Cigay Tshering, Patrick Mbullo, Michaela Hynie, Susan McGrath, Melanie Baljko
Hamidi, F., Mbullo, P., Hynie, M., Baljko, M., McGrath, S. Potentials of Digital Assistive Technology and Special Education In Kenya. Handbook of Research on Sustainable ICT Adoption and integration for Socio-Economic Development, under review.
Hamidi, F., Baljko, M. Facebook use in Bhutan: A Comparative Study. Graphics Interface Poster Proceedings (GI’14). 2014, 1-2. Available Online.
Hamidi, F., Baljko, M. Using Social Networks for Multicultural Creative Collaboration. Proceedings of the International Conference on Intercultural Collaboration (ICIC12), 2012, 39-46. New York: ACM. Available Online.
I am greatly inspired by the magic that happens when people with different perspectives collaborate and communicate with each other. I am interested in how multidisciplinary and multicultural teams can work together and how can projects and processes benefit from diversity.
I have explored this theme in several research projects. In Our Digital Tapestry, I explored the potential of social networks to support creative collaboration. Specifically, I used the Facebook social network as a platform to support the creation of a collaborative poetry project in which 19 poets from around the world wrote a multimedia poem together.
In other projects, I have explored how different cultural perspectives impact and enrich technology design and use. In collaboration with Bhutan Innovation and Technology Center (BITC), I worked with local entrepreneurs, ICT4D experts and two governmental ministries, to identify how e-work and micro-work can be implemented in Bhutan in a manner compatible with the concept of Gross National Happiness. In another project, I was invited, as part of an interdisciplinary multinational team, to investigate the potential of participatory design and community-engagement for the development and deployment of assistive technology in East Africa.