Invited Workshop Concept Outlines

Below are the concept outlines that have been invited to submit proposals to the ICC Call for Workshop Proposals. Of 116 concept outlines received, the following 37 were invited for proposals.

To help proposers and others find teams that working in a geographic area of interest, we have done our best to group proposals below within one of the eleven GSA regions1, plus distributed communities of practice (DCoP). This is for convenience only. Proposals should continue to develop and use their own regional definitions as needed and may reach out to any team to explore collaboration.

Great Lakes

Design Creativity as a Launchpad for Student Innovative Technology Pathways in the Rural Northern Midwest
Mary Raber (PI), Michigan Technological University
Ilya Avdeev, d.School
Adrienne Minerick, Michigan Technological University
Jennifer Gutzman, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Michigan Technological University, in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, proposes to host an innovative workshop series to help establish a distributed innovation ecosystem for rural educational institutions, including community colleges and trade schools. The workshops will engage students, educators, and administrators to transform perspectives on innovative careers.
Proposed workshop region: Rural Northern Midwest
Design Justice: using design justice principles to shift power in the creation of community technology in Detroit.
Nour Arafat (PI), Design Justice Network
Wes Taylor, Wayne State / Talking Dolls
Detroit is a deeply creative city that holds a history of community resilience and resistance to exploitation; Detroit is also the birthplace of the Design Justice principles. We envision gathering community-workers, artists, designers, and researchers to map local power dynamics, towards creating roadmaps for community conceived and accountable technology development in Detroit.
Proposed workshop region: Detroit / Midwest
Haven’t We Learned Anything? Proactive Steps to Decolonize Emergent Technology Development
John Marshall (PI), Michigan Central Center for Mobility and Society
Lauren Ruffin, Arizona State University
Proposed workshop region: East North Central Region

Greater Southwest

Creative Cred: Defining and Recognizing the Mindsets and Skillsets of Houston’s Future Innovators
Jordan Carswell (PI), Houston Community College
Robin Nagy, Houston Community College
Jose Avalos, Tech23 and Houston Impact Hub
Michelle Avalos, Tech23 and Houston Impact Hub
We will unite Texas educators, creatives, and industry leaders to reach collaborative consensus on the innovative mindsets and skillsets necessary for creative problem solvers. We will generate a recommendation for a widely-recognized microcredential that recognizes the development of creative confidence and an innovative mindset in our community college students.
Proposed workshop region: Houston, southeast Texas
Indigenous Pathways to Planning Sustainable Futures
Alice Loy (PI), Creative Startups
Theodore Jojola, University of New Mexico
Dave Hanson, University of New Mexico
Lee Francis, Native Realities
Native American societies harbor profound expertise with respect to sustainable community planning, design, and management. Our workshop aims to catalyze a national network of Indigenous leaders, technologists, and community planners working collaboratively to invent and scale up technologies and community engagement processes grounded in Native knowledge, addressing climate change.
Proposed workshop region: New Mexico, Arizona, Utah

Heartland Region

Integrating Arts and Culture into KC’s Critical Materials and Biologics Ecosystems
Aaron Deacon (PI), KC Digital Drive
Brian Frehner, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Bob Bennett, Cities Today Institute
Proposed workshop region: Kansas City metro
One Health + Biotech: Futuring Well-being in the Heartland
Ash Eliza Smith (PI), Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Elizabeth VanWormer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Mark Beam, beaming – a future architecture studio
Julia McQuillan, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Biotech innovations hold great potential to improve the health and wellbeing of humans, animals, plants and ecosystems, thus integrating community stakeholders into discovery processes is key to maximizing benefits and minimizing risks. Using collective futuring, we will weave regional narratives and intelligences into a responsible design research and innovation framework.
Proposed workshop region: Heartland Region, including Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, and Missouri


