Call for nominations: PDC Artful Integrators Award 2020

We welcome nominations for the ninth Artful Integrators Award, to be presented at PDC 2020 and Festival de la Imagen in Manizales, Colombia. The Award is intended to recognize outstanding achievement in the area of participatory design of information and communications technologies. Where traditional design awards have gone to individual designers and singular objects, the Artful Integrators Award emphasizes the importance of collaborative participation in design, and a view of good design as the effective alignment of diverse collections of people, practices and artifacts.

The award will go to a group of people who together have worked out, in an exceptionally creative way, new forms of participation in design. While no single element of a design might be particularly extraordinary in itself, the combination of design processes and resulting possibilities will be.

Nomination Procedure:

Nominations are to be sent to no later than the 1st of March 2020.

The nomination should include the following:

1) Name of the organization/group of nominees

2) URL or other on-line references

3) One paragraph motivation on why they should receive the award.

Selection Procedure:

The Awards Committee members of 2020 consists of previous awardees, representatives and chairs as well as members of the PDC community. We will evaluate the received nominations and reach a consensus regarding the awardee for 2020.

Our evaluative criteria include the following:

  1. What are the core values of the project? What is the change that they see themselves making and how?

  2. What kind of participation does the project allow/encourage/build? Is the project transferable to other people or places? How is the project sustainable or durable? Is that an aim for the designers or the participants?

  3. What makes us see the project as artful?

  4. How is the whole greater than the sum of its parts? Does the project propose creative new forms of participation, even if the final product is not (yet) fully realized?

Previous Awardees:

The first Artful Integrators Award was presented at PDC 2004 to the Global Fund for Women for their ongoing grant-making infrastructure development.

The second Artful Integrators Award was presented at PDC 2006 to the Health Information Systems Programme (HISP) initiative,  for promoting participatory design within an on-going international research & development collaboration in health information systems for public health and higher education.

The third Artful Integrators Award was presented at PDC 2008 to the ACTION for Health initiative, for its commitment to the integration of research with health system design and development, through an extensive and continuous network of research partnerships.

The fourth Artful Integrators Award was presented at PDC 2010 to the Teaching from Country Project designed to support distance education in reverse by Aboriginal Yoljnu knowledge authorities.

The fifth Artful Integrators Award was presented at PDC 2012 to Siida: Playing the past, battling for the future, for the participatory design of a multiplayer online game based in Saami/The High North, with the intention to promote justice for indigenous people and their places.

The sixth Artful Integrators Award was presented at PDC 2014 to two awardees: The Gender Research in Africa into ICTs for Empowerment (GRACE) Network has demonstrated its commitment to research-based intervention approaching gender-based injustice with the aim of prevention, attempting to engage root causes rather than only remediation. The Reconstructed Living Labs (RLabs), a community based initiative that has dedicated their efforts to reconstruct the lives, livelihoods, and possibilities for flourishing of youth, through their involvement in learning about, and involving others in, the transformative use of ICT.

The seventh Artful Integrators Award was presented at PDC 2016 to Malmö Living Labs for its efforts to democratize innovation in the areas of sustainable urban development, social innovation, and design.

The eighth Artful Integrators Award was presented at PDC 2018  to «The De Voorkamer Initiative«, a centre that supports asylum seekers and helps them to find work and connections, and «The Other Market«, which prototypes alternative (work) futures for the city of Genk. Both seek to provide opportunities for marginalized groups and to contribute to social integration, distributing agency and benefits across many stakeholders.

We are now looking for our ninth winners…

We look forward to you joining us in Colombia in June!

Artful Integrators’ Award chairs

Ann Light (Mälmo University – SE/ Sussex University – UK)

Liesbeth Huybrecht. (Hasselt University – BE)

Carolina Soler (Universidad de Caldas – COL)