The David Hakken Participatory Design Grant

The grant recognises talented graduate students (PhD or MA research) who has an accepted submission in any of the track of PDC 2024. The grant was established in 2016 to celebrate the life and work of David Hakken PD veteran and member of the PDC Advisory Board.

The bursary is granted by the PDC Conference General Chairs on a Biennial basis to one talented student demonstrating, through their work, Participatory Design practice and/or thought leadership as well as alignment with Prof. Hakken’s main philosophy.

The bursary’s grantee will receive free registration to attend the PDC 2024 in-person event in Sibu, Malaysia, including a contribution towards travel and accommodation (up to MYR 6000). The payment will be sent through the reimbursement process of the University of Technology Sarawak

To apply, please email the PDC 2024 Conference Chairs ( with your name and a description of your work (max 500 words) by 2nd April 2024.

About Prof. David Hakken David in 2015 in Trento, Italy.

Trained originally as a cultural anthropologist, Prof. Hakken had a long career doing ethnographic fieldwork, both in cyberspace and in real life. His abiding concern has been the complex ways in which social change, culture, and digital technologies (DTs) like computing, co-construct each other; that is, both how DTs shape, and how they are shaped by, culture. To this end, he studied worker education, public policy, and workplace use of information technology in Britain and the United States; software development in Britain, the Nordic countries, the US, and Malaysia; social service and technology (especially assistive technology for people with disabilities) in the US and Italy; and techno-science in US, Chinese and Malaysian scholarship and higher education. His ultimate teaching and research goal has been to promote DTs that expand, not undermine, human capabilities, a goal embodied in a program to promote Socially Robust and Enduring Computing.


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