Appalachian Futures: Exploring Arts, Culture, and Technology Pathways for Sustainability
Garrett Blaize (PI), Appalachian Community Fund
Taysha DeVaughan, Alliance for Appalachia
This workshop unites 60-75 Appalachian experts to merge art, culture, ecological knowledge, and technology, emphasizing Technologies for Remembrance, Care, Restoration, and Community. It aims for sustainable innovations through collaborations, enhancing regional community resilience and cohesion.
Proposed workshop region: Central Appalachia
Bi-Directional Futures: Creative and Technological Possibilities as Urban and Rural Opportunities
Mallika Bose (PI), Pennsylvania State University
B Stephen Carpenter, II, Penn State
Jason Geary, Rutgers University
Through a partnership between Penn State and Rutgers, we propose a workshop grounded in humanities, design, and arts-centered approaches integrated with technological innovation and geared towards creating sustainable economic ecosystems in urban and rural communities. We will foster interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation, leading to new ways of tackling complex phenomena.
Proposed workshop region: Mid Atlantic region (DE, DC, MD, NJ, NY, PA)

New England

Leveraging Local Talent to Draw Young Entrepreneurs into STEAM
Kathryn Jessen Eller (PI), East Bay Educational Collaborative of Rhode Island
Brandy Jackson, Scoutlier of Aecern
We will introduce young Rhode Island entrepreneurs to bio-solutions for solving AI problems like data storage and energy consumption. In multigenerational workshops, engineers and artists will explore using marine systems as solutions. This initiative has the potential to diversify the STEM workforce and generate innovative, sustainable methods for energy-intensive AI.
Proposed workshop region: Southern New England, Rhode Island
Threads of Inquiry: The Science and Art of Textiles in the Greater Boston Area
Noah Toyonaga (PI), Harvard University
Beatrice Steinert, Harvard University
“Threads of Inquiry” will explore how scientists, engineers, artists and designers can achieve deeper cross-disciplinary literacy and initiate collaborations across communities. Our program will bring together scientists and artists for two single-day intensives: first, a workshop on materiality, textile culture and history, and second, prototyping sessions and scientific research panels.
Proposed workshop region: Greater Boston Area


Black STEA2M Ecologies as a Technology of Social Justice: A Workshop on Culture, Place and Technology to Sustain Personal and Societal Wellness
John Henry Thompson (PI), New York University
Justin A. Coles, University of Massachusetts Amherst
The workshop explores technology as working with (and not in opposition to) Black communities to birth unique STEA2M ecologies that advance cultural sustainability and wellness by: blending Black arts and science to re/imagine technological possibilities grounded in creation and documenting the ways technological innovation can assist Black communities’ overall wellness.
Proposed workshop region: Brooklyn, New York City
Decolonizing Poetic Computation Across the Nation
Neta Bomani (PI), School for Poetic Computation (SFPC)
Tega Brain, New York University
This workshop will merge technical knowledge with political and theoretical critique/analysis by examining the history of computation through a decolonial lens and exploring how constructs of identity are mediated through technological systems. Technologists and theorists are invited to challenge their skills and frameworks witgub a larger effort to merge disciplines traditionally taught separately.
Proposed workshop region: Based in NYC and online
Developing Dramaturgical Strategies for AI and AR alongside NYC’s Contemporary Performance Scene
Bertie Ferdman (PI), The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY)
Peter Eckersall, City University of New York
Julia Stoyanovich, New York University
We aim to understand how intermedial practices in NYC’s Contemporary Performance scene serve as incubators for new media ecologies. How can we optimize access, transparency and future world-building? With stakeholders from Performance, Computer Engineering, Data Science, and Experimental Media, our workshop will be a hands-on inquiry into this emerging superfield.
Proposed workshop region: NYC metro area, including all five boroughs, and participants from NY state
Innovation in the Performing Arts: New Modalities of Cultural Creation and Preservation
Deborah Estrin (PI), Cornell Tech
Eduardo Vilaro, Ballet Hispánico
Emergent technologies have the potential to empower regional diasporic communities with visceral access to their cultural narratives—seeing, feeling, and activating untold stories. This collaborative workshop will explore the affordances of Generative AI, XR, and other multimodal technologies to transform creative, preservation, and pedagogical practices in the performing arts.
Proposed workshop region: New York Region
New York Women in Film & Television: Human Centered AI & Content Production in the New York Region Workshop
Maud Kersnowski-Sachs (PI), New York Women in Film & Television
Cynthia López, NYWIFT
Dorothy Bennet, New York Hall of Science
Neyda Martinez, The New School
Kim Jackson, Evotion Media
Leslie Fields-Cruz, Black Public Media
Leveraging the discussion of practice, innovation, and policy at NYWIFT 5th Summit: Creative Sustainability in the Age of AI, this workshop focuses on outlining the opportunities and challenges of creating and supporting a community AI-engaged storytellers in New York, drawing on the region’s extensive community of emerging and established creatives.
Proposed workshop region: New York Region


