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    YALLAH! – You all are hackers.

    yallah-headerDuration: since 2016

    Sponsorship: Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst

    Contact person: Konstantin Aal, Marios Mouratidis, Sarah Rüller

    YALLAH! – You All Are Hackers is an international exchange program between the University of Siegen (Germany) and Birzeit University (West Bank, Palestine). YALLAH!’s motivation is to offer ten Palestinian and ten German students a twofold exchange experience: on the one hand, you can get in touch with each other, meet new people, visit new places and just have a regular student exchange. On the other hand – and this is where the Hackers come into play – we encourage you to do collaborative projects. The overall theme for these projects is defined rather broadly as social innovation in order to let you freely explore possibilities for innovative and creative project ideas. To achieve your project goals we will support you with various kinds of resources from University, Fab Lab and more.

    At the University of Siegen, YALLAH! has been initialized and will be administered by Prof. Dr. Volker Wulf (Information Systems and New Media) and Prof. Dr. Volkmar Pipek (Computer Supported Cooperative Work).

    At Birzeit University, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering under supervision of Dr. Iyad Tumar is responsible for the Palestinian part of the exchange.

    As you can see, two main exchange phases make up the project, one in Birzeit/Ramallah, one in Siegen. If you sign up for YALLAH!, please note that you sign up for both of them. During your phase as ‘host’, taking part in activities as well as group projects is mandatory. However, this will be much less time-consuming than your role as ‘guests’. If you take part in only one phase without a very good reason, you will have to pay for this phase (even retroactively). That’s only fair – whoever gets to be a guest also should be a good host.

    Further information on http://yallah.exchange/

    Publications

    2018


    • Aal, K., Weibert, A., Schubert, K., Sprenger, M. & Von Rekowski, T. (2018)come_NET: Connecting Computer Clubs with a Community Platform

      IN Wulf, V., Pipek, V., Randall, D., Rohde, M., Schmidt, K. & Stevens, G. (Eds.), Socio-Informatics – A Practice-based Perspective on the Design and Use of IT Artefacts
      [BibTeX] [Download PDF]

      @incollection{aal_come_net_2018,
      title = {come\_NET: {Connecting} {Computer} {Clubs} with a {Community} {Platform}},
      isbn = {978-0-19-873324-9},
      url = {http://www.wineme.uni-siegen.de/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Chapter-12-Weibert-comeNET.pdf},
      booktitle = {Socio-{Informatics} - {A} {Practice}-based {Perspective} on the {Design} and {Use} of {IT} {Artefacts}},
      publisher = {Oxford University Press},
      author = {Aal, Konstantin and Weibert, Anne and Schubert, Kai and Sprenger, Mary-Ann and Von Rekowski, Thomas},
      editor = {Wulf, Volker and Pipek, Volkmar and Randall, David and Rohde, Markus and Schmidt, Kjeld and Stevens, Gunnar},
      year = {2018},
      keywords = {PRAXLABS, yallah},
      pages = {391--420},
      }

    2017


    • Stickel, O., Aal, K., Fuchsberger, V., Tscheligi, M., Rüller, S., Wenzelmann, V., Pipek, V. & Wulf, V. (2017)3D printing/digital fabrication for education and the common good Workshop for C&T2017

      Workshop at the 8th international conference on Communities and Technologies. Troyes
      [BibTeX]

      @inproceedings{stickel_3d_2017,
      address = {Troyes},
      title = {{3D} printing/digital fabrication for education and the common good {Workshop} for {C}\&{T2017}},
      booktitle = {Workshop at the 8th international conference on {Communities} and {Technologies}},
      author = {Stickel, Oliver and Aal, Konstantin and Fuchsberger, Verena and Tscheligi, Manfred and Rüller, Sarah and Wenzelmann, Victoria and Pipek, Volkmar and Wulf, Volker},
      year = {2017},
      keywords = {CSCW, FabLab, yallah},
      }


