​​The Participatory Design Conference (PDC) has a long history in bringing together research concerned with the direct involvement of people in co-design, development, implementation, and ppropriation activities around ​​The Participatory Design Conference (PDC) has a long history in bringing together research concerned with the direct involvement of people in co-design, development, implementation, and ppropriation activities around technologies, spaces, artefacts, and services. The conference invites researchers and practitioners working on participatory design, as it is encountered and discussed in multiple fields including, but not limited to: HCI (Human-Computer Interaction), CSCW (Computer Supported Cooperative Work), CSCL (Computer Supported Collaborative Learning), ICT4D (Information  and Communication Technology for Development), Science and Technology Studies (STS), Social and Community Informatics, Development Studies, Media Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, Design,Architecture, Spatial planning, and Arts.

In 2020, the 16th Biennial Participatory Design Conference (PDC) will be held in Manizales, Colombia, for the first time in South America. It will be hosted by Universidad de Caldas. The conference *will be held in conjunction with the Festival de la Imagen 2020 *(www.festivaldelaimagen.com), one of the largest and most  cognized design events in Colombia, which will bring a variety of unique possibilities and encounters for PDC and its community.
PDC 2020’s theme is “Participation(s) otherwise”

Since Participatory Design’s (PD) emergence as a research community, PD scholars have asserted that design is a practical, social and political endeavour. Main commitments include: offering alternative technologies, rendering design processes democratic, open and accessible to wide  participation, and amenable to critical scrutiny and mutual learning. By​ proposing the theme of Participation(s) otherwise, we want to invite the PD​ community to think further on the diverse meanings and ontologies that​ participation and design can take on. Let’s open up the understanding of
“participation” beyond modernist narratives and theoretically “universal”​ cookie cutter solutions and account for diverse practices.

​​Keydates
  • 1st September 2019 — Submission Deadline for Full Papers + Plurilingual​ track Papers
  • 1st November 2019 — First notification for Full Paper and Plurilingual​ ​track authors
  • 1st December 2019 — Submission Deadline for Exploratory Papers, Beyond​ Academia, Exhibitions/Situated Actions, Interactive Workshops and​ ​Tutorials, Conversations, and PhD Colloquium
  • 1st December 2019 — Second round submission for Full and Plurilingual​  Papers
  • 15th February 2020 —  Notification to (all) authors
  • 28th February 2020 — Student volunteers’ application Deadline
  • 15th March 2020 —  Camera ready papers (all formats, except student projects) + Submission Deadline for Student Projects
  • 31st March 2020 — Notification to student volunteers
  • 25th April 2020 — Notification for student projects authors
  • 25th  April 2020 — Early bird registration Deadline
  • 15-16th June 2020 — Pre-conference: Interactive Workshops and Tutorials,​ Doctoral colloquium, and Conversations
  • 17-19th June 2020 — Main conference

For more information please visit the Conference website here