Hacking, Tinkering, Crafts & Inventive Leisure Practices (March 2011, China)

Hacking, Tinkering, Crafts & Inventive Leisure Practices
A workshop at CSCW 2011, Hangzhou, China, March 19-23 2011.
Deadline for submission: 19 December 2010

Hacking, tinkering, crafts and Inventive Leisure Practices (ILP) are a growing source of innovation and creativity, and are increasingly important sites of technological collaboration.  These practices take many forms: hacking commoditized products, building electronics, knitting, crafting, carpentry, writing open-source software and much, much more.

In this workshop we bring together researchers engaging with these communities for discussion of the role of such practices in CSCW, and particularly the different forms of such practices in different societies, including both developed and developing countries, urban and rural areas, work in formal and informal industry, as well as the academy.

We’re open to participation from new researchers who may not have discussed their work in this field in an academic conference before.  There are two ways to submit to this workshop.

  1. Produce a DIY/hacking/crafts project and document the process and end result on Instructables, Ravelry, or similar website. We encourage reflection on the project, and discussion of why you felt this project was particularly appropriate for submission.
  2. Produce a 2-10 page position paper in Extended Abstracts format discussing some aspect of hacking, tinkering, crafts or other inventive leisure activity.

In either case, please email your paper or URL to committee@hackingworkshop.com by December 19th. Please include a short bio describing your background and interest in hacking, tinkering, crafts and inventive leisure practices, and what you hope to get out of the workshop.  We will read all submissions and inform participants whether they have been accepted by December 30th.

Email us committee@hackingworkshop.com or see http://hackingworkshop.com for more details.


About Fil Salustri
I'm a design methodologist and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. Adjectives that describe me include: secular humanist, meritocrat, and long-winded. Some people call me a positivist too, as if that were a bad thing. Go figure. My real home page is http://deseng.ryerson.ca/~fil.

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