Workshop Format and Schedule

As the focus of this workshop is making more visible Latin America as a place for CSCW research and collaborative mentoring, it is structured around group discussions, team work, and vision creation activities. The workshop will be structured in four main sessions.

 

Session OneIntroduction: Cards & Invited Talks

This session will include three main activities:

  • Introductions [20 mins]: We will use bingo cards to motivate participants to get to know each other at the beginning of the workshop. To introduce each other in these minutes, participants will be encouraged to exchange trading cards.
  • Setting the rules of the game [10 mins]: Organizers will present the goals of the workshop and the agenda. This moment will also be used to discuss our interest in making this workshop a safe and respectful space to share experiences and ideas.
  • Invited talks and discussion [60 mins]: Senior invited researchers from Latin America, Europe, and North America will be asked to provide short presentations to describe relevant aspects of doing CSCW research in their regions, including the main opportunities, harder challenges, and major tipping points in its evolution. These talks will seek to create an opportunity for participants to debate the major differences and challenges in conducting CSCW research in different areas.

 

Session TwoAffinity Diagrams & Posters

To identify overarching key aspects of the research centered on Latin America and make them more visible to the CSCW community, this session will include two main activities:

  • Affinity diagram [60 mins]: We will ask all participants to identify topics and methods of current research centered on Latin America and where it is happening, perceived advantages and challenges of doing research focused on Latin America, insights into opportunities for innovation, and ideas about potentially fruitful collaborations within Latin America and across regions. These ideas will be written in post-its by all participants. Afterwards, everyone will be invited to collectively create affinity diagrams on the wall. All workshop participants will be engaged in categorizing and naming the emerging themes.
  • Sketching Posters [60 mins]: Participants will be then split in small groups to discuss and further elaborate individual themes. We envision at least three main kinds of themes: (1) How does research focused on Latin America look like and where is it happening?, (2) What can research centered on Latin America contribute to the mainstream CSCW research?, and (3) What can the CSCW community contribute to the research centered on Latin America? Each group will design and sketch a large poster summarizing its themes’ key aspects using various materials, including the original post-its and new artifacts that can emerge from the group conversation. A large world map will be available to the group working on registering where the research centered on Latin America is happening. At the end of this session, the posters will be briefly presented to all participants and will be placed on the wall for further work and discussion in the following sessions. All participants will be encouraged to add ideas and suggestions to all posters by adding post-its (of a different color) to them at any moment during the rest of the workshop.

 

Session Three – Collaborative Mentoring Tables

After the lunch break, participants will focus on advancing their own research and research projects of a few other participants. To do so, participants will be divided in groups of four to six people to work on collaborative mentoring. The group composition will be defined in advance by the workshop organizers in order to ensure that there is a common ground for fruitful discussion, a balance among young and senior researchers, and a fair representation of participants from different countries. There will be at least one invited senior CSCW researcher in each table. To be better prepared for this collaborative mentoring session, participants will receive in advance the submissions of other people in their groups. Each person will have three minutes to briefly present their research to the group and propose the specific kinds of feedback they are looking for. Afterwards, each will devote at least 15 minutes on actively providing feedback and engaging in discussions on how to strengthen each individual project in regard to various aspects, including theoretical foundations, methodological decisions, related work, future lines of research, and potential opportunities for collaboration. The goal of this collaborative mentoring process is to advance the participants’ projects so they can publish their results in future SIGCHI high-quality venues.

 

Session FourPosters & Closing

In the final session, participants will be asked to revisit the posters to review, critique, and improve their content, as well as to bring back issues left behind in the process.

Participants will need to choose posters to present them publicly as outputs of the workshop. We expect that the poster with a map of the research initiatives centered on Latin America will be one of the selected posters. These posters will be located outside the workshop room in order to take our discussion beyond the workshop. To achieve the same goal, the workshop organizers will seek for opportunities to further exhibit the posters at the CSCW posters session, so a broader audience can get to know the CSCW research focused on Latin America. We will make this request to the workshop chairs, poster chairs, and general chairs upon acceptance of this proposal. We believe that this could be an opportunity to make more visible the research centered on Latin America to the international CSCW community and, hopefully, forge collaborations.

A final discussion will be guided toward planning future initiatives, events, and the like to help integrate the research focused on Latin America into the broader international CSCW community. We will aim to create a strategy and a plan for expanding the representation of Latin America in the CSCW community by means of larger number of submission to the main CSCW conference as well as greater attendance of Latin America researchers. In so doing, it aims at facilitating the formation of a committed group and creating means whereby this informal community can emerge and strive. The workshop will also help participants pin down critical technical, cultural, and social issues to facilitate the further integration of CSCW research in Latin America into the broader CSCW community. The discussions and organizing facilitated by the workshop will serve then as the framework for follow-on encounters, workshops, and developments. As mentioned before, in our experience, previous integration efforts have lead to an increase in participation from Latin American CSCW researchers.