Despite widespread interest in civic technologies, empowering neighbourhoods to take advantage of these technologies in their local area remains challenging. This paper presents findings from the Ardler Inventors project, which aimed to understand how neighbourhoods can be supported in performing roles normally carried out by researchers and designers. We describe the end-to-end process of bringing people together around technology, designing and prototyping ideas, and ultimately testing several devices in their local area. Through this work, we explore different strategies for infrastructuring local residents' participation with technology, including the use of hackathon-like intensive design events and pre-designed kits for assembly. We contribute findings relating to the ability of these strategies to support building communities around civic technology and the challenges that must be addressed.
|Title of host publication||CHI '18: Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems|
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|
|Event||2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2018 - Montreal, Canada|
Duration: 21 Apr 2018 → 26 Apr 2018
|Conference||2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2018|
|Period||21/04/18 → 26/04/18|