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 the conference is shaping experiences, shaping society and its 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 the event to revisit the notions of micro, macro and even mega HCI, conceptualizing its field as layers in successive degrees of specialization and scope, the conference believes 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.
*Given the ever-changing status of the Coronavirus pandemic, the schedules of several events are changing. To see their latest updates, please visit each event’s respective website.
Previous speakers included:
Tone Bratteteig, University of Oslo;
Frode Eika Sandnes, Oslo Metropolitan University; and many others...