Last week, I attended CHI2016 #chi4good in San Jose, California with David Brown, Michael Hibbert and Andrew Crooks. The workshop was especially good on ‘Method Stories’, with lots of inspirational researchers working to involve participants, often with mental health issues, sensory impairments and/or cognitive disabilities. It was great to share our methods and stories in a friendly, supportive atmosphere, and many thanks are due to Karin and Bert from Leuven for leading and providing the framework to talk to each other – we look forward to seeing you (in Nottingham?) and including you in some of our research sessions. This left me feeling really fired up about the political and social agenda to be much more inclusive of participants in research design and methodology and making academia much more accessible. I wish conferences could be more experiential and less exclusive. That said, the ‘Conference Reception & Exhibits Grand Opening’ was excellent. I expected crowds might make it uncomfortable, but it was in a massive hall, which meant it was possible to find quieter spots when needed. There was plenty of food and drink, and opportunities to see posters and take part in demonstrations. Boom cha cha and the fire dancers were especial highlights! We stayed till the end……..
Looking back, it was great to see Papers: Families and Assistive Technology, alt.chi: Critical Theory and Pedagogy and alt.chi: Confronting Power in HCI – all subjects close to our hearts, and gladdening to find like-minded souls wrestling with these issues. We’re hoping to be able to make it to Denver next year, and Glasgow 2019 is certainly something to aim for.
Our paper can be found here.