The German HCI conference Mensch und Computer 2010 started today. Under a single roof - called interactive culture - three more conferences are co-located: the German UPA track, the German E-learning conference, and a track on entertainment interfaces. The size of the conference is with about 500 people impressive and it shows that interactive computing and user experience has become a major field in Germany - in academia as well as in industry - and I am proud to have chaired the paper program for Mensch&Computer together with Jürgen Ziegler.
On Sunday we ran a number of workshops: Mobile HCI (by Enrico Rukzio), Methods and Tools in HCI (by Nicole Krämer), Web 2.0 and CSCW (by Tom Gross), and on Writing scientific papers (by Geraldine Fitzpatrick). I enjoyed myself attending two of the tutorials and I have to admit I learned interesting things :-) and got ideas for my own teaching.
The paper program starting on Monday was selective as we had 119 submissions (full and short papers) and the committee chose 41 to be presented at the conference (is about 34% acceptance rate).
A restaurant to remember (in a very positive sense): Dreigiebelhaus.