    • Weibert, A., Mouratidis, M., Khateb, R., Rüller, S., Hosak, M., Potka, S., Aal, K. & Wulf, V. (2017)Creating Environmental Awareness with Upcycling Making Activities: A Study of Children in Germany and Palestine

      Proceedings of the 2017 Conference on Interaction Design and Children. New York, NY, USA, Publisher: ACM, Pages: 286–291 doi:10.1145/3078072.3079732
      [BibTeX] [Download PDF]

      @inproceedings{weibert_creating_2017,
      address = {New York, NY, USA},
      series = {{IDC} '17},
      title = {Creating {Environmental} {Awareness} with {Upcycling} {Making} {Activities}: {A} {Study} of {Children} in {Germany} and {Palestine}},
      isbn = {978-1-4503-4921-5},
      url = {http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/3078072.3079732},
      doi = {10.1145/3078072.3079732},
      booktitle = {Proceedings of the 2017 {Conference} on {Interaction} {Design} and {Children}},
      publisher = {ACM},
      author = {Weibert, Anne and Mouratidis, Marios and Khateb, Renad and Rüller, Sarah and Hosak, Miriam and Potka, Shpresa and Aal, Konstantin and Wulf, Volker},
      year = {2017},
      keywords = {yallah, computer club, children, environment, intercultural, learning, making, upcycling},
      pages = {286--291},
      }

    2016


    • Aal, K., Mouratidis, M., Weibert, A. & Wulf, V. (2016)Challenges of CI Initiatives in a Political Unstable Situation -Case Study of a Computer Club in a Refugee Camp

      doi:10.1145/2957276.2996281
      [BibTeX] [Abstract]

      This poster describes the research around computer clubs in Palestinian refugee camps and the various lessons learned during the establishment of this intervention such the importance of the physical infrastructure (e.g. clean room, working hardware), soft technologies (e.g. knowledge transfer through workshops), social infrastructure (e.g. reliable partners in the refugee camp, partner from the university) and social capital (e.g. shared vision and values of all stakeholders). These important insights can be transferred on other interventions in similar unstable environments.

      @article{aal_challenges_2016,
      title = {Challenges of {CI} {Initiatives} in a {Political} {Unstable} {Situation} -{Case} {Study} of a {Computer} {Club} in a {Refugee} {Camp}},
      doi = {10.1145/2957276.2996281},
      abstract = {This poster describes the research around computer clubs in Palestinian refugee camps and the various lessons learned during the establishment of this intervention such the importance of the physical infrastructure (e.g. clean room, working hardware), soft technologies (e.g. knowledge transfer through workshops), social infrastructure (e.g. reliable partners in the refugee camp, partner from the university) and social capital (e.g. shared vision and values of all stakeholders). These important insights can be transferred on other interventions in similar unstable environments.},
      author = {Aal, Konstantin and Mouratidis, Marios and Weibert, Anne and Wulf, Volker},
      year = {2016},
      keywords = {yallah, Come\_In, Community informatics, Computer club, Refugee camp, West Bank},
      }

    2015


    • Yerousis, G., Aal, K., von Rekowski, T., Randall, D., Rohde, M. & Wulf, V. (2015)Computer-Enabled Project Spaces: Connecting with Palestinian Refugees across Camp Boundaries

      Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems – CHI ’15. New York, New York, USA, Publisher: ACM Press, Pages: 3749–3758 doi:10.1145/2702123.2702283
      [BibTeX] [Abstract] [Download PDF]

      Come_IN computer clubs are an established approach to support inter-cultural and inter-generational learning in German neighborhoods. We explore the adaptation of the come_IN concept to the Palestinian context as a means to bridge the social and economic divide that has plagued West Bank society for a period of more than six decades. Social exclusion, political conflicts and prolonged military occupation have kept the refugee camps in a perpetual state of marginalization. In this paper we report on our work in Al Amari – a Palestinian refugee camp adjacent to the city of Ramallah. We examine how the computer club enables the emergence of social ties among residents of the camp and university students acting as tutors. Even though the ties are small-scale and informal, they have the potential to generate new and wider opportunities for exchange that may eventually support more social integration between the camp’s marginalized population and the wider Palestinian population.

