This was a busy year for the ChiCI group, I presented a paper, poster, and chaired a session, overall the group presented two more papers and chaired a few more sessions (with one paper being the work of an undergraduate student and one poster being the work of an MSc student). The event ran really well with a wide range of attendees, great keynotes, and fun social events.
The theme at IDC this year was 50 years of Logo which was the focus of two keynote talks, as usual there was some extremely interesting papers and posters. I was invited to the Analyzing Children’s Contributions and Experiences in Co-design Activities workshop which ran extremely well with much insightful discussion, we generated a whole host of ideas for better conducting and reporting co-design work with children.
This events was run by the BBC for Global Accessibility Awareness Day and showcased their excellent accessibility work across BBC products and collaborations with inspiring talks and demos from Salford, London and Glasgow.
I’m one of the organisers of the Methods of Working with Teenagers in Interaction Design workshop which will be at CHI 2013 in Paris, this builds on some of the discussions from our workshop at NordiChi this year and should be anotherÂ excellentÂ event. You can find the the call and submission link here, for any further info just e-mail me or any of the other of theÂ organisers, from the workshop we’re planning a special issue of the International Journal of Child Computer Interaction.Â Full workshop blurb: Teenagers are a unique but little studied user group within the field of Interaction Design. Current literature on methodologies for research with children predominantly focuses on working with younger age groups and leaves a distinct gap between this and research methodologies used with adults. The aim of the workshop is to bridge this gap by bringing together practitioners and academics that have developed and used novel methods for carrying out research with teenagers in the interactions design area. The workshop will also refine and develop existing methods, create new methods, foster new collaborations, and define new research agendas to grow the research and literature in this area.
The journalÂ specialÂ edition on ‘Creating Cool Technologies’ Â that emerged from the Cool Workshop at Chi 2012 has just been published.Â PsychnoNology is an open access journal so all the articles can be downloaded for free – it seems this is likely to be the future ofÂ academicÂ publishing!
With support from myÂ colleagues at UCLan, Simon Monk,Â and CPC I lead a Raspberry Pi designÂ challengeÂ with the second year computing students as part of their professional skills module.Â StudentsÂ worked in teams to design a poster showing an innovative new product utilising the Raspberry Pi platform, each team then got 90 seconds and a single slide to present their idea. The students came up with some excellent ideas and feedback was very positive. Some students will be building their ideas in a day-long ‘hackathon’ even planned for later in November. UCLan Press Release.