IDC 2009 WORKSHOP (June 3rd, FULL DAY)

DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES AND MARGINALIZED YOUTH: REDUCING THE GAP

ORGANIZERS:
     Edith K. Ackermann, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
     Francoise Decortis, FNRS, University of Liège, Belgium
     Heidi Schelhowe, University of Bremen, Germany
     Juan Pablo Hourcade, Univ. Iowa, USA

This workshop is the second of its kind at IDC (the first one, titled "Marginalized young people: inclusion through ICT" was held at IDC 2008 in Chicago) and addresses the use of technologies to empower marginalized children.

Key issues that will be discussed in this workshop are:

  • What are the characteristics and conditions for social exclusion in respect to ICT?
  • How do young people become able to integrate their experiences with digital media, by applying their virtual experiences to their real world, and vice versa?
  • How can ICT design processes be organized in order to promote participation of marginalized young people?
  • Which socio-technological environments are more suitable to foster curiosity and interest in this target group, and to achieve real benefits?
  • Is there any "proof" of what kind of products, interfaces, and ICT mediated "experiences" are more suitable to promote inclusion and integration of marginalized youngsters?

The workshop will provide all participants an opportunity to present their work. In addition, we will conduct activities to discuss relevant issues and plan future collaborations.

For detailed information about this event, please visit the Workshop Web Site or contact Prof. Dr. Heidi Schelhowe (schelhow@informatik.uni-bremen.de)

SUBMISSIONS
Persons interested in participating to this workshop can submit a position paper to Prof. Dr. Heidi Schelhowe (schelhow@informatik.uni-bremen.de). Possible topics include:

  • Empirical research on marginalized young people's activities with ICT
  • Design, development, evaluation, and deployment techniques and experiences
  • Theoretical insights in special (technological and social) conditions of the field
  • Infrastructure issues (e.g., unreliable electrical supply, remote locations)
  • Localization issues
  • Collaboration with local experts and stakeholders
  • Commonalities and differences in challenges

The workshop will provide all participants an opportunity to present their work. In addition, we will conduct activities to discuss relevant issues and plan future collaborations.
Position papers must be submitted as .pdf file formatted according to the ACM SIGCHI Publications Format and should not exceed 4 pages. A selection of the best position papers will appear in the conference proceedings and in the ACM Digital Library.

Please notice that:

  • At least one author of each accepted position paper must register for the conference and the workshop by the early registration deadline (to be announced).
  • Workshop participation will be open to any IDC 2009 participant, upon place availability. All attendants must register for both the workshop and the IDC conference itself.

IMPORTANT DATES

Submission deadline for workshop position papers: April 8, 2009:
Notification of acceptance for submitted position papers: April 20, 2009
Camera ready versions of accepted papers: May 4, 2009