Ethical Future Environments: Smart Thinking about Smart Cities means engaging with their Most Vulnerable

NordiCHI 22 - Hybrid Workshop

Ethical Future Environments: Engaging refugees in Smart City participation

Call for Participation

This one-day workshop aims to engage researchers, Smart city practitioners and refugees in discussions about Smart Cities and the increasing role of technology in our environments. The main aim is to empower marginalized stakeholders in these discussions, who are currently underrepresented in design and development processes of digitalized environments. During this workshop, we use and further develop an inclusive card game method to scaffold discussions among different stakeholders. We aim to support a mutual learning environment for participants, in which we can share and discuss different perspectives. Finally, we aim to create a sharing community in which this card game and other methods and tools support collaboration with marginalized citizens can be shared with practitioners, researchers and citizens.

For researchers and Smart city practitioners, this workshop will be hold as a one-day, hybrid workshop. The main activities will take place in zoom and we offer networking opportunities during the breaks. For the refugees, we offer a series of three co-located, in-person workshops in different countries of the organizers (Austria, Germany, the Netherlands):

  • A pre-workshop to brainstorm about relevant topics the refugees would like to discuss during the conference workshop and to practice the experience of a workshop. Researchers (other than the organizers) and practitioners are not participating in this workshop.
  • During the main conference workshop the participants of the co-located workshops participate virtually, supported by the organizers. The researchers and smart city professionals take part in the discussions with the participants of the co-located workshops via zoom. We will play a visual card game to scaffold discussions and to support participants with a language barrier. The topics of the discussions will be Smart city related and picked by the participants during the pre-workshop.
  • A post-conference workshop will be held with the participants of the co-located workshops to discuss the participant’s experience and to learn how we can improve the methods we used during the workshops. All participants will be invited to contribute to the main outcomes we aim for: 1) a scientific publication about methods for involving marginalized groups in Smart city discussions 2) a sharing community to support practitioners with methods and tools to involve marginalized groups in Smart City projects. Researchers (other than the organizers) and practitioners are not participating in this workshop.


We invite to this workshop researchers, practitioners who work in fields related to Smart Cities, and refugees. We aim to create an inclusive and accessible workshop experience for all participants. To have a balanced number of participants from each group, we limit the amount of participants for each. We invite a maximum number of 10 researchers and a maximum of 10 Smart city practitioners to take part in this workshop.

The submission format is open and flexible. We suggest researchers to write a positioning paper (1-2 pages) or using a google form (google form), stating their motivation to participate and background. Submissions can be sent to All submissions will be reviewed based on relevance and interest in contributing to the workshop. At least one co-author of each accepted paper must register to attend the workshop.

Early Submission Deadline: August 29
Early Notification of Acceptance: 1st of September (early bird registration closes September 2nd!)
Final Submission Deadline: September 16th
Final Notification of Acceptance: September 20th
Workshop Day: October 9, 2022

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