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Thinking outside the (tool) box: Empowering people with toolkits

Lookup NU author(s): Janis Meissner


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© 2018 Copyright is held by the owner/author(s). Toolkits enable individuals to create and design their own technologies. With more toolkits being commercially available, movements such as the Maker Movements has led to a hype around Do-It-Yourself and Making practices. This development aligns with the recent HCI research agenda, which is calling for user empowerment. Yet, the Maker Movement has been criticised for lacking diversity and practicality in the broader world. The question remains how toolkits can afford and sustain wider participation of different communities in technology design. This workshop aims to identify ways in which toolkits can empower people. By bringing together researchers, designers, and practitioners with an interest in DIY/making toolkits for people from diverse backgrounds, for different purposes, and in a variety of project contexts, we see a particular potential in discussing how HCI research could contribute and unpack toolkits as tools for empowerment and thinking about the role of making in broader practice.

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Author(s): Jarusriboonchai P, Meissner JL, Hansen NB, Schouten B

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: ACM International Conference Proceeding Series

Year of Conference: 2018

Pages: 980-983

Online publication date: 29/09/2018

Acceptance date: 29/09/2018

Publisher: Association for Computing Machinery


DOI: 10.1145/3240167.3240263

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9781450364379