C&T 2017 – Communities & Technology Workshop – Designing participation for the digital fringe

Designing Participation for the Digital Fringe

Exciting News!

We have joined forces with other researchers with expertise in this area to bring you a new workshop with extended focus. Our new colleagues are-  Dr Luke Hespanhol & Dr. Joel Fredericks (University of Sydney), Glenda Caldwell (University of Queensland),  and Marius Hoggenmüller (University of Munich). Please see the C&T Workshop Organisers page for more information about each of them.

Our workshop proposal for a workshop at C&T 2017 – Technology for the Common Good (see http://comtech.community/) entitled Designing Participation for the Digital Fringe has been accepted! The biennial Communities and Technologies (C&T) conference is the premier international forum for stimulating scholarly debate and disseminating research on the complex connections between communities – both physical and virtual – and information and communication technologies.

‘Designing Participation for the Digital Fringe’ will be a full-day workshop held on June 27, 2017. Please see our call for Participation/Abstracts.


The workshop program is still being finalised. However we will have two sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

Morning Session

The  morning session will focus on digital inclusion within communities.  Particular topics might include how to foster digital skills at home, at an individual level and within marginalised groups. This may include the use of smartphones, wearables, and the role of proxies in enhancing the experiences of disadvantaged individuals.

Afternoon Session

The afternoon session will focus on digital inclusion across communities, with focus on social cohesion and integration of communities in the digital fringe into the broader society. This session will particularly focus on urban HCI and digital place-making.

Please consider joining us. We have posted calls for participation (via Abstracts) on a variety of lists. If you would like more information in the meantime either contact Dr. Hilary Davis  hdavis@swin.edu.au OR Dr. Luke Hespanhol luke.hespanhol@sydney.edu.au.