I’mÂ organisingÂ at workshop at CHI2012 with the other guys from the ChiCI group. Motivated by our current work on understanding cool in UK schools, which wish to explore the meaning of cool across other continents, cultures and communities with the most excellent CHI community. Full details on the workshop web site, if you’d like to attend the deadline for 4 page position papers is 1st Feb – please contact me or Janet Read for any further info.
Had some very interestingÂ discussionsÂ and debate at a workshop organised and run by the ChiCI team at the RCUK Digital Economy All Hands Conference in Northumbria. The workshop, ‘Creating a Winning Team: Teenagers actively Participating on the Digital Economy playing field‘, focussed on teen content creation and publishing and was based around a set of personas we developed through our work with teenagers in schools. I also presented my paper on Designing with Teens (slides).
At British HCI in Northumbria the Cool2011 workshop was a success in terms of bothÂ excellentÂ participation and organisation of the day. Also my PlanetariumÂ Gaming interactive experience (very hastily put together promo video) generated someÂ interestingÂ discussion despite being a very early piece of work. Fantastic conference in terms of sessions, keynotes, posters, people and,Â of course,Â Tom McEwan’s legendaryÂ entertainment.
The digital egg and spoon race activity was run all day at the Science festival with a range of school children from 10-18, with much help from others in the ChiCI group. The activity was fun andÂ engagingÂ the children and prompted manyÂ questionsÂ from the adults. The highlight being meeting theÂ legendaryÂ Johnny Ball who has recently been involved in promoting the physics of the egg and spoon race.