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Inclusive SI-Initiatives want to scale – but how?

There is an abundance of examples for effective social innovations, according to empirical research like the SI-DRIVE project. But how can a successful initiative from city A establish itself in city B? “Copy and paste” is not enough, as Dr. Christoph Kaletka (TU Dortmund University, sfs) explained at the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI 2018) conference in Las Vegas. In fact, differentiated knowledge of SI ecosystems and their distinctions are essential.

Human-Computer Interaction Las Vegas

On July 19th 2018, Christoph Kaletka and Prof. Ingo Bosse (TU Dortmund University, Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences) hosted a session on “Technology for Inclusion and Participation (TIP)” at the HCI event on behalf of the research cluster of the same name at TU Dortmund University. During the discussion with other speakers and the audience, they argued which new technologies for inclusion and participation are playing a prominent role and which efforts social and technological innovations can make towards a more inclusive society.

Christoph Kaletka introduced the PIKSL lab, which was founded in Düsseldorf in 2011. “Digital Competences for all” is the ultimate goal of the lab, and have successfully tried new ways, e.g. by hiring people with learning difficulties as coaches for Digital Inclusion and advisors to companies regarding this challenge. With the help of a quadruple layered ecosystem of social innovation, Christoph Kaletka illustrated how the framework PIKSL has developed in can be described. This ecosystem includes key actors, networks, sponsors, business models, political frameworks and other factors and helps to structure these.

The other lectures during the session reflected the topic of “Technology and Inclusion” from other perspectives: Prof. André Posenau (University of Applied Health Sciences, Bochum) gave a lecture on the correlation of culture and the use of technology and compared examples from the areas of inclusion from different regions around the world. Ingo Bosse introduced a recently established inclusive makerspace and the corresponding project SELFMADE, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in Germany: In this project, people with impairments have been designing and printing everyday items since 2017; items which help them participate in the society more actively. Lea Abdel Ghani (University of Applied Health Sciences, Bochum) talked about the usage of technology in the field of Supported Communication. She is researching the advances and challenges of communication devices used by people under artificial ventilation. With all speakers representing the TIP cluster and its network, the session successfully reflected the interdisciplinary character of TU Dortmund University’s TIP cluster.