We invite students and learners to share how PD approaches are applied and inform their projects, the ways in which they are challenging PD practice and especially how they invite us to think participation and design «otherwise» (see the conference call for papers for more info on the theme for PDC2020)

**** Student Projects deadline extended to March 25th****

Considering that the Participatory Design Conference organizing committee has decided to have a hybrid (local and online) conference in response to recent global developments, the Student Projects deadline has been extended. We assume that many students around the world have insightful projects, while many have challenges to attend the conference in Manizales, Colombia. Now that the Student Projects can be presented online, we expect that more students will submit their projects with the new deadline.

More info on the plans and formats for this new version of PDC2020 otherwise will be available soon on this website. Lets use this chance to grow together!

Important dates

  • (NEW) 25th March 2020 —  Submission deadline for Student Projects (use the following online form)

  • 5th April 2020 — Notification of acceptance for student projects authors

  • 25th April 2020 —  Camera ready submissions deadline (Poster PDF for presentation and, for Vol 3 of the conference proceedings, use conference template)

Review Process

Projects will be selected based on clarity and relevance to PD and the conference theme, students groups are welcome. The chairs will curate the proposals to make selection decisions.

Submission Formatting and Length

Submissions should be written in the online form in English, Spanish, or Portuguese with up to 5 images to clarify the proposal. After acceptance, a camera-ready summary of the project needs to be written according to the appropriate template available on the submission page with a max of 2 pages in length.

A compilation of student project submissions will be included in Vol 3 of the proceedings published by the Universidad de Caldas.


Selected projects will be presented via posters in the Conference and Festival venue. During the conference, attendees will be stimulated to provide feedback/comments/ideas on the displayed projects in the exhibition.

NOTE: Authors are responsible for printing their posters and attending the setup time defined by the organizers.

More information on poster template and deadline will be provided by the chairs prior to the conference.


Eliana Sanchez Aldana (Universidad de Los Andes – COL)

Raquel Noronha (Universidade Federal do Maranhão – BRA)

Mauricio Mejia (Arizona State University – USA)