By Mona Wong
SGCI co-hosted the Hacking and Making at Time-Bounded Events: Current Trends and Next Steps in Research and Event Design Workshop at the CHI 2018 Conference in Montreal, Canada on April 22. The purpose of the one-day workshop was to bring together researchers and event organizers to share and learn from one another on the phenomenon of time-bounded collaborations such as hackathons, sprints, codefests, etc.
The workshop brought together 23 attendees, all with various backgrounds and ranging in experience from none at all (myself) to researchers interested in studying these events from a social perspective and also event organizers with varying degrees of experience. Most attendees were from academia but there were a few from industry. Most attendees submitted either posters or papers to participate in this workshop.
Jim Herbsleb, professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, started off the event with a welcome and expressed his goal to form a community and compose a research agenda to learn more about time-bounded events. Next, each of the attendees gave a brief introduction about themselves.
The keynote speaker at the workshop was Elizabeth Gerber, Associate Professor of Design and Communications, co-director of Delta Labs, and Director of the Design Research Cluster at Northwestern University. Her research interest is focused on how technology and organizations foster collective innovation. In her keynote address, Gerber presented the following call-for-actions to event organizers:
Photo: Ei Pa Pa Pe Than
After the keynote address, workshop participants made poster presentations. Here are some poster highlights:
Hackathon Team Leadership
Photo: Ei Pa Pa Pe Than
Here is a list of the other posters that were presented:
All poster and paper submissions are available on the event schedule page.
After the poster session, attendees wrote down topics of interest on sticky notes and these were posted on the wall. During lunch, the organizers grouped them into three main topics which then formed three breakout groups that convened after lunch. Here are few highlights from the group I was in and links to all groups’ presentation:
We ended the workshop with a very interesting exercise lead by Elizabeth Gerber. We all sat in a large circle and each person got to say “I like …” and then “I wish/wonder …”. If a participant hears something that they agree with, they snap their fingers. It reminded me of a marriage counseling exercise where both people got a chance to express their needs without attacking the other person by starting their sentence with “I…”. The exercise was very well received and it was a wonderful way to end the workshop.