DIS’17: Design4Arabs Workshop

Call for Participation (CfP): DIS 2017 workshop on Designing for the Arab World
When:   Sunday 11 June 2017, 09:00 – 17:00
Where:  DIS’17, Edinburgh, UK | Room: B31 in the Merchiston Campus 

This one-day workshop will be held as part of the DIS 2017 annual ACM SIGCHI Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, held in Edinburgh, UK, held between 10 and 14 June 2017.

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: 25 April 2017  |  Final deadline: (Extended) 6 May 2017
  • Final notification: 7 May 2017
  • Early bird registration closes: 10 May 2017

HCI research is playing an important role in interactive systems design and development worldwide. However, there is a gap between HCI research in the Arab region and the West due to socio-economic and political contextual factors. This workshop will be designed based on the discussions initiated in the previous SIG Meeting to bridge the gap between Western technology designers and Arab technology users, and to identify the bidirectional effect of technology by understanding the social shaping and social impact of these technologies adopted in the Arab context. This workshop is considered one of the initial steps toward establishing a community of interested researchers in the Arab context to foster the discussion and exchange of ideas surrounding the design of interactive systems for the Arab world. The workshop will result in: the development of a research agenda for designing interactive technologies for the Arab context, and confronting the emerging design challenges in the region.

This workshop invites researchers interested in the Arab context with no restrictions on their background, gender or nationality. Participants are required to submit a 4-page position paper in the SIGCHI Extended Abstracts Format, that describes their previous, current, or future interest, along with challenges and experiences designing and/or deploying interactive systems in the Arab region. The paper should describe how the authors would contribute to the workshop discussions. The submissions should be sent in PDF format to ( E.Abdulqader1@newcastle.ac.uk ). Submissions will be reviewed by interdisciplinary experts in the field and Arab context, and selected based on the contribution to the workshop themes, quality of presentation, accuracy/validity, and potential to stimulate discussion. Upon acceptance, at least one of the authors must register for the workshop and one or more days of the main conference.

Full Abstract: Download

Workshop Programme:
09:00 – 09:15    Welcome and introduction
09:15 – 10:30     Participants presentations and intros
10:30 – 11:00      Tea & Coffee Break *
11:00 – 11:45       Contextual challenges discussions
11:45 – 12:00      Contextual challenges feedback session
12:00 – 13:00     Lunch Break *
13:00 – 15:00     Design4Arab opportunities and actions
15:00 – 15:30     Tea & Coffee Break *
15:30 – 16:30     Design4Arab presentations and feedback
16:30 – 17:00     What’s Next ?
*Coffee and lunch will be served in the Glassroom in the Merchiston Campus 

Accepted Papers: 

Ebtisam Alabdulqader – Open Lab, Newcastle University, UK
Norah Abokhodair – Information School, University of Washington, US
Shaimaa Lazem – Informatics Research Institute, SRTA-city, Egypt

Kyle Montague – Open Lab, Newcastle University, UK
Taghreed Alshehri – Open Lab, Newcastle University, UK

Post-Event & Photo Gallery:
Design4Arabs Workshop at DIS 2017 was attended by 17+ Arab and non-Arab participants. The workshop keynotes and the discussion outcomes have been published in the ACM Interactions magazine.

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