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Shaimaa Lazem <[log in to unmask]>
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Shaimaa Lazem <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 24 Aug 2018 13:37:09 +0200
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---Apologies for cross-postingTheme:Designing With or For Marginalised
CommunitiesDate : November 26, 2018 - December 2, 2018
Venue : Namibia University of Science and Technology, Windhoek, Namibia

We invite applications for the ACM SIGCHI Sponsored Summer School to be
held ahead of AfriCHI 2018.  The summer school welcomes post-graduate
students, academics, and selected industry practitioners for hands-on
training on HCI concepts, techniques and research methods. The 2018 summer
school will take place over seven days before the second AfriCHI conference
( The school includes teaching, mentoring and taking
the participants on a field trip to an existing research partner community
in an informal settlement in Windhoek.

The organization of the school is a joint effort by the Namibian Windhoek
ACM SIGCHI  chapter, the Kenyan Wananchi ACM SIGCHI chapter, the Egyptian
CairoCHI chapter, and South African Protea ACM SIGCHI chapter. The school
mentors are local researchers from the four African SIGCHI chapters, who
will share their expertise working with various African communities. The
summer school will be hosted by Namibia University of Science and Technology


14 participants will be selected. The following groups are eligible to


   International Masters and PhD students

   Faculty/early career researchers from African countries

   Industry practitioners from African countries

Applicants should be studying towards or working on
Human-Computer-Interaction (HCI), User Experience (UX) or other human
factors related work, and interested in learning about designing with and
for marginalised communities.

Application Process:

Participants need to apply by submitting a maximum of four pages in SIGCHI
Extended Abstracts <> format that includes a
short bio, a description of their research or work practice, and a
statement describing their interest to participate and how the Summer
School will be relevant and beneficial to their work in the future, e.g.,
how the specific topics can be incorporated into teaching plans or new
courses developed.

The application should be sent to Dr Shaimaa Lazem <[log in to unmask]>

Summer School Costs and Fees Support:

Registration costs are a discounted rate of US$200 per participant. Up to
five SIGCHI sponsored scholarships will be available for African
faculty/early career researchers (up to a maximum of US$1200 each to cover
their registration, travel, accommodation, and per diem expenses). Coffee/
tea breaks/ lunches and one group will be provided by the host institution.
More information about accommodation will be available on the conference

Please indicate on your application if you require funding to attend the
summer school, providing justification for the funding request. You should
also provide a budget indicating estimated costs. All the subsistence up to
the maximum fund for the award recipient is reimbursed by receipts and
following ACM processes for reimbursement (

Graduate students could apply for Gary Marsden Student Development Fund
<> to
attend the school.

Please note that the school fees does not include registration for AfriCHI.

Important Dates:


   Deadline for Applications: August 30, 2018

   Notification of acceptance: September 25, 2018

   Summer School Dates: November 26 - December 2, 2018

School Program

For four days, the participants will learn about basic HCI concepts through
lectures, case studies, and selected readings. The topics are: ethnography
and fieldwork, HCI research techniques including quantitative and
qualitative methods, design and prototyping, usability and user experience
testing techniques, and ethics in community research.

The four condensed days will have a fixed structure. The morning sessions
will consist of lectures, and a case study discussion that is introduced by
one of the school mentors. On the first afternoon the participants will
meet invited marginalised community members to get a first impression and
guide further application of theoretical knowledge.  The other afternoon
sessions, the participants will be divided into groups, each one mentored
by a school speaker. Groups will read and discuss papers related to the
morning topic. The days will conclude with a debriefing session, where each
group will share its thoughts and comments about the readings.

The fifth day will be a joint field trip to a research site in Namibia. The
participants will be engaged in activities and guided to use the trip to
reflect on what they learned and read so far.

Additionally, the participants will be asked to develop ideas during the
first five days for a final school project with guidance from school

The last two days of the school the participants will work closely with
their mentors on their selected projects. The project outcomes will be
presented and discussed in the afternoon of the last day.

Organisers and Mentors:


   Heike Winschiers-Theophilus, Namibia University of Science and
   Technology, Namibia

   Melissa Densmore, University of Cape Town, South Africa

   Anicia Peters, Namibia University of Science and Technology, Namibia

   Shaimaa Lazem, City of Scientific Research and Technology Applications,

   Kagonya Awori, Safaricom PLC, Kenya

   'MaletÅ¡abisa Molapo, IBM Research, South Africa

   Hafeni Mthoko, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Contact Information:

For questions, please contact Dr Maletšabisa Molapo <
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Best Wishes,

Shaimaa Lazem, PhD
Informatics Research Institute
City of Scientific Research and Technological applications, Alexandria,
Cofounder of @ArabHCI
Chair, Cairo ACM SIGCHI Professional Chapter @Cairo_chi
Founding member, Iota Delta Rho Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society (

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