February 9, 2012

Designing for Remixing, with Andres Monroy-Hernandez

By hcde

Andres Monroy-HernandezJoin the Depart­ment of Human Cen­tered Design & Engi­neer­ing (HCDE) on Tues­day, Feb­ru­ary 14, for a guest lec­ture by Dr. Andrés Monroy-Hernández.

Title: “Design­ing for Remix­ing: Computer-supported Social Creativity”

Speaker: Dr. Andrés Monroy-Hernández, Post­doc­toral researcher, Microsoft Research; and Fel­low, Har­vard University’s Berk­man Cen­ter for Inter­net & Society

Date: Tues­day, Feb­ru­ary 14, 2012
Time: 9:00–10:00 AM
Loca­tion: Allen Audi­to­rium, Allen Library, UW Seat­tle cam­pus

In this talk I present a frame­work for the design and study of an online com­mu­nity of ama­teur cre­ators. I focus on remix­ing as a lens to under­stand the social, cul­tural, and tech­ni­cal struc­tures of a social com­put­ing sys­tem that sup­ports cre­ative expres­sion. I am moti­vated by three broad ques­tions: 1) what is the func­tional role of remix­ing in cul­tural pro­duc­tion and social learn­ing? 2) what are the struc­tural prop­er­ties of an online remix­ing com­mu­nity? 3) what are ama­teur cre­ators’ atti­tudes towards remix­ing? This research builds on my work on the Scratch Online Com­mu­nity, an online com­mu­nity I con­ceived, devel­oped and stud­ied. The Scratch web­site allows young peo­ple to share and remix their own video games and ani­ma­tions, as well as those of their peers. In four years, the com­mu­nity has grown to close to a mil­lion reg­is­tered mem­bers and more than two mil­lion user-contributed projects.

About the speaker
Andrés Monroy-Hernández is a post-doctoral researcher at Microsoft Research and a Fel­low at Har­vard University’s Berk­man Cen­ter for Inter­net & Soci­ety. His main area of research is human-computer inter­ac­tion, with a focus on social com­put­ing and social media. He is par­tic­u­larly inter­ested in the design and study of online com­mu­ni­ties for cre­ative expres­sion. His work has been fea­tured in the New York Times, CNN, Wired, and has received awards from Ars Elec­tron­ica, and the MacArthur Dig­i­tal Media and Learn­ing Com­pe­ti­tion. He was a PhD stu­dent at the MIT Media Lab and holds a BS in com­puter engi­neer­ing form Tec de Mon­ter­rey in Mexico.

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