Call for Participation: Workshop on Designing Domestic Smart Energy Futures


The UK has ambitious targets to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to Net Zero by 2050, necessitating widescale changes to the energy sector and an increasing reliance on electricity from renewable sources. The changes to our whole energy system will necessarily have an impact on us and how we use energy in our homes. In this workshop, we will consider the ways that we can play a role to support the systemic changes needed to tackle climate change – with a particular focus on designing new domestic smart energy futures that support these changes and that are equitable and inclusive.  This workshop is targeted to all those with an interest in domestic energy technologies and sustainability from a human centred perspective – in particular HCI and Interaction Design academics, industry practitioners, innovators and policymakers.

The workshop will take place over the course of a day – the morning will be a hybrid session of short presentations and questions, and the afternoon face-to-face interactive design and participant-led discussions on workshop topics with the aim of shaping an influential agenda for the HCI community in this area. Participants are welcome to join for the full day or morning only. Workshop topics of interest include:

  • Developing usable, desirable, accessible and sustainable smart energy products
  • Ensuring a fair transition for all through equitable and inclusive design (designing for vulnerable/disabled/older/digitally excluded/low-income consumers)
  • Usable security of future smart energy services
  • Making flexibility work
  • The role of domestic energy services in transitioning to a sustainable energy future
  • Creative methods for co-creating and informing smart energy design
  • Smart energy policies and implications for design
  • Designing for low energy consumption domestic futures
  • Considering the role of the HCI researcher in relation to the broader systemic changes require to reach net zero

Join the Workshop

We are currently looking for people who would like to attend the full workshop and/or present at the morning session. This is a great opportunity to address an audience with expertise in digital and interaction design from a human-centred perspective who are in an excellent position to drive innovation in this space.

If you are interested in participating, please send a 1-page position statement to by 27th May 2022 outlining:

  • A summary of relevant work you have done or are planning to do that you’d like to present at the workshop
  • 1-2 workshop themes/topics (or additional related topics if not listed above)  you would like to collaboratively explore as part of the creative design and discussion activities and why
  • a short bio and proposed attendance mode (i.e. in-person/remote, morning/full day)

Call for Participation

Workshop on Designing Domestic Smart Energy Futures

Submit proposal

Successful applicants will be invited to register for the workshop via the BSC HCI 2022 conference website. Registration will be open for online morning-only attendance in due-course.

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