Community Inventor Days: Scaffolding Grassroots Innovation with Maker Events

Nick Taylor, Loraine Clarke, Katerina Gorkovenko

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This paper describes a series of Inventor Days designed to catalyse sustainable relationships between communities and makers to support grassroots innovation. By appropriating core properties of hackathons, the Inventor Days brought together residents in a community and makers from across the city. Over three events, makers and community members worked together to learn about the local area, design novel ideas that addressed local issues and build prototypes. We show evidence that these events created enthusiasm around use of technology to support the community, while developing ongoing relationships that enabled members of the community to continue building on their experiences beyond the events. We propose this as a new means of enabling innovation in communities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDIS '17: Proceedings of the 2017 Conference on Designing Interactive Systems
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-4922-2
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
EventDIS '17 - 2017 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems - Edinburgh, UK
Duration: 10 Jun 2017 → …


ConferenceDIS '17 - 2017 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems
Period10/06/17 → …

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