A resource kit for participatory socio-technical design in rural Kenya


We describe our approach and initial results in the participatory design of technology relevant to local rural livelihoods. Our approach to design and usability proceeds from research in theory and practice of cross-cultural implementations, but the novelty is in beginning not with particular technologies but from community needs, and structuring technology in terms of activities. We describe our project aims and initial data collected, which show that while villagers have no clear mental models for using computers or the Internet, they show a desire to have and use them. We then describe our approach to interaction design, our expectations and next steps as the technology and activities are first introduced to the villages.

DOI: 10.1145/1358628.1358749

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@inproceedings{Walker2008ARK, title={A resource kit for participatory socio-technical design in rural Kenya}, author={Kevin Walker and Joshua Underwood and Timothy Mwololo Waema and Lynne Dunckley and Jos{\'e} L. Abdelnour-Nocera and Rosemary Luckin and Cecilia Oyugi and Souleymane Camara}, booktitle={CHI Extended Abstracts}, year={2008} }