Buildling a Community
Interaction Design and Children
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June 1-3, 2004

In today's schools, homes, and public spaces, children are becoming frequent and experienced users of technology. As this trend continues, it is increasingly important to ask if we understand today's young people and can fulfill their technology needs. With this in mind, IDC 2004 will focus on addressing the challenges of interaction design for children and explore the opportunities and impact that new technologies can afford young people in their everyday lives.

To address emerging research and product areas, IDC 2004 will look for papers, demonstrations, posters, doctoral proposals, tutorials and workshop submissions that may include at least one of the following broad areas:

  1. Emerging technologies for children (e.g., educational simulations, online games, mobile communications devices, wireless embedded technologies, authoring/programming tools)

  2. The impact these technologies can have on children's lives (e.g., in schools, at home, in public spaces)

  3. New research methods which give children a voice in the design, development, and evaluation processes (e.g., participatory design methods, usability testing, etc.)

This conference builds on the successes and high standards of the previous IDC conferences (IDC 2003-UK and IDC 2002-the Netherlands). It is our goal for IDC 2004 to continue to support this strong international community of researchers, educators, and industry professionals concerned with interaction design and children.

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All accepted papers will be included in the ACM Digital Library.

Opening Keynote Panel:
The Challenges of Interaction Design and Children: What have we learned from our past?


David Kestenbaum, National Public Radio
Marvin Minsky, MIT
Alan Kay, Hewlett Packard
Seymour Papert, MIT/University of Maine

Closing Keynote Panel:
What Can Media Teach Us about Interaction Design and Children?


David Kestenbaum, National Public Radio
Alice Cahn, The Cartoon Network
Henry Jenkins, MIT
Alice Wilder, Blue's Clues

Conference Chair: Allison Druin, University of Maryland
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Conference Sponsors:

Sponsor - University of Maryland


Sponsor - SIGCHI

Sposor - National Science Foundation
Sponsor - the Institute of Museum and Library Services
Sponsor - Fisher Price
Sponsor - Leap Frog
Sponsor - Organa



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