Group4Good

Exploring positive impacts of GROUP research

Call for Participation

This workshop is part of GROUP 2020, held in Sanibel Island, FL January 5-8, 2019.

Overview

As technology designers and researchers, how do we conceptualize the societal benefits of our research?

In conducting research, one typically considers the potential harms associated with the research and how to minimize or mitigate the negative impacts. Conversely, it is frequent that researchers are left with less time to consider designing for the optimized benefits of their research. The definition of positive impact relies heavily on the situational power structures, culture and social norms of the given community. This  workshop will give researchers from all disciplines in the GROUP community the opportunity to explore how we might design or use technologies to maximize wider societal benefits, and not just benefits from specific users or localized communities​. For more information, click here.

The goal of this workshop is to convene researchers from varying domains across the GROUP and HCI community (e.g., health, social computing, education, etc.) to explore how we might design or use technologies to maximize wider societal benefit and not just benefits from specific users or localized communities. Through this workshop, we seek to: 1) explore the various mental models and assumptions associated with projects that were intentionally designed for societal benefit or where there were unintentional societal benefits, 2) learn about various aspects of the research design, including execution and methods, utilized for maximizing benefits, and 3) utilize various techniques to create small-group artifacts from group discussions.

Important Dates

Submission Deadline: October 15, 2019
Notifications: October 25, 2019
Final Version Deadline: October 31, 2019
Date of Workshop: Sunday, January 5, 2020

How to Participate

To be considered for participation in the workshop, potential participants should submit a short (2-4 page) statement of interest, which will be reviewed by the workshop organizers. Submissions should also include a brief biographical sketch that includes current affiliation, research area, and (if not included elsewhere) experience relevant to the workshop theme.

Submissions should demonstrate the following:

  • you have worked in the socio-technical space
  • articulate the broader societal impacts of your work, including examples of societal good from your own experience
  • describe challenge and ethical implications of your work
    state the direct and indirect benefits of the research
  • state the direct and indirect benefits of the research

How to Submit

Submissions should be sent to:
group4goodworkshop@gmail.com 

Submissions will be peer-reviewed by the workshop’s program committee. Acceptance decisions will be sent out by October 25th, 2019 and final versions are due October 31, 2019. At least one author of each accepted position paper must attend the workshop and all participants must register for both the workshop and for at least one day of the conference.

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