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Livestream Schedule

Almost every presentation be streamed—keynotes, plenary panels, papers, PechaKucha, case studies, and film. Check out the Program Overview for descriptions and examples of these formats. Tutorials will be available after the event in our Video Library. *Schedule is in Eastern Standard Time (UTC -5)

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4:30–5:45 pm EST (UTC-5)
Panel: Reconceptualizing Privacy

Algorithmic systems are increasingly integrated into the physical and digital infrastructures of our lives. The borders of privacy are being pushed and redefined, provoking new debate about what privacy is. All corporations claim privacy is important, but what does that mean? Panelists will explore what privacy might look like or mean when individuals are tied into multiple networks, both human and AI.

ken anderson, Principal Researcher, Intel Corporation

Liz Keneski, Head of Privacy Research, Facebook Inc.
Peter Levin, Principal Researcher, Autodesk
Elena O’Curry, Senior User Researcher, Uber
Jeff Sokolov, Designer & Researcher, IBM Watson Health

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9:30–10:30 am EST (UTC-5)
Keynote Address by Sareeta Amrute: Tech Colonialism Today

Sareeta Amrute is Director of Research at Data & Society and Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Washington, Seattle. Her research is focused on the integration of humans and technologies, particularly how race and class are revisited and remade in sites of new economy work such as coding and software economies. She is author of the award-winning ethnography Encoding Race, Encoding Class: Indian IT Workers in Berlin.

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11:00–12:30 am EST (UTC-5)
PechaKucha & Papers: Everyday Automation
PechaKucha curated by Elizabeth Anderson-Kempe; papers curated by Ellie Rennie

  • Living amongst AI: Agency of the Household Ethnography’s Role in Seeing the AI’s Blind Spots (PechaKucha), LaiYee Ho (Delve)
  • AI Among Us: Agency in a World of Cameras and Recognition Systems (Paper), ken anderson (Intel); Carl DiSalvo (Georgia Institute of Technology); Maria Bezaitis (Intel); Sue Faulkner (Intel)
  • Believe in A.I.: Will You Pray for a Chatbot? (PechaKucha), Andre Torales
  • Calibrating Agency: Human-Autonomy Teaming and The Future of Work Amid Highly-Automated Systems (Paper), Laura Cesafsky (Alliance Innovation Lab – Silicon Valley); Erik Stayton (MIT); Melissa Cefkin (Alliance Innovation Lab – Silicon Valley)
  • Robots and the Fallacy of Agency (PechaKucha), Stewart Allen (Fuse Foresight)

2:00–3:30 pm EST (UTC-5)
Ethnographic Film

  • Food for Thought: The Path to Food Security in Newark, NJ, Ruchika Muchhala (Third Kulture Media)
  • The Learning Library: Using Ethnographic Film as an Organizational Change Tool by Scaling Human Insights Across a National Preschool System, Hal Phillips & Meg Kinney (Bad Babysitter)
  • Agency in a Future Smart Home, Nick Agafonoff (Real Ethnography)
  • Clyde in Mulberry, Allegra Oxborough (Aero Creative LLC)

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4:00–5:30 pm EST (UTC-5)
Panel: Agency & Innovation
Robotics, machine learning, and other technologies are provoking new hopes and fears about human agency. Tropes of the charismatic lone innovator, whether hero or villain, are also starting to lose popular currency. When we acknowledge that the agents of the built world are not just people who call themselves “innovators” but are made up of many kinds of people, and physical materials, new questions arise. How do issues of responsibility, accountability, attribution, and even regulation get solved in situations of distributed agency? What new stories about agency need to be told?

Dawn Nafus, Senior Researcher, Intel Labs

Melissa Cefkin, Principal Researcher, Alliance Innovation Lab Silicon Valley
Michael Littman, Professor of Computer Science & Co-Director of the Humanity Centered Robotics Initiative, Brown University
Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga, Associate Professor of Science, Technology, and Society, MIT
Heli Rantavuo, Senior Insights Manager, Growth Opportunities Mission, Markets Business Unit, Spotify

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PechaKucha & Papers: Negotiating Agency

PechaKucha curated by Bridget Monahan (Google); Papers curated by Abbas Jaffer (Facebook)

  • Data Walks into a Bar: A Love Story (PechaKucha)
    Tabitha Steager (Workday)
  • Listening through Their Ears: Developing Inclusive Research Methods to Co-Create with Blind Participants (Paper)
    Gregory Weinstein (Uber)
  • Contextual Research in Prisons: Moving People Safely (PechaKucha)
    Ruben Perez Huidobro (Shopify)
  • The Adaptation of Everyday Work: How “Endangered” Middle-Men Are Evolving the Way They Think about and Perform Their Jobs to Keep Pace with Automation-Driven Disruption (Paper)
    Millie P. Arora, Morgan Ramsey-Elliot, Tamara Moellenberg & Claire Straty (ReD Associates)
  • Change Agent: Lessons on Power and Failure from Eight Years of Systems Research and Policy Design (PechaKucha)
    Chelsea Mauldin (Public Policy Lab)
Case Studies: User Agency in UX Research

