Slide background Cross-Currents
Rural Cultural Practice and the Digital Economy in India and the UK
May 12th to 14th
@IIIT Bangalore
About Cross-Currents

The purpose of this workshop is to promote knowledge exchange between academics in the UK and India as well as with IT industries based in Bengaluru, concerning how digital technologies can be used to help develop cultural, arts, heritage and relevant business practices at the community level in rural areas. India and the UK both have exceedingly rich, entangled and multi-faceted cultural identities to draw upon and digital technologies offer a further medium in which this can be expressed or developed. Yet, the very activity of doing this is in itself not straightforward as it raises a number of challenges for individuals and communities alike. This workshop will therefore begin to address this through divulging experiences in a participatory environment.

The workshop will consist of both research presentations (showcasing work from the UK and India) and a variety of participatory sessions, whereby participants would be able to breakout into smaller groups to work collaboratively in addressing the workshop aims. To engage more deeply with issues faced by cultural practitioners, a field trip to the Oriental Research Institute in Mysore is arranged for you which will take us out of Bangalore to give a more grounded experience of research projects being conducted ‘on-the-ground’ in India.

SHARE Experiences

through the knowledge generated in relevant research projects that have or are taking place within India and the UK.

Map up

Map out where there are issues of divergence and convergence between such work conducted in India and the UK.

Future possibilities

See if there is the possiblity of future research collaborations and to develop potential future projects


Discuss what technologies have been shown to work in different locations


To locate possible sources of funding for future projects


Find the right people to collaborate with for your future projects.

12th May

Meet. Discuss. Collaborate

13th May

Field Day: Mysore Trip

14th May

Summarize. Potential.

Indian Projects

IT for Change

IT for Change is a Bangalore-based NGO that is working towards an equitable information society for the Global South, through research, policy advocacy and field practice. The main thematic areas of IT for Change's engagement are: gender, governance and education.


Through the Socionity project, we seek to identify applications which will be of use to common people residing in rural areas, small towns or urban areas, power them through technology, and create local content for the application through the involvement of students and other users.

Digital Hampi (Heritage) Project

Rural community heritage -re-narration as the basis for designing for inclusion.


Janastu, a non-profit organisation, has been providing Free Open source Software Solutions and support (FOSS) to small non-profits (NPOs/NGOs) since 2002..

UK Projects


Uses a linked data approach to develop sustainable digital archives, websites and mobile apps for community groups


Harness satellite technology to provide internet connectivity to remote (off-grid) locations. Focuses on creative industries.

Technology at The Edge

A reflection on doing research with limited infrastructure in Wales and on Tyree - University of Birmingham.

University of the Village

Takes participatory education approach to deliver university education at remote locations through digital infrastructure - Falmouth University.

Internet addresses in non-Roman scripts

The usage of non-Roman scripts in Web and e-mail addresses and supporting projects - University College London.


How arts and digital technology are combining to boost economic growth - University of Brighton

Citizen Sense and Animal Hackers

Investigating the relationship between technologies and practices of environmental sensing and citizen engagement.

Law Digital

A digital cartography prototype that researches how digital networks might reshape legislative discourse through participatory media approaches.