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We are delighted to share that part of our program (in particular, keynote addresses) will be publicly available. Registration includes access to live live paper sessions, demos and posters, and discussion venues.

The table below lists which resources are available for those who register versus which are open to all.

With Registration Without Registration
Access Zoom
UIST Discord Server
Web gallery with all contents available.
Web gallery with video previews and abstracts available.
No talk recordings.
Live on Zoom Live on YouTube
Live Paper Sessions Shown during conference on Zoom Webinar + Author panel.
Live and async Q&A via Discord.
Short Talk Recordings
(5 min)
Available on day of conference Available 2 weeks after the conference
Long Talk Recordings
(15 min)
Available before the conference Available 2 weeks after the conference
Live via Discord, async Q&A via Discord Videos available 2 weeks after the conference on YouTube / ACM DL
Social Program On Discord.
Multiple events starting 2 days before the conference.
Water cooler video chats on the UIST Discord server.

Update: Early bird registration is extended to Sep 30th.

Registration Fees

(by Sept 30th)
(from Oct 1st)
Student (ACM member/non-member*) $45.00 $67.50
Non-student ACM/SIGCHI member $100.00 $150.00
Non-member $150.00 $225.00
Developing Country Student $25.00 $25.00
Developing Country Non-student $50.00 $50.00

*To register as a student, you must provide the ACM student membership number or upload a copy of valid student ID card

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation requests received before October 4th, 2020 will be refunded in full (please note it will take a few days for the refund to appear on your original form of payment). Cancelation requests received between October 4th and 19th 2020 will only be refunded 50% of the original cost of registration. No cancellation requests will be accepted or processed after October 19th, 2020.


The UIST 2020 program can be found online at, in both plain table and interactive gallery view formats. The program can also be found on the SIGCHI desktop or mobile app.

Papers will be presented via Zoom using a mixture of pre-recorded presentations and live Q&A.

Posters and Demos will be presented live via Discord video channels.

Registrants will have full access to these platforms during the conference, as well as to Discord a few days before the conference begins.

Please check the Program page for more details.

Attendees from Developing Countries

The virtual nature of UIST 2020 has resulted in a unique opportunity for the UIST community to broaden its attendance diversity because participants are no longer required to travel to the conference to hear about the innovative research and work that we are doing. To further encourage those who may not normally attend UIST to participate in this year’s events, there are two new programs to UIST this year.

UIST Reduced Registration Rate: If you are currently studying, teaching, or doing research in a developing country (, you are eligible to register for UIST at a reduced rate. The reduced registration rate for students is $25.00 USD. The reduced registration rate for non-students is $50.00 USD. Please complete this form to receive instructions about how to register for UIST at these discounted rates.

UIST Registration Scholarship

UIST 2020 offers 60 free registrations to student attendees from the Global South and developing countries, sponsored by SIGCHI.

To be eligible, participants are asked to provide a brief letter of support from an advisor or mentor. Furthermore, applications must be SIGCHI members. SIGCHI membership ( starts at $6, depending on the country of residence*. We will prioritize applicants with accepted submissions (papers, demos, posters, SIC) for selection. The rest of application slots will be filled on a first-come-first-serve basis.

The deadline for applications is October 9th, 8pm GMT.

The UIST 2020 program can be found online at Papers will be presented via Zoom using a mixture of pre-recorded presentations and live Q&A. Posters and Demos will be presented live via Discord video channels. Attendees will have full access to these platforms during the conference, as well as to Discord a few days before the conference begins.

To apply for a free registration, please complete this form, and have your advisor or mentor send a brief letter of support (2-3 sentences) via email to before the application's deadline.

If you have any questions, please reach out via

*If paying this fee is challenging please contact us via

List of Developing Countries

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Colombia, Comoros, Demogratic Republic of Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Republic of Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bisau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Islamic Republic, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, North Korea, Dem Republic of Kosovo, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Republic of North Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mexico, Federated States of Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nauru, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, State of Palestine, Peru, Philippines, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Samoa, São Tomé and Principe, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Republic, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Vietnam, Republic of Yemen, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.


