Advance Program | Madness

*Note: Instructions on this page are for Papers/Notes only. Presenters for other venues (Posters, Demos, Videos, Horizons, Panels and Doctoral Colloquium) should have received an email with their instructions for Madness.

Quick Facts

  • Madness is a fast-paced overview of the entire day's presentations
  • Each author has 25 seconds to present
  • 30 January 2012: Deadline for 25 second Madness presentation submission via PCS


CSCW Madness is a fast-paced session offering a preview of the day's talks, with each author given 25 seconds to talk or show a video. Check out some examples of previous presentations at CHI, which are similar to what is expected at CSCW. It's an opportunity for the audience to get an overview of the day, and for you to convince people to come to your talk!

If you have questions or need more information on CSCW Madness, please feel free to contact the Madness chairs:

Sadat Shami, IBM Research
Jeff Nichols, IBM Research

Participating in CSCW Madness

The instructions on this website are for authors that have an accepted Paper or Note (including Horizon papers). Presenters for other venues (Posters, Demos, Videos, Panels and Doctoral Colloquium) should have received an email with instructions for Madness.

Coordinating more than 160 authors is not easy and we need your help. Here are your action items:

Prepare and Submit Your 25-second CSCW Madness Presentation

Deadline: 30 January 2012, 11:59pm PST
Getting your idea across is easy with the right visual material! Many presenters choose a single slide, while others use multiple auto-advancing slides or a video (CHI Madness Example Gallery). Due to the logistics of Madness you will not have control over the timing of the slides on the day. If you use multiple slides, you need to pre-program them to advance automatically and to finish within 25 seconds. To minimize time loss between presentations, we will compile all slides into three master slide decks - one for each day.

This year we will use Precision Conference System (PCS) to obtain your Madness submission. All accepted Paper/Note authors will be able to upload CSCW Madness presentation files through PCS at

To submit your submission on PCS, first log in and then go to your "submissions in progress" page. You should see your CSCW paper listed there. Click on "Modify the final submission" link. You'll see instructions on the next page and there's a place for your madness file in the file section near the bottom.

To simplify the process of assembling slide decks and ensuring successful playback at CSCW, we are placing some restrictions on the material that may be submitted. These restrictions are different from last year, so please check them carefully.

Requirements for CSCW Madness Presentations

Ensure that your presentation takes 25 seconds or less. Presentations taking longer will be automatically truncated. This includes videos, powerpoint slides, etc.

You may submit either:

  • a PowerPoint slide deck in either ppt or pptx format (embedded videos are allowed)
  • a video (see video format restrictions below)


  • If there are multiple slides, ensure that the slides automatically advance on a timer
  • If you embed movies, ensure that the movies are embedded from the same directory as the powerpoint file. This will help avoid linking problems when we import your slides into our master deck. In this case, please upload a zipped directory of the presentation and video.
  • You must submit any embedded videos (see video format restrictions below).
  • Be wary of your font choices. We will be showing your slides during Madness on a stock Windows machine, with the default selection of fonts. When in doubt, use images instead.
  • If you construct your slides on a Mac, you should test playback on a Windows machine. We will be assembling and showing slides from a Windows machine using the latest version of PowerPoint.
  • Also be wary of including content in the slide master. When we import your slides into our deck, content from the slide master may be lost.
  • NOTE: If you do not have access to Powerpoint, try Open Office, which allows you to save a powerpoint file.

All submitted videos, including those embedded in PowerPoint, must meet the following requirements:

  • Required format: WMV file with standard WM codec.
  • (Fallback format: AVI using the XVid compressor.)
  • We unfortunately cannot accept other formats or codecs. This is for your benefit, as it reduces the chances of automatic playback failure in Powerpoint on the day.
  • PCS provides a limit of 50 MB for your submission. If your submission exceeds 50 MB, email us at to increase your individual limit (up to 100 MB).
  • Video filenames must be less than 128 characters
  • NOTE: We will contact you if we have problems with your video.
  • NOTE: There are plenty of video format converters available online for all platforms. By converting the video yourself, you will be confident that the conversion process has occurred correctly.

Double-check your Madness presentation at CSCW

We will offer CSCW Madness "office hours" during the afternoon break on the first two days of CSCW and for part of the day on the Sunday before the first Madness session. This is your one and only opportunity to check your madness slides, so please take advantage of it.

We will NOT modify or test presentations in the morning of the Madness session.

Giving Your 25-Second Presentation

CSCW Madness is supposed to be fast-paced, but we will make sure it doesn't get hectic. Student volunteers will tell you when it is time to leave your seat and get in line at the stage. Locations will be marked for the speakers, and you should move from the line to the appropriate marked location as instructed by the madness organizers and student volunteers. Be ready to speak the moment that the speaker before you finishes. Your slides will be visible for exactly 25 seconds; this is the time you have to get to the microphone and to present.

There are many ways to give a great CSCW Madness presentation. Please watch the CHI Madness Example Gallery. The slide deck will be set to auto advance, and you will not have an opportunity to run longer. You can finish early though, in which case we will advance the deck for you. Thank you for working on this with us. If you have questions, please free to email us at .

Madness Co–chairs

Sadat Shami, IBM Research
Jeff Nichols, IBM Research