ACM SIGCHI Sponsored HCI Summer School @ AfriCHI 2018

Theme: Designing With or For Marginalised Communities

Date:  November 26, 2018 – December 2, 2018

Venue: Namibia University of Science and Technology, Windhoek, Namibia


The summer school will take place over seven days before the second AfriCHI conference. The school includes teaching, mentoring and taking the participants on a field trip to an existing research partner community in an informal settlement in Windhoek. The organization of the school is a joint effort by the Namibian Windhoek ACM SIGCHI  chapter,  the Kenyan Wananchi ACM SIGCHI chapter, the Egyptian CairoCHI chapter, and South African Protea ACM SIGCHI chapter. The school mentors are local researchers from the four African SIGCHI chapters, who will share their expertise working with various African communities. The summer school will be hosted by Namibia University of Science and Technology.


School Program


For four days, the participants will learn about basic HCI concepts through lectures, case studies, and selected readings. The topics are: ethnography and fieldwork, HCI research techniques including quantitative and qualitative methods, design and prototyping, usability and user experience testing techniques, and ethics in community research.

The four condensed days will have a fixed structure. The morning sessions will consist of lectures, and a case study discussion that is introduced by one of the school mentors. On the first afternoon the participants will meet invited marginalised community members to get a first impression and guide further application of theoretical knowledge.  The other afternoon sessions, the participants will be divided into groups, each one mentored by a school speaker. Groups will work on hands-on exercises as well as read and discuss papers related to the morning topic. The days will conclude with a debriefing session, where each group will share its thoughts and comments about the readings.

The fifth day will be a joint field trip to a research site in Namibia. The participants will be engaged in activities and guided to use the trip to reflect on what they learned and read so far. Additionally, the participants will be asked to develop ideas during the first five days for a final school project with guidance from school mentors. In the last two days of the school ,the participants will work closely with their mentors on their selected projects. The project outcomes will be presented and discussed in the afternoon of the last day.