Guest Speaker (Dr. Ethan Schoolman) Announced!

We would like to announce that our invited speaker for the very first workshop on Rural Computing: Beyond Access & Infrastructure will be Dr. Ethan Schoolman, Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Ecology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, at Rutgers University. Dr. Schoolman works at the intersection of environmental, political, and cultural sociology. His current projects focus on the environmental and social implications of local food systems, inequalities in access to fresh and healthy food, localization as a social movement, and challenges to developing a culture of sustainability at institutions of higher education.

Dr. Schoolman will be speaking about his ongoing research at the intersection of local food systems and rurality. Following, he will be joined by one of our workshop organizers for an open discussion about methodological and interdisciplinary approaches to studying rural communities. Workshop participants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with Dr. Schoolman’s research and come prepared with questions.

Update: Deadline and participants

Hello all,

We are very excited about all of the submissions we received for the inaugural workshop on rural computing and HCI, Rural Computing: Beyond Access & Infrastructure. Our rolling deadlines have officially stopped rolling and we are happy to announce that we have accepted 10 submissions. As authors/participants confirm, we are posting their information and a link to their paper over on our Participants page. We will be updating and finalizing our agenda two weeks prior to the workshop. In the meantime if you have any questions or concerns, reach out to the workshop organizers at


Join us at CSCW 2018 in Jersey City!

Please consider joining us on Sunday, November 4, 2018 for our workshop “Rural Computing: Beyond Access and Infrastructure” at CSCW 2018 in Jersey City, NJ. The workshop is intended to be a forum to support and promote rural computing research and to reflect on the current state of our field. In addition, we’ll have an opportunity to hear from others working outside of the CSCW and HCI realm about how they do rural research. We look forward to participation from scholars at all levels and experiences in our discussions about the challenges and opportunities for the future of rural computing.

The first deadline for extended abstracts is September 5, 2018. The second deadline for extended abstracts is September 21, 2018. See the CFP for full details. Results from the first round of submissions will be communicated to the authors by September 10, 2018 (and earlier if at all possible to give authors time to make the early registration deadline for the conference). Results from the second round of submissions will be communicated to the authors by September 25, 2018. A tentative agenda for the workshop is available here.

If you have any questions about participating, please feel free to reach out to us at