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Angel Anderson
Oct 23, 2020
May-Li Khoe Announced as 2021 Interaction Awards Jury Chair

The Jury Chair is one of the most vital roles for the Interaction Awards to fill each year – helping curate and lead the jury, while ensuring the very best work is recognized. This person also takes on the responsibility of accounting for diversity, and responding to submissions ethically in a way that reflects the global community.

Design In Perilous Times is our theme for Interaction 21, and as part of Interaction Week, the Awards team is excited to see submissions that address the issues facing the world today. It was important to consider the context of design in the world today, and search for a Jury Chair with diverse experience to focus on the shifts happening to our community and the people for whom we design.

With this in mind, the Awards committee is thrilled to announce that May-Li Khoe will be leading the judging process as the 2021 Interaction Awards Jury Chair!

May-Li is an interdisciplinary artist-researcher-designer-inventor who combines invention with cultural practices, bright colors, faces-on-things, and glitter. She most recently served as VP of Design at Khan Academy. Before that, she worked on new technologies at Apple. May-Li has worked with organizations ranging from IBM Research, the MIT Media Lab, and Dynamicland, to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Universal Music Group, and Oakland Museum of California. She also DJs, dances, and cultivates joyful ways to subvert the status quo.

May-Li’s body of work, and passion for diversity and inclusion make her the perfect person to head the 2021 Interaction Awards Jury.


Reflecting on her role as 2021 jury chair, May-Li Khoe said:

I’m so excited and honored to chair the 2021 Interaction Awards jury. Especially given all that’s going on in the world right now, it feels great to reflect on, recognize, and celebrate the ways we can make a positive difference with our work as interaction designers. As we welcome more and more people into the field, it’s inspiring to see how despite sometimes great odds, designers are pushing boundaries, questioning things, and forging new paths forward.

In addition to games, play-related work, and projects outside the realm of digital design, including immersive, experimental, and human-systems design, I hope to see more entries that creatively address issues like surveillance capitalism and police brutality. I want entrants to know how valued their work is, and how excited we are to see it. Many designers might be intimidated to enter their work. I hope they do it anyway; everything I’ve ever done in life has been despite my own massive nagging doubts. So don’t let those doubts stop you! We’d love you to surprise us – we’d love to see us grow the range of the work and see a very wide variety.


As Jury Chair, May-Li will be selecting and leading a group of esteemed design professionals in an online jury session to judge the entries. The full jury will be announced later this year.

Reminder: The 2021 Interaction Awards are open for submission NOW and through 31 October 2020. This year we’ve made it easier than ever for individuals, students, and companies to submit their work:

  • Entry fees have been reduced by 50%
  • Submissions are accepted in ANY language
  • No video is required for first round submissions

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