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XV International Conference on Human Computer Interaction

10-12 September, 2014 Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, España

Workshop “EnGendering Technologies”

The growing power of Technology has been shaping our global societies, our lives and relationships in the last decades. At the same time, we must not forget that the values, roles and stereotypes in our societies also contribute to shape the way we use and produce technologies. We need to approach this bidirectional influence from a gender perspective capable of understanding and measuring it. There is a large body of research from a variety of disciplines on female under-representation in science and technologies, which also cares about “gender blindness” on technological design. Its results suggest that the problem is a complex one, plagued with dilemmas and paradoxes. Under-representation in ICT, gender roles and stereotypes as mechanisms of exclusion and social reproduction, gender asymmetries in career trajectories of women and men, cultures in technological design as well as the rights of women in Internet are some of the many issues which show the urgent need to tackle the analysis of these technological factors and to redimension their global consequences on women’s lives. Women have made tremendous progress in education and the workplace during the past 50 years. Even in historically male fields such as business, law, and medicine, women have made impressive gains. In scientific areas, however, women’s educational gains have been less dramatic, and their progress in the workplace moves at a slow pace. In an era when women are increasingly prominent in medicine, law, and business, why are so few women becoming scientists and engineers?

EnGendering technologies means promoting egalitarian participation in education, design, production and use of technologies, especially in ICT, but also demanding innovative and more inclusive thinking, process and products. Technology and society conform 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 historically false.

Changing the discourses and 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 as practices and products in order to promote positive gender impact. Human agency, users and designers, occupy now the center of the stage to promote a technological and cultural change, and women must participate in that conforming process. New insights speak about socio-technical design, a view in which the new user of ICT is the community. Gendering that creative process means participating in the design of a better common future.

Workshop organizers:

Carina González (IUEM, Universidad de la Laguna)
Inmaculada Perdomo (IUEM, Universidad de La Laguna)
Norena Martín Dorta (Universidad de La Laguna)


This track is focused on all the gender aspects of the technology domain. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

Gender & Human Computer Interaction (HCI).

  • Gender & software engineering
  • Gender issues in technology design
  • Gender & digital divide
  • Gender & video games
  • Gender & Information Technology
  • Gender & Science and Technology
  • Cultural & symbolic dimensions of ICT. Values and agency.
  • Changing relations between people and ICT.
  • Gender & user-centered design methodologies.
  • Gendered innovations in ICT.
  • Socio-technology.
  • Women, technology and power
  • Risks of the Internet on gender issues
  • Best practices on Gender and ICT
  • Girl’s Days and other experiences to attract more women to ICT studies and professions

Program and ACM Proceedings “Special Track Engendering Technologies

Date 10th Sep 2014

Plenary Conferences:


11:30-12:30: Remedios Zafra. (h)adas. Mujeres que crean, programan, prosumen, teclean.

18:30-19:30: Mariel Martínez. “Google Developers Group (GDG) Women Spain”. Tech&Ladies.

Session (I) 15:00-16:30. Chair: Sandra Baldassarri

Ana M. González Ramos, Lidia Arroyo Prieto. Digital Inclusion of Low-Income Women: Are Users of Internet Able to Improve their Life Conditions?

Maria Villarroya-Gaudó, Sandra Baldassarri, Mayte Lozano, Raquel Trillo, Ana C. Murillo, Piedad Garrido. Girls’ Day experience at the University of Zaragoza: attracting women to technology.

Núria Vergés Bosch, Ana M. González Ramos, Elisabet Almeda Samaranch. Doing and Undoing Genders and Information and Communication Technologies.

Norena Martín-Dorta, Jose Luis Saorín-Perez, Manuel Contero González. Individual Differences in Spatial Abilities: Effects of Gender and Videogames.

Lourdes Moreno, Yolanda González, Isabel Segura y, Paloma Martínez. Women in computer science: Survey on the perception of the women’s participation in STEM studies

Session (II). 17:00-18:30

Mesa redonda “Diseñando el futuro: Mujeres, Sociedad y Ciberespacio”.
Moderadora: Ana María González
Participantes: Mariel Martínez, Sara García Cuesta, Ana Puy, Dolores Serrano, Inmaculada Perdomo, Norena Martin y Carina González.

Track Scientific Committee

  • Inmaculada Perdomo (Chair) (Department of History and Philosophy of Science/University Institute on Women’s Studies, IUEM, University of La Laguna)
  • Norena Martin-Dorta (Chair) (Department of Techniques and Projects in Engineering & Architecture, Cultural Chair of Women in Science and Engineering, University of La Laguna)
  • Ana González (Gender and ICT Research Program. Internet Interdisciplinary Institute -IN3-. Universitat Oberta de Catalunya).
  • Ana Puy (Department of Cognitive, Social and Organizational Psychology/ Gender Equality Unit, University of La Laguna)
  • Carina González (Chair, Department of Computer Engineering, University of La Laguna)
  • Cristina Manresa-Yee (Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Balearic Islands)
  • Eva Cerezo (Department of Informatics and Systems Engineering, University of Zaragoza)
  • Lourdes Moreno (Department of Informatics, University Carlos III of Madrid)
  • Patricia Paderewski (Department of Languages and Informatics Systems, University of Granada)
  • Sandra Baldassarri (Department of Informatics and Systems Engineering, University of Zaragoza)
  • Sara García (Department of Sociology/ Gender Equality Unit, University of La Laguna)