      @inproceedings{yerousis_computer-enabled_2015,
      address = {New York, New York, USA},
      title = {Computer-{Enabled} {Project} {Spaces}: {Connecting} with {Palestinian} {Refugees} across {Camp} {Boundaries}},
      volume = {1},
      isbn = {978-1-4503-3145-6},
      url = {http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2702123.2702283 http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2702123.2702283},
      doi = {10.1145/2702123.2702283},
      abstract = {Come\_IN computer clubs are an established approach to support inter-cultural and inter-generational learning in German neighborhoods. We explore the adaptation of the come\_IN concept to the Palestinian context as a means to bridge the social and economic divide that has plagued West Bank society for a period of more than six decades. Social exclusion, political conflicts and prolonged military occupation have kept the refugee camps in a perpetual state of marginalization. In this paper we report on our work in Al Amari – a Palestinian refugee camp adjacent to the city of Ramallah. We examine how the computer club enables the emergence of social ties among residents of the camp and university students acting as tutors. Even though the ties are small-scale and informal, they have the potential to generate new and wider opportunities for exchange that may eventually support more social integration between the camp's marginalized population and the wider Palestinian population.},
      booktitle = {Proceedings of the {ACM} {Conference} on {Human} {Factors} in {Computing} {Systems} - {CHI} '15},
      publisher = {ACM Press},
      author = {Yerousis, George and Aal, Konstantin and von Rekowski, Thomas and Randall, David and Rohde, Markus and Wulf, Volker},
      month = apr,
      year = {2015},
      keywords = {PRAXLABS, yallah, A-Paper, computer club, communities, integration, learning, empowerment},
      pages = {3749--3758},
      }


    • Stickel, O., Hornung, D., Aal, K., Rohde, M. & Wulf, V. (2015)3D Printing with Marginalized Children – An Exploration in a Palestinian Refugee Camp

      ECSCW 2015: Proceedings of the 14th European Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, 19-23 September 2015, Oslo, Norway., Publisher: Springer, Pages: 83–102 doi:10.1007/978-3-319-20499-4_5
      [BibTeX] [Download PDF]

      @inproceedings{stickel_3d_2015,
      title = {{3D} {Printing} with {Marginalized} {Children} - {An} {Exploration} in a {Palestinian} {Refugee} {Camp}},
      url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-20499-4_5},
      doi = {10.1007/978-3-319-20499-4_5},
      booktitle = {{ECSCW} 2015: {Proceedings} of the 14th {European} {Conference} on {Computer} {Supported} {Cooperative} {Work}, 19-23 {September} 2015, {Oslo}, {Norway}},
      publisher = {Springer},
      author = {Stickel, Oliver and Hornung, Dominik and Aal, Konstantin and Rohde, Markus and Wulf, Volker},
      editor = {Boulus-Rødje, Nina and Ellingsen, Gunnar and Bratteteig, Tone and Aanestad, Margunn and Bjørn, Pernille},
      year = {2015},
      keywords = {CSCW, FabLab, yallah, Come\_In},
      pages = {83--102},
      }


    • Aal, K., von Rekowski, T., Yerousis, G., Wulf, V. & Weibert, A. (2015)Bridging (Gender-Related) Barriers: A Comparative Study of Intercultural Computer Clubs

      Proceedings of the Third Conference on GenderIT. New York, NY, USA, Publisher: ACM, Pages: 17–23 doi:10.1145/2807565.2807708
      [BibTeX] [Download PDF]

