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Apologies for cross-posting.  Please note the new extended deadline:
November 1, 2007, for submitting position papers to the CHI workshop on "HCI
for Community and International Development."  

Thank you very much.


Matthew Kam, Ph.D. candidate
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, and
Berkeley Institute of Design
University of California at Berkeley, USA
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HCI for Community and International Development Workshop 
5-6 April 2008 
to be held immediately before CHI 2008 
in Florence, Italy 


If you work on projects related to community and international 
development, or have a keen interest in participating in the workshop to 
learn more about this emerging topic, please join us at the HCI for 
Community and International Development Workshop to be held on 5 - 6 
April, 2008 at the CHI 2008 Conference which runs from 5 - 10 April, 2008, 
in Florence, Italy. 

Much work in international economic and community development emphasizes 
empowering host communities in designing and controlling development 
projects. However, there have been few explicit efforts to bring together 
the international economic development, user centered design and human- 
computer interaction communities to find ways of designing more 
appropriate and effective solutions that truly meet local needs. 

This workshop explores the challenges in applying, extending and inventing 
appropriate methods and contributions of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) 
to International economic and community Development. 

We address interaction design for the Global South as well as people in 
the Global North who are themselves similarly marginalized by poverty or 
other barriers. 

We hope to extend the boundaries of the field of HCI by spurring a 
discussion on how existing methods and practices can be adapted and 
modified, and how new practices can be developed, to deal with the unique 
challenges posed by these contexts. 

Topics of interest include: 

* experiences of interaction design in developing countries or with 
underserved populations in developed countries; 
* participatory methods in economic and community development projects; 
* cultural factors in designing for economic and community development; 
* innovative techniques for engaging users in developing world contexts; 
* creative solutions that are sustainable in context. 

The workshop will provide a forum to exchange experiences, explore 
differences between developed and developing world contexts, develop new 
partnerships, and learn from each other's experiences. 

Outcomes from the workshop will be reported in the journal Information 
Technology and International Development ( 
In addition, based upon submissions and the review process we expect to 
publish a special issue of the journal on the workshop themes. 

For more information about this workshop, see our website at: 

For more information about CHI Workshops in general, see: 


To participate in this workshop at CHI 2008, please submit a 2 page 
position paper describing your experience, findings or interests relevant 
to the themes of the workshop. 

** EXTENDED Deadline for submissions is 1st November, 2007. **
Notification of acceptance by 28th November, 2007. 

Papers should be submitted by email to John C Thomas at [log in to unmask]

We are hoping to find funding to help support participants from soft 
currency economies and from NGOs to participate.  We encourage everyone to 
submit position papers now, and to let us know if you would like to be 
considered for funding if we are able to obtain it. 

Andy Dearden, Sheffield Hallam University, UK 
Michael Best, Georgia Tech, USA 
Susan Dray, Dray & Associates, Inc., USA 
Ann Light, Queen Mary University of London, UK 
John Thomas, IBM, USA 
Marshini Chetty, Georgia Tech, USA 
Matthew Kam, University of California, Berkeley, USA 
Andrew Maunder, University of Cape Town, South Africa 
Nithya Sambasivan, University of California, Irvine, USA 
Nuray Aykin, The New School, USA 
Celeste Buckhalter, Caring Technologies, USA 
Shanks Krishnan, Roundarch, USA 


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