Design for Healthy Horizons in a Local Community: Digital relations in a neighbourhood with health challenges

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Communities and social support are considered to be important for people's ability to cultivate a healthy lifestyle. Yet, digital technology for everyday health predominantly focuses on individual use and performance optimisation. In this paper, we present how we have designed a mobile application to support community collaboration around health based on a conceptual model aiming at bringing a horizon of connectedness with health to residents in a local community. The research is conducted as a long-term participatory design process in a neighbourhood with low socio-economic status and significant health challenges. We introduce a community perspective on everyday health and the co-designed application focused on local collaboration around physical activity. Via workshops with residents and community workers, we critically examine opportunities and challenges for the application's ability to form a horizon and facilitate community collaboration around health in the neighbourhood.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationC&T '19: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Communities & Technologies - Transforming Communities : June 3–7, 2019, Vienna, Austria.
EditorsFlorian Cech, Hilda Tellioglu
Number of pages10
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication date3 Jun 2019
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-7162-9
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jun 2019
EventInternational Conference on Communities and Technologies: Transforming Communities - TU Wien, Wien, Austria
Duration: 3 Jun 20197 Jun 2019
Conference number: 9


ConferenceInternational Conference on Communities and Technologies
LocationTU Wien
Internet address


  • Community
  • Health
  • Horizons
  • Mobile app
  • Physical activity


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