Wednesday, May 7th

9.30             Reception and Coffee

10.30-11.30 Opening Keynote

Connected Code: Computational Participation for All
Yasmin Kafai – Penn GSE


Coding, once considered an arcane craft practiced by solitary techies, is now recognized by educators and theorists as a crucial skill, even a new literacy. Programming is often promoted in K-12 schools as a way to encourage “computational thinking” which has now become the umbrella term for understanding what computer science has to contribute to reasoning and communicating in an ever-increasingly digital world. Yet the clubhouses of computing have not been open to all, in particular girls and women. Less than 12% of undergraduate degrees were awarded in the last year to women, and this is down from 37% in the 1980’s. The situation in Silicon Valley is not that much different. Few women occupy leadership positions—Marissa Meyer at Yahoo!, Sheryl Sandberg at Facebook, and Meg White at Hewlett-Packard are the exceptions, not the rule. In order to change the face of computing, we need new ways of thinking about and doing computing that connect to issues that are important to young people’s lives. We need to think about “computational participation” and move beyond the individual to focus on wider social networks and a DIY culture of digital “making”. In Connected Code, I outline an inclusive action agenda that promotes coding not for the sake of coding but to create games, stories, and animations to share; that uses the emergence of youth programming communities as models for learning environments; that discusses the practices and ethical challenges of remixing (rather than starting from scratch) as ways to introduce programming; and that moves beyond stationary screens to programmable toys, tools, and textiles to connect coding to computational participation for all.

Yasmin Kafai is Professor of Learning Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a researcher and co-developer of online tools and communities (, and to promote equity and diversity in coding, crafting, and creativity across K-16. Her books include “Connected Code: Why Children Need to Learn Programming”, “Connected Play: Tween in a Virtual World” and “Minds in Play: Computer Game Design as a Context for Children’s Learning”, as well as edited volumes “Textile Messages: Dispatches from the World of Electronic Textiles and Education”, “Beyond Barbie and Mortal Kombat: New Perspectives on Gender and Gaming”, The Computer Clubhouse: Constructionism and Creativity in Youth Communities”, and “Constructionism”. Kafai earned a doctorate from Harvard University while working with Seymour Papert at the MIT Media Lab. She is an elected Fellow of the American Educational Research Association and a past President of the International Society for the Learning Sciences.

11.30-13.00 Session I

Women and their Work-Life-Balance in German IT Consulting
Volker Nissen and Frank Termer
University of Technology Ilmenau

The Impact of IT intervention Programs for Girls
Jo Coldwell-Neilson, Annemieke Craig, Elena Gorbacheva and Jenine Beekhuyzen
Deakin University Melbourne

  • Chair: Claudia Müller, University of Siegen

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-15.30 Session II

Beyond Game Design for Broadening Participation: Building New Computing Clubhouses for Girls
Yasmin Kafai, University of Pennsylvania
William Burke, Charleston College

Self-defence IT – Migrant Women and ICTs Strategies
Assimina Gouma, Kim Carrington, Waltraud Ernst, Luzenir Caixeta
University of Vienna

  • Chair: Sabine Hering, University of Siegen

15.30-16.30 Poster Session and Coffee

17.00 Walking Tour of the Castle in Siegen

Conference Dinner - Restaurant “Da Vinci” (Am Kornmarkt, Siegen)

Dinner Talk 
Emancipation through Media
Sabine Hering, University of Siegen


Thursday, May 8th

9.30 Reception and Coffee

10.30-11.30 Session III

“A Rail of One’s Own” – Creating Spaces for Women in IT
Laura Linda Laugwitz, Freie Universität Berlin

My Reputation in the Web. Self-(re-)presentation and image management of female and male youngsters in digital media
Bente Knoll and Bernadette Fitz
Büro für nachhaltige Kompetenz, Vienna

  • Chair: Angela Schorr, University of Siegen

11.30-13.00 Session IV

Beyond “Pink” and “Blue”: Gendered Attitudes towards Robot Development
Yan Wang, James E. Young
University of Manitoba

Attributions in HCI: A Gendered View
Monique Janneck, Sascha R. Guczka, Adelka Niels
Lübeck University of Applied Sciences

  • Chair: Jennifer Rode, Drexel University

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-15.30 Panel – Diversifying ‘gender’

Early, European feminism is often critiqued for discussing women as a monolithic category, prompting discussions of intersectionality, Lived body experience, multi-cultural feminism and others.   During the course of paper reviewing for Gender IT an interesting tension arose.  Reviewers asked for authors to unpack the sub-categories within gender.  Some authors felt privacy practices regarding asking about race or socio-economic status made this type of analysis difficult. In some instances they felt asking about such details was disallowed entirely by European Laws.  Yet, at the same time, such research is done in an international context that expects the nuances of gender to be unpacked. How do we as gender researchers handle such tensions responsibly?

  • Monique Janneck: Hungry for data: How do we align researchers’ needs for information and participants’ privacy concerns?
  • Jennifer A. Rode: Lived Body experience & intersectionality
  • Glenn Booker:  Perspective on Gender from a Trans Woman
  • Kristin Searle and Yasmin Kafai: Gender and Self-Determination: Lessons from fieldwork in an American Indian Community School

15.30-16.00 Coffee

16.00-16.45 Session V

Gender all around! A practical and holistic approach towards recruiting and retaining women in the field of IT
Helena Barke, HTW Berlin

  • Chair: Andrea Marshall, Drexel University

16.45-17.30 Closing Remarks

Reframing the Gender Problem:
Why We Don’t Just Need More Women in Computing
Jennifer Rode – Drexel University

We often discuss why we need more women in the sciences and particularly in computing, however in this talk I will argue that there is a more pragmatic way to frame the problem. I will present ethnographic data collected by myself and Dr. Erika Poole to support our new model of socio-technical gender and technical identity construction.  Using our model I will show that we have been conflating sex and gender, and that we need to reframe these concepts in order to address how we discuss women in computing. Instead of say we need more ‘women’, we need to ensure BOTH men and women can comfortably display a range of feminine gender identities while their pursuing mastery of technology.  Doing so will help erase the ‘gender inauthenticity’ often expressed by people with feminine gender identities that ostracizes them from computing, and ensure true gender diversity in computing.

  • Chair: Andrea Marshall, Drexel University