our team as ‘Wissenschaftliche(r) Mitarbeiter(in)’ (with the opportunity to do a PhD/Doctorate). The position is for 3 years initially (starting ideally on March 1st 2017, or April 1st) and can be extended. The formal advert will appear in early October here:


The position involves teaching and student supervision duties in our (German language) Media-Informatics bachelor and our (English-taught international) Master programs in ‘Computer Science for Digital Media’ and Human-Computer Interaction’. Moreover, you will support our research, which usually is in the area of tangible and embodied interaction, do your own original individual research, and support the general organisation of our research group.

We are looking for somebody with a master degree in Medieninformatik, HCI, Digital Media, Interaction Design or related areas. You need to speak German, good English, have at least a basic Computer Science background and experience in programming. We are looking for somebody who is enthusiastic about physical computing (electronics prototyping with Arduino etc) and/or 3D printing, and would enjoy managing our Interface-Development Lab (electronics prototyping and 3D printers). Ideally you are interested in collaborating with arts and design, as our teaching often is interdisciplinary in mixed groups of students. You should be interested in understanding and working with people, and have some knowledge of HCI research methods, user-centered design or interaction design.

You would have the opportunity to work with our research group and lab, to interact and collaborate with other highly-qualified researchers in the field of Media and HCI as well as arts and design, to work with highly motivated bachelor and master students, where you can define projects for them to tackle, and to live in beautiful Weimar. You will be able to define your PhD topic (in negotiation with Prof. Hornecker) and to structure parts of your teaching duties (student group projects and final theses) around this.

The HCI group consists of Professor Eva Hornecker and two PhD students (one of them being you), plus currently 2 staff members on a funded project and several external collaborators/students (see https://www.uni-weimar.de/de/medien/professuren/medieninformatik/human-computer-interaction/personen/). Our research currently largely deals with tangible and embodied interaction, that is tangible interfaces, gestural interaction, and more specifically, e-textiles and wearables, public installations and performance, interactive museum installations, learning environments, and user studies within this overall design/application space.

Please note this is an 80% part-time contract (with the option to top up to 90 or 100% in case further funding can be acquired)




Professor Eva Hornecker (Dr. / PhD) / Lehrstuhl Human-Computer Interaction

Bauhaus-Universität Weimar / Fak. Medien / Bauhausstraße 11 / D-99423 Weimar / Germany / Tel. 00 49 3643 58 3887

eva@ehornecker.de / eva.hornecker@uni-weimar.de / http://www.ehornecker.de / http://www.uni-weimar.de/medien/hci

(job offer / PhD positions) at the UNI Bremen

Multiple Job Openings at the University of Bremen

The Digital Media lab (http://dm.tzi.de) and the HCI lab (http://hci.uni-bremen.de) at the University of Bremen (http://www.uni-bremen.de) (department heads: Rainer Malaka and Johannes Schöning) have multiple job openings for researchers, PhD students and Postdocs
in the areas of:

  • HCI
  • Novel Interfaces
  • Entertaining Computing
  • Serious Games
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Semantic Modelling of Everyday Activities

… and of course they are very interested not only in people with a Media Informatics background, but Media Designers as well 🙂

more info: http://hci.uni-bremen.de/jobs/

or on twitter: https://twitter.com/HCIBremen/status/895253396214689793

(thesis) Denitsa Todorova: Getting from A to B – Experiments in Spatial Orientation Systems (2017-08-28 16:00)

deni writes:

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I would like to invite you to the presentation of my master thesis
“Getting from A to B – Experiments in Spatial Orientation Systems” on
Monday, August 28th, at 16:00, in room 2.11.080. If you are curious to
learn more about navigation, wayfinding and orientation in new
environments, I would be very glad to share some of my experiments and
findings with you.

P.S.: Do not forget that there is another interesting presentation on
Monday, right after mine. Annika Egelhardt will tell us more about
about the city, the wild and an urban wild bee guerilla, presenting
her master thesis “Municipal Bees” in Gallerie Flut.



(call) push.conference 2017 (2017-09-25)

push.conference writes:


Wir veranstalten am 20. & 21. Oktober wieder die push.conference in
München. Und wie jedes Jahr, ist es möglich interessante interaktive
Projekte in der Ausstellung der Konferenz den gut 600 Gästen zu
präsentieren. Die Arbeiten können dabei aus der ganzen Bandbreite von
UX, UI und Interaction Design kommen – Interaktive Installationen,
Visualisierungen, Apps, Web, HMIs, Technologie-Demos, fertige Produkte
genauso wie Konzepte oder Prototypen.

An der HfK Bremen gibt es bestimmt einige spannende Projekte aus
diesen Bereichen! Die Projekte können hier eingereicht werden:

Unter dem Link finden sich auch einige Beispiele und Eindrücke der

Projekte können bis zum 25.09.2017 eingereicht werden.

Viele Grüße aus München,
Henning & das push.team


(call) OPEN CALL to Artists, Scientists, Educators, Researchers, Engineers, Entrepreneurs & Future Innovators / Ars Electronica Open Call: Future Innovators Summit 2017 (2017-07-17)

ARS electronica writes:

This is the fourth time that the Future Innovators Summit is being
held during the Ars Electronica Festival. We are currently recruiting
motivated participants who want to join this Mission of Tomorrow.

What is the Future Innovators Summit (FIS)?

FIS is a creative system designed to engender ideas and prototypes for
the future. Experts, outstanding artists, designers, scientists and
visionary thinkers from all over the world will convene for four days
during the festival to discuss ideas and formulate creative questions
having to do with three main themes: Future Humanity Future Work
Future Home Last year’s Summit brought 24 Future Innovators from
throughout the world to POSTCITY, our extraordinary festival location
in Linz, Austria, where they engaged in creativity-enhancing
encounters with Future Humanity, Future Education and Future Commons.
To find out exactly what that means, check out the check out the
teaser and/or the complete documentary of last year’s festival.

Maybe we’re looking for YOU! This open call targets leading-edge
thinkers who have creative ideas and projects (in development,
work-in-progress, recently completed) that are relevant to the main
themes of FIS 2017.

Interested? Apply now to take part in the FUTURE INNOVATORS SUMMIT at
the 2017 Ars Electronica Festival! For detailed info about the
requirements, go to https://www.aec.at/ai/de/fis/.

Application deadline: July 17, 2017

Read more in our current Blog interview with Future Innovators Summit
project director Hideaki Ogawa.

Future Innovators Summit