If UIST 2020 is virtual, why is there a registration fee?

When UIST is held in a physical location, planning typically begins well over a year before the conference is held. During this time, contracts are signed with venues and paid for, catering is selected and paid for, poster boards are rented, AV support is attained and paid for, and so on. These costs are remunerated using a combination of funds from sponsorships, grants, and attendee registrations. UIST does not generate a profit when a conference is held.

Although UIST 2020 has moved to a virtual format and many of these tangible expenses are no longer relevant, there are still several expenses associated with running a virtual conference. Some of these expenses include:

  • The use of PCS as a submission and review portal
  • The use of CVENT as a registration portal
  • Publication fees to prepare and include accepted papers and videos in the ACM Digital Library
  • Enterprise licenses for software such as Zoom
  • Website development and servers (e.g., to develop online galleries and forms, voting software, etc.)
  • Accessibility services and software testing
  • Prizes for the Student Innovation Contest
  • Creation of the Lasting Impact Award and Best Paper Award Plaques
  • Carryover costs from cancelled contracts signed during the physical conference planning

While SIGCHI and the ACM have agreed to fund some of these costs, the remainder of the expenses will be paid from sponsorships and registration fees. We have worked diligently to reduce our expenses as much as possible, while ensuring that we maintain a balance between the attendee experience and registration costs.

I want to attend UIST 2020 but I am unemployed, have no financial support from my institution or company to attend conferences, or am an independent researcher, artist, or designer. Is there any support available for me to attend?

We understand that this year has been an especially difficult and trying year for everyone. Thus, we have made a limited number of compassionate waivers available to support the attendance of some attendees. If you would like to apply for a compassionate waiver, please complete this online form:

UIST 2020 and CSCW 2020 appear to be virtually co-located with events occurring on an “Overlap Day”. What will be happening on this ‘Overlap Day’?

All attendees who register for UIST will be able to watch and participate in all UIST events from October 20 to 23 (i.e., Live Paper Sessions, Demo, Poster, and Student Innovation Contest sessions, social events, and so on). In addition, UIST attendees can attend our joint UIST/CSCW panel hosted by Dr. Michael Bernstein, in addition to the CSCW events that are occurring on the overlap day on October 21.

UIST 2020 is virtually co-located with CSCW 2020, so can I get a discount if I register for both conferences?

To encourage those in the UIST community to learn about and become involved in the awesome research that is being done within the CSCW community, both conferences have decided to offer a registration discount to attendees who register for both conferences. Registration discounts are an approximate savings of one sixth the cost of registering for both conferences (3 days of CSCW + 3 days of UIST - 1 overlap day = a 17% registration discount).

Once you have registered for UIST, you will receive a confirmation email that will have a coupon code that you can use to register for CSCW on the CSCW website with the discount. Conversely, if you have registered for CSCW first, your CSCW confirmation email will have a coupon code that you can use on the UIST registration website when you register.

I’m not able to attend all three days of UIST 2020. Can I only register for one or two days?

Unfortunately, we are not offering per-day registration this year. Attendees must register to attend all three days of the conference.

I can attend all three days of UIST 2020, but only part of CSCW 2020. Can I register for only one or two days of CSCW?

Unfortunately, CSCW is not offering per-day registration. Please see for more details.

I can only attend one day of the UIST conference. Can I transfer my registration to a colleague or student for the remaining days?

Each UIST registration is only valid for the user who registered. Please do not share your registration information with anyone.

Can I still get a certificate to prove my attendance at UIST 2020 after the event?

Yes. Please email the UIST 2020 Registration Chairs ( to receive your certificate. Please note that the certificate will be only issued after UIST 2020 has concluded.

Will there be any discounts for group registration?

UIST does not provide any group discounts, however some sponsorship levels do provide a fixed number of free registrations to sponsoring institutions. Please contact the UIST 2020 Sponsorship chairs ( for more details.

Registration Chairs

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