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CulTech2015: cultural diversity and technology design

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ACM Press, New York


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. To delve into this complex and multifaceted space, 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 encourage 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.


Ai He, Helen; Memarovic, Nemanja; Sabiescu, Amalia; de Moor, Aldo (2015): CulTech2015: cultural diversity and technology design. Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Communities and Technologies. DOI: 10.1145/2768545.2768561. ACM Press, New York. ISBN: 978-1-4503-3460-0. pp. 153-156. Long Papers. Limerick, Ireland. June, 27-30, 2015