Strategies for Engaging Communities in Creating Physical Civic Technologies

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Despite widespread interest in community and civic technologies, empowering communities to take advantage of these technologies for themselves remains challenging. This paper presents findings from the Hilton Inventors project, which aimed to understand how communities could be supported in performing roles normally carried out by researchers and designers. We describe the end-to-end process of bringing people together around community technologies, designing and prototyping ideas, and ultimately testing several devices in the community. Through this work, we explore different strategies for infrastructuring the community’s participation with technology, including the use of hackathon-like intensive design events and pre-designed kits for assembly. We contribute findings relating to the ability of these strategies to support building communities around civic technology and the challenges that community members faced that must be addressed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI 2018
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages1-12
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9781450356206
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Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2018
EventCHI 2018 - Montreal, Canada
Duration: 21 Apr 201826 Apr 2018
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Period21/04/1826/04/18
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Taylor, N., Clarke, L., Skelly, M., & Nevay, S. (2018). Strategies for Engaging Communities in Creating Physical Civic Technologies. In CHI 2018: Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 1-12). [Paper 507] New York: Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/3173574.3174081
Taylor, Nick ; Clarke, Loraine ; Skelly, Martin ; Nevay, Sara. / Strategies for Engaging Communities in Creating Physical Civic Technologies. CHI 2018: Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. New York : Association for Computing Machinery, 2018. pp. 1-12
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Taylor, N, Clarke, L, Skelly, M & Nevay, S 2018, Strategies for Engaging Communities in Creating Physical Civic Technologies. in CHI 2018: Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems., Paper 507, Association for Computing Machinery, New York, pp. 1-12, CHI 2018, Montreal, Canada, 21/04/18. https://doi.org/10.1145/3173574.3174081

Strategies for Engaging Communities in Creating Physical Civic Technologies. / Taylor, Nick; Clarke, Loraine; Skelly, Martin; Nevay, Sara.

CHI 2018: Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. New York : Association for Computing Machinery, 2018. p. 1-12 Paper 507.

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Taylor N, Clarke L, Skelly M, Nevay S. Strategies for Engaging Communities in Creating Physical Civic Technologies. In CHI 2018: Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. New York: Association for Computing Machinery. 2018. p. 1-12. Paper 507 https://doi.org/10.1145/3173574.3174081