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On This Page: Networking
Newcomers' Orientation
Conference Reception/20 Years of CHI
ACM SIGCHI Open Meeting
ACM SIGCHI Volunteer Reception
Informal Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
Walk-In Demonstrations
CHIkids Technology Camp and Child Care Program
CHIkids Newsletter
Technical Tours

Additional activities will be featured throughout the conference. All conference attendees are welcome to participate in these events.

Networking NEW!
Sunday, 21 April 2002, 17:30-19:00

Join us at a casual kick-off reception for all CHI attendees to meet with old friends, make new acquaintances, and catch a preview of CHI 2002. Light snacks provided. Cash bar. Stop in and get a head start on networking at CHI 2002!

Newcomers' Orientation
Tuesday, 23 April 2002, 10:30-11:30

The Newcomers' Orientation is a special session that immediately follows the Opening Plenary Session. It offers an opportunity for those attending CHI for the first time to learn about SIGCHI and ACM. During the orientation you will also learn how to navigate the conference and make session choices in an environment with so many options.

Conference Reception/20 Years of CHI
Tuesday, 23 April 2002, 19:30-22:30

Join us for an evening of fellowship, fine food, and music in the dramatic six story atrium of the International Market Square. We will also honor 20 years of exciting SIGCHI growth and influence. Come celebrate with us and toast the future of SIGCHI.

The Conference Reception is included with Conference registration and Accompanying Persons registration. Additional tickets may be purchased when you register or on site at the CHI Store. Attendees are welcome to bring their children to the reception. Please see the registration form for the prices of children's tickets.

Don't miss the CHI Conference Reception!

ACM SIGCHI Open Meeting
Wednesday, 24 April 2002, 18:30-19:30

The annual ACM SIGCHI Open Meeting will be held after the last session of the day on Wednesday. At this meeting, officers will present ongoing SIGCHI programs and activities and then conduct a question and answer session with the audience. Attendees interested in learning more about SIGCHI or participating in shaping SIGCHI's future are encouraged to attend.

ACM SIGCHI Volunteer Reception
Wednesday, 24 April 2002, 19:45
(Following ACM SIGCHI Open Meeting)

ACM SIGCHI exists because of the contributions of time, energy, and resources given by the many volunteers who participate in running SIGCHI activities (including the CHI Conference). If you are one of the many volunteers who has helped SIGCHI (reviewed papers, ran a newsletter for your local chapter or otherwise gave of your time and energy), OR if you are interested in becoming a volunteer and want to meet the SIGCHI board to talk about how you can get involved, you are invited to attend this reception.

Informal Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
Informal SIGs are meetings where small groups can discuss specific topics of common interest. Organizing a lunch-time informal SIG is a great way to guarantee yourself interesting lunch companions. Anyone can organize an informal SIG and anyone can attend.

Walk-In Demonstrations
CHI 2002 participants interested in showing their work in progress are encouraged to use the Walk-In Demonstration area. A limited number of Walk-In Demonstrations may be scheduled in advance with the Demonstra-tions Co-Chairs. All other slots will be available on site on a first-come, first-serve basis. No advance submissions are required for this event.

CHI 2002 will provide a flip chart and some basic equipment including an IBM PC and Apple Macintosh (both with built-in audio support) and a VCR. No external speakers, external CD-ROM drives, or ZIP drives will be provided. Participants with more extensive needs should bring their own hardware and software. Access to the Internet is also available.

You may schedule your Walk In demo using the sign up form at CHI Place.

CHIkids Technology Camp and Child Care Program
The Child Care Program and the CHIkids Technology Camp will be available during the conference for children between the ages of 6 months to 14 years old. Program details and age ranges for each program are described below. (As of Sunday, 21 April 2002, a child aged 15 or older cannot be accepted into the program.)

Child Care Program
Sunday and Monday, 8:30-18:00
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 8:30-18:30
The Child Care Program will be provided by KiddieCorp and offers fun-filled and developmentally appropriate activities and souvenir arts & crafts projects that will deliver fond memories for the children. Activities include exciting themes, group games, music & movement, board games, story time, dramatic play, and more. Children can make their own choices within Kiddie-Corp's program. Our goal is to provide your children with a comfortable, safe and happy experience. The Child Care Program is available Sunday through Thursday for children 6 months to 6 years old, and on Sunday and Monday only for children 7 to 14 years old. The registration fee is US$85 per day, and includes activities, lunch and snacks. Children ages 7 to 14 years must participate in the CHIkids Technology Camp on Tuesday through Thursday.

CHIkids Technology Camp
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 8:30-18:00
CHIkids Technology Camp is a place where kids 7 to 14 years of age, adults, and technology come together with common goals and do meaningful things. The philosophy of CHIkids is built around the belief that technology is a tool to learning. CHIkids is about what can happen when technology is a catalyst. With the tools of technology, children can be conference reporters, web designers, multimedia storytellers, software testers, conference attendees, and more! CHIkids combines the feeling of summer camp with the fun of technology, all as a part of this unique conference experience.

Children will use CD-ROMs, test new software, as well as be provided with a mixture of off-computer activities to complement their technology experiences. All CHIkids activities will be led by a team of CHI volunteers with experience in technology, kids, and fun!

Assistance will be provided by KiddieCorp, our experienced child care facilitators. Each day, children will be able to choose from a variety of activities. The registration fee is US$100 per day, and includes lunch, snack, and a t-shirt.

Child Care Program and CHIkids Technology Camp Registration
The deadline for registration is 21 March 2002. Registration forms will be available in mid-December. Space is limited, and there will be no on-site registration. Therefore, registration will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. A waiting list will be formed if all spaces are filled. Waiting list registrants will be notified if space becomes available. Participants are not considered registered until all appropriate fees are paid.

CHIkids Newsletter
Available to Conference Attendees via Email upon Request

The CHIkids Newsletter will contain late-breaking news stories about the CHI conference, written by our own CHIkids staff reporters - kids ages 7-14, - and CHIkids leaders who are Student Volunteers. You'll enjoy summaries of various conference venues, interviews with CHI conference attendees, and a summary of CHIkids activities - how children are being reporters for the conference, testing new technologies, and much more. The newsletter will also be available in specified locations in the Center.

If you would like to receive your complimentary copy of the CHIkids Newsletter during the conference via email, please check the CHIkids Newsletter request box on your conference registration form and be sure to provide your email address along with the rest of your contact information.

To register your child for the CHIkids programs, please visit

For questions about the CHIkids Technology Camp Program content:
Allison Druin, CHIkids Co-Chair

For questions about the Child Care Program content:
Tel: +1 858 455 1718
Fax: +1 858 455 5841

Technical Tours

The CHI 2002 Local Activities Committee, working together with the University of Minnesota, is arranging tours of industry, research and cultural sites, including nearby usability facilities and a half-day tour of simulation, research, and cultural venues. Current plans include a visit to Northwest Airlines' Pilot Training Center, to a major car and road simulator facility, and a behind-the-scenes look at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Registration for all tours will be handled through the following Web site: . Seats are limited; registration for tours will open 1 January and close 7 March.

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