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Diversity & Inclusion Lunch

Welcome to the SIGCHI Diversity & Inclusion Lunch at CHI 2020.

CHI has been a trailblazer in its commitment towards Diversity and Inclusion through efforts such as the CHI Women’s Breakfast, gender-neutral restrooms, and establishing ‘CHI Diversity and Inclusion Statement’ to name a few. We share, we listen, and we grow together in strength and spirit as a community. Honoring this legacy, the 5th Annual Diversity & Inclusion Lunch at CHI 2020 is intended as a social-peer platform to:

  • Celebrate the achievements of this diverse community,
  • Discuss issues that thwart innovation by impeding inclusion, and
  • Collaborate on strategies to empower those who have been marginalized.


  • Date: Tuesday | April 28, 2020
  • Time: 12:20 – 13:40
  • Venue: Kalakaua Ballroom
  • $15 for students / $35 for professional members
  • Only 500 seats available

We welcome all CHI 2020 attendees to join us for the lunch by registering during the registration for the conference: https://chi2020.acm.org/for-attendees/registration/

Please note: During past CHI conferences, this event has ‘Sold Out’. So, we encourage confirming your attendance by registering early. If you have already registered for CHI 2020, you can go back and add the event later.

What is the lunch about?

  • “Speaker-sparks” will be shared by invited speakers. Each will share a quick story and then ask a question for table groups to discuss.
  • Discussion in small table groups on topics concerning diversity issues
  • Participants can be students, researchers, academics, and industry professionals at any stage of their career.

Issues discussed during the lunch include but are not limited to race, ethnicity and culture; age and professional experience; gender identity and sexual orientation; (dis)ability and impairments; religious beliefs; work-life-balance and needs of parents.

Diversity & Inclusion Lunch Chairs, CHI 2020: chi2020-diversitylunch@googlegroups.com

Anke Brock, ENAC – Université Toulouse, France
Erin Brady – Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, US
Megan Hofmann – Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, US
Nitesh Goyal – Google, New York, US


Amy Ko

Amy J. Ko is an Associate Professor at the University of Washington Information School and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering. She directs the Code & Cognition Lab, where she studies human aspects of programming. Her earliest work included techniques for automatically answering questions about program behavior to support debugging, program understanding, and reuse. Her later work studied interactions between developers and users, and techniques for web scale aggregation of user intent through help systems; she co-founded AnswerDash to commercialize these ideas. Her latest work investigates effective, equitable, scalable ways for humanity to learn computing, including programming languages, APIs, programming strategies, design, and machine learning. Her work spans over 100 peer-reviewed publications, 11 receiving best paper awards and 4 receiving most influential paper awards. She received her Ph.D. at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University in 2008, and degrees in Computer Science and Psychology with Honors from Oregon State University in 2002.

Katta Spiel

Katta Spiel is a postdoctoral researcher with Kathrin Gerling at the e-Media Research Lab at KU Leuven.  With a background in cultural studies and computer science (Bauhaus-Universität Weimar) and a Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction (TU Wien), their work is fundamentally interdisciplinary. Their research interests include critical participatory design, designing against body normativity and the evaluation of playful technologies with a focus on marginalized people, particularly around notions of gender and disability. Outside (and sometimes inside) of their research, Katta likes to craft, predominantly with textiles and is engaged in the Roller Derby community. They have also been an elected member of the City Council of Weimar (2009-2014). Katta is nonbinary and neurodivergent, both characteristics that shape their research and service.  They are also one of the recipients of the 2020 SIGCHI Outstanding Dissertation Award for their work on participatory evaluation of autistic children’s experiences with technologies.