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
PLEASE JOIN US
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
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 (http://mitpress.mit.edu/ITID).
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
LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT CHI 2008!
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