Field Trips

A field trip group typically comprises of 5-8 participants, who are a mix of local and international researchers, practitioners and student volunteers. A field trip may last one or two days. It may be organised either on  02 and/or 03 September, 2019.

The theme of the field trips of INTERACT 2019 need to be in the broad area of “Youth and technology for peace”

The organising committee will receive field trip proposals related to the above theme which will include:

* A short profile of the subject of enquiry (E.g. what location might be appropriate for such a field trip, what populations will be included etc.)
* Methodology (any specific methodological protocol such as video ethnography, contextual enquiry, photo diaries, et al.)
* Broad research questions
* Possible/Expected Outcomes

The location of the field trips will be Nicosia, Cyprus (an ethnically divided capital).

A lens or a framework to carry out a field trip may include information such as gender, development, livelihood, employment, entrepreneurship, innovation, youth rights, everyday stories, hacker/maker culture etc. A method used for a field trip could use shadowing, participant observation, participatory design, usability evaluation, focus group discussion or a combination of these methods.

A field trip may result in a rich description of a social phenomenon, a ‘day in the life’ mapping, an understanding of technology use by a community or a user group, ideas for a new product, testing of an idea, a usability evaluation of a product, development of a new method or mapping a new use case.

Proposals with a relevant scope but needing support in terms of refining some aspects of it, e.g. location, access or local participants, will still be considered. In these cases, the organising committee will assess whether they can be implemented during the conference through a combination of local resources or other proposals.

Once proposals are accepted, groups will be formed according to mutual interests which will be curated/discovered through this process. Before the conference,  online sessions will be organized to facilitate introduction and discussion amongst group members.

Each group will be helped with local logistical arrangements for transport, food and user recruitment. Each group will have 15 minutes of time to present their main findings / learnings in a session during the main conference.

Guidelines

Proposals must be submitted by using the conference submission system (PCS). To start the process or create an account click here.

Submissions should be in the  Springer LNCS Format.

Further Process

Each accepted field trip will have their own call for participation.
The schedule is mentioned below:

Reviewing process: curated

Submission:  28 January, 2019

Notification:  18 February, 2019

Camera-ready (shortened abstract): 3 June, 2019

Co-Chairs: Panayiotis Zaphiris, Andreas Papallas, Anirudha Joshi

E-mail: fieldtrips[at]interact2019.org

TBD: Deadline to receive registrations of interest to join a Field Trip
TBD: Notifications to field trip participants of acceptance into the Field Trip
TBD:(Hard deadline): Camera-ready submissions

The conference will provide logistical support such as user recruitment, transport from the conference venue to the field trip location, and lunch. The conference will also provide a discussion space at the conference venue for any meetings that the group wishes
to have after the field trip.