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Brown Bag

March 8, 2013, noon - March 8, 2013, 2 p.m.

Location: 347 Katzer Room

Amy Voida, lecturer in Dept of Communications, Cornell University will give a talk on “Shapeshifters and Bridge Builders: Human-Centered Computing Challenges in the Nonprofit Sector” The nonprofit sector is a unique and compelling context for studying and designing computer and information systems. Not only do nonprofit organizations operate under significant resource and expertise constraints that fundamentally influence technology use, they also chronically underutilize technology when they don’t see a direct connection between that technology and their mission. My research has identified numerous disconnects between existing technologies and the practices of people working on behalf of nonprofits as well as between those technologies and philosophies of the role of voluntary organizations in society. These disconnects present numerous opportunities for novel system design. Amy holds a Ph.D. in Human-Centered Computing from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a M.S. in Human-Computer Interaction from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a B.A.E. in Elementary Education from Arizona State University. Her research has been supported by the Center for Organizational Research at the University of California, Irvine and by the National Science Foundation.