Deadline extended to January 15th, 2010
CFP for CHI 2010 Workshop: Examining Appropriation, Re-use, and
Maintenance for Sustainability
April 11, 2010
Call for Participation
As computing environments evolve at a rapid pace, computing artifacts
quickly become obsolete. Accordingly, this creates myriad kinds of e-
waste, raising concerns in sustainability. Over the past few years,
the HCI community has opened up a wide range of conversations
regarding the role and future directions of HCI in sustainability.
Building on top of the previous discussions, this workshop attempts to
channel the community's expertise and creativity to advance further
and seek practical and concrete sustainable design opportunities in
utilizing old and obsolete computing artifacts.
About the Workshop
This one-day workshop will include brief introductions, small group
design activities, and group discussion surrounding the following
1. What are the challenges or limitations that hinder progress in
sustainable design, specifically in reusing, appropriating, and
maintaining used and obsolete digital artifacts?
2. What are realistic, practical, and creative solutions to
utilizing used and obsolete digital artifacts? (Through the
collaborative design activity session, the participants will
brainstorm creative and innovative design ideas for prolonged use and
3. How can we evaluate what is a success in sustainable design for
appropriation, re-use, and maintenance? How long is prolonged use, and
how practical do the design outcomes need to be? How scalable should
the solutions be?
We welcome submissions from authors who are interested in and/or
currently working in the area of sustainable interaction design.
Specifically, people with background in hardware electronics,
interaction design, and social computing are encouraged to submit.
Position papers should describe your work on the topic, ideas for
appropriation, reuse, recycle, and maintenance of old/obsolete
computing artifacts, or general ideas about the role of obsolete
in sustainability. Please email submissions of 1500 words or fewer in
PDF format by *Jan 15*, 2010 to [log in to unmask] The acceptance
will be notified by Jan 30, 2010.
At least one author of accepted papers must register for the workshop
and at least one day of the conference. More information on the
workshop can be found at the CHI 2010 website or:
Jina Huh is a doctoral candidate at the School of Information,
University of Michigan. She studies the relationship between perceived
control of information and perceived proximities of information
spaces, and how this affects people's information management practices.
Six Silberman is a PhD student in the Informatics department at UC
Irvine. His current projects are guided by an interest in the social,
political, economic, and ecological implications and opportunities
associated with widespread uptake of novel communication technologies,
and in ecological-economic systems and environmental justice.
Lisa P. Nathan is an Assistant Professor at the School of Library,
Archival and Information Studies at the University of British
Columbia, Canada. She holds a Ph.D. in Information Science from the
University of Washington. Lisa's empirical work includes a two year
investigation of value tensions around changing information technology
practice within sustainability-oriented intentional communities.
Eli Blevis is an Associate Professor of Informatics in the HCI/d
program of the School of Informatics and Computing (SoIC) at Indiana
University-Bloomington. His primary research interests are sustainable
interaction design, design theory, and studio-based learning and
Bill Tomlinson is an Associate Professor of Informatics at the
University of California, Irvine, and a researcher in the California
Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology. His
research areas include environmental information technology, human-
computer interaction, and computer-supported learning.
Phoebe Sengers is an Associate Professor in Information Science and
Science & Technology Studies at Cornell University. She analyzes,
designs, and builds interactive systems in cultural and political
Daniela Busse, UX Director at SAP, focuses on business software for
Energy Management. Her prior work also includes carbon labeling and
sustainable business design. She has been active in the CHI and User
Experience field for over 13 years, and holds a Ph.D. from Glasgow
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