Curated by Eva Caspary (Insight Culture)

  • My AI’ versus ‘the Company AI’: How Knowledge Workers Conceptualize Forms of AI Assistance in the Workplace, Nanna Sandberg (Stripe Partners); Martin Ortlieb (Google); Tom Hoy (Stripe Partners)
  • Driving Chatbot Product Vision through User Research, Molly Mahar & Gregory A. Bennett (Salesforce)
  • The Human Agency Driverless Cars Must Preserve, Eliot Salandy Brown, Kathryn Osborn & Nelson Saldaña (ReD Associates)
  • Using Ethnography and Narrative Analysis to Uncover Customer Agency: Intrepid Travel’s Online Booking Project, Alice K. Watson (Intrepid Group)
  • More Than A Robot: Designing For Human Exploration On Mars, Paige Pritchard (Carnegie Mellon)

11:00 am–12:30 pm EST (UTC-5) CONCURRENT SESSIONS
PechaKucha & Papers: Designing for Agency

PechaKucha curated by April Jeffries (Ipsos); Papers curated by Dan Lockton (Carnegie Mellon School of Design)

  • From ‘Cool Science’ to Changing the World: The Opportunity to Support Pre-startup Science Commercialisation through Ethnography and Human-Centred Design (Paper)
    Simon Pulman-Jones (Emergence Now) & Amy Weatherup (AJM Enterprises)
  • Center Frame: Agency in the Lives of Researchers(PechaKucha)
    Brandy Parker (IA Collaborative)
  • (Fr)agile Objects: Thinking Scrum through Post-It Notes (Paper)
    Isabel Lafuente & Wilson Prata (SIDIA – Samsung)
  • Remembering the Blister (PechaKucha)
    Marise Phillips (Wells Fargo)
  • Getting Machine-Learning Algorithms to Think Like Ethnographers: A Case Study on Using ‘Hybrid Ethnography’ to Inform Cognitive Science and Machine Learning for Context-Aware Technology(Paper)
    Eryn Whitworth (Facebook Technologies) & Maria Cury (ReD Associates)
  • Self Ethnography: Or, How I Earned My Berkeley Citizenship in an Ethnographic Journey through the Crunchy Granola and Scientific (PechaKucha)
    Beth Schwindt (AutoDesk/Building Connected)
Case Studies: Agency of the Affected

Curated by Thomas Lee (University of California Berkeley)

  • “Can Any Hairdresser Fix a Car?” Mechanics Seeking Agency in Automated Car Diagnostic Contexts, and How Observing Agency Can Help Designing a Car Diagnostic Tool, Chloé Huie Brickert & Guillaume Montagu (_unknowns)
  • Getting Us There: Ride Hailing Systems from the Drivers’ Perspectives, Keith S. Karn (Human Factors in Context LLC) & William E Hutson (IBM)
  • Designing for Dynamics of Agency with Homeless New Yorkers, Natalia Radywyl (Public Policy Lab)
  • Bringing the Security Analyst into the Loop: From Human-Computer Interaction to Human-Computer Collaboration, Liz Rogers (IBM)
  • Boundary Crossings: Collaborative Robots and Human Workers
    Bruce Pietrykowski (University of Michigan-Dearborn); Mike Folster (Behco)

PechaKucha & Papers: Locating Agency

PechaKucha curated by Chris Golias (Google); papers curated by Tania Lewis (RMIT University)

  • Ethnographic ‘Weirdness’: Attending to Indicators of the Unfamiliar (PechaKucha)
    Charley Scull (Filament Insight & Innovation)
  • Abiding by Invisible Road Rules in the Field: Using ANT for CTF (Paper)
    Amity Ballantyne Latham, Keir Reeves & John McDonald (Federation University Australia)
  • Nangi Village: A Story of Collective Agency in the Mountains of Nepal (PechaKucha)
    Emelia Rallapalli (Pebble Strategy)
  • Designing Queer Love: An Ethnographic Study of Dating App Producers in Urban India (Paper)
    Vishnupriya Das (University of Michigan)
  • Out to Dry: Change and Agency Across Urban China(PechaKucha)
    Zach Hyman (EPAM Continuum)
  • “The Change before Behaviour: Closing the Value-Action Gap Using a Digital Social Companion” (Paper)
    Gyorgyi Galik (Royal College of Art)
Case Studies: Agency in/through Partnership

