EnGendering Technologies (EGT) aims at exploring equal participation in education, design, production and use of technologies, especially in ICT, but also demanding innovative and more inclusive research, innovation and products. Technology and society complement each other: symbolic and cultural meanings guide the process of constructing technologies and, in reverse, they delineate new cultural images and practices.
Values, social relations, and world visions become inscribed in technologies, and shape and maintain gender ideologies and identities, reproducing the idea that women are strange to the world of technology which is false. Changing the discourses, practices and values in the process of design and educational system should be the key to redefine the traditional gendered relations with technology.
The aim is to achieve better ICT practices and products in order to promote positive gender impact. Gendering that creative process means participating in the design of a better common future.
A large body of research has traditionally focused on women’s exclusion from the fields of science and technology. This research points to several barriers and challenges that make women’s access to knowledge difficult, as well as jobs and a full participation of women in current technological development. However, some research has turned its attention to gender inclusion processes and its impacts. In this sense, motivations, actions and mechanisms that helped the inclusion of women in technological fields have been explored. Similarly, the impacts of gender awareness and gender inclusion in the design, development and use of new technologies have been highlighted.
An increasing body of research is exploring how gender and technologies are mutually shaped in a fluid and dynamic manner. Results show that both challenges and opportunities for gender and technological transformations are difficult to understand without a multidisciplinary approach.
INTERACCIÓN Conferences & EGT
INTERACCIÓN Conferences are promoted by the Spanish “Asociación para la Interacción Persona-Ordenador (AIPO)”, whose main objective is to promote and disseminate the recent advances in the field of Human-Computer Interaction. This conference provides a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas on design and application of techniques and methodologies with a multidisciplinary approach.
So, following the goals presented above of EGT in 2014 has been organized the first Special Track of EGT (INTERACCIÓN 2014) into the XV International Conference on Human Computer Interaction, Tenerife, and in 2015 the EGT Workshop (INTERACCIÓN 2015) in Vilanova i la Geltrú, Catalonia, Spain. According to this, the next EGT 2016 will be celebrated in Salamanca into INTERACCIÓN 2016.