The Future of Work(places)


The Future of Work(places): Creating a Sense of Place for On-demand Work

The Future of Work(places)

Creating a Sense of Place for On-Demand Work, CSCW 2019

Workshop Overview

While the shift to on-demand labor may foster greater control over one’s employment in some ways, it has removed much of the benefits that come with consistently working in shared physical spaces. Working in physical spaces allow opportunities for social support, earning, long-term growth, and stability. The goal of this workshop is to facilitate a discussion around how physical spaces and online technologies influence each other in on-demand work (e.g. ridesharing, crowd work, freelancing, side hustles). We plan to invite a diversity of stakeholders, including grassroots organizers who can represent and voice the concerns of their respective worker communities, researchers studying these topics, and designers of on-demand work platforms. Discussion and ideas generated from this workshop will be archived online and made available to the larger research community and the general public.

CSCW 2019
Saturday, Nov 9
Hilton Hotel
500 East 4th St
Austin, TX

Guiding Questions



This workshop will be highly interactive, involving a mix of presentations, discussions, and hands-on activities. The majority of time will be dedicated to the following activities:

The outcomes of these activities will contribute to a collective report on challenges and opportunities around the the de-placing of on-demand work.

Tentative Agenda

9:00 Introductions
9:20 Presentation 1 + Discussion
10:00 Coffee break
10:15 Activity 1: Reflect
12:00 Lunch
1:30 Presentation 2 + Discussion
2:00 Activity 2: Ideate and Brainstorm
3:00 Coffee break
3:15 Activity 3: Prototype
4:15 Synthesis + Closing

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Call for Participation

Key Information:
  • Format: 2-4 pages in the SIGCHI Extended Abstracts format (or rough equivalent)
  • Deadline (Early Decision): September 1, 2019
  • Deadline: September 23, 2019
  • Extended Deadline: October 6, 2019
  • Notification: October 13, 2019
  • Workshop: Saturday, November 9, 2019

We invite a diversity of stakeholders, including researchers studying these topics, grassroots organizers who can represent and voice the concerns of their respective worker communities, and designers of on-demand work platforms to apply to this workshop. Potential participants are asked to submit 2-4 page position papers that describe their research, opinion, positionality, and/or practice in the workshop area. Potential topics include (but are not limited to):

Selection and Attendance Criteria: Submissions will be reviewed by the organizers and accepted based on the relevance and potential to contribute to the workshop. Our workshop will accommodate up to 20 participants. At least one author of each accepted paper must attend the workshop. Please note that workshop attendees are required to register for the workshop by by paying an additional workshop fee on top of the conference registration fee. Prior to the workshop, participants will be requested to read all accepted position papers.

How to Submit: Submissions and questions should be directed to by the submission deadline. Please submit your position paper in PDF format by August 25, 2019 for early decision notification, or by October 6, 2019 for later decision notification.

Archival Copies: Submitted abstracts will be archived on the workshop’s website, but will not appear in the CSCW proceedings. Authors will maintain all copyright over their work.

Remote Attendance: We will consider applications for remote attendance if you cannot attend CSCW in person due to mobility impairments, chronic health issues, travel limitations, etc. If your application is for remote attendance, please indicate this in the submission abstract and email. For general questions about telepresence opportunities at CSCW 2019, please email

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Assistant Professor / Presidential Post-doc
University of Michigan School of Information
Senior Researcher
Microsoft Research
PhD student in Human-Computer Interaction
Carnegie Mellon University
Assistant Professor of Human Computer Interaction
Carnegie Mellon University


Assistant Professor
University of Michigan’s School of Information
Principal Researcher
Microsoft Research
Associate Professor of Communication & Science Studies
University of California, San Diego

About CSCW

The 22nd ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW 2019) will be held November 9th-13th, 2019 in Austin, Texas.

CSCW is the premier venue for research in the design and use of technologies that affect groups, organizations, communities, and networks. Bringing together top researchers and practitioners, CSCW explores the technical, social, material, and theoretical challenges of designing technology to support collaborative work and life activities.

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