Behind the Screens: How to Help a Friend
On Saturday, October 21, 2023 from 9am to 9pm, the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is hosting its 5th annual Behind the Screens symposium in the Duncan Anderson Design Gallery in person at CSULB. This year’s theme is “How to Help a Friend” experiencing gender or power-based harassment, abuse, or violence. Through engaging context conversations and a game design sprint, attendees will apply what they’ve learned to create their own innovative, technology-inspired solutions for how to help a friend.
We’re still building the Behind the Screens schedule, but our goal is for everyone in attendance to leave with at least one new strategy for how to help a friend experiencing gender or power-based harassment, abuse, or violence.
We will prepare you to help a friend by:
- Exploring cultural contexts for gender and power-based harassment, abuse, or violence
- Learning which phrases are the most helpful and supportive
- Discussing secondary trauma
- Practicing mindfulness and wellness interventions
- Identifying campus and community resources
- Using supportive technologies
- Creating a digital safety plan
- Using game design to innovate new technologies to help a friend
There will be free food all day and counselors in attendance should you need them.
Students in attendance can also participate in opportunity drawings for 10 $25 Beach Bucks gift cards!
Behind the Screens is an annual symposium that highlights the often-overlooked implications of technology. The symposium features engaging context conversations and an interactive design sprint to innovate for those made vulnerable by technology. This year’s theme is how to help a friend experiencing gender or power-based harassment, abuse, or violence.
A design sprint is an interactive, collaborative thinking environment for attendees to apply what they’ve learned to innovate solutions to the dark side of technology problems for specific user groups.
This year attendees will learn how game design methods can promote community, agency, and self-efficacy. In teams, attendees will combine context with the collaborative nature of game design thinking to create their own technology-inspired solutions for how to help a friend experiencing gender or power-based harassment, abuse, or violence. Bring a device, but we’ll teach you everything else you need to know.
Behind the Screens is free and open to the public. Anyone and everyone willing to be respectful of the topic and our participants is welcome to attend.
While we’d love to see you all day, you can come and go as your schedule allows. If your professor is requiring BTS attendance as an assignment or offering extra credit, check with them for how long you’ll need to stay.
We will have representatives from CAPs as well as advocates present at the event. They are qualified to speak with you if any aspect of the event makes you feel uncomfortable.
We are hosting this event in person. We encourage the use of facial coverings and will have masks, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant wipes on hand. When practical, the doors to the south lawn will remain open. Please actively self-monitor for symptoms, test for infection if you believe you've been exposed to the virus, and avoid coming to the event if you are ill.
Bring yourself, an open mind, and a device--smartphone, laptop, or tablet. Even if you don’t have the tech, we’ll make sure you can still fully participate.
Yes, a photographer will be present for some aspects of the event. We will have a system in place to identify anyone who wishes not to be photographed. There will be no video recording.
The gallery is located in DESN 102. Park in lot E6. Parking is $10 for the day on the weekend.