Workshops (W) are long sessions actively engaging participants in different and novel types of activities and themes. Most of the workshops have a pre-selection or registration phase done directly with workshop organizers. Following up on PDC2020 coronavirus general contingency plan, the specific arrangements and delivery of workshops have undergone changes to online formats. Check the specific plans in each workshop’s website.

WS Chairs: Giacomo Poderi (IT University of Copenhagen – DNK), Liliana Villescas ( Universidad de Caldas – COL), Diana Duque (Parsons The New School – USA), Andres Lucero (Aalto University – FIN)


W1 – Data Walking

Hunter, David

Keywords: Walking, Place, Data, Visualisation, Education

In this workshop we will explore the host city, Manizales. Participants will define themes, establish data gathering techniques, walk the city gathering data, and then learn how to create interactive online data-driven maps. If you want to take part in this workshop remotely you can explore your own local city, wherever that is in the world. Through multiple participants and perspectives we aim to build multiple and diverse understandings of the urban environment we walked.

The workshop is based on Data Walking, an ongoing research project exploring the potential of walking to gather data on the urban environment and then through multiple walks and visualisations build a rich picture of that area, acknowledging the plural understandings and experiences of the urban environment.    

Info and schedule:

June 15 (EN) – Open to all, you can contact workshop organizers before (max 25 participants)

W2 – Multi-Cultural Human-Drone Interaction Workshop

Cauchard, Jessica R.; Wojciechowska, Anna; Lucero, Andres

Keywords: Multi-cultural, human-drone interaction, social robotics, participatory design, prototyping

This hands-on workshop brings together researchers and practitioners to discuss the cultural aspects of Human-Drone Interaction design. An increasing body of work shows that the one-fits-all model of interaction might be obsolete, especially when considering natural interactions where people use gesture and voice that are culturally dependent. In the first part of the workshop, each attendee will present their accepted position paper on the topic. As a group, we will discuss ideas around social drone designs and leverage everyone’s expertise to discuss cultural aspects when designing effective and enjoyable interactions. We encourage the exchange of research results and ideas for future research attempts. The second part of the workshop will be a hands-on activity involving a participatory design task for human-drone interaction. The workshop goal is to develop a road-map for cross cultural interactions with drones.

Info and schedule:

June 15 (EN) – Requires pre-registration and a short task sent to organizers (Max 25 participants)


W3 – ‘Thinking with’ care in PD: Toward generating research programs and practices to foster ‘participations otherwise’.

Juan Salamanca, Amanda Geppert

Keywords:  Participatory design, matters of care, multiplicities, visual analytics, generativity


*** We regret to inform that this workshop has been cancelled 🙁

Info and schedule:

June 15 (EN/ES/~PO) – Requires pre-registration, organizers will send a toolkit beforehand  (Max 20 participants)

W4 – Participation Otherwise: Practices by/from the Global South

Szaniecki, Bárbara; Serpa, Bibiana; Portela, Imaíra; Sirito, Marina; Silva, Sâmia; Anastassakis, Zoy; Costard, Mariana.

Keywords: Design, participation, global south, autonomy.

*** We regret to inform that this workshop has been cancelled 🙁

W5 – Computing Professionals for Social Responsibility: The Past, Present and Future Values of Participatory Design

Becker, Christoph; Light, Ann; Frauenberger, Chris; Walker, Dawn; Palacin, Victoria; Ahmed, Syed Ishtiaque; Smith, Rachel Charlotte; Reynolds-Cuellar, Pedro; Nemer, David

Keywords: values; social responsibility; values in design; values-led participatory design; CPSR

Values play a central role in technology design. But beyond acknowledging the politics of technology, questions remain around where those values are coming from, which values we need, and how they play out and shape the socio-technical systems we create. New challenges such as the climate crisis and societal polarization call for technologists to become part of the public and political arena. This results in a new sense of responsibility, but the closing of CPSR, the Computing Professionals for Social Responsibility, has left a gap. Today, across tech workers, academics and computing professionals, there is a renewed sense of urgency for engaging the public and politics to change course in how computing is shaping society. How should a CPSR for the 21st century look like? This interactive workshop aims to re-invigorate the debate around values and social responsibility in Participatory Design with special attention to the Latin American context.

