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Wed, 2 Sep 2009 14:19:47 +0100
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Dear Colleagues,

Registration for the International Workshop on "Open-Ended Design: Future
Challenges for Designers and Developers", hosted at the Tweak Festival In
Limerick, is now open. Place are limited and will be assigned on a first
come first served basis.




International Workshop: "Open-Ended Design: Future Challenges for Designers
and Developers"

Tweak Festival, University of Limerick (Ireland), September 23rd 2009

Invited Speakers: Massimo Banzi (Arduino, Italy), Rob Van Kranenburg
(Council, the Netherlands), Tobie Kerridge (Goldsmiths College, UK), John
McCarthy (UCC, Ireland)

Workshop Theme
This workshop is aimed at exploring issues surrounding new forms of
technology design and development that reflect the increasing role that
end-users have in dealing with novel technologies.
Web 2.0, social networks, and open source hardware and software platforms
have led to a major shift in the conceptualization of “users”, from passive
recipients of previously packaged content and/or functionality, to active
participants that are able to re-configure, personalize and adapt the
Increasingly designers of current interactive technologies are faced with
the challenge of catering for a two-way interaction, in which the user wants
to alter and adapt the technological object to make it useful to them.  The
designer and developer’s role becomes one of facilitating and enabling
adaptive experiences rather than directing the user towards a specific
experience of use. Additionally computers are also evolving in their form
and function they are becoming objects we live with, not just tools for
work, therefore the need to explore people’s broader relationships with
technology and what these relationships say about our technology and our
humanity becomes more apparent.
The conception of design being an ongoing, social process is not new and
there have been many studies of open source communities in this respect.
However, there is a current debate relating to several aspects related to
such new patterns of usage and re-appropriation of technology. Some of the
open questions are:  Can we deliberately design for appropriation?  What
does it really mean to modify and develop technologies for such behavior in
practical terms? How is the role of the designer or developer changing?
Which new hardware and software platforms are being developed with an eye
towards user participation?
The proposed workshop will explore challenges related to the conceptual
framework for the design of interactive systems, the changing role of the
designer/developer, the emergence of new technical platforms for open-ended
user participation. The discussion at the workshop and its dissemination
will contribute to the ongoing debate on these topics in the Interaction
Design, Human-Computer Interaction and Software Development communities.
Preliminary programme:
Presentations and discussions in the morning, followed by hands-on sessions
facilitated by the speakers in the afternoon

    Massimo Banzi <>  (
<> , Arduino <> , Italy)

 Rob Van Kranenburg  <> (Council
<> , Netherlands)

 Tobie Kerridge <>  (Material Beliefs
<> , Goldsmiths
<> , UK)

 John McCarthy <>  (UCC
<> , Ireland)
    Date: Wednesday 23rd Sep 2009
    Doors open: 9.30 am
    Starts: 10am - 4.30pm
 Kilmurry Hall, University of Limerick
    Castletroy, Limerick, Ireland

    Tickets are €50 and available on a first come first served basis.
 Booking opens 3rd Sep 2009 - 12:00 pm

Full info:

Dr. Luigina Ciolfi
Interaction Design Centre
Course Director, Digital Media Design
Dept. of Computer Science and Information Systems
ER1 005, University of Limerick, Ireland
Tel. +353 61 213530
Fax. +353 61 213484
Skype: luigina.ciolfi

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