Curated by Patricia Sunderland (Cultural Research & Analysis, Inc)

  • Increasing Perceived Self-Agency in Human-AI Interactions: Learnings from Piloting a Voice User Interface with Driver-Partners on a Ridesharing Platform, Jake Silva (Uber Technologies Inc.)
  • Speculative Design within Corporate Realities, Megan M Prescott & Ben Kuester (Allstate)
  • Weighing Decisions in Monitoring and Evaluation of Clean Cookstoves, Jennifer Ventrella, Erin Peiffer, Nordica MacCarty & Shaozeng Zhang (Oregon State University)
  • Caregiver/Family Agency: Confidence, Play, Familiarity, and Passion in a Healthcare System, Adaheid L. Mestad & Amin Mojtahedi (HGA)
  • Educating the Educators: An Entire Franchise Preschool System Embraces Ethnographic Insights to Improve Brand Experience and Drive Growth, Meg Kinney & Hal Phillips (Bad Babysitter Productions)

Papers: Automating Ethnography

Curated by Sakari Tamminen (Gemic)

  • Designing Good Jobs: The Ethnography of Work and Data-Driven Systems, Marta Cuciurean-Zapan (IDEO)
  • Agency-Enhancing Automations in Consulting: Pathways for Anthropology and AI to Prioritize Contextual Automations, Cengiz Cemaloglu (ReD Associates); Jasmine Chia (Boston Consulting Group); Joshua Tam (IBM)
  • Supporting Real-Time Contextual Inquiry Through Sensor Data, Katerina Gorkovenko (University of Edinburgh); Dave Murray-Rust (University of Edinburgh); Daniel J. Burnett (Lancaster University); James K. Thorp (Lancaster University); Daniel Richards (Lancaster University)
PechaKucha: Expanding Ethnographic Agencies
Curated by Alexandra Mack (Ad Hoc) & Emma Saunders (Empathy)

  • Creating Agency: On What Ethnography Can Learn from Storytelling, Anna Zavyalova
  • Creative Photography through Ethnographic Research, Gabriela Alves de Oliveira (INSITUM)
  • “Resistance is Possible”: The Ethnography of Roleplaying, Nathan LeBlanc (Scoop)
  • Borders and Walls: What Is the Agency of Architects in Geopolitical Conflicts?, Ane Gonzalez Lara (Pratt Institute)
  • Digital Selves and Distributed Agency: Redefining the Subject of Ethnography, Gunes Kocabag
  • Rebooting Literacy: Digital Literacy and Human Agency, Shubhangi Athalye & Stuart Henshall (Convo Research & Strategy Pvt Ltd)

5:15–6:15 pm EST (UTC-5)
Keynote Address by Zach Lieberman

Zach Lieberman is an artist, researcher and educator with a simple goal: he wants you surprised. In his work, he creates performances and installations that take human gesture as input and amplify them in different ways—making drawings come to life, imagining what the voice might look like if we could see it, transforming peoples silhouettes into music. He’s been listed as one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People and his projects have won the Golden Nica from Ars Electronica, Interactive Design of the Year from Design Museum London as well as listed in Time Magazine’s Best Inventions of the Year. He creates artwork through writing software, is a co-creator of openFrameworks, an open source C++ toolkit for creative coding, and helped co-found the School for Poetic Computation, a school examining the lyrical possibilities of code. His website is and he’s active on Instagram and Twitter.


8:45–9:30 am EST (UTC-5)
Papers: Ethnographic Agency

Curated by Anne Harris (RMIT University)

  • Ethnographic Agency in a Data-Driven World: A Methodological and Theoretical Toolkit for Doing Ethnography in Data-Intensive Settings, Nadine Sarah Levin (Facebook)
  • Doughnut Economics, Agency, and Ecological Design: Ethnography for Doughnut-Centered Designers, Christopher Golias (Google)

9:30–10:30 am EST (UTC-5)
Keynote Address by Simon Roberts: Distant Cousins? Minds, Bodies and Machines

Simon is an anthropologist and co-founder of Stripe Partners, a strategy and innovation consultancy. He writes and speaks widely on anthropology, ethnography and technology, and his work has been covered by Bloomberg, The Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, BBC Radio 4, Quartz, and The Daily Telegraph. His book on embodied knowledge, Hard Wired: How Our Bodies Acquire Knowledge and Why We Should Learn to Trust our Instincts, will be published by Bonnier in 2020. Simon has made important contributions to the EPIC community since 2005 and has co-chaired two EPIC conferences.

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10:30–11:00 am EST (UTC-5)

Announcing the co-chairs, theme, and dates for EPIC2020 Melbourne, hosted by the Digital Ethnography Research Center, RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia.