Call for Student Volunteers

Join Us as a Student Volunteer

Are you passionate about Participatory Design, Technologies, Communities and making a difference? If that’s the case, then this opportunity is for you. We are inviting applications from students (at any level) to become members of the Student Volunteer team at PDC 2024

Why Should You Apply as a Student Volunteer?

Student Volunteers (SVs) are essential to making conferences like PDC happen and SV duties provide an opportunity for students to participate in workshops, sessions, and discussions led by different PD researchers, to interact and connect with like-minded individuals who share your passion for design, technologies, innovation and communities, as well as meeting many conference attendees and other SVs.

Being an SV additionally provides a structured and supportive environment for students at different stages of their career to become part of the PDC community. In the past, students that have taken an SV role have often reported that the people they meet during volunteering are some of the longest lasting relationships through their career, and have opened up new
opportunities to apply for jobs and develop new collaborations.

In return for helping with the conference, SVs receive a number of benefits including:

  • Free conference & workshop registration
  • Social events with your peers
  • Networking opportunities with senior PD researchers

SVs Requirements

  • Must be undergraduate, Master’s, or PhD students during the 2023-2024 academic year.
  • Students of all backgrounds, regardless of discipline,
  • Students from all geographic locations are encouraged to apply.
  • You do not need to have a paper or other type of contribution accepted to the conference to participate.
  • No previous SV experience is required, but we are looking for enthusiastic and reliable people.

How to apply

Applications for SVs will kick off in early January 2024. The exact date will be communicated, so keep an eye on the PDC website, and stay tuned to our official social media platforms for updates.

In the meantime, please be informed that everyone interested in applying will have to please complete an application form (The application form link will be shared later on)

For preparatory purposes, please be aware that when applying, you will be asked some questions about your prior volunteering experience and your motivations for being an SV. These are not being formally assessed in any way, but help us understand a bit more about the backgrounds, interests and aspirations of potential SVs.

We also ask for preferences in terms of what parts of the PDC 2024 programme you are willing to volunteer at. For PDC 2024, the conference has an online programme, an in-person event in Sibu, and numerous PDC Place events all around the globe. The application form will be indicative, and these preferences can be confirmed at a later date.

Mark Your Calendars

Do not miss out on this incredible opportunity to immerse yourself in PDC 2024. It is your chance to be part of a transformative event that celebrates creativity, design, innovation, and collaboration.


If you have any questions, please contact the SVs Chairs Marly Muudeni Samuel and Mela Bettega at

We are eager to welcome you to the team and make PDC 2024 an unforgettable experience, together! 


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