Pre-Conference Activities

There are still places left for some of these workshops. Please contact the organizers by email to receive instructions/codes for participation.  

Below you find a list with the events of the day for conference and pre-conference activities. For further information about each event listed, please use the links. Here you will get to know about the organizers, activities during the event, requirements for participation (e.g. a position paper or other requirement). If you are interested in participating in a pre-conference event or have questions about a workshop or design challenge session, please get in touch with the contact person(s) for the specific event.​

The time slots allocated are preliminary and might be subject to changes.


“Workshop: Indigenous Knowledge for Wikipedia”

Three full days, October 10th – 12th

Abstract: Wikipedia has made tremendous progress towards its mission to provide free access to the sum of human knowledge, but indigenous knowledge is largely excluded because a majority of it is not available in writing. We propose a workshop where narratives are directly converted into Wikipedia content with oral citations. We will thus be able to present two scenarios for a set of Wikipedia articles: One restricted to ordinary, written sources, and one that utilises narratives originating from indigenous knowledge. We hope to be able to dismiss the suspicion by Wikipedia's editor community that the online encyclopedia has nothing to gain from the inclusion of indigenous knowledge.

Organizer: Peter Gallert
Contact: Peter Gallert ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

“My Dream World 2: Constructing the service prototype with Namibian Youth”

October 3rd

Abstract: This workshop with Namibian youth is part of phase 2 of the “my dream world” project and exhibition that presents youths’ views on advancing their own services. A one-day workshop and a joint exhibition with Namibian youths will be carried out. It aims to establish new participatory and empowering service design tools to be utilized by the target group. Using service design tools youths are able to handle and find solutions that support their career path and coping in a difficult employment and educational situation. It also helps them to find ways to participate in the development of their own community and in the associated discourse through the means of art and design. Participants are selected on the basis of a one page position paper/motivation which has to be emailed to the workshop organizers.
Organizers: Satu Miettinen, Vikki Du Preez, Shilumbe Chivuno-Kuria, Hedvig Iipito
Contact: Satu Miettinen ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )


“Community-based co-design in Okomakura”. A contribution to ‘Design in the wild”

October 4th

Abstract: Although the wider motivation and principles of Participatory Design (PD) are universal its concepts and techniques are highly contextual. Community-based co-design is a variation of PD, where processes are negotiated within the interaction. Thus this workshop gives participants the opportunity to validate their own conceptualisations, techniques in-situ application against a selected Herero community’s evaluation. Besides a day of new impressions and thoughts we intend to record the discussions and present a shortened video at the conference.
Organizers: Gereon Koch Kapuire, Heike Winschiers-Theophilus, Colin Stanley, Shilumbe Chivuno-Kuria, McAlbert Katjivirue, Ernest Tjitendero, Kasper Rodil

Contact: Gereon Koch Kapuire ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )


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