Celebrating Diversity

This year IMX is committing to maintain (and celebrate) diversity as part of a set of continuing core values. We have a long-standing tradition of supporting a varied set of interesting research areas from both academia and industry spanning across researchers, engineers, software developers, designers, project managers, etc. We would like to extend this diversity to support, advocate, and celebrate gender, ethnicity, and geographic location. 

As part of our commitment to reinforcing the importance of boosting diversity within the IMX community, since IMX 2020, we have introduced Diversity chairs, as part of the organizing committee, who monitor continuously and participate fully in all aspects of the organization and decision making activities of the conference – from the start to the end. 

Previously, in 2016 and 2017, IMX held well-attended forums focusing on Asia. This was followed up, in 2018, by the hugely successful instantiation of IMX (TVX back then) in Seoul, Korea. In IMX 2020 (Barcelona), we are delighted to announce a special focused workshop looking at ‘Latin America’ as a region of interest. This was made possible due to the generous support the diversity chairs, working with the general chairs and colleagues in Latin America, successfully secured from the SIGCHI Development Fund.

In addition, we have run a number of initiatives to encourage and support diverse and inclusive participation – including conference grants (registration fee waivers, travel and accommodation) for students, diversity and inclusion support for those on parental, disability, and related forms of leave. This was made possible through the generous support of SIGMM (under review).  

For the virtual instantiation of ACM IMX 2021, we are working on how best to help and support the community. More information will be published as soon as possible.

Please email us with any queries or comments. 

Diversity and Inclusion Panel

This year we are planning to host a Diversity and Inclusion panel during the conference with noted participants to highlight the issues and raise awareness in the community. We are especially sensitive to the needs of underrepresented groups and would welcome your thoughts on how we can help make IMX more inclusive. Even better, email us with suggestions that you think might make our conference more remarkable. 

Mentoring

This year we are proud to continue IMX’s Mentoring Programme and the open application process for program committee membership. Additionally, at IMX 2021 we have an active reasonable adjustment policy since we want to fully ensure that no-one is prevented from attending our conference, and equally so that people can be sure that the conference will present an accessible experience for them before they register to attend.

Our process for individual reasonable adjustments is simple. Please email us with a request not considered on this website and this will be treated with the strictest confidence. 

Supporting Inclusion

As the organizers of IMX 2021, we are committed to providing an inclusive, safe, and respectful conference environment for all attendees. As an ACM conference, IMX and its organizers, speakers, and attendees are bound by and the ACM Policy Against Discrimination and Harassment, and we the organizers fully endorse this policy. The policy’s scope includes the conference venue and related social media.

IMX has made efforts over the last several years to be an inclusive community, and we have sought to continue and expand those efforts in our planning of IMX 2021. Should you experience or witness a violation of the anti-harassment policy, or have any other concerns regarding your ability to fully and safely participate in the conference, please contact us.

Supporting Accessibility

IMX and SIGCHI are fully committed to Accessibility. Accessibility touches on all aspects of a conference, from site selection and budgeting to catering, social events, and onsite logistics. In order to ensure the conference is as welcoming and accessible as possible, the ACM SIGACCESS Accessible Conference Guide is being followed.

Next, key information about the conference, the venue and how to reach it are provided. More detailed information about Accessibility features and services can be obtained by emailing our accessiblity chair.

The Organizing Team hopes that the information provided helps you make an informed decision about whether the conference will be accessible to you. If any specific information is not provided, or if the conference arrangements as described are not enough to allow you to attend and have any further special requests, please contact the Accessibility Chair, and we will work with you to the best of our ability and resources to keep you informed and improve the accessibility of the conference.

More information will be made available soon.

For any questions or additional information, please contact the diversity chairs at diversity@imx2021.com

  • Kate Shores, Riot Games, USA
  • Aisling Kelliher, Virginia Tech, USA
  • Wei Tsang Ooi, National University of Singapore, Singapore

For any questions or additional information specific to accessibility, please contact the accessibility chair at access@imx2021.com

  • Michael Crabb, University of Dundee, UK