Title: Designing for Remixing: Supporting an Online Community of Amateur Creators
Speaker: Andrés Monroy-Hernández (Microsoft Research) 
Date: Wednesday, April 3
Time: 12-1pm
Room: GHC 6501 

In this talk I will describe a framework for the design and study of an online community of amateur creators. I focus on remixing as the lens to understand the contexts and processes of creative expression as it is fostered within social media environments. I am motivated by three broad questions: 1. Process: how do people remix and what is the role of remixing in cultural production and social learning? 2. Conditions: what kind of attributes influence people's remixing practices? 3. Attitudes: what are people's attitudes toward remixing? As part of this work, I conceived, developed and studied the Scratch Online Community: a website where young people share and remix their own video games and animations, as well as those of their peers. In five years, the community has grown to more than 1.5 million registered members and 3 million community-contributed projects.

Andrés Monroy-Hernández is a researcher at Microsoft Research and an Affiliate at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet & Society. His research focuses on the design and study of social computing systems that support creative and civic collaboration. His work has been featured in the New York Times, CNN, Wired, and has received awards from Ars Electronica, and the MacArthur Digital Media and Learning Competition. Andrés was named one of Boston Business Journal's Emerging Leader in 2012. He holds a PhD from the MIT Media Lab and a BS in Computer Engineering from Tec de Monterrey.