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Nitin Sawhney <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 16 Jul 2002 18:13:04 -0400
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2nd International Conference on
Open Collaborative Design for Sustainable Innovation
December 1-2, 2002, Bangalore, India

Sponsored by Media Lab Asia,
Alliance for Global Sustainability (MIT/AGS)
and Concept Labs

In Cooperation with ACM SIGCHI, MIT Media Lab, ThinkCycle,
Indian Institute of Science, Srishti and Digital Nations

Online Paper Submissions and Open Peer Review
Submission Deadline: Sept. 15, 2002

Although technological advances into the 21st century have brought many
benefits to industrialized society, a significant part of the world
(nearly 2 billion people) still does not have access to clean water,
adequate nutrition, and affordable health care. The rural population of
the world's developing countries and many indigenous groups lack basic
educational, economic, and political rights and freedoms. This conference
seeks to establish a critical dialogue towards collaborative and
sustainable design innovation to tackle global challenges in the
environment and underserved communities.

Topics of Interest (including but not limited to):
* Critical design challenges for sustainable innovations in the
environment and underserved communities.
* What methods and practices support the design of sustainable
technologies in developing countries and indigenous communities?
* How must these interventions be developed to support local knowledge,
resources, social and environmental concerns?
* What technologies and practices must we adopt in the "developed world"
to conserve and minimize the environmental burden everywhere?
* Case studies from design of sustainable technology and development
* How do we assess the social, economic and environmental impact of
deploying novel technologies?
* How do we develop collaborative mechanisms to facilitate exchange, raise
awareness and harness the expertise of researchers and stakeholders
towards sustainable design of technology for their own communities and the
* Developing interdisciplinary curriculum for teaching sustainable design.
* What are the intellectual property issues involved in collaborative
open-source engineering design?
* How should meaningful partnerships be developed between academia,
industry, government and non-governmental sectors to address the
challenges of sustainable design?

Participation Guidelines
We invite diverse perspectives from academia, industry, government and
non-governmental organizations, as well as independent innovators. We
encourage participation of an inter-disciplinary mix of researchers and
practitioners in education, sustainable development, engineering/product
design, human-computer interaction, environmental and social sciences.

All participants should submit a 5-10 page technical paper, 2 page
position paper, poster or video entry (10-15 mins) with 1-2 page abstract.
All submissions must be posted online at the conference website in PDF and
MS Word format (video tapes should be mailed to the organizers). See
conference website for more details. The program committee will review all
papers online and we invite the general public for open peer reviews as
well. Participants can choose either public or private reviews for their

Submission Deadline: Sept 15, 2002
Acceptance Notification: Oct 5, 2002
Student Posters Due: October 25th, 2002
Accepted Papers Due: Nov 1, 2002

Selected participants with compelling papers and exceptional needs may
qualify to receive travel support and accommodation. Information on
hotels, visitor visas and travel needs will be posted on the conference website.

General Co-Chairs
Alex (Sandy) Pentland, Professor, MIT Media Lab and Director, Media Lab Asia
Geetha Narayanan, Director, Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore

Program Co-Chairs
Vijay Chandru, Indian Institute of Sciences and PicoPeta Simputers, Bangalore
Poonam Bir Kasturi, Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore
Nitin Sawhney, MIT Media Lab and Dept. Urban Studies and Planning

Program Committee
Subbiah Arunachalam, MS Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai, India
Eleonora Badilla-Saxe, MIT Media Lab and Digital Nations
Anupam Basu, Professor, Dept. Computer Science and Engg., IIT Kharagpur,
Genevieve Bell, Anthropologist, Intel Labs, Portland, USA
Michael Best, eDevelopment Group, MIT Media Lab
Leo Burd, Lifelong Kindergarten Group, MIT Media Lab
H. N. Chanakya, Principle Research Scientist, ASTRA, IISC, Bangalore,
Kamau Gachigi, Mechanical Engineering, University of Nairobi, Kenya
Ashok J. Gadgil, Senior Staff Scientist, Environmental Energy Technologies
Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Edmond Gaible, Natoma Group and Educational Object Economy
Neil Gershenfeld, Professor, Physics and Media, MIT Media Lab
Saul Griffith, Molecular Machines, MIT Media Lab
Anil K. Gupta, Professor, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India
B. Gurumoorthy, Professor, CPDM, IISC, Bangalore, India
Joanne M. Kauffman, MIT Laboratory for Energy and the Environment
Harish Hande, Selco Electric Light Company, Bangalore, India
Ralf Hotchkiss, Whirlwind Wheelchair International, San Francisco
State University
Pankaj Jain, Education Support Organization and IIM, Ahmedabad, India
Ashok Jhunjhunwala, Professor, Telecom & Computer Networks, IIT Madras,
Ashok Khosla, President, Development Alternatives, New-Delhi, India
Pablo La Roche, Associate Professor, University of Zulia and
PhD Candidate, University of California Los Angeles
Libby Levison, MIT Laboratory for Computer Science
N. Rao Machiraju, Chairman of the Board, Concept Labs, USA
Yael Maguire, Physics and Media, MIT Media Lab
Swami Manohar, Acting CEO, PicoPeta Simputers, Bangalore, India
Bakhtiar Mikhak, Learning Webs Group, MIT Media Lab
Susan Murcott, Lecturer, MIT Civil and Environmental Engineering
Timothy Prestero, MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Oceanographic Engineering
P. Achuta Rao, Professor, NTTF, Bangalore, India
N Ramani, Principle, NTTF, Bangalore, India
Mitchel Resnick, Professor, Lifelong Kindergarten Group, MIT Media Lab
Gilson Schwartz, Visiting Professor, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Bish Sanyal, Professor, MIT Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning
Amy Smith, MIT Public Service Center
Umakant Soni, I Cube Labs, Bangalore, India
William Thies, MIT Laboratory for Computer Science

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