If you are looking for something cool to do this April... take a peek at Design and The City. It looks like it'll be a great conference! I've pasted the call for workshops below. See the website for full details.
The Design & The City conference explores citizen-centered design approaches for the smart city, addressing how social media, big data and other digital technologies may contribute to more sustainable, liveable and sociable urban communities. Specific focus of the conference is on the expanding role of designers towards being also initiators, innovators, campaigners, connectors, organizers, critics and imagineers of alternative urban futures.
We are inviting proposals from designers, activists, researchers, media labs, and others for workshops to be held on April 22, 2016. Workshops are unique opportunities for engaging practitioners, researchers and conference attendees in a productive discussion.
This call is programmatically inclusive and broad: the Design & the City conference welcomes proposals for workshops that connect urban spaces to design, research, education, art, playfulness and activism. Workshops should involve attendees in concrete discussions and hands-on activities, with the objective of experimenting with new concepts, fostering peer-to-peer discussion and learning-by-doing.
Workshops will take place on Friday April 22, 2016, either as a half-day or full-day activities, ideally with a mid-morning break, a lunch break, and a mid-afternoon break. They should bring attendees together around design issues for citizen-centered smart cities, discussing them in a participatory and/or practical way. Possible examples could include co-design sessions, booksprints, roundtables, hackathons, etc. Workshops should have some kind of tangible output, such as a shared wiki, a curated selection of sketches, a collective paper or an artifact.