      @inproceedings{aal_bridging_2015,
      address = {New York, NY, USA},
      series = {{GenderIT} '15},
      title = {Bridging ({Gender}-{Related}) {Barriers}: {A} {Comparative} {Study} of {Intercultural} {Computer} {Clubs}},
      isbn = {978-1-4503-3596-6},
      url = {http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/2807565.2807708},
      doi = {10.1145/2807565.2807708},
      booktitle = {Proceedings of the {Third} {Conference} on {GenderIT}},
      publisher = {ACM},
      author = {Aal, Konstantin and von Rekowski, Thomas and Yerousis, George and Wulf, Volker and Weibert, Anne},
      year = {2015},
      keywords = {yallah, Come\_In, Collaboration, Gender, Barriers, Children, Computer Clubs, Learning, Refugee Camp},
      pages = {17--23},
      }

    2014


    • Aal, K., Yerousis, G., Schubert, K., Hornung, D., Stickel, O. & Wulf, V. (2014)Come_in@Palestine: Adapting a German Computer Club Concept to a Palestinian Refugee Camp

      Proceedings of the 5th ACM International Conference on Collaboration Across Boundaries: Culture, Distance & Technology. New York, NY, USA, Publisher: ACM, Pages: 111–120 doi:10.1145/2631488.2631498
      [BibTeX] [Download PDF]

      @inproceedings{aal_come_inpalestine_2014,
      address = {New York, NY, USA},
      series = {{CABS} '14},
      title = {Come\_in@{Palestine}: {Adapting} a {German} {Computer} {Club} {Concept} to a {Palestinian} {Refugee} {Camp}},
      isbn = {978-1-4503-2557-8},
      url = {http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/2631488.2631498},
      doi = {10.1145/2631488.2631498},
      booktitle = {Proceedings of the 5th {ACM} {International} {Conference} on {Collaboration} {Across} {Boundaries}: {Culture}, {Distance} \& {Technology}},
      publisher = {ACM},
      author = {Aal, Konstantin and Yerousis, George and Schubert, Kai and Hornung, Dominik and Stickel, Oliver and Wulf, Volker},
      year = {2014},
      keywords = {CSCW, PRAXLABS, FabLab, yallah, Come\_In, computer club, children, communities, integration, international collaboration},
      pages = {111--120},
      }

    2013


    • Wulf, V., Aal, K., Abu Kteish, I., Atam, M., Schubert, K., Rohde, M., Yerousis, G. & Randall, D. (2013)Fighting against the wall: Social media use by political activists in a Palestinian village

      Proceedings of CHI ’13., Publisher: ACM, Pages: 1979–1988 doi:10.1145/2470654.2466262
      [BibTeX] [Abstract] [Download PDF]

      We analyze practices of political activists in a Palestinian village located in the West Bank, who organize weekly demonstrations against Israel’s settlement policy and the separation wall. Over a period of 28 months, we conducted a field study consisting of eight days ‘on the ground’ observation and interviewing, and extensive monitoring of Internet communication. We describe the activists’ background and their efforts to organize these demonstrations under conditions of military occupation. Over time, we observe the role both digital and material factors play in the organization of protest.

      @inproceedings{wulf_fighting_2013,
      title = {Fighting against the wall: {Social} media use by political activists in a {Palestinian} village},
      isbn = {978-1-4503-1899-0},
      url = {http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2470654.2466262},
      doi = {10.1145/2470654.2466262},
      abstract = {We analyze practices of political activists in a Palestinian village located in the West Bank, who organize weekly demonstrations against Israel's settlement policy and the separation wall. Over a period of 28 months, we conducted a field study consisting of eight days ‘on the ground' observation and interviewing, and extensive monitoring of Internet communication. We describe the activists' background and their efforts to organize these demonstrations under conditions of military occupation. Over time, we observe the role both digital and material factors play in the organization of protest.},
      booktitle = {Proceedings of {CHI} '13},
      publisher = {ACM},
      author = {Wulf, Volker and Aal, Konstantin and Abu Kteish, Ibrahim and Atam, Meryem and Schubert, Kai and Rohde, Markus and Yerousis, George and Randall, David},
      year = {2013},
      keywords = {PRAXLABS, yallah, Come\_In, appropriation, field study, political protest, social media, a-paper},
      pages = {1979--1988},
      }