Participation by people in the design of the systems they use is integral to the way we do business, support civic engagement, collaborate and connect with clients, constituents and community. The Participatory Design Conference is an important venue for international discussion of the collaborative, social and political dimensions of technology innovation and use.
Participate: We are excited to invite submissions from industry practitioners across commercial, government and not-for-profit sectors to present as part of the special industry track. We also encourage practitioners who are working with participatory methods or interested in introducing such approaches to attend, learn, share and collaborate around the topic of participation and methods for co-designing where ‘users’ become active participants. Participants will have the opportunity to hear practitioners from various fields report on new research, methods and approaches.
We are now seeking submission for:
Case study presentations - that report on the use of participatory design (PD) methods, tools, and/or practices within commercial, non-profit and governmental organisations.
The PDC Pitch Fest
- where representatives from not-for-profit and academic sectors “pitch” design ideas to ‘industry’ in a short, lively format. Judges pick receives $prize towards further promotion of the concept.
Enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org Visit www.pdc2010.org/industry for more info
What is Participatory Design? Participatory Design is a diverse collection of principles and practices aimed at making technologies, tools, environments, businesses, services and social institutions more responsive to human needs. A central tenet of Participatory Design is the direct involvement of people in the co-design of things and technologies they use.
Participatory Design has its roots in the Scandinavian labour movement of the 70’s and over the years has broadened its impact to areas such as health care, international development, civic engagement, local government, education, communications, agile software development, new media, architecture, and the arts. Methods that are becoming common in industry today such as co-operative prototyping, future workshops and scenarios had their origins in early Participatory Design research.
The Participatory Design conference PDC is an international conference for research on participatory design of systems, services and products. The conference has been held every two years since 1990 and it attracts over 300 researchers and practitioners from around the world. This year PDC is in the Southern Hemisphere for the first time and will be hosted by the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.