AI for Oregon: Fostering Innovation and Creativity
Shawna Lipton (PI), Pacific Northwest College of Art at Willamette University
Jameson Watts, Willamette University
Megan McKissack, Pacific Northwest College of Art
Calvin Deutschbein, Willamette University
“AI for Oregon: Fostering Innovation and Creativity” is a collaborative event where artists, designers, technical experts, and researchers explore AI’s changing role in art, design, and creative industries. It aims to discover innovative AI applications in the creative sector and harness AI’s potential to positively impact Oregon communities.
Proposed workshop region: Portland, Oregon and surrounding areas including Beaverton, Salem, and Eugene
Eco-Innovations across the border: AI, Indigenous Knowledge, Environmental Science, Communications & Stewardship of the Salish Sea and Pacific Northwest
Dustin O’Hara (PI), Western Washington University
Ginny Broadhurst, Western Washington University
Cindy Elliser, Western Washington University
Dustin O’Hara, Western Washington University
Brian Hutchinson, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Set in the Salish Sea, the workshop will focus on resilience and hope in the face of environmental and climate crises. It will convene diverse stakeholders, including Indigenous leaders, environmental scientists & scholars, and AI researchers & technologists, to discuss strategies for data sharing and modeling, to support sustainable development, conservation, and environmental storytelling and public communications.
Proposed workshop region: Pacific Northwest & the Salish Sea
Not-So-Speculative Design of the Future: Technology-Based Artist Leadership for Cross-Industry Innovation
Julia Bruk (PI), Future Arts
Anna Czoski, Future Arts
Orlando de Lange, SoundBio Lab
We invite researchers and leaders in academia, technology, and creative practices to examine opportunities and novel approaches centered around breakthrough biomaterials. The twist? Technology-based artists will lead cross-industry dialogue through a speculative design framework, fueling analogous thinking to humanize products of the future and encourage cross-industry collaboration.
Proposed workshop region: Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Region

