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Beth Kolko

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Beth Kolko
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Bet Kolko at re:publica 2012
Born1964 (age 56–57)
Other namesBeth E. Kolko
Occupation
EmployerUniversity of Washington
Known forCo-founding Shift Labs
Websitebethkolko.com

Beth Kolko (born October 5, 1956) is an American researcher, educator, and entrepreneur. Her work blends disciplinary perspectives for Digital Rhetoric and Visual Rhetoric. After a decade of work on technology adoption, adaptation, and usage patterns in low resource communities around the world, she became a professor in engineering in order to collaborate on building better solutions to intransigent problems.[1] Her technology development projects have included work on a low-cost ultrasound system for midwives in Uganda and a grassroots public transportation information system in Kyrgyzstan. She worked with Geoffrey Sauer and Lisa Nakamura on communication projects and research.

Early life and education[edit source | edit]

Kolko got her Bachelor of Arts in English cum laude at Oberlin College, Ohio, in May 1989. She followed up with a Master of Arts degree in English at the University of Texas at Austin, May 1991She earned her Ph.D. in English at the University of Texas at Austin in May 1994 for her dissertation: Cultural Studies, Community, and the Teaching of Writing.

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At the re:publica conference in 2012 she talked about the contributions of non-experts and the ways institutional structures generally forestall these kinds of contributions and how organizational boundaries exclude them from conversations that can lead to innovation.[2] In 2013 she gave a talk called "From ideas to impact" at TEDxRainier in Seattle about hwo to blend disciplinary perspectives to identify hidden problems and craft innovative solutions.[3]

Kolko is the co-founder and CEO of Shift Labs.[4][5], a for-profit company building low-cost medical devices[6][7][8]

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Selected Journal and Conference Publications[edit source | edit]

