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Smart Cities at Play: Lived Experiences, Emerging Forms of Playfulness, and Problems of Participation

CHI'2020 Workshop

Smart cities can be described as places where physical environments are combined with information technology to rectify socio-economic and environmental issues. While this might be the case, for the most part scholarly attention has focused on the technologies used to construct these environments. What is missing from these discussions is a deeper engagement with the lived experience of ‘smart spaces’, and the extent to which this confluence of the physical and digital is currently configuring new explicit and/or implicit forms of play. To this end, our workshop will explore how experiences of the city might be changing as a result of new technological practices that are currently creating both explicit and implicit playful possibilities, as well as moments of resistance that reveal socio-cultural problems of participation.

We invite researchers and practitioners from all related disciplines to contribute 2 to 5 page papers that reflect on the following topics:

* Location-based games and their impact on the lived experiences.
* The changing perceptions of smart cities in the context of human experience.
* Emerging smart city technologies, such Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual reality (VR), 5g, wearable technologies and locative media.
* Emerging forms of locative applications and pervasive play in a smart city context.
* Techo-flanerie and Playful Mobilities: Ridesharing, novel mobilities, and emerging forms of automated play.
* Laissez-faire versus planned play in the city – Emerging forms of explicit play, as well as emerging forms of implicit play.
* Techno-socio-cultural problems of participation that often remain hidden from discussions of ̈’smart cities’.
* Methods for researching implicit and explicit form of play in a smart city context.
* Related ethical implications.

Aside from papers, we invite demonstrations of prototypes and completed projects.

Please submit your paper through the EasyChair system:

Submission deadline: 29th of February 2020.

We will select submissions based on a number of criteria, including originality or controversy of the paper, the complementary nature of the authors’ research background, and the quality of the authors’ previous work related to the workshop topic.

All accepted authors will be invited to submit an extended version of their paper to a  special issue at the International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction (IF: 1.9;

At least one author of each accepted paper must attend the workshop and all workshop participants must register not only for the workshop but also for at least one day of the CHI'20 conference (

If you have any questions please contact Konstantinos Papangelis at [log in to unmask]

The Organizers,

Konstantinos Papangelis, Rochester Institute of Technology (USA)

Jin Ha Lee, University of Washington (USA)

Michael Saker, City University London (UK)

Catherine Jones, University of Luxembourg (LUX)

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