Pacific Rim

A Framework for Building Innovation Warriors
Danielle Boyer (PI), The STEAM Connection
Kevin Villanueva, Lucid Skies, LLC
Empowering Indigenous communities with the skills to launch businesses rooted in advanced technology solutions with the objective to cultivate leaders’ self-determination and sovereignty through building new technology to address pressing challenges. The workshops explore The STEAM Connection’s community-centered innovations in Indigenous software and robotics, which have reached over 800,000 people.
Proposed workshop region: Southern California
Building a Sustainable Future for Live Events through Interactive and Immersive Experiences
Faith ‘Aya’ Umoh (PI), Creative Aya
Mikhael Tara Garver, Culture House Immersive
Through hands-on workshops, Building a Sustainable Future for Live Events demystifies immersive & interactive technology for California’s spectrum of creative industry leaders. By proposing a new sustainable business model, we aim to equip leaders with strategies on leveraging narrative immersive experiences to drive social impact and economic empowerment.
Proposed workshop region: California
Community Graphics: Emancipatory digital worldbuilding in distributed communities-of-practice
Sammie Veeler (PI), Virtual Access Lab
Nat Decker, Cripping_CG
Cielo Saucedo, Cripping_CG
Olivia Dreisinger, Cripping_CG
Community Graphics will introduce the perspectives of digital world building practitioners engaged in community archiving and critical framings of creative technology. Technical tutorials will practically support meaningful participation in an emerging XR praxis. Collaborators include Cripping_CG, a disability led digital asset archive, and AM Darke’s Open Source Afro Hair Library.
Proposed workshop region: California
Cultural Tourism in Southern Nevada: New Technologies and Creative Workforce
Marta Soligo (PI), William F. Harrah College of Hospitality – University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Lizette Guillen, Nevada Partners, Inc.
UNLV and Nevada Partners, Inc. propose a workshop centered around the use of new technologies to support the transformation of Southern Nevada as an inclusive, diverse cultural tourism hub. This establishes an innovative ecosystem building on local heritage—especially the region’s history, arts, and entertainment—with future sustainability.
Proposed workshop region: Historic Westside (neighborhood in Las Vegas)
Digital Mentorship: Bridging the AI Gap for an Evolving California Workforce
Kevin Clark (PI), Dakar Foundation
Valorie Jones, StoryFile
Mentorship programs have long been testbeds for skill transfer, knowledge sharing, and guidance. As traditional employment patterns have been disrupted by automation and artificial intelligence, our workshop will bring together diverse government, community, and technology organizations to analyze AI risks, brainstorm innovative solutions, and reinvent mentorship in a digital world.
Proposed workshop region: Greater Los Angeles
Engineering Creative Technologies & Cultural Connections for Water Justice
Michelle Glass (PI), Dolores Huerta Foundation with Public Art & Social Practice Artist Michelle Glass
Vivian Underhill, The Colorado School of Mines
Drought, pesticides, groundwater overdraft, and chemical impacts from oil drilling are all serious threats to our water and our health. We propose to convene a workshop on how community-based groups and allied researchers across Central California can leverage developing technologies to broaden and deepen their work toward water and environmental justice.
Proposed workshop region: Central Valley California, Kern County
Integrating Indigenous Knowledge and Creative Computational Media: Building a Sustainable Innovation Ecosystem across the Pacific Rim
Jason Leigh (PI), University of Hawaii at Manoa
Kamuela Enos, University of Hawaii
Chris Lee, Academy for Creative Media
This workshop will investigate critical research and innovations that merge Creative Computational Media (CCM) and Indigenous Knowledge. Utilizing Indigenous informed frameworks of ideation to engage partners across the Pacific Rim, this workshop will deconstruct the practice of design and evaluation of emerging creative technologies through the prism of ancestral wisdom.
Proposed workshop region: Pacific Rim
Social Currency and Media Innovation: Taking Your Creative Skills In The Digital Economy To The Next Level (NXT LVL)
Rashidi Jones (PI), TEC Leimert
Dawn Comer, City of Los Angeles
TEC Leimert, a non-profit organization based in Los Angeles, values the creative economy and its contribution to innovation and culture around the globe. We will host a workshop focusing on sustainable career pathways that leverage technological advancements and data analytics in creative spaces e.g. fashion, gaming, music, and content creation.
Proposed workshop region: Leimert Park, South Los Angeles

Rocky Mountain

Creating Culture with Technology on Colorado’s Front Range
Christopher Coleman (PI), Clinic for Open Source Arts, University of Denver
Sharifa Moore, Denver Digerati
This workshop will build collaborations that address inequalities in STEM using creativity and digital culture as a vehicle for technological innovation. Our region is primed for this imperative conversation which will bring together established cross-sector communities working at the intersections of art, science, and technology.
Proposed workshop region: North Central Colorado Urban Area
Imagining Place and Change in the Upper Colorado River Basin – AI, Water, and the Future of the Rural West
Kelsey Hall (PI), Utah State University
Amy Haas, Colorado River Authority of Utah
Brian Steed, Utah’s Great Salt Lake / Janet Quinney Lawson Institute for Land, Water & Air
Roslynn McCann, Utah State University
Stacia Ryder, Utah State University
Matthew Yost, Utah State University
This workshop facilitates place-based conversations about the UCRB between community leaders, Colorado River authority leaders, elders, farmers, AI experts, policy-makers, artists, designers, musicians, and writers. It enables scientific and creative sectors to collaborate through AI-enabled place-making exercises and the development of sociotechnical imaginaries that inform the future of the UCRB.
Proposed workshop region: Upper Colorado River Basin (UCRB) and parts of the Navajo Nation (USGS, 2016)

