Top three readings for Sustainable HCI

May 15, 2014


At the sustainable HCI workshop at CHI this month we each agreed to contribute our top three “must reads” for Sustainable HCI (spoiler, none of these papers even mention Sustainable HCI).   Of course, I’d recommend my own books and other writings, but beyond that, here are my three (current) “must reads”. 1.  Sigrid Stagl’s […]

Impressed with Interactions

March 18, 2014


This month’s edition of Interactions is pretty much a must read, cover to cover.  Seriously great job Ron Wakkary and Erik Stolterman. Here are some of the highlights for me:  (other papers that are also great include collaborative design, collective action, reframing design for aging (aging is neither an absolute concept nor a sum of established […]

The role of activism in ICT for Sustainability: Learning from practitioners

March 11, 2014


Here’s the draft of the paper we just finished.  It is based on our conversations published as podcasts on SustainableLens. Samuel Mann,  Shane Gallagher,  Nell Smith Abstract— This paper describes an analysis of responses to the question “do you consider yourself to be an activist?” and applies the learnings from that to computing for sustainability.   […]

Am I an activist?

February 26, 2014


Ben Shneiderman declared at CHI last year that “HCI is an activist discipline”.      We’re  trying to work out the implications of this – what would it mean for computing to be an activist discipline? (see also Hopeful Tourism Computing).    To find out, I’ve been trawling through the podcasts for where we ask […]

Pilot survey (pilot as in trial, not as in flying)

February 3, 2014


We’re piloting the NZ IT Student Learning and Careers Expectations survey (background).   Supported by CITRENZ, the survey is intended to help ensure that IT graduates align with society and industry expectations.   This survey is being completed by IT/computing students throughout NZ during the first weeks of study.    Employers will be asked a similar set […]

Posted in: education

Thoughts for Chris’ design students visiting Paris

January 22, 2014


My friend Chris Ebbert is taking a class of UK product designers to Paris. What should they see he asks?  Here are my thoughts (it was a 3k straight swim this morning so lots of time for thinking). I’m sure there are places such as product design museums or particular icons that you should have […]

Posted in: design

Why have you chosen computing?

December 3, 2013


As part of the development of the Excellence in Communications project, we’re planning an NZ-wide survey of students and industry to get a deeper understanding of IT student and industry values and educational expectations. At the beginning of 2014, CITRENZ will be undertaking a benchmark survey of all incoming IT/computing students: the “Values and Educational […]


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