Community Inventor Days: Scaffolding Grassroots Innovation with Maker Events

Nick Taylor (Lead / Corresponding author), Loraine Clarke (Lead / Corresponding author), Katerina Gorkovenko (Lead / Corresponding author)

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    This paper describes a series of Inventor Days designed to support grassroots innovation in local communities. By appropriating core aspects of hackathons—particularity their focus on action and networking—Inventor Days were intended to scaffold relationships between residents in a community and makers from across the city. Over three events, makers and community members worked together to learn about the community, design novel ‘inventions’ that addressed local issues and prototype their ideas. We show evidence that these events created enthusiasm around use of technology to support the community, while developing ongoing relationships that enabled members of the community to continue building on their experiences beyond the events themselves.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationDIS '17
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 2017 Conference on Designing Interactive Systems
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
    Number of pages12
    ISBN (Print)9781450349222
    Publication statusPublished - 10 Jun 2017
    EventDIS 2017 - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    Duration: 10 Jun 201714 Jun 2017


    ConferenceDIS 2017
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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