Call for Participation

This call is for a workshop at Designing Interactive Systems 2017 in Edinburgh on Saturday 10th June 2017.

The aim of this workshop is to (1) discuss emerging research questions and critically examine issues that may arise from increasingly distributed models of value exchange and ownership, and (2) provide a hands-on design opportunity for participants to creatively reconsider new models, approaches and systems of a distributed autonomous future. We aim to define new vocabularies, opportunities and implications of DAOs for interaction design and start to establish a distributed autonomous design community.

We welcome designers, researchers and practitioners from all backgrounds to participate in our workshop by contributing to the following topics:

  • Design prototypes which are addressing new ways of imagining, constructing and exchanging value in DAO systems.
  • Case studies which use digital technologies such as blockchain and crypto currencies to re-imagine and explore value exchange, new models of ownership and the decentralisation of power.
  • Design tools and methodologies which are addressing value in distributed systems.
  • Conceptual and theoretical contributions which explore the workshop themes.

We invite designers, researchers and practitioners from all backgrounds to participate in our workshop. Participants are invited to submit a 2-4 page position paper (Extended Abstract), (1) describing existing designs or design platform that challenge traditional concepts of ownership, (2) reflecting on design, social and ethical implications, concerns and opportunities, or (3) exploring implications for different contexts, which could include cultural geography, politics, legal, social science amongst others.

Deadline for position paper submissions is 24 April 26th April 2017 (Extended Deadline) and we expect at least one author of each position paper to attend the workshop. Acceptance emails will be sent out by 28th April 2017.

Please email your Extended Abstract submission as pdf to