From Research to Practice: The Operationalisation of Human-Computer Interaction in an African Context

White, Edward Peter Greenwood; Anderson, Nathan; Adebanjo, Hannah Morenike; Wardle, Chelsea-Joy; Densmore, Melissa; Molapo, Maletsabisa; Cooks, Derrick


To increase the reception, adoption and implementation of human-computer interaction and service design within Africa, this panel hopes to unpack the obstacles to its achievement as well as help charter a way forward. This panel was the initiative of the South African Protea SIGCHI chapter, to increase the robustness and operationalisation of both areas as well as their reception with the region.

Panel Schedule

Time Activity
13:30 – 13:35Welcome and introduction
13:35 – 13:50Describing the current situation
13:50 – 14:10Establishing/developing a benchmark
14:10 – 14:30Developing a plan on how to operationalise the benchmark
14:30 – 15:00Comments and input from the audience


Edward, P.G, White

 Independent researcher/lecturer working in human-computer interaction with an emphasis on work-life balance

Nathan Anderson

 Head of Product Strategy and Director of CX/UX focused software development company, Johannesburg,
South Africa

Hannah Morenike Adebanjo

Lectures at the Department of Information Technology at the Durban University of Technology, South Africa

Chelsea-Joy Wardle

 Project manager and developer at ThoughtExpress,
South Africa

Melissa Densmore

Associate professor in the department of Computer Science at the University of Cape Town,
South Africa

Maletsabisa Molapo

Research Scientist,
IBM Research,
South Africa

Derrick Cooks

Business design leader and coach in transforming businesses,
Spot On Consulting,
South Africa