We are co-organizing a workshop at ECSCW 2015:

Experiences of Technology Appropriation: Unanticipated Users, Usage, Circumstances, and Design

This will be a one-day workshop taking place in September 2015 in conjunction with the European Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (ECSCW) in Oslo, Norway.

About this Workshop

Whether in private or professional life, people frequently adapt, adopt, and shape the technology around them, based on their everyday practices, to ease interaction when accomplishing certain tasks. The major goal of this one-day workshop is to discuss how this form of technology appropriation is used to satisfy people’s communication needs. In particular, we focus on technology that was not initially intended to foster communication, but which led to appropriation, driven by people’s communication needs. We aim to identify ‘unexpected’ communication needs, to better account for them when designing interactive systems. We focus on different contexts, ranging from private settings (e.g., home) or semi-public spaces (e.g., art galleries) to strictly regulated environments (e.g., production lines or health- and emergency contexts) in which appropriation can be considered as a ‘critical’ matter. Thereby, we will discuss four aspects of appropriation: unanticipated usage, unanticipated users, unanticipated circumstances, and designing for the unanticipated.

For further information please visit: https://projects.hci.sbg.ac.at/ecscw2015/