30th June 2016
The MIT Center for Civic Media has partnered with the inaugural Africa Human Computer Interaction Conference (AfriCHI’16) that will take place from 21-25 November 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya. The MIT Center for Civic Media Center is a collaboration of the MIT Media Lab and Comparative Media Studies Writing.
AfriCHI’16 is an ACM SIGCHI in-cooperation conference that brings together practitioners, professionals, scholars and students interested in people’s interactions with digital technology or media, who are African, based in Africa, or undertake/want to work on projects
in Africa or with Africans. We welcome practitioners, professionals, scholars and students in all fields and traditions that consider interactions with digital technology. This includes not only designers, engineers or analysts of software, hardware and media (e.g. user
experience or mobile application designers, information architects, usability experts etc.), but also educators in all aspects of digital life; researchers in all disciplines; change-makers, planners and managers in all sectors including government, NGOs and industries; entrepreneurs, artists, activists; and elders in grassroots/creative collectives.
True to the theme of AfriCHI -Kujenga madaraja, kubomoa vizuizi or Building Bridges, Breaking Barriers – AfriCHI’16 is exploring real-time Internet links with institutions throughout Africa to ensure that people who cannot travel to Kenya can participate in the talks.
The partnership will entail providing conference support in the form of media coverage by partnering students of the Center with the AfriCHI team and conducting joint activities.
AfriCHI’16 welcomes this opportunity to collaborate and looks forward to more similarly exciting opportunities.