Here are some nascent reflections on my time as an SV at CHI 2018 in Montreal, Canada.
I am extremely grateful and lucky to have been selected as a Student Volunteer (SV) for CHI 2018, my first conference as a PhD student. While I helped with some of the behind-the-scenes work that usually takes place before and during CHI, I was able to interact closely with many of the two hundred SVs from universities all over the world, some of whom I hope will be long-term collaborators and friends. In addition, we were given the opportunity to have lunch with well-known researchers in our field through informal ‘Rockstar Lunches’ that were held each day, and I was able to speak with Meredith Ringel Morris, Steve Whittaker, and Michael Muller. As a newcomer to the CHI community, being a SV not only gave me the opportunity to connect with a diverse group of people, but also let me give back to the community.
I also learned first-hand that conferences like CHI would not be possible without the thousands of people who voluntarily serve in diverse roles that range from being a student volunteer, to a reviewer, to the president of SIGCHI. Overall, I believe my experience at CHI 2018 was augmented by my role as a SV, and I hope to serve as a SV in the future.