Jointly organised by City’s Centre for Human-Computer Interaction Design, Newcastle University’s OpenLab, and Northumbria University’s NorthLab, the Festival explores the interdisciplinary nature of Human-Computer Interaction and a do-it-yourself approach to the field of study.

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From June 22nd to 26th 2020, members of City's Centre for Human-Computer interaction Design (HCID) joined forces with HCI colleagues from Newcastle University’s Open Lab, and Northumbria University’s NORTHLab to organise a jam-packed, virtual HCI Summer Festival.

The innovative event included a variety of online offerings, including technology demos, flash presentations, places to network, digital zine making and even an online walk.

ORBIT project

HCID Centre staff and PhD students shared stories of their experiences, findings from their research, and even a live online digital poetry session.

HCID members Beatrice Vincenzi and Dr Marisela Gutierrez talked about Life as an early career researcher and Dr Lida Theodorou introduced the ORBIT project, exploring personalised digital object recognition aimed to support blind and low vision people.

Dr Simone Stumpf reported on the SCAMPI project - exploring self-care advice, monitoring, planning and intervention for people with Parkinson’s disease or dementia and Dr Timothy Neate and Dr Abi Roper introduced CreaTable and the MakeWrite app from the INCA project - novel technologies to support people with aphasia to create and share digital content.

Finally, Dr Alex Taylor spoke about Systems of (in)justice - a panel discussion exploring structural forms of injustice and specifically inviting perspectives on how technology intersects with forms of systemic exploitation and inequality.

To catch up on videos from the Festival via the open lab YouTube channel, please visit this page.

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