Within Child Computer Interaction (CCI), there is an emphasis on empowering children through co-design and co-creation of technology that shapes their learning, inside and outside the classroom, their wellbeing and lifestyles, and everyday experiences. However, the focus has primarily been on now or the near future, with limited work on designing children’s future technological life worlds. This workshop takes a strategic approach towards “designing for the future,” this year’s IDC conference theme, by reflecting on the past, discussing current trends, and exploring the future. We will further build on critical and/or future-oriented methods such as critical design, speculative design, design fictions, and others. Together with researchers in CCI, in this workshop we will compile a methodological toolbox for the future of IDC; one that enables us to inquire, design, and critically examine children’s technological futures together with them.

Workshop Goals

In this full-day workshop, we take stock of the past research on empowerment of children within CCI and combining a strategy process with a future-oriented lens, create a researchers’ toolbox for designing for the future for and with children. The main goals of the workshop are:

  • To reflect on previous research in CCI and compile a list of tools, methods, and approaches employed for empowering children in the design of their technological life worlds.
  • To explore known future-oriented methods and examine how they can be adapted to design with children their technological future-lives.
  • To explore ethical aspects in participatory methods entailing co-design with children.
  • To compile a set of hands-on tools and methods, with their pros and cons, that can be employed by researchers working towards designing for the future with and for children.
  • To create an agenda for future research and to find ways for monitoring the progress.

Call for Participation

To participate, please submit a position paper (in the SIGCHI extended abstract template, PDF format, max 4 pages) mentioning the following:

  • Author names and affiliations
  • A short description of your research interests, driving values and motivations, goals, and your vision for the future of your research and children’s role in designing their technology-rich everyday life.
  • An overview of a study, project, or research paper that you are most proud of.
  • A brief discussion on how the topic of the workshop aligns with the authors’ research domain and interests.
  • Please also feel free to mention a method that you would like to bring with you to the workshop (not mandatory).

Please submit your position paper here by April 13th, 2020. Selected participants will be informed by April 20th via email. List of selected position papers, if permitted, will be added to the camera ready version of the workshop proposal for the conference proceedings. Please feel free to email the organizers if you have any questions.

Note: For each selected position paper, at least one author must attend the workshop. Further, all workshop participants must register for the workshop and main conference.

Proposed Schedule

This is a full-day workshop, where participants work in teams of 3-5. The planned schedule includes:

  • Introduction to the workshop and participant introductions (45 mins)
  • Group Activity #1 – where are we now and how did we get here? (30-45 mins)
  • Summary of activity #1 and discussion on current trends (30 mins)
  • Introduction to future-oriented methods (15 -30 mins)
  • <Lunch break>
  • Group Activity #2 – designing for the future (60 mins)
    • Vision and goals: Where do we want to be?
    • Approach: How are we going to get there?
    • Motivations and Drivers: Who is going to do what?
    • Success metrics: How will we monitor our progress?
  • Summary of activity #2 and wrap up (30-45 mins)
  • <coffee break>
  • Paper planning sessions (30-45 mins)

Organizers

Dr. Marianne Kinnula is an Associate Professor of human-centred design and digitalization in INTERACT Research Unit in University of Oulu. Her research focus is in how technology changes our everyday lives in many ways, in society level, organizational level, as well as in individual level. School as an organization and children’s technology use are close to her heart and currently the main focus of her studies: what is children’s genuine possibility to affect the decisions that concern them as well as their technology-rich environment.

Dr. Netta Iivari is a Professor in Information Systems and research unit leader of INTERACT Research Unit in University of Oulu. She has background in Cultural Anthropology as well as in Information Systems and Human Computer Interaction. Her long-lasting research interest concerns understanding and strengthening people's participation in shaping and making their digital futures. Her research has focused on empowerment of children in and through design and Making. Her research is strongly influenced by interpretive and critical research traditions. Currently, she is examining critical design and Making in collaboration of children.

Dr. Sirkku Kotilainen is professor of media education at the Faculty of Information Technologies and Communication Sciences at Tampere University, Finland. Her research focuses on children and youth as users online, their digital literacies and media education among children and youth. More recently, her research has focused on promoting media education among at-risk youth and, methodological developments in co-research with young people as empirical experts in their uses of online media.

Dr. Jussi Okkonen works currently as Senior Research Fellow in Faculty of Information Technologies and Communication Sciences at Tampere University, Finland. The key topic in his research work is performance and productivity. From 1997 Okkonen has approached productivity and performance issues of knowledge work and knowledge intensive organisations from theoretical and practical perspectives in several national and international research projects. Due to digitalization of work environments Okkonen has put more emphasis on extended, augmented, asynchronic and spatially dispersed work and humans in digital environments. The underlying theme still is the individual and organizational performance connected to information ergonomics. Other research topics are digital learning environments, HCI and software engineering.

Dr. Sumita Sharma is a post-doc researcher at the INTERACT research group at the University of Oulu. Her research work focuses on designing inclusive and collaborative technology for the classroom environment for children across the world, including children living in urban slums, children with special needs, and children in remote communities. She is also interested in understanding the socio-cultural barriers towards empowerment of children.