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[liberationtech] ACM DIS 2018 Workshop on designing for next billion users: Call for Participation

Yosem Companys ycompanys at
Thu Apr 12 07:06:41 PDT 2018

From: Chandrika Cycil-Panagiotopoulou <chandrika.cycil at>

*Workshop on designing for next billion usersACM Conference on Designing
Interactive Systems 2018, Hong Kong Key Dates:Workshop Date: 9th June 2018,
SaturdayDeadline for expression of interest : 30 April 2018Workshop website
<>BackgroundWith the
rapid diffusion of smartphones and increasing access to free and faster
internet connectivity, emerging economies such as India, South East Asia,
Africa and Brazil are seeing significant number of users come online for
the first time. As the trajectory of internet use for these users follows a
mobile-first experience, technical and infrastructural constraints impact
the overall experience. Therefore designing experiences for these new
internet users requires careful consideration of users’ social and
technological contexts.Objectives:The goal of this interactive and
participatory workshop is to identify a problem for participants to work on
within the theme of designing for next billion users. The workshop will
cover: - Best practices: During the workshop, there will be an opportunity
to discuss best practices and methodological challenges when conducting
research and designing for emerging markets.- Build empathy: Working
through a series of exercises that include user scenarios, participants in
the workshop will come to together to understand challenges and identify
opportunities for designing systems for the needs of users in emerging
markets.- Apply user-centered principles: In the workshop, participants
will have the opportunity to work in groups to apply user centered design
approaches to ideate on potential solutions for this problem
space.ParticipationThe workshop is open to academic researchers, designers,
practitioners and students who are currently or have an interest in
conducting research and designing for users in emerging markets. We
particularly encourage students and early career researchers to participate
in the workshop.Please email a statement about why you would like to attend
the workshop to: dis.nbu.workshop2018 at
<dis.nbu.workshop2018 at>  by April 30th 2018. OrganizersChandrika
Cycil, UX Researcher, Google UKRajiv Arjan, UX Researcher, Google UKLauren
Celenza, UX Designer, Google US*
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