Workshop structure

The workshop is a forum to support and promote rural computing research and to reflect on the current state of our field. We will bring established and emerging scholars who have experience in their respective fields to speak to us about challenges and opportunities in establishing rural research agendas. Participants will introduce their research in brief presentations with ample time for collective reflection. The networking and connection opportunities the workshop provides will help build a community of rural computing scholars.

Activities & Schedule
Our tentative workshop schedule is as follows:

  • 8:30-9am – Arrival
  • 9-9:15am – Brief opening of the workshop by the organizers and establishing some common ground for the workshop space.
  • 9:15-11am – Participants give short presentations (~3-4 mins) that outline who they are and how they approached the question guiding their position papers.
  • 11am-12pm – We will break out into small groups to discuss commonalities between participants and identify unifying questions of rural computing research.
  • 12-1:30pm – Lunch in small groups based on interest related to questions and problems outlined in morning session.
  • 1:30-3pm – A “fireside conversation” between an organizer and an outside scholar (TBA) with experience navigating rural research partnerships. This conversation would also be based on the topics brought up in the position papers submitted to the workshop.
  • 3-4:15pm – Small group breakouts whose purpose is conversation and brainstorming about each other’s work, of which the purpose is to generate a rough abstract for each participant that could be used to propose a journal special issue on Rural Computing.
  • 4:15-5pm – Concluding the workshop with a group conversation and task generation session planning a special issue (e.g., in Interactions or TOCHI journal) and its continuation in another workshop (e.g., the following CHI or CSCW).
  • 5-6:30pm – Break
  • 6:30pm – Dinner together off-site.