Understanding, Promoting, and Designing for Sustainable Appropriation of Technologies by Grassroots Communities. Towards a new wave of technological activism.

Workshop Organizers

  • Maurizio Teli – Department of Planning, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark, maurizio@plan.aau.dk
  • Myriam Lewkowicz – Université de Technologie de Troyes, Troyes, France, myriam.lewkowicz@utt.fr
  • Chiara Rossitto – Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden, chiara@dsv.su.se
  • Susanne Bødker – Department of Computer Science, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark, bodker@cs.au.dk

Workshop Description

Technological development and adoption are characterized by historical waves, reflecting both technical advancements and social transformations in mutually constitutive relations. Today, we are in the middle of another of these waves, like in the case of the widespread focus on AI and other emerging technologies. In this context, activists and designers are constructively appropriating such emerging technologies, showing in the process how the various socio-technical aspects of technological design, development, and implementation, participate in the transformation of power relations, life conditions, and our collective future.

This interactive workshop aims at bringing together C&T researchers and practitioners interested in understanding, promoting, and designing forms of sustainable appropriation of contemporary technologies by grassroots communities. With sustainable appropriation, we refer to a wider concept of sustainability including ecological and social aspects, as presented for example in the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

We welcome theoretical, methodological, and empirical design contributions that discuss sustainable appropriation of technology by grassroot initiatives in different forms, e.g., position papers, pictorials, manifestos, design portfolios, and design fictions.

We encourage potential participants to discuss their interest in the workshop themes, welcoming reports of (preliminary) empirical results, theoretically oriented pieces, or short statements regarding next steps of working on the topic.

Applications and further information: https://sites.google.com/view/technological-activism-ws/home?authuser=0

Facilitating Data Inclusion and Empowerment through Arts-Based, Creative and Playful Approaches

Workshop Organizers

  • Natasha Tylosky – LUT University, Finland, Natasha.tylosky@lut.fi
  • Priscilla Van Even – Mintlab KU Leuven, Belgium, priscilla.vaneven@kuleuven.be
  • Sandy Claes – LUCA School of Arts, Belgium, sandy.claes@luca-arts.be
  • Anne Pässilä – LUT University, Finland, anne.passila@lut.fi
  • Antti Knutas – LUT University, Finland, antti.knutas@lut.fi
  • Annika Wolff – LUT University, Finland, Annika.wolff@lut.fi

Workshop Description

In our increasingly data-driven world, humans should be enabled to engage with data in order to facilitate data sensemaking. In fact, understanding environmental data allows us to better understand our surroundings and build empathy with its requirements and challenges. In this workshop, we will explore a number of arts-based, creative and playful approaches to support data interpretation of civic data sets. Participants will deploy these approaches to overcome data literacy issues and build empathy through data.

Applications and further information: https://parcos-project.eu/data-creativity-workshop/

Ethical Future Environments: Smart Thinking about Smart Cities means engaging with its Most Vulnerable

Workshop Organizers

  • Tanja Ertl, Claudia Müller – IT for the Ageing Society, University of Siegen, {firstname.lastname}@uni-siegen.de
  • Konstantin Aal, Volker Wulf – Information Systems and New Media, University of Siegen, {firstname.lastname}@uni-siegen.de
  • Franziska Tachtler, Laura Scheepmaker, Geraldine Fitzpatrick – HCI Group, TU Wien, {firstname.lastname}@tuwien.ac.at
  • Nancy Smith – School of Information, Pratt Institute, nsmith7@pratt.edu
  • Douglas Schuler – The Evergreen State College, douglas@publicsphereproject.org / dschuler@evergreen.edu

Workshop Description

This one-day workshop aims to provide a forum for researchers, practitioners, and activists to discuss and extend current concepts regarding smart cities creatively. This will be used to inform a new holistic and sustainable approach to smart cities, including a broad spectrum of vulnerable stakeholders who currently have no representation or are under-represented in the process of developing new technologized environments.

We invite anyone interested in participating to either, if from academia, submit an extended abstract discussing current/previous work related to smart cities (ACM Extended Abstract format) or, alternatively, if from practice/non-academia, apply via a Google form describing your motivation to participate and background. Submissions should critically reflect on how the authors’ research or interests address issues related to smart cities and/or vulnerable target groups. Authors’ prior experience does not have to be specifically concerned with smart cities, but the position papers will be expected to demonstrate how their work is relevant to the workshop’s topic and can be applied within the workshops’ context.

Submissions should be sent to tanja.ertl@uni-siegen.de as .pdf format. Position papers will be reviewed based on relevance and potential for contribution to the workshop. At least one co-author of each accepted paper must register to attend the workshop.

Further Information: http://margins-in-hci.tech/