söndag 26 juni 2016

HCI and UN's Sustainable Development Goals (workshop)


I recently (June 5) wrote a blog post about our upcoming (Aug 29) workshop at the ICT for Sustainability (ICT4S) conference. This is a blog post about another upcoming (Oct 24) workshop that we are organising at the NordiCHI conference. The deadline for applying to the NordiCHI workshop is August 25!

Our NordiCHI workshop is called "HCI and UN's Sustainable Development Goals: Responsibilities, Barriers and Opportunities" and it takes as its' starting point the 17 new global UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that aim at accomplishing sustainable development for people and the planet by 2030. With this workshop, we propose that HCI (Human-Computer Interaction) should start working with the SDGs, or at least explore if and how HCI could work with the SDGs (see further the invitation below and the workshop's website.

I can pinpoint the exact date when we hatched this idea. It was April 21 and I organised a closed Hoffice session in my home together with three colleagues from KTH. Me and Elina sat on my recently-glassed-in balcony and were just about to connect to Oliver Bates and Maria Normark by Skype when we threw around different ideas for a NordiCHI workshop. The SDGs came up and we immediately knew that it was a keeper and that we were on to something. We have later recruited a few other persons to help us organise the workshop and here's the full team of workshop organisers:

Elina Eriksson (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden) is a researcher at Green Leap and the KTH Centre for Sustainable Communication (CESC). Her current research projects concerns ICT for Urban Sustainability and an exploration of energy futures.

Daniel Pargman (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden) is an assistant professor at the Department of Media Technology and Interaction Design (MID) at KTH. He is the team leader for the MID for Sustainability (MID4S) research team and a member of the management team at the KTH Centre for Sustainable Communications (CESC). One of his current research projects concern ICT, sustainability and food.

Oliver Bates (Lancaster University, UK) is a Research Associate at Energy Lancaster and the School of Computing and Communications at Lancaster University. His research focuses on using data driven mixed methodologies for understanding and intervening in socio-technical areas (e.g. energy consumption and sustainability in the home, senior citizen engagement in e-government and digital technologies).

Maria Normark (Södertörns Högskola, Sweden) is a senior lecturer in Media Technology at Södertörn University. She is currently leading a research project about urban farming, “Sustainable Communities through Digital Design”. Her research is oriented towards norm-critical design.

Jan Gulliksen (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden) is a professor in Human-Computer Interaction at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. He is also Sweden’s Digital Champion and Chairman of the Swedish Government’s Digital Commission.

Mikael Anneroth (Ericsson, Sweden) holds an Expert position at Ericsson Research, focusing on the Human and Society perspective of ICT. He is member of the management team for the Ericsson Research Area Sustainability and the driver of several external research projects in the area of User Sustainability‚ Experience design and Society impact of ICT.

Johan Berntsson (InUse, Sweden) is the co-founder of inUse, a UX & Service Design agency with offices in Sweden and the US. He is also the program-chair of the annual design conference From Business to Buttons. The 2016 conference theme was sustainability and it included speakers such as Al Gore and Patricia Moore.

HCI and UN's Sustainable Development Goals: Responsibilities, Barriers and Opportunities
Workshop in conjunction with NordiCHI'16 conference, Gothenburg, Sweden

Ever since Eli Blevis presented his seminal paper “Sustainable Interaction Design” almost a decade ago (in 2007), sustainability has been an established topic within the field of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). Even though interest in Sustainable HCI is increasing, critique has been expressed that suggests that we do too little, and perhaps also at times the wrong things. It can be daunting for researchers to tackle global problems such as climate change, famine and biodiversity loss, to name just a few of the large issues the world is and will continue to grapple with during the remainder of the 21st century. Still, also a field like Human-Computer Interaction should aim at being part of developing a sustainable society. But how do we do that, and, what are we aiming for?

In September 2015, the UN formally adopted a new set of global goals that were ushered in just as the previous Millennium Development Goals (2000-2015) were slated to “expire”. The new Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) consist of 17 overarching goals, aiming at accomplishing sustainable development for people and the planet by 2030.

In this workshop we want engage everyone who is interested in working towards a sustainable future in terms of and with the UN SDGs as a starting point. How can Sustainable HCI be inspired by, and contribute to these goals? What should we in the field of HCI do more of, and what should we perhaps do less of? In what areas should we form partnerships in order to reach the Sustainable Development Goals? And with whom should we form these partnerships? The benefit of arranging the workshop would be to have a common vision of how to work with the SDGs, to collaboratively explore how we could contribute to the goals and to be inspired – by each other – in our research.

For more information about the workshop, see: https://hci4s.wordpress.com
For more information about the NordiCHI conference, see: http://www.nordichi2016.org/

You can apply to the workshop by submitting a position paper or a presentation, which includes at least two of the following bullet points:

• Shortly describe your UX work/HCI research interests and/or shortly describe your sustainability work.
• Explain how your work/research relates to one or more of the SDGs
• Describe how, in your opinion, the SDGs could/should relate to UX/the field of HCI in general

Please send your position paper (500-1500 words) or presentation (6-9 slides) by email to hci4sustainability@gmail.com

Deadline 25 August 2016.

If there are many prospective applicants, the workshop organizers will strive to put together a diverse set of participants from the research community as well as from industry. Submissions will be reviewed based on quality, originality, and their potential contribution to achieving workshop goals. We expect to include 15-25 participants.

Important dates
Deadline for papers: August 25, 2016
Notification of acceptance: September 3, 2016
Workshop: October 24th, 2016 (one full day)

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