How do a group of developers in Cape Town work with digital strategists in New York to design a product to be used by a girl living in a town 300 km outside of Mumbai? I work for Praekelt.org, an organisation that creates mobile technology for marginalized users in low and middle income countries, and we ask ourselves these questions every day. Inclusivity is a priority for us in creating tools our users will find beneficial, but also in negotiating our dispersed global working community, with a wide range of socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.
This talk will investigate multiple touch points for organisations to include diverse voices in their process: from co-design to partnering with local governments to hearing users in storytelling. We will also talk about the importance and challenges of building inclusivity in the workplace as integral to these approaches.