WS19: Exploring incentivisation in design

Chris Speed, University of Edinburgh; Siobhan Magee, University of Edinburgh; Debbie Maxwell, University of Edinburgh; Mark Hartswood, University of Edinburgh
27 October 2014, Helsinki, Finland
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Workshop in short

  • SUBMISSIONS DEADLINE: 14th August 2014
  • NOTIFICATIONS OF ACCEPTANCE: 11th September 2014
  • DATE OF WORKSHOP: 27th October 2014

This interactive multidisciplinary one-day workshop brings together researchers and practitioners interested in exploring the ethical, economic, and material entanglements constituted by the timely subject of incentivisation. Points of departure will be likely to involve discussions of, on the one hand, designs projects which endeavor to explore incentivisation and, on the other hand, workshop participants’ recollections of and opinions regarding instances in which they have (intentionally or otherwise) incentivised the engagement of research participants and/or users in their projects.

We invite researchers and practitioners from fields including but not restricted to design, HCI, CSCW, ethnography, psychology, anthropology, human geography, as well as industry practitioners. Our day of collaboration will comprise of pecha kucha-style presentations from participants, discussions, and an activity based around a particular socio-technical and economic context in which participants will be encouraged to explore and develop design solutions for incentivisation.

Workshop aims

  • To recognize and identify, through participant examples, when and how incentives (e.g. money, vouchers, fun, connections) are inherent to designs and how incentives come to be part of projects.
  • To share as a group stories of how people have encouraged publics’ uptake of their research processes and where appropriate projects and to reflect on these stories.
  • To use presentations of participants’ experiences to compare and contrast the ways in which ideas and practices surrounding incentivisation might vary between disciplines, between public and privately-funded projects, and between different media.
  • To discuss how digital worlds might make incentivisation a meaningful and thought-provoking new paradigm for discussing research about and in digital worlds.

Submission guidelines

On the day of the workshop, presenters will begin discussions with pecha kucha-style presentations.

Please apply by sending Siobhan Magee ( ONE of the following by 14th August 2014: a 2-page positioning paper in DIS2012 format ( sent as a Word document; a diagram, drawing, video, or up to 5 photographs (with a brief description of your images) that says or asks something about incentives and/or incentivisation.

Please also submit a short biographical statement (50 words), allowing organisers to understand the disciplinary mix of the workshop.

Submissions will be assessed based upon their relevance and originality. Images and positioning papers will be posted to the workshop’s website.

The workshop will be an excellent opportunity to establish a network of those interested in exploring incentivisation in the future. We also plan to work towards a journal special issue entitled ‘Incentivisation in Design’.

Please email all submissions and queries to Siobhan Magee (

Details on conference registration can be found here:

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