Open hardware such as Arduino are an accelerator for research in ubiquitous and wearable computing. In recent years, an increasing number of open-source wearable devices is emerging. In this workshop, we seek to create a dedicated forum and venue for publication for topics around open wearable computers. The whole day workshop will include a keynote speech, paper presentations, demo sessions, group discussions, and networking opportunities. Through our activities, we seek to create a future where wearable technologies are accessible, interoperable and impactful across applications and industries.



We will open the workshop with a keynote by a speaker that is relevant to the open wearables community. The goal of this talk will be to inspire the attendees for further research and showcase a success story of open wearable computing.


This session includes presentations based on accepted and invited papers. It will serve as a platform for sharing recent developments, findings and innovations in the field of open technology that can be or are used in the wearable computing domain.

Demo Sessions

Participants are encouraged to demonstrate or showcase their open source wearable projects. This hands-on session aims to showcase the practical applications of open wearables and encourage direct feedback and engagement from attendees.

Group Discussions

This session will focus on collective brainstorming and strategizing to address common challenges - also between sub-groups - and goals within the open wearables community.


We intend to have a coffee and lunch break which create opportunities for participants to get to know each other better. They can discuss potential collaborations within the open wearable community and identify application partners for their open wearable devices. This will initiate the formation of an international open wearable community.


As part of the workshop we will award two prizes.
Best Paper Award: The prize will be awarded to the best paper, based on the paper itself and the presentation. This prize will be selected from the organizing committee.
Best Demo Award: This prize will be awarded to the best demo and will be based on votes from the workshop participants.

Preliminary Schedule

We plan to run a full day workshop with the following schedule:

09:00 - 09:45, Introduction and Keynote

09:45 - 10:00, Coffee Break

10:00 - 12:00, Paper Presentations

12:00 - 13:00, Lunch Break

13:00 - 14:00, Demo Session

14:00 - 15:45, Discussion and Coffee

15:45 - 16:00, Wrap-Up and Awards

Call For Papers

The OpenWearables 2024 workshop aims to address the challenges and opportunities in the field of open source wearable technology. We invite papers including but not limited to the following topics:

  • open-source designs of wearable devices
  • applications and evaluation of open-source wearables
  • software that supports designing, developing, or building open-source wearables
  • frameworks simplify the interaction between open-source wearables
  • prototyping and fabrication techniques for open-source wearables
  • open-source wearable fashion and aesthetics
Submissions should be concise, limited to a maximum of 4 pages excluding references, and demonstrate the use, build and interface processes of open hardware, software or systems. In addition, it is expected that authors submit "open-source materials" which are, for example, design files, 3D-printing files, schematics or any other materials that are required to reproduce the wearable device. Papers should use pictures, graphs and functional diagrams as often as possible in the explanation of the work. An essential requirement is that the projects presented adhere to open source principles. Papers will be selected based on adherence to these principles and the clarity of the paper. During the workshop, authors will be required to present their research paper and also provide a demonstration of their open wearable work to showcase the practical applications and potential impact of their research.

The workshop will feature a mix of keynote speeches, paper presentations, demo sessions, and group discussions, providing a platform for participants to showcase their work, share insights, and foster collaboration within the open wearables community. We particularly encourage demonstrations of open source wearable projects during the hands-on demo sessions, in addition to the paper.

All accepted papers will be considered for inclusion in a special position paper summarising the results of the workshop, which will be published in the proceedings. We will also make all workshop materials available on open-wearables.org and GitHub, creating a lasting resource for the community.

Join us at OpenWearables 2024 to help democratise wearable technology, accelerate innovation and establish standards for open wearables. Together, we can create a future where wearable tech- nologies are accessible, interoperable and impactful across applica- tions and industries.

Submission Instructions

All papers are submitted via PCS. To create a new submission select "SIGCHI" society, "UbiComp/ISWC 2024" Conference/Journal, and then select the OpenWearables 2024 workshop.

  • Submission Deadline: July 12th 2024 AoE July 5th 2024 AoE
  • Acceptance Notification: July 15th 2024 AoE
  • Camera Ready Deadline: July 22nd 2024 AoE
The submission template can be downloaded from ACM site. Alternatively, the Overleaf version can be found here. Latex documents should use the “sigconf” template style (double column). Word users should use the interim template.

Reviews will be double-blind: no names or affiliation should be included in the submission. Papers will receive two reviews from the technical program committee. If accepted, papers will be published to download in the ACM Digital Library. Papers can be presented in person or online as OpenWearables 2024 will be a hybrid workshop.


Tobias Röddiger

Tobias Röddiger
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Michael Beigl

Michael Beigl
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Kristof van Laerhoven

Kristof van Laerhoven
University of Siegen

Katia Vega

Katia Vega
University of California, Davis

Technical Program Committee

  • Christopher Clarke, University of Bath
  • Thomas Gilbert, University College London
  • Patrick Chwalek, MIT Media Lab
  • Mathias Ciliberto, University of Cambridge
  • Kayla-Jade Butkow, University of Cambridge
  • Benjamin Metcalfe, University of Bath
  • Tsutomu Terada, Kobe University
  • Michael Knierim, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  • Kai Kunze, Keio Media Design
  • Tobias King, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  • TBA