SIGCHI Brisbane event: Open discussion on HCI and sustainability

  • Time: 16. June, 4.30-6pm
  • Location: QUT Design Lab, Kelvin Grove Campus, Z4 Level 1
  • Tickets: eventbrite registration

Description: In this open discussion, Nic Bidwell, SIGCHI EC’s Sustainability Chair, will recap on panels and workshops at CHI’23 Hamburg where participants put forward perspectives on HCI and sustainability. She will introduce the results from a recent SIGCHI survey on sustainability and explain the various activities of, and support offered by, the SIGCHI Sustainability Committee. This will lead into a discussion on Australia’s and Queensland’s specific needs and interests related to HCI and sustainability.

Nic (Nicola J) Bidwell Bio: Nic Bidwell has researched at the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and social informatics with a focus on the Global Souths for 20 years. This encompasses working with First Nations people in far north Australia, Namiba and Mexico and rural inhabitants of South Africa, Mozambique, Kenya, Ireland, Uganda, Indonesia, Argentina and India. She initiated the first panel on Indigenous Led Digital Enterprise at OZchi’08 and co-founded the African HCI Conference (AfriCHI) in 2016. Her ethnographically informed design work with rural collaborators set the stage for South Africa’s first community owned ISP and her analyses of relations between spectrum regulation and community networks (CNs) and community radio have informed policy debate. Nic is Chair of SIGCHI’s Sustainability Committee, Digital Ethics Lead at Melbourne University, University Fellow at Charles Darwin University and an Adjunct Professor at International University of Management in Namibia, where she maintains her rural home.