Call for Participation: DIS 2020 Remote Workshop – Designing Futures of Money and FinTech – July 7th/8th


This DIS 2020 workshop will address urgent and exciting challenges in designing futures of money and FinTech. In light of increasing cashlessness, platform economies, open banking APIs, and cryptocurrencies, money is on the move – once inert, money is gaining agency, becoming programmable, automated, data-driven and part of ‘more than human’ infrastructures.

This workshop seeks to highlight and cultivate the role for design research in the domains of finance, money and economy. We aim to articulate an interdisciplinary research agenda and design space responding to four broad design challenges:

  • Designing with Transactional Data
  • Designing Alternative Representations of Value
  • Money, Automation, Power, and Control
  • Financial Futures with Vulnerable Users

We invite position papers and expressions of interest that offer one or more brief stories, scenarios, vignettes or design fiction narratives of financial technology use (or non-use). These scenarios may be based on field research, probes, prototypes, installations, speculations, industry case studies, or even personal or anecdotal experience, but should highlight a design opportunity or challenge related to the themes above. We welcome creative and pictorial responses, and the organisation team will judge position papers on their relevance, and likelihood to spark discussion during the workshop. Importantly, we welcome researchers who have not yet worked closely on FinTech and money, but who are interested in doing so. Submissions should also include a brief (max 200-word bio) for researchers intending to attend the workshop.

Submissions should be from 3-6 pages (excluding references) in SIGCHI Extended Abstracts format (available here), and submitted as a PDF to by (June 11th).

The workshop will take place virtually over 2 days (July 7th & July 8th), accommodating varying timezones and levels of participation as far as possible. There are no registration fees.


Workshop Organisers

Chris Elsden (Design Informatics, University of Edinburgh)

Tom Feltwell (Open Lab, Newcastle University)

Belen Barros Pena, (School of Design, Northumbria University)

Bettina Nissen (Design Informatics, University of Edinburgh)

Inte Gloerich (Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences)

John Vines, (School of Design, Northumbria University)

Chris Speed (Design Informatics, University of Edinburgh)


Key Dates

  • Short position papers due – June 11th
  • Author Notifications – June 18th
  • ‘Camera-Ready’ version due – June 25th
  • Workshop Day 1 (Panels & Discussion) – July 7th
  • Workshop Day 2 (Design Sprint & Showcase) – July 8th


For any inquiries, please check our website  or reach out to Chris Elsden directly:


*Photo credit: Christiann Koepke