Information and communication technologies are integral to our world. Digital engineers, designers, and computer programmers are the inventors and innovators of our time who greatly affect people’s everyday lives – and they need the assistance of anthropology in making human-friendly solutions. The symposium explores how digital designers and anthropologists benefit from each other’s knowledge and approaches. What is the role of culture in technology? How can technology-based thinking be humanised? And how can we get the most out of new technologies for those that use them?




DAY 1: Friday, 4 November 2016


Intercultural hotspot
Panel discussion



11.00 –13.00
Registration and Intercultural Hotspot

13.00 –13.45
Introduction: Sten Tamkivi, Co-founder and CEO at Teleport

13.45 – 14.30
Speech 1: Dimitris Dalakoglou

14.30 – 15.30
Snack break and Intercultural Hotspot

15.30 – 16.15
Speech 2: Amber Case

16.15 – 17.00
Speech 3: Daniel Miller

17.00 – 17.30
Coffee break and Intercultural Hotspot

17.30– 18.30
Panel discussion

19.30 – late
Party (location TBC)

Intercultural hotspot


Throughout the day, our co-organisers and sponsors will present themselves at the Intercultural Hotspot. Do not miss the opportunity to mingle with enthusiasts representing all sorts of different ‘tribes’– anthropologists, IT experts, marketing specialists, designers, artists. Go ask anyone –that’s how great ideas are born and partnerships created!


Panel discussion


A panel discussion will be held with the symposium’s keynote speakers Dimitris Dalakoglou, Amber Case, and Daniel Miller.

Dan Podjed, Convenor of EASA Applied Anthropology Network



DAY 2: Saturday, 5 November 2016

Day 2 of the symposium is intended for all of you who are eager to put theory into practice. During workshops combining insights from anthropology, design, IT industry, art, and marketing, you’ll develop prototypes, projects, and campaigns – in just a day!



Registration opens on 1 September 2016.

Please note that the symposium programme is not final.
Bear with us while we’re working it out and stay tuned!
Should you have any questions, feel free to send an e-mail to the EASA Applied Anthropology Network (





We’ve negotiated a discounted price in some of Tartu’s hotels and hostels. When booking, make sure to mention our promo code ‘ANTHROP’.


Hotel London (sgl €85; twin €100)
Hotel Pallas (sgl €60; twin €75)
Hotel Dorpat (sgl €75; twin €95)

Looming Hostel (double/twin room €38; dorm €15–17)
Hektor Design Hostel (double/twin room €35–41; single room €23–30; dorm €15)



Organising committee

1 - Meta Gorup
Meta Gorup
2 - Jaanika Jaanits
Jaanika Jaanits
3 - Helleka Koppel 1
Helleka Koppel
4 - Liset Marleen Pak
Liset Marleen Pak

Merilin Piipu

Dan Podjed

Keiu Telve

Laura Valli



Advisory board

Lawrence Agbemabiese, Ellen Bal, Sandra Bell, Alenka Bezjak Mlakar, Simone Borile, Carlo A. Cubero, Lu Ann De Cunzo, Jurij Fikfak, Carla Guerrón Montero, Duška KneževićHočevar, Kristin Kuutma, Art Leete, Rajko Muršič, Desirée Pangerc, Jaka Repič, Klāvs Sedlenieks, Peter Simonič, Giulia Sinatti, Ülo Valk, Rhoda Woets




This event is co-organised by the Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts, ASTRA project of the University of Tartu, PER ASPERA (European Union, European Regional Development Fund).

The symposium is a result of the DriveGreen project. The main goal of the project is to develop a culture-sensitive smartphone app for promotion of sustainable mobility.