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01.05.2019 09:51

Nana Kesewaa Dankwa to contribute to the Symposium "Digitalisierung mitdenken - mitgestalten"

N.K. Dankwa will talk about gender in smart home technological innovation during the symposium that will take place on 28 June 2019 at the Universitätsbibliothek Freiburg.

In the presentation "Innovation Through Gender in Computing: “Starting from Scratch”, she will present the benefits of considering gender in smart home technological innovation, as well as the dangers and drawbacks.

“Starting from Scratch” directs research focus to the early stages of smart home technological innovation. Research needs to look beyond finding biases in existing technology and look at gender\diversity driven technological innovation. The essence of gender\diversity as front runners in smart home technological innovation cannot be overstated. The home remains one of the most gendered environments and smart home marketing imagery is often of a white middle working-class family with a child or two. Smart home devices must be designed to cater to diverse users and needs. Gender\diversity driven technological innovation addresses biases, stereotypes, oppression and the digital divide. This means collaboratively working with diverse users to innovate smart technology and integrate gender and diversity aspects in technology.

More information about the symposium can be found on the Gendering MINT Digital website.

For more information on N.K. Dankwa's research, see INTeGER project.