Maker movements, do-it-yourself cultures and participatory design: Implications for HCI research

Michael Smyth, Ingi Helgason, Frank Kresin, Mara Balestrini, Andreas B. Unteidig, Shaun Lawson, Mark Gaved, Nick Taylor, James Auger, Lone Koefed Hansen, Douglas C. Schuler, Mel Woods, Paul Dourish

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    Falling costs and the wider availability of computational components, platforms and ecosystems have enabled the expansion of maker movements and DIY cultures. This can be considered as a form of democratization of technology systems design, in alignment with the aims of Participatory Design approaches. However, this landscape is constantly evolving, and long-term implications for the HCI community are far from clear. The organizers of this one-day workshop invite participants to present their case studies, experiences and perspectives on the topic with the goal of increasing understanding within this area of research. The outcomes of the workshop will include the articulation of future research directions with the purpose of informing a research agenda, as well as the establishment of new collaborations and networks.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCHI 2018 - Extended Abstracts of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
    Subtitle of host publicationEngage with CHI
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
    ISBN (Electronic)9781450356206, 9781450356213
    Publication statusPublished - 20 Apr 2018
    EventConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2018 - Palais des Congrès de Montréal, Montreal, Canada
    Duration: 21 Apr 201826 Apr 2018


    ConferenceConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2018
    Abbreviated titleCHI
    Internet address


    • DIY approaches
    • Grassroots HCI
    • Maker culture
    • Participatory design
    • Research in-the-wild
    • Social innovation


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