Call for Cities - Interaction17


IxDA is pleased to open the Call for Proposals for North American cities interested in hosting the 2017 Interaction conference, the annual conference of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA).

Since its inception in 2008, Interaction has grown to be a significant and must-attend event for design professionals interested in the practice and discipline of interaction design and related fields. The Interaction conference, which has sold out seven of the last eight years, is envisioned and created almost entirely by passionate volunteers from local design communities. This year’s event, held in San Francisco, was a tremendous success, and we’re looking forward to Helsinki, Finland in 2016.

Hosting the Interaction conference will bring the world’s interaction design community to you. It’s a great way to showcase your local design community and share your city’s unique voice in design, and will expose local designers to the leading thinkers and practitioners in interaction design. It’s also great outlet for networking and recruitment with companies from around the world gaining access to a skilled practitioner base.

The ideal host city candidate for Interaction17 will:

  • Have an active IxDA chapter
  • Feature a strong and vibrant design community, and unique contributions to the field of design.
  • Name a conference chair and co-chair, submitted with biographies. The chair/co-chair do not need
    to be local.
  • Partner with a local design school with a strong interaction design program at undergraduate and
    graduate level.
  • Demonstrate an engaging conference experience for ~1000 attendees, including the potential venues, a range of convenient hotels and high-level conference logistics.

Conference committees and the IxDA
Hosting an international conference is a significant undertaking. The IxDA is committed to providing guidance, support and infrastructure components to ensure continuity from the previous conferences and a strong foundation for the planning team.

Submitting your city
We encourage local interaction design communities to make a case for the conference to be held in their city. The detailed requirements for proposals are outlined below, along with a summary of the submission guidelines, timing, review and selection process.

Should you have any questions about the process, the requirements, or the conference itself, please send an email to or reply to this thread. All questions relating to clarification of information surrounding this Call will be responded to publicly.

We look forward to your submissions!

Nick Gould
President, IxDA

Timing for submissions:

  • All submissions are required no later than midnight GMT July 6.
  • Review will take place between July 7 and July 31
  • Shortlist of locations presented to IxDA Board, August (Date tbd)
  • Site visits of shortlisted candidates, August (Date tbd)
  • Final selection of location for Interaction17 will be made by August 31

Each proposal will be acknowledged via email to confirm receipt within the deadline.

Selection Criteria & Submission Requirements

The successful proposal will be able to demonstrate:

  • A proposed conference chair or co-chairs and planning committee; including brief biographies for each individual
  • Partnership with a design school with a strong interaction design program at undergraduate and graduate level
  • A location that is convenient for attendees arriving internationally
  • Venues capable of seating 1000 people theatre-style; three smaller rooms capable of seating 250-300 people each; and 8-10 rooms suitable for small sessions and workshops
  • A selection of hotels near to the conference venue(s) at various prices and quality to suit the range of needs of conference attendees (i.e from 3-star to 5-star accommodation). Standard room rates for Feb 2017 must be included in the proposal along with any considerations included in the room block proposed (i.e.: upgrades, commissionable rate) A plan for providing Internet access (wi-fi) for attendees at all conference venues and events
  • Support from the co-host design school in terms of:
    1. Additional venues for ancillary conference events (possibly to include the Education Summit)
    2. Student volunteers
    3. Participation in conference planning
    4. Logistics and catering
  • A draft budget with an indication of conference rate for registration, sponsorship targets and other sources of revenue within a provided template
  • An active IxDA chapter, and a strong and vibrant local design community
  • A summary of the process by which the submission was created

Design School Partnership
In order to stay engaged with the education and the most junior members of our community, the conference team will select a school or schools for partnership. The host school may provide logistical support, potential conference or workshop venues, student volunteers, recruitment events, etc.

Benefits to co-hosting the Interaction conference include:

  • Recruitment of your students. Many of the professionals in attendance are in Director-level positions at leading creative agencies and Fortune 500 companies, and are in a position to hire. This creates an opportune time
    for a recruitment event for your students. Companies recruiting at IxDA 2015 included IBM, LinkedIn, and Intuit, as well as design consultancies such as Cooper, Method and Adaptive Path.
  • Research partnerships. The companies in attendance at the IxDA 2015 conference included Bloomberg, Google, GE, Intel and SAP, illustrating the ability for faculty/corporate research cooperatives and other relationship building.
  • Promotion of your graduate programs. A great number of the attendees at the IxDA conference seek higher education in design, business, and other disciplines; this creates an ideal opportunity to promote graduate degrees.

IxDA will work with the chosen school to create a strong branded presence of the school’s offerings at our conference; this may take the form of a workshop, a recruiting event, portfolio reviews, or other unique events intended to connect the university with the attendees in a meaningful way.

Notice of Intent & Questions
Please let us know if you are considering submitting a proposal for your city.

We will provide a budget template and other resources on request, and are available to answer any questions. All questions and notices of intent should be sent to

Submission Format
Submissions should be web-based, and the entry link sent via email to Each submission should clearly indicate the contact person for the proposal.