Southeast Sunbelt

AI Opportunities and Threats (OT) in the Creative Industries
Robert Joseph (PI), Team Mindshift
Gregory Henley, Nexxt Productions, Inc.
Investigate AI’s OT in legal, ethical, production, and content creation and expand diverse community usage. The format will be speakers/panels coupled with breakout sessions with each attendee developing relevant actionable uses of the ideas expressed, fostering economic growth, informing the report on needs, while providing actionable ideas.
Proposed workshop region: Atlanta MSA
Cultural Catalysts: Igniting Technological Advancements through Mississippi’s Creative Heritage
Brittany Myburgh (PI), Jackson State University
Von Gordon, Alluvial Collective
Rico Chapman, Jackson State University
Craig A. Meyer, Jackson State University
Mark Geil, Jackson State University
David Collins, Innovate Mississippi
“Cultural Catalysts” explores integrating Mississippi’s cultural sector and heritage into developing pre-commercial technologies and new creative engagements via generative AI and digital humanities. It aims to merge cultural insights with innovation, addressing the digital divide and fostering an inclusive, ethical tech ecosystem that enhances community connectivity and promotes economic growth.
Proposed workshop region: Mississippi
Digital Identity Exploration: Creating and Understanding Avatars in Virtual Worlds
Elizabeth Strickler (PI), Georgia State University
Jeasy Sehgal, Georgia State University
Mushinah Morris, Morehouse University
Candice Alger, Georgia State University
Annie Eaton, Futurus
This workshop aims to expand Georgia’s innovation ecosystem. Focused on avatar scanning and digital twinning, participants will delve into its applications, societal impacts, and ethical considerations. Experiencing digital twinning first-hand, attendees will gain insights into the complexities of digitizing human identity, fostering pre-commercial innovation and translational research involving responsible technology use.
Proposed workshop region: Southeast, Georgia, Atlanta
Dreaming of Black Artificial Intelligent Ecosystems through Black Joy, Black Cultural Arts & Black Community Anchor Institutions Workshop
Fallon Wilson (PI), #BlackTechFutures Research Institute
Isaac McCoy, Stillman College
The workshop will explore how Black Joy can be harnessed to build unbiased data sets and large language models ensuring Black people are honored by machines while also being a type of heuristical frame for democratizing artificial intelligence futures among various Black communities who are not connected to STEM, Computer Science, and Artificial Intelligent conversations.
Proposed workshop region: Southeast regions of the U.S
EmpowerSTEM: Collaborative Solutions for an Inclusive Future
Brandi Stroecker (PI), Tennessee STEM Innovation Network – Battelle
Audra Block, Tennessee Department of Education
Joy Rich, Nissan Motor Corporation
EmpowerSTEM strives to create an inclusive innovation ecosystem in Tennessee by uniting industry, educators, and researchers to inspire diverse participation in STEM fields. Through collaboration and a focus on creativity, we aim to cultivate a vibrant community that fosters breakthroughs, nurtures talent, and advances society toward an inclusive and sustainable future.
Proposed workshop region: Tennessee’s 95 county region

Distributed Community of Practice (DCoP)

Creative Open Access (OA) for Digital Publishing and Media Innovation
Diana Ayton-Shenker (PI), Leonardo/ISAST, International Society of Art, Science, and Technology
Timothy C. Summers, Arizona State University
Nick Lindsay, MIT Press
Maryrose Flanigan, a2ru
This workshop applies radical access to expand STEAM digital media innovation. Through Leonardo’s CripTech lens – understanding disability innovation as an experimental creative process to “crip” or hack technologies for access – the workshop informs novel OA strategies for STEAM publishing, infused by creative access insights, practice and experiments with digital media.
Futurhythm Machines: Permacomputation Approaches to Regional Electronic Music’s Past and Future
Lee Tusman (PI), Purchase College, State University of New York
Garrett Laroy Johnson, CCAM Center for Concrete and Abstract Machines
A workshop integrating a permacomputation approach to innovative local entrepreneurship in open-source music technology maker communities. Engaging sync- and asynchronously, we will facilitate knowledge sharing, making, and reflection through collected online writings, tutorials and workshops, and conversations around creative business practices, DIY and large-scale production, and regional culture and community.
Arts Engagement in an AI World
Joanna Woronkowicz (PI), Center for Cultural Affairs, Arts, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation Lab, Indiana University
Doug Noonan, Indiana University
David Crandall, Indiana University
This workshop brings together technology, arts, and research around ideas for the present and future of arts and culture in a world of prevalent AI. Our focus is on audiences and patrons of the arts and how generative AI continues to alter experiences, demand, communities, markets, and culture itself.

  1. Please see We did not receive proposals from Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands, so list Northeast/Caribbean as Northeast. ↩︎