Please note the extended paper submission deadline.

About mosogood

There were about 5 billion mobile phone accounts in the world in 2012, and 60% of the subscribers lived in developing countries. Beyond facilitating communication, mobile phones are also transforming the way we send money, take care of our health, check market prices, engage with our governments, do emergency response, and many other things. Yet to a vast majority of the world's population many of these services remain out of reach due to issues of low-literacy, limited technology experience, language barriers, device and infrastructure constraints, physical disabilities, and other cognitive, socio-cultural and socio-economic barriers. The complex interaction of these issues provide a challenging yet rich context for how research in HCI could help underserved populations, across the developing and the developed world, realize the full potential of what mobile technologies have to offer.

The "Mobiles for Social Good" workshop aims to bring together researchers and practitioners interested in understanding underserved populations in both the developing and developed world, and designing, developing, and evaluating mobile systems for their sustained social and economic development. A key goal of the workshop is to identify common research practices, to discuss challenges of HCI research in the field, and to discuss requirements of specific challenges at the intersection of HCI and Mobiles for the Social Good, such as socio-economic & cultural settings, local and regional power relations, or literacy.

Call for Contributions

Rather than focussing on a single well-established community we want to bring together a diverse group of participants with different backgrounds and interests, both within and beyond the established MobileHCI audience.

A key goal of the workshop is to identify common research practices, to discuss challenges of HCI research in the field, and to discuss particular requirements of specific challenges at the intersection of HCI and Mobiles for the Social Good.

We invite the contribution of detailed problem statements, position papers, research papers, and interactive demos of up to 4 pages from everybody interested to share ideas, experience, or methods applicable within the scope of this workshop.

Accepted papers will be published in the ACM Digital Library. The best paper will be nominated for inclusion in a special issue of the Journal of Mobile Human Computer Interaction (IJMHCI).


Topics of the MSoGood workshop include but are not limited to:

  • Interfaces/interactions for illiterate or low-literates -- both in the strict and wider sense (e.g., techno-literacy)
  • Interfaces/interactions for (mobile) data collection and contribution
  • Interfaces/interactions for participatory sensing/monitoring or other citizen science activities
  • Context-adaptive interfaces
  • Interfaces/interactions for mobile ICT4D systems
  • HCI research methods in ICT4D settings
  • Socio-cultural and socio-economic challenges



Falko Schmid, CapacityLab @ University of Bremen
Lutz Frommberger, CapacityLab @ University of Bremen
Muki Haklay, ExCiteS @ University College London
Matthias Stevens, ExCiteS @ University College London
Ed Cutrell, Microsoft Research India
Indrani Medhi Thies, Microsoft Research India

Program Committee

Engineer Bainomugisha, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
Gaetano Boriello, University of Washington, USA
Marchini Chetty, University of Maryland, USA
Nicola Dell, University of Washington, USA
Melissa Densmore, Microsoft Research India
Peter Haddawy, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand
Kasper Løvborg Jensen, Aalborg University, Denmark
Matt Jones, Swansea University, UK
Joyojeet Pal, University of Michigan, USA
Karl-Heinz Rödiger, University of Bremen, Germany
Anirudha Roshi, IIT Bombay, India
Nithya Sambasivan, Google, USA
Bill Thies, Microsoft Research India
Michalis Vitos, University College London, UK
Susan Wyche, Michigan State University, USA


mosogood is held on September 23 in conjunction with MobileHCI 2014 in Toronto, Canada. The conference venue is
Hyatt Regency Toronto
370 King Street West
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5V 1J9
Tel: +1 416.343.1234, Fax: +1 416.599.7394


We invite the submission of two types of contributions:

  • Papers of up to 4 pages describing existing problems, positional thougts, original work or work-in-progress. Accepted papers will be presented as regular talks with or without a demo.
  • Demos of interactive systems. Demos need a small accompanying paper of up to 2 pages. All proposed demos need to be available at submission time. We accept everything running: websites, videos, apps. This is about ideas and their implementation, we do not expect polished products. If you are in doubt just contact us!

All papers (regular and demo papers) should be submitted as PDF file formatted in the style of the ACM Proceedings Format ( and should not exceed 4 pages including text, figures and references. We explicitely encourage the submission of shorter but concise papers! To ensure high quality, all submitted papers will be carefully peer-reviewed by 3 committee members.

All papers and demo proposals must be submitted via EasyChair using the following URL:

One author per accepted workshop paper is required to register for both the main MobileHCI conference and the workshop, to attend the workshop, and to present the accepted paper in the workshop. Otherwise, the accepted paper will not appear in the workshop proceedings or in the ACM Digital Library version of the workshop proceedings.

We are looking forward to receive your contribution!