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Code, Compose, Collaborate Design Workshop Exercise

Code, Compose, Collaborate Design Workshop Exercise

In preparation for our DML V Trust Challenge Workshop held at DML 2015 Conference, we asked grantees to answer three questions that we planned to workshop as part of a larger design exercise. The following represent the questions and answers provided by Code, Compose, Collaborate.

1. How does your project change or contribute to the narrative around trust in the larger conversation?

Implementation in rural-semi urban areas where connectivity is currently sparse but at the cusp of a complete explosion due to increased network accessibility and costs. The training in privacy and trust at gradually expanding levels allows a better awareness of the issues and impact.

In the workshop in India, we ran some theater group session to explain the idea of trust and privacy and the physical implementation worked better at explaining that than any online example could.

2. What challenges do you foresee as you implement your project, and what might others in the DML community be able to offer in the way of support or solutions?

We foresee facing many challenges in implementing our project such as language barriers, cultural differences among our identified sites, budget restraints, time commitments, and sustainability.

In India, during our initial workshop session in May, we noticed great enthusiasm from the students in the school there and an eagerness to do more and push the workshops further. A major issue we need to address is existing faculty involvement so they can continue this as either part of the curriculum or as extra workshops. Since this is an inter-school program, it will be more challenging to find ways to make this work for faculty at each location, each with different interests and priorities. Localization of the workshops is key to the success of our project.

In a recent playtest in New York, we wanted to do some usability testing and participated in an annual event at Parsons called PlayTech. Overall, the scenario/implementation was successful in communicating the code structure by using code presets for notes, samples and synth and peak the interest of the youth at the event. The dynamic of the students varied based on group composition; although expected it was still useful to verify that kids who knew each other engaged more and became more competitive. The younger generation is less inhibited in experimenting, and the older group requires more warm-up before diving in—so curriculum and space for different levels/age groups is considered in the next round of workshops.

We also encountered a participant who had a music background, which created a special type of interest and engagement that we will include in our planning.

A major issue that we may not be able to address at this phase is how to make the efforts sustainable on-site without the need for our continued presence and intervention in the future and continued funding externally.

3. What do you foresee the impact of your project will be once it is implemented (particularly in terms of the conversation around trust)?

The core student groups we are working with are from different regions across the world but barely any contact outside their community, physical or networked. This workshop series connects them to students in similar situations in a gradual and a fun approach, which should help imprint the lessons learned deeper in hopes to guide them as they further pursue their digital lives.

 

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