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Jose Abdelnour-Nocera <[log in to unmask]>
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Workshop: Designing human centred technologies for the developing world:
HCI but not as we know it Tue, 4 Sept. 2007 Lancaster, UK


Part of  the HCI 2007 conference (

Cost: 80 before 5 Aug. (workshop only)



With huge investments being made in ICT for development (ICT4D) and
education (e.g. "$100 laptop," UN programmes etc.) and high expectations
being raised, it is critical to ensure that ICT developments are in fact
usable, useful, appropriate and well adapted to the communities and
contexts in which they are intended to be used. This requires well
designed solutions, which in turn requires appropriate human-centred
design methods.  However, it is unclear that methods largely developed
for and with users in the developed world will prove appropriate in the
developing world.  This workshop aims to bring together interested
parties and strengthen the User-centred design for development (UCS4D)
community, as well as contribute to the body of knowledge about
designing for and with communities in the developing world.



* Share experiences of Human Centred Design in the developing world;

* Identify key issues and patterns;

* Explore new, alternative and modified methods for human centred and
participatory design of Development Technologies;

* Develop new partnerships - particularly international partnerships;

* Disseminate learning from this workshop through online and and offline
publication; and

* Strengthen the HCI in Development Technology community.



To participate in this workshop submit a two-page position paper, using
the following format:

Possible themes are:


* Case studies of user-centred design and participatory experiences in
the developing world - both successes and failures;

* The difficulties of separating development and research objectives;

* Design of educational technology for development;

* Participatory methods from community action, education, agriculture,
technology design, theatre, etc..;

* Innovative methods for designing for and with communities with diverse
needs; or

* Managing expectations in particpatory design projects.



The workshop organisers invite short position papers. These will be
reviewed by committee.  Accepted papers will then be made available
online on workshop blog.  Comments on papers will be enabled and
participants will be encouraged to post comments to the blog  Key issues
arising from papers and comments will be identified prior to the
conference.  Outcomes from other recent workshop will also be linked
from the blog and issues for discussion may also be drawn from there.



Facilitators will make short presentations around the key issues &
challenges identified before the workshop.  Participants will then make
short presentations, and will be encourgaged to address specific
comments from the blog.  If appropriate permissions are given we will
record the presentations (and/or stream them live using Elluminate if
possible) in order to broaden participation beyond those that are able
to travel to the conference.  This will be followed by discussion.
Participants will break in to small groups to discuss a subset of these
issues and challenges with a facilitator..  Each group will summarise
its discussions to the workshop as a whole.  We will produce a poster
and presentation to summarise the workshop activity and outcomes.



The blog will act as a record of the workshop, and also the hub for a
community in UCD4D.  We will collect the output of the workshop and edit
into a journal special issue, or book, as appropriate.  We will also
disseminate our findings in relevant networks, communities and






Andy Dearden (point of contact for communication) is a participatory
designer with a background in human computer interaction. His recent
work has investigated tools to support distributed forms of
participation in design and the design of ICT systems to support 'social
action' in voluntary and community groups, NGOs and 'civil society'.


Lynne Dunckley, Ph.D. (Birmingham), is Professor of Information
Technology at the Institute for IT at Thames Valley University. Prior to
her academic career she worked for central and local government
organizations, specialising in database design and project management.
In addition she has worked as a usability consultant for cross-cultural
design and interoperability. She has carried out consultancy for
numerous e-Commerce companies and published work in the Journal of
Decision Systems, Interacting with Computers, Interact, International
Ergonomics Applications and major international conferences in Europe
and USA. She is the author of a textbook on Multimedia Databases (2003)
and a book for database practitioners on application development using
rich media in Oracle (2007). She has chaired an international conference
on the internationalisation of products and services.


Rosemary Luckin is Professor of Learner Centred Design at the London
Knowledge Lab.  Prior to this she was director and co-founder of the
Interactive Digital Educational Applications Lab and the Human Centred
Technology Research group at Sussex. She is an experienced project
manager and has held a range of EU/EPSRC and ESRC grants. She is a
member of several journal editorial boards and conference program
committees in the area of educational technology, including those of the
International Association of Artificial Intelligence in Education. She
has numerous peer reviewed journal and conference publications and has
acted as a consultant to various organisations including the BBC and the
DFES.  She has worked with schools in Brazil, has close working
relationships with many UK schools and set up the Sussex Education
Skills Exchange to foster exchanges of knowledge and skills between with




Jose.Abdelnour-Nocera, Thames Valley University Souleymane Camara,
Thames Valley University Liz Fearon, Aptivate Cecilia Oyugi, Thames
Valley University Joshua Underwood, London Knowledge Lab Tim Mwololo
Waema, University of Nairobi Kevin Walker, London Knowledge Lab



18 July 07 - position paper deadline

30 July 07 - notification of acceptance

05  Aug 07 - early bird registration deadline conference

26  Aug 07 - presentation slides deadline

04 Sept 07 - workshop



Send position papers and all other enquiries to:


Kevin Walker

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London Knowledge Lab

23-29 Emerald Street

London WC1N 3QS


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