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Sesame Workshop and The New School to Host This Year’s Interaction Design and Children (IDC) 2013 Conference

Premier International Conference Explores New Educational Platforms
Fostering Children’s Creativity and Engaged Learning

(New York, NY, April 25, 2013) Sesame Workshop and The New School, in cooperation with the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), will co-host the 12th annual Interaction Design and Children (IDC) conference from June 24-27, 2013 in New York City.  IDC is the premier international forum for exploring new educational platforms that foster children’s creativity and engaged learning.  This year’s conference will offer a wide-ranging program supporting and facilitating the exchange of ideas among communities committed to advancing educational interactive experiences for children.

IDC 2013 will emphasize DIY/maker culture among children and global inclusion, particularly for marginalized children worldwide.  The conference will begin with a keynote address by David Moinina Sengeh, a doctoral student at the MIT Media Lab, and researcher in the Lab’s biomechatronics group.  Sengeh recently created a youth mentorship program called Innovate Salone to foster innovation among high-school students in Sierra Leone; the youth work in teams to create new ideas for DIY projects related to health, agriculture, crafts and entertainment in their communities. The Innovate Salone model is being replicated in Kenya and Cape Town during 2013 by members affiliated with Sengeh’s organization.  In addition, the conference will showcase creative media projects created by high-school students involved with local New York-based youth media and technology programs, led by the Engage Media Lab initiative in the School of Media Studies at The New School.

This year’s conference also features a special panel discussion with Google about its research contributions in the field.  Moderated by Juan Pablo Hourcade, Associate Professor at the University of Iowa’s Department of Computer Science, panelists will include User Experience researchers from Google.

Registration is open to the general public at  The conference program, including details about Hands-On Design Activities (June 23) and Workshops (June 24), can be found at  Program highlights include a hands-on “Design, Make, Play” party at the New York Hall of Science showcasing maker culture and global inclusion (and with an appearance by Sesame Street walk-around characters), an evening performance from Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, and a closing panel on the impact of Seymour Papert’s research on the past, present, and future of child-computer interaction.

Conference participants come from a variety of fields, including computer science, communication, child development, engineering, digital media, game design, educational psychology and learning sciences.

The IDC conference’s mission is to bring together researchers, designers and educators to explore new forms of technology, design and engaged learning among children.  The conference incorporates papers, presentations, speakers, workshops, participatory design experiences and discussions on how to create better interactive experiences for children.  Several of the events will also be child-friendly.  IDC 2013 will offer a wide-ranging program, supporting and facilitating the exchange of ideas within and between all of these communities, with a special emphasis on supporting interaction and impact for children in at-risk and marginalized populations.  IDC 2013 builds on the strong and dedicated community that has developed around this annual conference for the past 12 years. The conference is sponsored in part by Google.


Beatrice Chow
Sesame Workshop

(212) 875-6586

Sam Biederman
The New School

(212) 229-5667, ext. 3094

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