Design Trade-Offs for Quality of Life

Begin: Oct 18 '17, 9:00 am | End: Oct 20 '17, 1:00 pm | Herrenhausen Palace
professional audience

Representatives from different disciplines will explore design trade-offs and develop and implement design strategies that systematically and proactively increase digital technology's contributions to quality of life (QoL) in Hanover on October 18-20, 2017.

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New technologies are being developed in order to make people more efficient and productive - but does that increase the “quality of life”? (Foto: Alex - Fotolia.com)

New technologies are being developed in order to make people more efficient and productive - but does that increase the “quality of life”? (Foto: Alex - Fotolia.com)

Over the last decades, information and communication technologies (ICTs) have made tremendous progress. This implies huge impacts on our societies on a global scale. For instance, smart phones connect people all over the world and put more computing power into their pockets than the largest computers provided 20 years ago.

But applying new technologies does not necessarily lead to an improvement of quality of life. The ubiquitous and global impact of digital technologies requires the identification and analysis of the fundamental design trade-offs ("Faustian Bargains") associated with new developments in all spheres of our lives. Currently most information technology professionals and organizations develop technologies that are more usable and more useful in order to make people more efficient and more productive with an insufficient focus on the grand challenge: How does design address the fact that more efficiency and productivity does not necessarily increase the "quality of life" for all of us?

The symposium focuses on four main areas: Digitalization of work, Distinguished Future of Education, Future of mobility and Privacy in a networked world.

Researchers and Practitioners of various disciplines will contribute to this event by sharing and discussing their insights and experiences.

Symposium "Design Trade-Offs for Quality of Life - Exploring Grand Challenges for the Digital Age"
October 18-20, 2017
Herrenhausen Palace, Hanover, Germany

Program

A detailed program for the upcoming Symposium "Design Trade-Offs for Quality of Life - Exploring Grand Challenges for the Digital Age" can be found at digital-age.wineme.fb5.uni-siegen.de/program-schedule.

Organization

The conference is organized by Gerhard Fischer (University of Colorado, Boulder, USA), Thomas Hermann (Bochum University, Germany), Volker Wulf and Julia Krämer (both University of Siegen, Germany), in collaboration and with the support of the Volkswagen Foundation.

Language

The symposium language is English.

Venue and Public Transport

The symposium is held at Herrenhausen Palace in Hanover, Germany. You can reach the venue by tram: Take line 4 (Direction "Stöcken") or line 5 (Direction "Garbsen") and get off at "Herrenhäuser Gärten".