 Info and schedule:

June 15 (one session beforehand) (EN/ES/PT) – Requires pre-registration and a short contribution sent to organizers (Max 30 participants)


W6 – Open Participatory Design and Digital Tools for Inclusive & Resilient Development

Giffinger, Rudolf; Sanchez Guzman, Santiago; Parra Agudelo, Leonardo; Bogadi, Antonija

Keywords: Open participatory design; Inclusive and resilient development; Urban Living Lab

This online virtual workshop explores how open participatory design processes and digital tools can be effectively used for making local and urban development more inclusive and resilient in an emerging post-pandemic world. During two sessions, on a one-day event, participants from different places around the globe are invited to explore remote collaboration through a digital platform to reflect on the impacts in terms of vulnerability and quality of life in local contexts of global socio-ecological dynamics through, for instance, climate change or epidemic events as the ongoing Covid-19’s Pandemic. Specially, on how open participatory design processes, as urban living labs, can encourage and support bottom-up participation and community agency, contributing to envisioning, designing and implementing more sustainable and resilient urban development processes, given uncertain conditions. Further, we will discuss the role that digital platforms and tools can play when applied to inclusive development and capacity building in community-based contexts, whilst considering limitations of human contact. The Workshop’s dynamic is based on virtual co-creation methods that will encourage participants to collaboratively write their ideas together, for structuring a peer-reviewed special issue to be published via open access sources, for instance as Conference proceedings issued by the Vienna University of Technology. The proceedings will be edited by the workshop’s organizers on resilient development and digital transformations in times of fast changing conditions.

Info and schedule:

June 15 (EN/ES) – Requires pre-registration and a short contribution sent to the organizers. (Max 25 participants)

W7 – Decolonising Participatory Design Practices: Towards Participations Otherwise

Smith, Rachel Charlotte; Winschiers-Theophilus, Heike; Loi, Daria; Kambunga, Asnath; Samuel, Marly Muudeni

Keywords: Decolonisation; epistemology, methodology, transdisciplinary, transcultural

Participatory Design (PD) approaches seem particularly well-suited to contribute to contemporary debates of decolonisation in design due to PD’s long-standing political traditions and values of democracy and empowerment. Decolonising discourses teach us that we need to move away from the universalising ‘grand narratives’ of knowledge production and focus on contextualising diverse people, epistemologies and modes of knowledge production. Yet, many contributions that point to decolonising PD argue for its theoretical relevance without demonstrating what a shift towards decolonisation means in practice.This interactive workshop will invigorate the gap in PD debates of decolonisation by bringing together and demonstrating how participatory designers in diverse global contexts are working with and adapting modes, concepts, methodologies and sensibilities of PD into decolonising practices. These practices not only create new shifts and worldviews, but have potential for developing truly transcultural and transdisciplinary PD approaches.

Info and schedule:

June 16 (EN) – Requires pre-registration with a short contribution sent to organizers (Max 25 participants)


W8 – Designing for Self-determination: Making Futures Without Policing (Half day WS)

Gerber, Alix; Hegel, Christine

Keywords: Design, politics, prototyping, social justice, pluriverse

This workshop will be facilitated virtually, with the opportunity to join from anywhere, including the conference venue in Manizales. In order to build towards a robust and generative (shorter) virtual session, participants will be able to engage with some of the creative workshop activities on their own in the weeks leading up to our discussion together. The workshop examines the potential opportunities and dangers of using a design approach within grassroots movements that are building alternative social structures. Workshop participants will investigate possibilities and limitations of design as a way of thinking by practicing the practice, in the context of designing for alternatives to policing. Working in small groups, participants will build on community-based precedents to prototype tools and technologies that could replace a call to police in response to a threat. Then, we will draw from our collective experience to discuss and debate what design might or might not offer in this context. Designers claim to be able to shape future ways-of-being by designing artifacts that invite new socio-material interactions. Yet, design is only one way to create the future. Does design inherently produce static, blueprinted ways-of-being? Is it possible to design within systems that are relational, cooperative, and dynamic? How might designing objects help community organizers reckon with the tools and technologies of existing infrastructures and develop lateral solutions?

