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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/



    come_NET: Connecting Computer Clubs with a Community Platform

    Aal, Konstantin; Weibert, Anne; Schubert, Kai; Sprenger, Mary-Ann; Rekowski, Thomas Von

    Wulf, Volker; Pipek, Volkmar; Randall, David; Rohde, Markus; Schmidt, Kjeld; Stevens, Gunnar (Ed.): Socio-Informatics - A Practice-based Perspective on the Design and Use of IT Artefacts, pp. 391–420, Oxford University Press, 2018, ISBN: 978-0-19-873324-9.



    3D printing/digital fabrication for education and the common good Workshop for C&T2017

    Stickel, Oliver; Aal, Konstantin; Fuchsberger, Verena; Tscheligi, Manfred; Rüller, Sarah; Wenzelmann, Victoria; Pipek, Volkmar; Wulf, Volker

    Workshop at the 8th international conference on Communities and Technologies, Troyes, 2017.

    Creating Environmental Awareness with Upcycling Making Activities: A Study of Children in Germany and Palestine

    Weibert, Anne; Mouratidis, Marios; Khateb, Renad; Rüller, Sarah; Hosak, Miriam; Potka, Shpresa; Aal, Konstantin; Wulf, Volker

    Proceedings of the 2017 Conference on Interaction Design and Children, pp. 286–291, ACM, New York, NY, USA, 2017, ISBN: 978-1-4503-4921-5.



    Challenges of CI Initiatives in a Political Unstable Situation -Case Study of a Computer Club in a Refugee Camp

    Aal, Konstantin; Mouratidis, Marios; Weibert, Anne; Wulf, Volker


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    3D Printing with Marginalized Children - An Exploration in a Palestinian Refugee Camp

    Stickel, Oliver; Hornung, Dominik; Aal, Konstantin; Rohde, Markus; Wulf, Volker

    Boulus-Rødje, Nina; Ellingsen, Gunnar; Bratteteig, Tone; Aanestad, Margunn; Bjørn, Pernille (Ed.): ECSCW 2015: Proceedings of the 14th European Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, 19-23 September 2015, Oslo, Norway, pp. 83–102, Springer, 2015.


    Bridging (Gender-Related) Barriers: A Comparative Study of Intercultural Computer Clubs

    Aal, Konstantin; von Rekowski, Thomas; Yerousis, George; Wulf, Volker; Weibert, Anne

    Proceedings of the Third Conference on GenderIT, pp. 17–23, ACM, New York, NY, USA, 2015, ISBN: 978-1-4503-3596-6.


    Computer-Enabled Project Spaces: Connecting with Palestinian Refugees across Camp Boundaries

    Yerousis, George; Aal, Konstantin; von Rekowski, Thomas; Randall, David; Rohde, Markus; Wulf, Volker

    Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - CHI '15, pp. 3749–3758, ACM Press, New York, New York, USA, 2015, ISBN: 978-1-4503-3145-6.

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    Come_in@Palestine: Adapting a German Computer Club Concept to a Palestinian Refugee Camp

    Aal, Konstantin; Yerousis, George; Schubert, Kai; Hornung, Dominik; Stickel, Oliver; Wulf, Volker

    Proceedings of the 5th ACM International Conference on Collaboration Across Boundaries: Culture, Distance & Technology, pp. 111–120, ACM, New York, NY, USA, 2014, ISBN: 978-1-4503-2557-8.



    Fighting against the wall: Social media use by political activists in a Palestinian village

    Wulf, Volker; Aal, Konstantin; Kteish, Ibrahim Abu; Atam, Meryem; Schubert, Kai; Rohde, Markus; Yerousis, George; Randall, David

    Proceedings of CHI '13, pp. 1979–1988, ACM, 2013, ISBN: 978-1-4503-1899-0.

    (Abstract | Links)