C&T 2019: Supplementary Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Communities and Technologies

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  • Conference Paper
    “The only skill that is really important”... Talent development of female young professionals in a video game company
    (Supplementary Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Communities & Technologies - Transforming Communities, 2019) Ahmadi, Michael; Eilert, Rebecca; Weibert, Anne; Wulf, Volker; Marsden, Nicola
    Previous research has shown that women in video game companies are confronted with several barriers regarding their career chances and advancement within the industry. Masculinity in organizations is considered to be one major reason for this, with women lacking access to internal networks and other social factors which hinders their advancement. As gendered working environments are considered to be the result of social constructions, one has to understand associated dynamics when having the will to restructure them. To get to know more about the situation of women in video game companies we conducted a qualitative field study in an associated organization in a large city in Germany. We found that women are confronted with masculinity at three stages during their career lifetime within a company: 1) onboarding, 2) skill usage and 3) career development.
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    CityMaking!Wien a toolbox for the conception and design of Parklets in Vienna - A case study focusing on parklets in Vienna
    (Supplementary Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Communities & Technologies - Transforming Communities, 2019) Carvajal Bermúdez, Juan Carlos; Traunmueller, Martin
    This paper discusses the role of digital tools in the engagement of citizens through a case study. The research proposes that digital platforms can be re-shaped to create new tools for citizen engagement. For this purpose we use an experimental online toolbox called CityMaking!Wien that allows citizens to see where they can build parklets in the city of Vienna, and also request permits through an online form. The toolbox is based on a potential map that deliv- ers a different perspective of urban spaces: instead of presenting public spaces as parking places, it presents them as potential green areas. The impact of this concept is assessed using three methods: automated data collection, interviews, and an online survey. The discussion questions the impact of online tools and also present a critical view on the limitations of technology to engage citizens.
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    Location-based Information Sharing for Neighbourhood Participation
    (Supplementary Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Communities & Technologies - Transforming Communities, 2019) Slingerland, Geertje; Lukosch, Stephan; Brazier, Frances
    Policy makers, designers, and researchers are currently investigating different types of citizen initiatives to support information sharing. Contemporary information sharing initiatives are often not sustained because they are not open for all citizens to participate and do not provide relevant information. This paper explores how citizens can share information about their own neighbourhoods that is relevant for them and easy to access. Four participatory design workshops were organised to explore tacit knowledge and latent needs of citizens in a specific neighbourhood in The Hague. Results show that location-based information sharing support citizens to explore new things about the neighbourhood. Future research will focus on how this can be sustained over a longer period of time.
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    Buur Natuur - Collaborative Citymaking for Greener Cities
    (Supplementary Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Communities & Technologies - Transforming Communities, 2019) Klerks, Gwen; Brodersen Hansen, Nicolai; Schouten, Ben
    We present Buur Natuur, a design approach to empowering residents to make their neighbourhood greener by adding for instance wildflowers to verges, or establishing communal gardens. Residents are empowered by the deployment of physical artifacts in urban space, offering inspiration and knowledge through a AR interface, as well as by a website, providing a process and platform that facilitates the creation of temporary alliances for a greener neighborhood between citizens, municipalities, NGOs and businesses in the local area.
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    A Social Commerce Platform
    (Supplementary Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Communities & Technologies - Transforming Communities, 2019) AlArdaj, Aisha Ahmed; Solaiman, Ellis
    The advancement of social media and e-commerce have created a new model of online shopping, which is called social commerce. Social commerce platforms need to integrate social features with commercial functions to improve user experience and to enhance trust between consumers and sellers. Current social media platforms such as Instagram, mostly focus on social aspects with limited commercial functions. Also traditional e-commerce websites have commercial capabilities but with limited social features. In this demo, we present an interface for a social commerce platform that integrates both social features and commercial functions to help consumers in their purchase decision processes.
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    The Role of the Sharing Economy in an Island Community - A Host Perspective
    (Supplementary Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Communities & Technologies - Transforming Communities, 2019) Silva, Greicy K.; Silva, Cláudia; Lyle, Peter
    The sharing and collaborative platform services still promise to support local communities with their access to resources not otherwise attainable, and therefore extend their impact beyond the scope of large urban environments. However, may be inaccessible to certain geographical areas. Homesharing services, Airbnb and Couchsurfing, and their use on Madeira Island, where such platforms have reached critical mass. We explore the way in which hosts understand trust, both with the mediating platforms and with the guests who rent their rooms/homes. Based on preliminary analysis of interviews with local residents who are hosts for Airbnb and Couchsurfing, our results indicated a high level of trust in the platform service (i.e. damage liability) and trust in strangers (i.e. guests). We identified reasons for participation in the sharing economy and we discuss the hosts perspective on trust, the association to ease of use, the self-efficacy related to participation in the sharing economy.