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The biannual conference, NordiCHI, is the main Nordic forum for Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) research. NordiCHI addresses the field broadly and is a meeting place for researchers from academia and industry, designers, practitioners, educators and others working within HCI and related disciplines.
The theme of NordiCHI 2020 is “shaping experiences, shaping society” and our goal is to raise awareness about the effect we have on society through the experiences we enable, facilitate or craft. Yes, it is the old discussion of the butterfly effect but it’s also the old but ever more relevant discussion about carefully reflecting upon the consequences of our practices.
Besides allowing us to revisit the notions of micro, macro and even mega HCI, conceptualizing our field as layers in successive degrees of specialization and scope, we believe that the theme is the right one for Estonia. Named by some the first digital country and by others the most advanced digital society in the world, Estonia bypassed what some argue would have been, and still is, a much-needed discussion about what it all means, when reasoning beyond efficiency and convenience.
In other words, it's important to realize that Umuntu Ngumuntu Ngabantu, using African wisdom. What goes around, comes around so, when it comes to designing the technological world around us, it’s paramount to promote, if not demand, public ethical reasoning by the shapers of our lived experiences, by the shapers of our society. We hope to see such concerns approached in workshops, addressed by the keynotes, reflected upon in papers, and explored in case studies.
Sponsoring this event is an ideal way to demonstrate your organization’s commitment to HCI and interaction design research and to publicize this support to many leaders and students in the field.More info >