Organisers

Madeline Balaam is a Lecturer in Interaction Design at Newcastle University. She has spent the last five years researching issues related to women’s health, starting with a CHI 2013 workshop on ‘Motherhood and HCI’, which was closely followed by the release of a mobile application, FeedFinder, supporting women in breastfeeding in public. Madeline is particularly interested in how digital technologies provide opportunities to advocate for new forms of women’s health experiences. Madeline leads a number of projects seeking to innovate in women’s health, including the design and development of a mobile phone based fertility tracker specifically for developing regions.

Lone Koefoed Hansen is an Associate Professor at Aarhus University. She works at the intersections of art, design, cultural theory, and computing and has worked with feminist design, critical computing, participatory it, and with how technology, art, and culture are interwoven in our everyday lives.

Catherine D’Ignazio is an Assistant Professor of Data Visualization and Civic Media at Emerson College. She is a researcher, artist and software developer. Her work focuses on data literacy, media innovation and civic art. Recently she has run a breastpump hack, which sought to raise awareness of the experiential, social and political realities of breastfeeding and pumping milk. The hack inspired many women to share their experiences with the breastpump, and encouraged commercial suppliers to reflect on their machinery.

Teresa Almeida has just submitted her PhD on intimate care practices in women’s health. Teresa is interested in feminism, gender and design, and has a wealth of experience designing technology for women, with women. In particular, Teresa has investigated women’s understanding of their intimate anatomy using a range of design and craft techniques. These explorations have resulted in award-winning design, where Teresa has evidenced the role that digital can play in support intimate bodily knowledge.

Emma Simpson is an EPSRC funded Digital Civics PhD candidate at Open Lab, Newcastle. Her research is situated at the intersection of Public Health and HCI. Recent work and publications are centred around understanding the role of FeedFinder in breastfeeding practice, across both public and professional settings.

Stacey Kuznetsov is an Assistant Professor at the School of Arts, Media, and Engineering (AME) with a joint appointment at the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering (CIDSE) at Arizona State University. Her research explores the role of technology in collective efforts to construct knowledge and address issues. She is interested in low-cost tools and hands-on making for citizen science, community activism, and (DIY)biology.

Mike Catt is a Professor of Practice in Health Technologies in the Institute of Neuroscience and Newcastle University. Prior to joining the University Mike worked for a range of pharmaceutical companies designing and developing pregnancy and fertility tests for women. Mike is interested in how these existing technologies can be improved through the application of ‘smart’ design.

Marie Louise Juul Søndergaard is a PhD candidate at Aarhus University, working interdisciplinary in the intersection of HCI, art, and design. Her research examines critical and feminist design of intimate technologies. From an experimental design approach she design internet-connected panties that questions aspects of gender and sexuality in the future of IoT.