Workshop at the 10th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp 2008)
21 September 2008
In this workshop we propose to explore new approaches to bring about real environmental change by looking at the success of empowering technologies that enable grassroots activism and bottom up community participation. Ubiquitous computing is transforming from being mostly about professional communication and social interaction to a sensor rich personal measurement platform that can empower individuals and groups to gain an awareness of their surroundings, engage in grassroots activism to promote environmental change, and enable a new social paradigm – citizen science. This workshop brings together fresh ideas and approaches to help elevate individuals to
This workshop builds on the success of two prior environmentally themed workshops:
Orginal Position Paper for Workshop:
Ubiquitous Sustainability: Citizen Science & Activism
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Workshop Format and Activities
We want to actively engage and acknowledge the cultural history and landscape of Seoul in the workshop’s interrogation, learning, and debate of UbiComp technologies and strategies for environmental awareness, sustainability, and grassroots efforts. The potential value of the workshop is in bringing together passionate practitioners into a shared forum to debate the important issues emerging in this rapidly evolving field. To that end the workshop format balances a small degree of individual presentations of work with a more involved series of collective brainstorming activities and design interventions. The workshop will serve as a “safe place” to explore this design space away from the pressures of “being right” and “bad ideas” and leverage the location of Seoul as a palimpsest for active learning and exploration of this important topic. The overall outcome will be a series of new design sketches and approaches to guiding UbiComp research forward in harmony with the issues of the environment and sustainability
Participation and Registration
We welcome submissions from individuals who are passionate about the interaction between UbiComp and environmental sustainability. A background in sustainability is welcome but is not required to participate in this workshop. We welcome submissions from researchers, practitioners, and students from both academia and industry. Authors of accepted papers are expected to register. In general, one author from each accepted submission must participate and register for the workshop.
Submission Content and Format
We kindly ask prospective participants to submit a position paper (2-4 pages total, in English) related to one of the topics of interest to Eric Paulos at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 27th June 2008. Each submission should include a short biography stating the author’s background and motivation for attending the workshop. Papers will be read by a review committee and selected on the basis of relevance, originality and impact. Accepted position papers will appear in the UbiComp 2008 Adjunct Proceedings. Please note that the workshop papers should follow the 2-column ACM SIGCHI format. This is a new format for the UbiComp conference and also used for full papers this year. Acceptance notifications will be sent by 25th July 2008.