  • Kolko, B., Hope, A., Sattler, B., Maccorkle, K., Sirjani, B. (2012). “Hackademia: Building Functional Rather Than Accredited Engineers” ACM Participatory Design Conference. Denmark. 129-138.
  • Cynthia Putnam, Beth Kolko. (2012) “HCI Professions: Differences and Definitions.” In Proceedings of the 2012 annual conference extended abstracts on Human factors in computing systems MAY 5-10. ACM CHI EA ’12 Austin, TX, USA. CHI Works in Progress paper. 338-349.
  • Putnam, C., Kolko, B and Wood, S.(2012).Communicating about users in ICTD: leveraging HCI personas. In Proceedings of International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, ICTD 2012, Atlanta, GA, USA, March 12-15
  • B. Kolko; A. Hope; W. Brunette; K. Saville; W. Gerard; R.; M. Kawooya; R. Nathan.(2012). "Adapting Collaborative Radiological Practice to Low-Resource Environments.” Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW). February 2012.pp.97-106.
  • Walton, R., Yaaqoubi, J., & Kolko, B.E.  (2012). What’s it for? Expectations of Internet value and usefulness in Central Asia. Information Technologies and International Development: 8(3). 69-84.
  • Gleave, E., Robbins, B., Kolko, B.E. (2011). “Trust in Uzbekistan." International Political Science Review. OnlineFirst publication February 28, 2011.  10.1177/0192512110379491  1-21.
  • Rohit Chaudhri, Darivanh Vlachos, Jabili Kaza, Joy Palludan, Nathan Bilbao, Troy Martin, Gaetano Borriello, Beth Kolko, Kiersten Israel-Ballard, “A System for Safe Flash-Heat Pasteurization of Human Breast Milk.” NSDR. June 2011
  • Anderson, R., Kolko. B. (2011) “Designing Technology for Resource-Constrained Environments: a Multidisciplinary Capstone Sequence.” ASEE. Vancouver, Canada. June 2011.
  • Brunette, W, Gottlieb, AH, Gerard, W, Anderson, R, Hicks, M., Boriello, G., Kolko, B. (2010). “Portable Antenatal Ultrasound Platform for Village Midwives.” ACM Computing for Development Conference. December 2010. pp. 1-10.
  • Putnam,C. & Kolko, B. (2010). “What Exactly is ‘The Internet”?: The Social Meaning of ICTs and Their Ability to Impact Development.” Information and Communication Technologies and Development Conference. December 2010
  • Anderson, R.E., Poon, A., Lustig, C., Brunette, W., Salihbaeva, O., Johnson, E., Putnam, C., Boriello, G., & Kolko, B. E. (2010).  “Experiences with a Transportation Information System that Uses Only GPS and SMS.” Information and Communication Technologies and Development Conference. December 2010.
  • Best, M.B., Thakur, D., Kolko, B.E. (2010). “The Contribution of User-Based Subsidies to the Impact and Sustainabiltiy of Telecenters – the eCenter Project in Kyrgyzstan.” Special ICTD09 Issue of Information Technologies and International Development. 6:2. 75-89.
  • Putnam, C., Rose, E., & Kolko, B. (2009). “Adapting User-Centered Design Methods to Design for Diverse Populations.” Information Technology and International Development 5:4. 49-71.
  • Walton, R., Putnam, C., Johnson, E., & Kolko, B. (2009). “From Binary to Shades of Gray: Exploring the Relationship between ICT Skills and Employment.” Information Technology and International Development 5:2. 1-18.
  • Johnson, E., Kolko, B., & Salikhbaeva, O. (2009). Boundaries and information: Sidestepping restrictions through Internet conversations.” First Monday 14:8 – 3. np. 9472 words.
  • Putnam, C. & Kolko B. (2009). Getting Online but still living offline: the complex relationship of technology adoption and in-person social networks. In Proceedings of Advances in Social Networks and Mining, ASONAM '09. pp. 33-40.
  • Putnam, C., Kolko, B., Rose, E. & Walton, R. (2009). Mobile phone users in Kyrgyzstan: A case study of identifying user needs and requirements. In Proceedings of International Professional Communication Conference, IPCC '09, Honolulu, Hawaii, July 20-22. np. (6267 words).
  • Driesbach, C., Walton R., Kolko, B., & Seidakmatova, A. (2009). Asking Internet Users to Explain Non-Use in Kyrgyzstan. In Proceedings of International Professional Communication Conference, IPCC '09, Honolulu, Hawaii, July 20-22.  np. (4124 words).
  • Anderson, R.E., Poon, A., Lustig, C., Brunette, W., Boriello, G., & Kolko, B. E. (2009). “Building a Transportation Information System Using Only GPS and Basic SMS Infrastructure.” In Proceedings of ACM/IEEE International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, ICTD '09, Doha.Qatar, April 17-19, 2009.  pp. 233-242.  
  • Kolko, B. & Putnam,C. (2009). Computer Games in the Developing World: The Value of Non-Instrumental Engagement with ICTs, or Taking Play Seriously. In Proceedings of ACM/IEEE International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, ICTD '09, Doha.Qatar, April 17-19, 2009. pp. 46-55.
  • Best, M., Thakur, D., & Kolko, B. (2009). “The Contribution of User Based Subsidies to the Impact and Sustainability of Telecenters – the eCenter Project in Kyrgyzstan.” In Proceedings of ACM/IEEE International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, ICTD '09, Doha.Qatar, April 17-19, 2009. pp. 192-200.
  • Kolko, B.E., Johnson, E.J., & Rose, E.J. (2007). Mobile Social Software for the Developing World. Proceedings of HCI International. Vol. 4564. Springer Berlin. pp. 385-394.
  • Chen, V. H., Duh, H. B., Kolko, B., Whang, L. S., & Fu, M. C. (2006). Games in Asia project. In CHI '06 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (Montréal, Québec, Canada, April 22 - 27, 2006). CHI '06. ACM, New York, NY. pp. 291-294.
  • Burgstahler, S., Jirikowic, T., Kolko, B.E., & Eliot, M. (2004). “Software Accessibility, Usability Testing and Individuals with Disabilities.” Information Technology and Disabilities 10:2. np.
  • Thayer, A., & Kolko, B.E. (2004). “Localization of Digital Games: The Process of Blending for the Global Games Market.” Technical Communication 51:4. 477-488.
  • Taylor, T.L., & Kolko, B.E. (2003). “Boundary Spaces: Majestic and the Uncertain Status of Knowledge, Community and Self in a Digital Age.” Information, Communication & Society 6:4. 497-522.
  • Haselkorn, M.P., Sauer, G., Turns, J., Illman, D.L., Tsutsui, M., Plumb, C., Williams, T., Kolko, B.E., & J.H. Spyridakis. (2003). “Expanding the Scope of Examples from the Department of Technical Communication at the University of Washington,” Technical Communication 50:2. 174-191.
  • Kolko. B.E. & Thayer, A. (2003). “Games as Technological Entry Point: A Case Study of Uzbekistan.” Proceedings of the Digital Games Research Association. Utrecht University. 19 pages.
  • Spyridakis, J.H., Wei, C., & Kolko, B.E. (2003).“The Relationship of Culture and Information-Seeking Behaviour: A Case Study in Central Asia.” Adjunct Proceedings of HCI International 2003, Crete University Press. pp. 167–168.
  • Kolko, B.E. (2002). “International IT Implementation Projects: Policy and Cultural Considerations.” Proceedings from the Annual IEEE IPCC Conference, Portland, OR, September 2002. pp. 352-359.
  • Kolko, B. E. (2001). “Discursive Citizenship: The Body Politic in Cyberspace.” The International Journal of Virtual Reality. 5:1. 1-8.

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