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HCI Medal for Societal Impact

The 'HCI MEDAL FOR SOCIETAL IMPACT' was established in 2022 to be awarded to distinguished HCI academics, researchers, or professionals in recognition of the impact of their work in the field of HCI to society.

The idea of the medal is to inspire younger generations towards accomplishments that leave a major footprint on society and foster well-being and eudemonia.

The nomination originates from an international committee and the Medal will be conferred during the conference Opening Plenary Session, to be followed by the Keynote speech.

The recipient of the 'HCI MEDAL FOR SOCIETAL IMPACT' for 2024 is Vicki Hanson

The HCII2024 Conference is proud to announce that the 2024 recipient of the 'HCI MEDAL FOR SOCIETAL IMPACT' is Vicki Hanson, a past President of ACM and current ACM’s Chief Executive Officer.

Vicki’s research focus is on the accessibility of technology and related research ethics. For her work, she has been recognized both by industry and professional organizations, including an IBM Corporate Award, a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award, the Social Impact Award from AnitaB.org, the ACM SIGACCESS Award for Contributions to Computing and Accessibility , election to the ACM CHI Academy, and more recently her election to the National Academy Engineering She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a Fellow of the British Computer Society, and a Fellow of the ACM. In 2017 Vicki was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from Newcastle University in the UK.

Previous Medalists


Sara Kiesler was the second recipient (2023) of the 'HCI MEDAL FOR SOCIETAL IMPACT' and the keynote speaker for the HCII2023 Conference.

Ben Shneiderman was the first recipient (2022) of the 'HCI MEDAL FOR SOCIETAL IMPACT' and the keynote speaker for the HCII2022 Conference.