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Engaging different worlds, one field trip at a time.

Sharma, S and Niculescu, A and Eden, G and Sim, G and Toprani, D and Thankachan, B and Read, J and Turunen, M and Kallioniemi, P (2018) Engaging different worlds, one field trip at a time. Interactions, 25 (3). pp. 46-51. ISSN 1072-5520

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Abstract

Nine HCI researchers from different cultures, backgrounds, and nationalities came together for two hours to discuss the role of technology in the day-to-day life of nine parents and their children, from Dharavi. The stories shared varied from experiences of parents wanting their children to study more and play videos games less, to a point blank question on the need for technology and the internet. There was a shared reminiscence of a socially driven past, a hope for a better technology capable future, and a critique of the present day fuss over technology. People whose paths would not have crossed otherwise shared some laughs, some unexpected questions, and an unparalleled social experience, starting from having to sit on the floor in a circle. This article discusses the potential and perceived value of such a fieldtrip towards engaging people from different worlds with respect to the HCI goals of design for good or HCI for development.

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