The one-day workshop will be structured as follows:

9:00 - 9:35: Introduction

The workshop will begin with some opening remarks, followed by a brief keynote from Yvonne Rogers. Then each of the organisers will speak about how they think about research and design involving older adults and what motivates their work in this space.

9:35 - 10:20: Participant panels (part 1)

  • 9:35 - 10:00: Panel 1: Ageism and Positive Ageing (chair: Anne Marie Piper)
  • 10:00 - 10:20: Panel 2: Diversity: Dynamic, regional, and situational (chair: Jenny Waycott)

10:20 - 10:40: Break

11:00 - 12:15: Participant panels (part 2)

  • 10:40 - 11:05: Panel 3: Why older adults?: Unique challenges and opportunities (chair: Bran Knowles)
  • 11:05 - 11:30: Panel 4: Critiquing the CHI framing of ageing (chair: Vicki Hanson)
  • 11:30 - 11:55: Panel 5: Lessons and Principles (chair: Nigel Davies)

11:55 - 12:30: Theme building (individual, whole group).

Based on the morning’s discussions, participants will identify emerging cross-cutting themes (e.g. a problem, a challenge). Participants will individually generate Post-Its representing these themes. To focus group work in the afternoon, a subset of these themes will be chosen for further discussion by a show of hands. (Final decisions can be made after lunch following further discussion.)

12:30 - 14:00: Lunch

14:00–15:20: Theme exploration (small groups)

A set of potential themes will be selected from the Post-Its generated before lunch. Participants will then choose a theme they are most interested in delving deeper into, and small groups will self-organize around these themes. Each table will discuss a theme and produce a list of strategies for addressing this theme. This activity should culminate in each group generating a number of general principles for designing technology that older adults will want to use.

15:20 - 15:35: Break

15:35–16:05: Reporting back

Each group will present the key points that emerged from their discussion and answer audience questions. Meanwhile, one of the organizers will take notes in real time and project them for the audience to see.

16:05–16:50: Identifying key takeaways (whole group)

Referring to the real time notes, the organizers will do a rapid summary of the ideas that have emerged from the day. The group will then discuss what appear to be the most important and/or novel insights from these discussions and identify a set of points to be made in the post-workshop write-up.

16:50–17:00: Next steps and summation

The organizers will close the day with a summary of what has been accomplished in the workshop, and what steps will be taken to maximize its impact.