The David Hakken Participatory Design Grant

three separate files (rationale for submission, resume, portfolio)

all submissions should be made via the PDC 2018 Conference System, using the ACM recommended templates for the “rationale for submission” (see submission instructions).

important dates:

  • 27 April 2018: Submission
  • 18 May 2018: Notification of acceptance

The David Hakken Participatory Design Grant was established in 2016 to celebrate David Hakken, PD veteran and member of the PDC Advisory Board.

The bursary will be granted by the PDC Advisory Board on a Biennial basis to 1 talented student demonstrating, through his/her work, Participatory Design practice and/or thought leadership as well as alignment with Prof. Hakken’s main philosophy (as specified in the selection criteria).

The bursary’s grantee will have full fee exemption to the conference (to include participation to 1 workshop of choice and attendance to the Doctoral Consortium) and travel cost coverage (full or partial, assessed on a case-to-case basis by the PDC Advisory Board).

All submissions should include:

  • Rationale for submission with discussion on how the applicant’s work satisfies the selection criteria (1 page max) and how the attendance of PDC would benefit the candidate
  • Applicant’s resume (2 page max)
  • Portfolio (PDF or online link) or other examples of work (PDF or online link – if papers, not more than 3)

Selection criteria

  • Evidence of Participatory Design practice and/or thought leadership
  • Alignment with prof. Hakken’s main philosophy characterized by a rigorous approach to research, challenging phenomena with a commitment to interdisciplinarity, intertwining social science, humanities, and computing, combining academic interest and a broader interest to be active in the world.

About Prof. David Hakken

Trained originally as a cultural anthropologist, Prof. Hakken had a long career doing ethnographic fieldwork, both in cyberspace and in real life. His abiding concern has been the complex ways in which social change, culture, and digital technologies (DTs) like computing, co-construct each other; that is, both how DTs shape, and how they are shaped by, culture. To this end, he studied worker education, public policy, and workplace use of information technology in Britain and the United States; software development in Britain, the Nordic countries, the US, and Malaysia; social service and technology (especially assistive technology for people with disabilities) in the US and Italy; and techno-science in US, Chinese and Malaysian scholarship and higher education. His ultimate teaching and research goal has been to promote DTs that expand, not undermine, human capabilities, a goal embodied in a program to promote Socially Robust and Enduring Computing.


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