Adam Greenfield at HCSNet Workshop, 13/14 July, QUT Brisbane

23 May 2009 - 10:30pm
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Jeremy Yuille

This should be ain interesting workshop for those of you in Australia...

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From: Marcus Foth <m.foth at>
Date: Tue, May 19, 2009 at 7:38 AM
Subject: Adam Greenfield at HCSNet Workshop, 13/14 July, QUT Brisbane
To: Jeremy Yuille <overlobe at>

Second Call for Papers

>From Social Butterfly to Urban Citizen -
A HCSNet Workshop on Social and Mobile Technology to Support Civic

Queensland University of Technology, Kelvin Grove Campus, Brisbane

June 19, 2009 Workshop position papers (300-500 words) due
June 26, 2009 Author notifications sent
July 13/14, 2009 Workshop

Keynote Speaker

We are pleased to announce Adam Greenfield, author of 'Everyware' and Head
of Design Direction for User Interface and Services at Nokia in Helsinki, as
the keynote speaker for this workshop. His talk "The city is here for you to
use" will give us a preview of the ideas in his forthcoming new book.

Workshop Theme

This workshop brings together people from a diverse range of disciplines to
discuss social and mobile technologies and how they can be studied, designed
and developed further to support local participation and civic engagement in
urban environments.

Web applications such as blogs, wikis, video and photo sharing sites, and
social networking systems have been termed ‘Web 2.0’ to highlight an
arguably more open, collaborative, personalisable, and therefore more
participatory internet experience than what had previously been possible.
Giving rise to a culture of participation, an increasing number of these
social applications are now available on mobile phones where they take
advantage of device-specific features such as sensors, location and context
awareness. This workshop will make a contribution towards exploring and
better understanding the opportunities and challenges provided by tools,
interfaces, methods and practices of social and mobile technology that
enable participation and engagement. It will bring together a group of
academics and practitioners from a diverse range of disciplines such as
computing and engineering, social sciences, digital media and human-computer
interaction to critically examine a range of applications of social and
mobile technology, such as social networking, mobile interaction, wikis
(eg.,, twitter, blogging, virtual worlds (eg,, and their impact to foster community activism, civic engagement
and cultural citizenship.

This workshop will be held back-to-back with an ARC Cultural Research
Network (CRN) workshop on the 11th and 12th of July 2009 at QUT titled,
“Unboxing the iPhone: The Circuits of Digital Culture,” organised by Larissa
Hjorth, Jean Burgess and Ingrid Richardson, supported by the CRN’s Cultural
Technologies Node. This will provide opportunities to exchange ideas and

The workshop is also very timely in that it coincides with the six week
residency of Prof. Carlo Ratti, Director of the SENSEable City Lab at MIT,
and the 2009 inaugural Queensland Innovator in Residence:


We hope to attract a multidisciplinary range of HCSnet members and
colleagues working in areas such as user experience design, human-computer
interaction, digital media, social sciences and computing and engineering.
The topic and themes to be explored are timely, relevant and significant to
the research work of many academics in Australia and overseas who are
looking at ways to help engender a culture of local and national
participation and engagement. Many colleagues find that the underlying
systems architecture and principles that have given rise to participatory
culture in many social and lifestyle domains should be examined with a view
to reappropriate them to foster civic engagement and a revival of

Event Format

The workshop will be held over two days, on Mon 13th and Tue 14th July 2009,
at the Creative Industries Precinct of Queensland University of Technology,
Kelvin Grove, Brisbane. Participants will be given the opportunity to
present their work with a view to stimulate an informed debate. The workshop
will allow plenty of time for both breakout and plenary discussions.


We are calling for 300-500 word position statements expressing the interest
in the workshop or abstracts of proposed presentations from prospective
participants. Queries can be sent via email to Marcus Foth at m.foth [AT] Please submit your abstract online by Fri 19 June 2009 at

This workshop is free for anyone who has been HCSNet Member for 2 months
prior to the workshop. Non-members need to pay $100 registration fee for
this workshop via the online facility. Please register online by Fri 3 July
2009 at

Travel Bursaries

HCSNet will fund a number of travel bursaries of $300 each to help cover the
costs of travel and accommodation for participants from outside the Brisbane
and South East Queensland area. HCSNet has also approved a Student Support
Grant to enable students to participate. The provision of a submission as
described above is a prerequisite for funding. If not all participants can
be covered, funding grants will be allocated based on the relevance of your
abstract to the workshop theme; also, students and early career researchers
will have priority.


Dr Marcus Foth, Queensland University of Technology
Dr Martin Gibbs, University of Melbourne
Dr Christine Satchell, Queensland University of Technology

Dr Marcus Foth
Senior Research Fellow

Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Queensland University of Technology (CRICOS No. 00213J)
Victoria Park Rd, Brisbane QLD 4059, Australia
Phone +61 7 313 x88772 - Fax x88238 - Office K506, KG
m.foth at -

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