Info and schedule:

June 16 (with a kick off between May 11-18) (EN) – Requires pre-registration with a short contribution sent to organizers (Max 16 participants)


W9 – Commoning Design and Designing Commons

Botero, Andrea; Marttila, Sanna; Poderi, Giacomo; Saad-Sulonen, Joanna; Seravalli, Anna; Teli, Maurizio; van Amstel, Frederick M.

Keywords: commons, commons design, commoning, collaborative design

This online workshop explores the relevance of the notion of commons as an objective, and commoning as a way of doing and being for design. We invite the PD community to reflect on ways in which these concepts help us critically protect and support sustainable futures for communities of humans and non-humans. How can participatory design remain open to multiple ways of sharing and different worldviews? What would it mean for the participatory design community in terms of challenging established notions such as participation, facilitation, empowerment, to name but a few? How can participatory design contribute further to theoretical elaboration and activist practices?

Info and schedule:

June 16 (with some preliminary activities before) (EN with support for ES and PT) – Requires pre-registration with a short contribution sent to organisers  (Max 15 participants)

W11 – The Underlying Paths of Participation

Alzate, Catalina

Keywords: Participation, Design, Feminism, Pedagogy, Reflexivity, Positionality.

Participation seems to be implicit in our work. But what does it really mean? In this workshop we will explore different meanings of participation and design from varied lived experiences of students and practitioners, by shifting the attention from engagement with communities, to the underlying paths of participation, that is, the inward spaces of designers and researchers. The process will bridge knowledge in the creative practices with feminist research and action, specifically focusing on notions of reflexivity and positionality. Before the session, participants will begin the reflection process and materialize their ideas by crafting a few book pages. During the online workshop, we will discuss our experiences, expand the conversation, and sketch unstable definitions of participation and other core concepts in this discipline. The workshop will be documented as a digital book and a roadmap of definitions, useful for future participatory initiatives. As a feminist and political practice, the session will bring together different forms of knowledge that are usually restricted from academic publishing, as memory, feelings, craft and body expression. Students with at least one experience in participatory projects are welcome to attend! We will held one session in English and another one in Spanish. You can learn more about the workshop in this video

Info and schedule:

June 16 (EN/ES) – Requires pre-registration with a contribution sent to organizers by June 13 (Max 15 participants)

W12 – Can You See the Commons? The Sense Weaver: Visually-Driven Sense-Making.

Tonolli, Linda; D’Andrea, Vincenzo

Keywords: commons, participatory visual methods, sense weaver, sense-making

In this workshop, we propose the Sense Weaver, a workshop format that engages participation by means of visualization and storytelling, reflecting on what commons can be today, during the worldwide emergency of the pandemic. The Sense Weaver aims at weaving together the different perspectives of the participants, to reflect on concepts in a non-academic way, with a citizen audience. Given the current emergency, we are facing with the spread of the Covid-19 virus, which makes it difficult to travel and structure face-to-face activities, we will experiment with the participants the translation of the Sense Weaver into an online, mainly asynchronous, workshop. In the first part of the workshop, we will practice the Sense Weaver for conceptualizing and envisioning the Commons. In the second part, we will involve the participants in revising and adapting the Sense Weaver after the online experiment, also considering the various context of use. The last part of the workshop will aim at establishing a community of practitioners interested in using the Sense Weaver, supported by an online repository with the visual material (images) collected at each Sense Weaver edition. We welcome academic scholars, students, practitioners, and activists. We will accommodate as many languages as possible, starting with English, Spanish, and Portuguese. We welcome online participants from all over the world and will try to accommodate different time zones.

Info and schedule:

June 16 (EN/ES/PT) – With some short sessions before the conference. Requires pre-registration with a short contribution sento to organizers by 22th of May (Max 25 participants).