“The beauty of the world lies in the diversity of its people” (unknown)

On the 18th of February 2020, students from Cross-Cultural Design course belonging to Human-Technology Interaction study programme gathered around to celebrate the last day of the course by presenting their cross-cultural re-design projects on different social media websites. It was interesting to know that in a class with twenty students, there were eleven national cultures from around world.

It was an informal and relaxing session from 9 am – 12 pm where everyone brought some snacks from their own culture to share with others so they can communicate about their culture in a new way.

The party started by everyone talking about their culture with other students and eat different snacks. Some people were even sharing stories and history of the snack they brought and even they were sharing the recipes with others. I think it is very true that “They say that you have to taste a culture to understand it” (Deborah Cater).

After one hour of getting familiar with each other’s culture, the students started to present their cross-cultural re-design assignments. The presentations were interesting and informative. The students did great job in displaying how different social media services such as Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, etc can be customized and localized to specific cultures.

The session ended with everyone leaving with a new piece of information about at least one other country on this earth. Thanks for all the participating students 🙂

Best, Nasim Beheshtian, teaching assistant, and Aino Ahtinen, responsible teacher

Ps. In how many languages you can say hello? Hello, Hola, Bonjour, Guten tag, Yasou, Ciao, Salaam, Namaste, Marhaba…