Call for Participation

Does your research explore culture, technology design and communities? If so, join us at the CulTech2015: Cultural Diversity and Technology Design Workshop.  CulTech2015 will be held at the 7th international Communities and Technologies (C&T) Conference in Limerick, Ireland in June 2015. We look forward to seeing you there!

Important Dates

  • Workshop submission deadline: May 1, 2015  May 8, 2015
  • Feedback to authors: May 15, 2015   May 22, 2015
  • Camera-ready papers due: June 17, 2015
  • Workshop at C&T 2015: June 27, 2015

About the Workshop

With globalization and technological advances, people are increasingly coming into contact with others from different cultural backgrounds, particularly in place-based and virtual communities. Yet, cultural diversity – the diversity of community members’ cultural backgrounds – offers both significant benefits and challenges in the design, usage and evaluation of technologies. In this one-day workshop, we explore the role of cultural diversity in potentially informing, supporting, challenging or impacting the design of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) within community contexts. We welcome workshop submissions that 1) engage broadly with the role of culture within technology design and usage for, with and by communities, as well as 2) proposals for approaches, tools, conceptual and methodological frameworks, case studies and best practices in community-based design that exploit cultural diversity as an asset and seek to facilitate intercultural interactions.  Our goal is to bring together academics and practitioners from different domains such as computer science, urban design, interactive art, anthropology and social sciences who share a common interest in exploring the design space of ICTs, culture and communities.

Detailed Description

Workshop details here.

General Agenda

The workshop will entail a variety of activities, including: 1) an introduction and cultural diversity exercises, 2) presentations, 3) group brainstorming in a world café format, 4) lunch and concluding with 5) group discussion and synthesis.

Submissions

Interested candidates are asked to send either a position paper (min. 2 pages, max. 4 pages in the ACM format) or a video submission about their research and its relevance to the workshop themes.  Position papers will be published online in Workshop Proceedings available from the workshop website. The maximum number of workshop participants is 20, including the workshop organizers.

Special Issue on Cultural Diversity and Technology Design

The organizers will invite authors of selected workshop papers to submit an extended version to a peer-reviewed Special Issue on “Cultural Diversity and Technology Design” which will be published in the Journal of Community Informatics. Details coming soon.

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