Participatory Design Industry Day: Wednesday, October 8th

 Join us for Industry Day where local and international practitioners from across commercial, government and not-for-profit sectors report on new and innovative approaches for addressing the challenges and opportunities of participation.

Industry Day includes a keynote address, a panel discussion focusing on opportunities and challenges of adopting participatory approaches that situate technology-enabled innovations in the African context, and case studies describing the application of participatory design approaches across a diverse range of settings and sectors.

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Who should attend Industry Day
Industry Keynote
Panel Discussion
Industry Case Studies

Industry Day Program


Industry Keynote: Embedding participatory agendas in industry: The legacy of PD 

Jeanette Blomberg, IBM Research

Session Chair:

Carva Pop


Panel Discussion: Exploring the Potential for Participatory Design in Africa 

Panelists: Yaw “DK” Osseo-Asare, Charity Wayua, Juha Miettinen, and Ayorkor Korsah

Session Chair:

Jeanette Blomberg





Industry Cases Session 1: 
Diverse contexts of participatory design 

Powers of Ten: Acquiring Sense of Ownership in Grow
Yuki Uchida, Fumiko Ichikawa, Hiroshi Tamura

Participatory Design Process to Solve Social Issue Case of Local Community        
Koki Kusano, Takehiko Ohno, Naohiko Kohtake

Participatory Design in Namibia
McAlbert Katjivirue

Hublink: A case­ study in Participatory Design and Open Source in the Third Sector
Lisa Haskel, Paula Graham

Session Chair:

Penny Hagen





Industry Cases Session 2:
Meanings and practices of participation

Participatory Design of Public Library E-Services           Terry Costantino, Linnea Vizard, Steven LeMay, Heather Moore, Dara Renton, Sandra Gornall, Ian Strang

Participation, an Enabler of Success
Michelle Gilmore

Co-designing with weaving communities in Laos             Nanci Takeyama

Using a Service Design Perspective to Create an Employee Community of Practice 
Delia Grenville

Session Chair:

Daria Loi





Shared session open to all:
Design Challenges Introduction
Heike Winschiers-Theophilus

Improving Reading Culture challenge
Essi Kuure and Helvi Wheeler

Service development for unemployed
Satu Mietinen, Shilumbe Chivuno-Kuria, Asnath Kambunga and students

Re-modelling work-integrated learning 
Delvie Moewes

Citizen Participation and social activism 
Cristhian Daniel Parra Trepowski



5.30pm - 7.30pm


Public workshop

How can Namibian citizens get involved in decision and policy making along with the promotion of social activism?

Cristhian Daniel Parra Trepowski and Zodidi Jewel Gaseb




Who should attend Industry day?

● Practitioners who are working with participatory methods or are interested in introducing such approaches to their workplaces
● Researchers, practitioners, designers and managers responsible for developing innovative co-design of applications, products and services
● Those dealing with complex stakeholder collaboration and/or community and constituent participatory involvement
● Anyone grappling with the complexities of participation or experimenting with novel approaches of collaboration.

Industry Day is an integral part of the Participatory Design Conference program, bringing together academics developing participatory approaches and design practitioners who have everyday experiences of multi-stakeholder design and development projects. Through this collaboration we are able to further strengthen international dialogue and learning around new research, methods and innovative practices of participation.




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