ACM TVX 2015 offers a set of courses designed to appeal to our audience of researchers and practitioners in the TV User Experience field. Courses will take place on June 3rd 2015, the day prior to the main ACM TVX2015 conference program. The duration of all courses is half a day.

Gesture Interfaces, Ambient Intelligence, and Augmented Reality for the Interactive TV

Wednesday 3 June from 9:00-12:30

Radu-Daniel Vatavu University Stefan cel Mare of Suceava, Suceava, Romania Contact: raduvro@yahoo.com Overview/Abstract: This course is about new designs for highly-interactive smart home entertainment spaces. Attendees will be introduced to fundamental aspects of ambient intelligence, augmented reality, and gesture user interface design by falling back on examples of applications for the interactive TV. It is my hope that this course will prove a valuable source of inspiration for practitioners interested in prototyping novel, highly-interactive smart spaces for our future home entertainment experience.

To Hack or not To Hack: Interactive Storytelling in the 21st Century

Wednesday 3 June from 14:00-17:30

Sandra Gaudenzi Digital Cultures Research Center, UWE, Bristol, UK Contact: sgaudenzi@yahoo.com Overview/Abstract: Interactive storytelling is not just about telling stories on digital platforms. It is also about making them relevant to an audience, and using different platforms for a clear purpose. This involves thinking differently and starting stories with a bottom up approach, using techniques more akin to digital design processes than linear storytelling, and putting the final user at the center of the creative process. In the past few years software development methodologies such as hackathons and agile development are permeating the narrative realm. Tribeca Hacks, POV Hackathons and Popathons are all events that want to put together storytellers, coders and designers in the hope that new methodologies of collaborative work can emerge. Is this the way forward for interactive storytelling production, or is it just a moment of disruption? Are the rules of storytelling really changing for good? What are the tensions that are emerging from this changing of paradigm?